Awareness and Use of E-Resources among Library and Information Science Distance Learners at Alagappa University: A Study

Awareness and Use of E-Resources among Library and Information Science Distance Learners at Alagappa University: A Study

S. Thanuskodi (Alagappa University, India) and S. Subramaniyan (Alagappa University, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3688-0.ch019
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Abstract

E-resources are mushrooming online and in other formats. This phenomenon is due to the rapid advancement of information technologies, including the Internet and digitizing techniques. The extent of e-resources (including e-journals, e-books, etc.) is spiraling, although no exact number is available. These changes significantly enlarge the size of the electronic resources pool. Electronic resources have become one of the most important aspects of a digital library. The study reveals that slightly over one-third of the respondents (40%) spent less than 2 hours on the Internet per session, followed by those having 2-3 hours per session (29.17%). The study also shows that of the total of 120 respondents, 30.83% search documents with the help of the library Website.
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Parameshwar and Patil’s (2009) paper noted that a large portion of users in the university are aware of the Internet, but many do not have adequate knowledge of techniques and applications to best use it. A few users of the university still have no knowledge about the Internet and related applications. For this purpose, there is need for effective use education, to develop awareness and knowledge of the users. More efforts by librarian at Gulbarga University are needed to educate users to effectively take advantage of the Internet and its applications.

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