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Dissertation Information for Eileen G. Abels

NAME:
- Eileen G. Abels
- (Alias) Eileen Sara Goldstein
- (Alias) Eileen Abels

DEGREE:
- Ph.D.

DISCIPLINE:
- Library and Information Science

SCHOOL:
- University of California, Los Angeles (USA) (1984)

ADVISORS:
- Harold Borko

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- Marcia J. Bates
- William H. Fisher
- E. Burton Swanson
- William Wen-Gong Yeh
- Christine L. Borgman

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: THE USE OF TECHNICAL INFORMATION BY ENGINEERS OF THE ELECTRICAL SECTOR IN MEXICO

Abstract: A survey questionnaire on various aspects of information use was designed and administered to researchers in the Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas (IIE) and to practitioners in the Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) in Mexico. Responses for 328 researchers, an 82% response rate, and 690 practitioners, a 42% response rate, were analyzed.

Descriptive data were gathered on the following aspects of information use for both groups: frequently used information sources, number of hours spent reading and communicating, origin and language of information sources consulted, categories of people consulted, problems encountered in information use, and coping mechanisms used. In addition, fourteen hypotheses were tested for each group on the effect of language ability, technical division or area, work specialty, project phase, work location, distance from major information centers, and perceived accessibility on several aspects of information use. Six hypotheses were tested that compare researchers with practitioners in their information use behavior.

Important findings show that engineers in the IIE and in the CFE read more than they communicate; most frequently obtain written information sources in personal files and collections; most frequently consult with colleagues in their own organization; and frequently encounter problems in document delivery. In addition, researchers and practitioners differ significantly in the frequency of use of specific information sources, the frequency of use of four information channels, and in the frequency of encountering two problems in information use. Researchers use formal written information sources significantly more than do practitioners; practitioners use current information significantly more than do researchers; and practitioners demonstrate a significantly greater need for translations than do researchers.

MPACT Scores for Eileen G. Abels

A = 4
C = 12
A+C = 16
T = 4
G = 1
W = 4
TD = 4
TA = 0
calculated 2014-01-28 09:41:38

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Students under Eileen G. Abels

ADVISEES:
- Sarah Elizabeth Zach - University of Maryland (2002)
- Lisl Zach - University of Maryland (2002)
- Joan Elizabeth Beaudoin - Drexel University (2009)
- Lillian Rozaklis - Drexel University (2012)

COMMITTEESHIPS:
- Peiling Wang - University of Maryland (1994)
- Danuta A. Nitecki - University of Maryland (1995)
- Huei Chung Lee - University of Maryland (1998)
- Karla Hahn - University of Maryland (1999)
- Allen Eddy Brewer - University of Maryland (2000)
- Emily E. Marsh - University of Maryland (2002)
- Ana Flavia Fonseca - University of Maryland (2003)
- Anthony Yu-Ning Tse - University of Maryland (2003)
- Soojung Kim - University of Maryland (2007)
- Andrea Copeland Japzon - Drexel University (2009)
- Xiaodan Zhang - Drexel University (2009)
- Robin Amanda Naughton - Drexel University (2012)