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A Comparative Study on the Usage Behavior of University Libraries Before and After the Outbreak of COVID-19: Based on the Reading Room Log of J University Central Library

  • Journal of the Korean Biblia Society for Library and Information Science
  • 2022, 33(4), pp.207-228
  • Publisher : Journal Of The Korean Biblia Society For Library And Information Science
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Library and Information Science
  • Received : November 21, 2022
  • Accepted : December 9, 2022
  • Published : December 30, 2022

허상덕 1 HyoJung Oh 1

1전북대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study compared the behavior of using the reading room of the university library before and after COVID-19 and confirmed the changes and characteristics. As a subject of the study, 579,555 reading room usage data for the 2019-2021 school year, three years before and after the outbreak of COVID-19, were collected and analyzed for reading room utilization. In addition, the purpose of visiting the library was compared based on 120,090 data usage logs, and the relationship between the characteristics and usage rate of each reading room was analyzed. Ultimately, it is intended to suggest a way to increase utilization by reflecting the needs of users derived from changes in usage behavior during the COVID-19 period in the reading room space of the university library. It is hoped that the results of this research will be used as basic data for the operation of library reading rooms and the establishment of space reconstruction policies to cope with the New normal era after pandemic.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.