Information needs analysis to inform the development of a library and information service at the Marie Curie Centre Newcastle Upon Tyne, England

In the summer of 1997 the Marie Curie Centre, Newcastle approached the libraries of the Universities of Newcastle and Northumbria at Newcastle to assist in developing a library and information service (LIS) strategy. It was acknowledged that before the LIS strategy could be established preparatory investigation was needed to ensure the effective and efficient allocation of resources. A user needs analysis was conducted over a 3-month period, including a literature search, questionnaire and interviews. The findings, which indicated that the appointment of a professional librarian was crucial, have ensured that the LIS being developed is underpinned by a strong evidence base.