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Control NumberUPD-00000368450
Date and Time of Latest Transaction20090717013628.0
General Information030101s us 000 eng
Cataloging SourceILS
Language Codeeng
Local Call NumberLG995 1985 L4 P32
Main Entry - Personal NamePabellano, Edita Abiera
Title StatementInformation needs and uses of the diplomats and researchers of the Philippine Ministry of Foreign Affairs / by Edita Abiera Pabellano
Physical Description184, [1] leaves : ill
General NoteMimeographed
 Thesis (M.L.S.)--University of the Philippines, Diliman
Summary, Etc.Chi-square test was used to determine significance of differences of responses of diplomatic personnel by rank and between diplomatic personnel and researchers
 Colleagues were consulted first by majority of the respondents specially the diplomats with the rank of Chiefs of Mission, Counselor, and Foreign Service Officer in seeking for information and review article was considered the most useful source of information (with the most authoritative in the fields as preferred)
 Information needs and uses of diplomats according to rank and the researchers vary in some aspects such as the following: 1) "Other information needs" like the basic and vital information in relation to their work activities and politectonic zones of interest to diplomats vary with rank and from those of researchers; 2) Persons consulted by diplomats when seeking information vary with rank and the researchers; 3) Libraries and types of sources used by diplomats vary according to rank
 It was found that the activity that occupied most of the time of diplomats of various ranks vary. For the CMs or Ambassadors, policy making (33 percent) of the total time); Counselors, negotiations (37 percent of the total time); FSOs, administration (71 percent of the total time); FSSOs, administration (38 percent of the total time); Researchers, research and development (43 percent). It should be noted though that from CMs to FSSOs at least 15 to 20 percent of their working time was spent on research
 Likewise, other information needs and uses of diplomats according to rank and the researchers do not vary, e.g., 1) Information needs of diplomats in relation to politectonic zones and research activities do not vary with rank and from those of researchers; 2) Libraries and types of sources used by researchers do not vary; 3) Information services considered important by diplomats do not vary according to rank and those of researchers; 4) Both diplomats and researchers find the information services and uses of the libraries they used inadequate in meeting their needs/requirements
 Majority of the respondents, 97 percent, ranked `current approach' first when seeking for information, since both the diplomats/researchers of the Ministry's first priority are information which is of importance and interest to them in relation to their work or for their own personal or professional growth
 Most of the respondents are frequent users of the library, but some encountered problems when locating/acquiring information, while others seems not to be satisfied and found that library services, and facilities inadequate in meeting their needs/requirements. Although 99 percent of the respondents found that the collection of FSI, MFA and other libraries useful and sufficient enough to meet their needs
 The normative and descriptive survey method of research was used in the study. Data was gathered through a structured questionnaire. The respondents total 91 and the survey was limited to the researchers and the diplomats with the following ranks: Chiefs of Mission (CM), Counselors, Foreign Service Officers (FSOs), and Foreign Service Staff Officers (FSSOs) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
 The study attempted to: 1) identify the information needs and uses of the diplomatic and research staff of MFA particularly the subject areas related to the politectonic zones; 2) identify the sources of information used by the diplomatic and research staff of the MFA; 3) determine the information seeking behavior of the diplomatic and research staff of the MFA; 4) determine the usefulness and adequacy of library services in helping foreign affairs personnel and researchers obtain the information they need; 5) find out on how to improve the facilities, resources and services of the library to meet the needs of its users if any; and 6) identify prospective subject areas that will be needed by the diplomatic and research staff
 There are three important information services that the respondents considered. These are current awareness, bibliographic services, and photocopying. Although current awareness was considered the first and very important in the research/work activities of the diplomats/researchers
Subject Added Entry - Topical TermPhilippines. Ministry of Foreign Affairs--Information services--Use studies
Collection CategoryFI
LocationUP DLS LG995 1985 L4 P32 Regular Circulation LS-6492T
Textual Physical Form DesignatorThesis
Physical Location
University of the Philippines
Diliman: School of Library and Information StudiesLG995 1985 L4 P32
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