Information skills in organisations: a needs analysis
De Wet, Johann C.
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The basic tenet of information provision is to provide the right person with the right iriformation at the right time and in the right format. This process requires specialised skills and trained professionals. This study attempts to detennine the importance organisations place on information and the role it plays within the organisation, as well as the skills utilised and needed to better implement this resource. The study was conducted in the Brandwag complex and the Mimosa Mall development in Bloemfontein and made use of structured questionnaires to detennine the awareness of organisations to the changing information needs in environments surrounding them. lriformation management relates strongly to the missions, visions and goals of organisations. Management may rely on traditional paper-based information systems or they might have advanced to technological systems, but the available information still has to be managed properly. !reformation is a pervasive entity and requires constant care in order to be of value to the knowledge base of the organisation and decision-making processes. The results attained in tenns of the organisational needs and perceptions can be used to aid in the development of Information Studies curriculums.