Sokoine University of Agriculture

How public libraries in Meru County, Kenya, address the business information needs of small-scale enterprises

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dc.contributor.author Gichohi, P. M.
dc.contributor.author Onyancha, O. B.
dc.contributor.author Dulle, F. W.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-05T07:18:19Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-05T07:18:19Z
dc.date.issued 2016-09-07
dc.identifier.issn 0266-6669
dc.identifier.uri http://www.suaire.suanet.ac.tz:8080/xmlui/handle/123456789/2692
dc.description Information Development, 2016; 33 (4) : 418-435 en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of the study was to explore how public libraries in Meru County, Kenya, address the information needs of small-scale business enterprises (SBEs) in the region. It was carried out from 2013 to 2015. A quantitative approach and survey research design were adopted to collect data from SBE traders and staff from three public libraries in Meru County. The study found that the business information needs of SBEs are myriad, sectorspecific and cut across all stages of business development. These needs are fulfilled by consulting informal information resources and places. The few SBEs traders who were using public libraries for business information expressed high levels of satisfaction. The study concludes that public libraries have facilitative and functional roles of providing business information to SBEs by collaborating with like-minded stakeholders. The study recommends symmetrical dissemination of business information and the re-positioning of public libraries as community development centers by providing value-based and sector-specific business information solutions. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Business information en_US
dc.subject Small-scale business enterprises en_US
dc.subject Business information needs en_US
dc.subject Public libraries en_US
dc.title How public libraries in Meru County, Kenya, address the business information needs of small-scale enterprises en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.url https://doi.org/10.1177/0266666916667998 en_US


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