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This census population study surveyed 147 occupational safety and health professionals employed by the Ohio Division of Safety and Hygiene to determine how they satisfy their work-related information needs. The study achieved a response rate of 81% (n=120). Respondents were asked to identify the information providers whom they had consulted in a recent major decision or planning situation. Variables studied included information providers used, levels of satisfaction with providers, barriers to accessing information, and demographic variables. Respondents were also surveyed on their reason for use and non-use of the Bureau of Workers Compensation, Division of Safety and Hygiene Library (BWC Library). The study identifies the information-seeking behaviors of Division safety professionals, providing insight into their concerns about the cost, quality, usefulness, and time aspects of information. Division personnel use the BWC Library extensively for their information needs, and chose library materials as one of the three most helpful information sources. Safety professionals sought information providers that were close by and familiar, whether print material or a person, and then turned to outside sources. Over 70% stated they used a most helpful source based on previous experience. Appendices include respondents' written answers and comments, cover letters, and the survey. (Contains 13 references.) (Author/SWC)

Descriptors: Access to Information, Allied Health Occupations, Information Needs, Information Retrieval, Information Seeking, Library Materials, Library Services, Library Surveys, Professional Personnel, Special Libraries, User Needs (Information), User Satisfaction (Information)











Autor: Griffin, James E.

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=10343&id=ED401932



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