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Measuring Infopreneurial Intentions of Library and Information Science Graduating Students

Measuring Infopreneurial Intentions of Library and Information Science Graduating Students
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Author(s): Gratitude Chiwara-Ndoro (National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe) and Peterson Dewah (National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe & University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 25
Source title: Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurship Development and Opportunities in Circular Economy
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Neeta Baporikar (Namibia University of Science and Technology, Namibia & University of Pune, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-5116-5.ch030

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Abstract

The purpose of the study anchoring this chapter was to measure the extent to which the students from the Department of Library and Information Science had intentions to venture into infopreneurship after graduating with their Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Library and Information Science. Using a mixed-method design, data were collected from a population of 45 students through questionnaires and semi-structured interviews. Findings revealed that the majority (25) students intended to pursue infopreneurship as information consultants, information brokers, researchers, information literacy assistants, writers, and proofreaders. The study concluded that infopreneurship could be a panacea to the unemployed information science graduates in Zimbabwe. Since the field of infopreneurship is unique and under-researched, the study recommends the creation of a community of practice of infopreneurs who research, share ideas, collaborate, and make the field of infopreneurship robust and efficient in creating employment opportunities for information science graduates.

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