International Journal of
Library and Information Science

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Lib. Inf. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2537
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJLIS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 241

Article in Press

Digital information needs and information seeking behaviour of legal practitioners of Lahore high court, Lahore

Samreen Junaid and Muhammad Ijaz Mairaj

  •  Received: 21 January 2019
  •  Accepted: 08 September 2020
With the revolution of information and communication technologies, flow of information is rapidly growing in the society. People can fulfill their information needs with a single click by using electronic gadgets. Wide accessibility of electronic information is an additional dilemma as it creates uncertainty in taking final decision. Therefore, Information seeking is extremely tricky in this digital environment. The legal practitioners generally seek out for required information needs with the latest decisions/judgments of courts and the most recent legislation. As far as libraries are concerned, it is accredited as a hub of knowledge and librarians are considered information custodian. The focus of this study was to investigate the digital information needs and seeking bahaviour of legal practitioners of Lahore High Court, Lahore, Pakistan. The nature of this study is quantitative. The researcher conducted a survey using electronic questionnaire (Google Forms) to collect data from purposefully selected legal practitioners of Lahore High Court, Lahore. The response rate was 81.6% and the data was analyzed through SPSS to conclude the results. The results revealed that the legal practitioners preferred information sources are Pakistan law site, law journals and purpose of using e-law resources is court case preparation. The key findings revealed that digital media enhanced the research capabilities of advocates and preferred format of seeking information is digital format. The study revealed the problems encountered by legal practitioners as non-availability of digital format, lack of time; inadequate digital resources and law resources are not available in digital format.

Keywords: Digital information needs; information seeking bahaviour; digital information seeking bahaviour; information seeking process; legal practitioner, Pakistan