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A Study on the Effects of Domestic Medical Library Librarians’ Awareness of the COVID-19 Situation on Information Services

  • Journal of the Korean Society for Library and Information Science
  • 2021, 55(3), pp.303-319
  • DOI : 10.4275/KSLIS.2021.55.3.303
  • Publisher : 한국문헌정보학회
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Library and Information Science
  • Received : July 22, 2021
  • Accepted : August 22, 2021
  • Published : August 31, 2021

Tae Min Kim 1 Kim Hai Him 1 Min Ji Lee 1

1성균관대학교 일반대학원 문헌정보학과

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ABSTRACT

This study sought to find out the status of medical libraries in Korea that provide information services related to the Covid-19 situation, and how the librarian’s perception of the Covid-19 situation, the main body of the library’s information provision, affects the provision of related information services. For this purpose, we checked the website for Covid-19 information service. In order to understand the degree of awareness of Covid-19, Grunig’s Situational Theory was applied to classify four types of librarians according to the degree of problem recognition, constraint recognition, and involvement recognition, and to analyze how the three perceptions affect Covid-19 related information services. As a result, only 25 out of 144 korean medical libraries provided information services related to Covid-19. The librarian, the main agent of the library’s information provision, found that the problem recognition and involvement recognition in the Covid-19 situation were high, constraint recognition were low, and the level of information service was very active. And only constraint recognition has been shown to have a significant impact on providing Covid-19 related information services. Further research when future sources are available and follow-up research on how librarians’ perceptions affect library operations are also proposed.

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