What is it about?

37 first-time mothers (children aged 0 to 6 years old) took part in semi-structured in-depth interviews, answering questions about their information demand, information source selection (and factors influencing this selection), and obstacles encountered in the process of information search. It was found that first-time mothers’ information-seeking behavior varies from stage to stage, e.g., between pregnancy and the immediate postpartum period.

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Why is it important?

First-time mothers have a unique and varied set of information needs, but at present, these needs are seldom adequately addressed by libraries in China. As a first step in making libraries more helpful to this group, this study reports the results of a series of interviews aimed at understanding new mothers’ current information-seeking behaviors.


As a new mother, I hope our library could pay more attention to this group and give them more support. This paper puts forward some suggestions to remedy that situation

Yinxia HU
Nankai University

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This page is a summary of: Periodic Information-seeking Behaviors of First-time Mothers in China, Libri, November 2019, De Gruyter,
DOI: 10.1515/libri-2018-0078.
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