Designing Library Atmospherics for Information Delivery: Problems and Solutions

Designing Library Atmospherics for Information Delivery: Problems and Solutions

Mantha Raghu
Copyright: © 2020 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1482-5.ch015
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Learning environment comprises providing physical environment, cultural context in which students learn, and growth and development of institutions at large. However, learning environment is influenced by multiple factors such as institutional factors, physical infrastructure tools, budget, services, ICT, marketing the services, and evaluation of the services. Given the advent of web 2.0 technologies, there is need to provide active and two-way, student centric learning environment for effective learning and gaining of skill set. The chapter explores the aspects of how a conducive learning environment can be created by designing library atmospherics for information delivery.
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The Paradigm Shift Towards It Enabled Services

The resources were acquired and organized by means of cataloguing, classifying, indexing and other procedures. Until 1960’s all information sources and the bibliographic tools to access them were available only in printed media. It was followed by film and magnetic media and now is the “optical media age”, where CD-ROMs and e-journals have entered in the library as a source of information.

At present the electronic gadgets and virtual personal assistants are few examples that are making the users more dependable and making a paradigm shift towards the technology is expediently available in the market. Though the libraries have transformed themselves by automation and establishing digital libraries there is a need for certain change from the user’s point of view by providing them a conducive learning environment for information delivery. The ROI of any library is footfalls of users. Information delivery is as important as possession of information. The librarian and his staff should work together to attain 100% satisfaction levels of the users by delivering the information. The number of users visiting the libraries for information has tremendously fallen due to the advent of high-speed internet with affordable prices and other technological aspects. At this juncture to overcome all these incredible transformations there is need for change in libraries starting with physical form of the library. The library atmospherics involves all these components which play role in information delivery to the users. For this there is need for redesigning of the libraries.

Figure 1.

Library atmospherics creating information delivery

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The following are the important components that play vital role in designing the library atmospherics for information delivery:

  • 1.

    Designing Library Atmospherics/ Physical Infrastructure.

  • 2.

    Collection Development & Policy.

  • 3.

    Role of ICT in Information Delivery.

  • 4.

    Adopting the Best Library Practices for Information Delivery.

  • 5.

    Marketing the Library Services for Information Delivery; and

  • 6.

    Evaluating the Library Services for Information Delivery.

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