Information behavior of the semiconductor foundry industry engineers

Yu Ping Shih, Hao Ren Ke

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Abstract

This article takes semiconductor foundry industry engineers as research subjects, and tries to understand their information behavior. This article employs the questionnaire and in-depth interview as the research methodology. There are four primary findings: (1) the information need of an engineer lies in enhancing self's working-ability and solve problems encountered in daily job; (2) the primary information sources of engineers are documents and interpersonal relationships, and the most difficult problems in seeking information are information overload and too little relevant and professional information; (3) quality and accessibility is the main factor when engineers seek information; whether the information fit demands or not and the information accuracy are the primary points when engineers evaluate information; the main purpose of engineers using information is to work more efficiently and to achieve the goal or mission in a timely manner; (4) the engineers' educational backgrounds, professional titles, and job functions have significant influences on a few activities of information behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-118
Number of pages32
JournalJournal of Educational Media and Library Science
Volume48
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • Information behavior
  • Information need
  • Information seeking
  • Information use
  • Semiconductor foundry
  • User study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Conservation
  • Information Systems
  • Archaeology
  • Library and Information Sciences

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