Methods Used in Researching the Information Infrastructure of a Military University Library
Purpose: The aim of the paper was to present the research methods used in scientific research projects led by M. Popławski, PhD entitled "Modeling of socio-economic security in Polish regions" (Project No: 119/WZA/72/DzS financed in 2019 by the Ministry of National Defense), "Multifactorial model of socio-economic security" (Project No: 108/WZA/61/DzS financed in 2018 from the statutory funds the Gen. T. Kościuszko Military Academy of Land Forces and partly by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education) as well as "Multifactorial system for managing the economic security of Lower Silesia" (Project No: 69/WZA/45/DzS financed in 2016-2017 from statutory funds of the Gen. T. Kościuszko Military Academy of Land Forces) in the part concerning research on the information infrastructure of a military university library. Design/Methodology/Approach: In the introduction to this paper, the justification for the need to undertake research in relation to the research problem posed was presented, and then the research methodology used in the above-mentioned projects was presented in the following order: goal, research hypotheses, scope and sources of work. The last part of the paper presents the research methods in detail together with the justification for their application. The paper ends with summary, where it is indicated how the selected research methods allowed to solve the research problem, and thus to achieve the aim of the work and verify the hypotheses. Findings: The research problem was solved in the conducted scientific process, which referred to its material scope – the library of military universities, the subject – the management and management system, and space-time – data from domestic and foreign military university libraries from the past. The use of selected research methods allowed for the achievement of the research goal and confirmation of research hypotheses, which were verified through the obtained results of comparative and index analysis carried out in the analyzed libraries of selected military universities. Practical Implications: The comparative analysis made it possible to indicate which specific elements of the information infrastructure have the most important impact on the functionality of a given library. Originality/value: As a result of the research undertaken, using the methods presented in the paper, on the one hand – in the cognitive sense, contributed to the enrichment of knowledge in the discipline of management and quality sciences, on the other – in the normative sense, the issues of key information resources for the library of a military university were identified, and on the other hand, the third – in the axiological sense, a useful tool was created in the form of the resulting diagram, which can be used to improve the management of information infrastructure.