Faculty information behaviour in the electronic environment

Ángel Borrego (Facultat de Biblioteconomia i Documentació, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain)
Lluís Anglada (Biblioteques, Informació i Documentació, Consorci de Serveis Universitaris de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain)

New Library World

ISSN: 0307-4803

Publication date: 14 March 2016



This study aims to investigate how the transition from print to electronic scholarly communication has affected faculty’s information behaviour and their perception of academic libraries.


An online survey was distributed among academics affiliated to the member universities of the Consortium of University Services of Catalonia. A total of 2,230 replies were received.


Journal articles are the most relevant information resource used for research and teaching purposes. Databases are the preferred starting point for bibliographic searches, although a significant proportion of scholars rely on Internet search engines. The main source for gaining access to documents is libraries, followed by free materials available online. Scholarly journals are the preferred channel for disseminating research outputs, with the open access being a factor of marginal interest when deciding where to publish.


The results of this study should be useful to guide policies regarding scientific information and research and, more specifically, policies regarding academic libraries.



Borrego, . and Anglada, L. (2016), "Faculty information behaviour in the electronic environment", New Library World, Vol. 117 No. 3/4, pp. 173-185. https://doi.org/10.1108/NLW-11-2015-0089

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