INVESTIGATING THE USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES BY FACULTY MEMBERS OF THREE MEDICAL SCIENCES UNIVERSITIES IN IRAN

Mikaeil Molazadeh, Ahad Zeinali, Ghazale Geraily, Alireza Shirazi

Abstract


In this study, the purpose was to investigate Personal Information Management (PIM) activity rate regarding four PIM aspects of acquisition, maintenance, organization, and retrieval of faculty members in three universities, i.e., Tehran University of Medical Science (TUMS), Iran University of Medical Sciences (IUMS), and Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences (SBUMS). The relationship between PIM use and workplace, academic rank, and gender factors were also studied. A Persian-language questionnaire was used to measure PIM performance of participants. Data were analysed using statistical tests. Findings showed that most of the participants preferred desktop computers for saving their personal digital information. Also, the percentage of PIM use by the faculty members was reported as 50-75%. However, no significant associations between PIM use by the faculty members and their workplace, academic rank, and gender were found.

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