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International students' experiences of university libraries and librarians

Australian Library and Information Association
Publication Date
  • 080799 Library And Information Studies Not Elsewhere Classified
  • Academic Libraries
  • Academic Librarians
  • International Students
  • Information Use
  • Information Literacy
  • Hern


ABSTRACT International students constitute a significant proportion of the Australian university population, and thus of the university library-using population. Drawing on qualitative research findings, this paper discusses the library-related experiences and perceptions of international students at two Australian universities. While the students’ previous library use was limited, at their host university they experienced library using challenges, often associated with unfamiliarity. However, they generally viewed their Australian university library and library staff in a positive light. The findings support recommendations for developing library professionals’ awareness of, and enhancing international students’ library use.

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