oa South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science - Information behaviour of recent Chinese immigrants in Auckland, New Zealand

Volume 78, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-8861



Public library services in New Zealand are being re-examined in light of the developments in ICT and an increasingly multicultural population. The research question investigated was "Can an internet portal on a public library website be used to meet the information needs of new Chinese Mandarin immigrants to the Auckland region of New Zealand?" In an attempt to effectively answer the research question and sub-questions a literature survey was carried out focusing on two aspects relevant to the study: immigration theory and information behaviour (IB). Thirty Chinese Mandarin speaking recent migrants to the Auckland region of New Zealand were interviewed in-depth to determine their IB and resources used. The findings indicate that respondents were in need of everyday survival information. The findings suggest that a more coordinated approach to information provision, for example through a library web portal, will assist respondents in their search for information relating to their initial settlement.

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