How public libraries in Meru County, Kenya, address the business information needs of small-scale enterprises.
Gichohi, Paul M.
Onyancha, Omwoyo B.
Dulle, Frankwell W.
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The purpose of the study was to explore how public libraries in Meru County, Kenya, address the informationneeds of small-scale business enterprises (SBEs) in the region. It was carried out from 2013 to 2015. A quanti-tative approach and survey research design were adopted to collect data from SBE traders and staff from threepublic libraries in Meru County. The study found that the business information needs of SBEs are myriad, sector-specific and cut across all stages of business development. These needs are fulfilled by consulting informalinformation resources and places. The few SBEs traders who were using public libraries for business informationexpressed high levels of satisfaction. The study concludes that public libraries have facilitative and functional rolesof providing business information to SBEs by collaborating with like-minded stakeholders. The study recommendssymmetrical dissemination of business information and the re-positioning of public libraries as communitydevelopment centers by providing value-based and sector-specific business information solutions.
CitationGichohi, P. M., Onyancha, O. B., & Dulle, F. W. (2017). How public libraries in Meru County, Kenya, address the business information needs of small-scale enterprises. Information Development, 33(4), 418–435. https://doi.org/10.1177/0266666916667998
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