Expectation of Research Scholars and Students on Library Resources and Services: A Case Study of Alagappa University, India

Expectation of Research Scholars and Students on Library Resources and Services: A Case Study of Alagappa University, India

S. Thanuskodi (Alagappa University, India) and C. Revathi (Alagappa University, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8178-1.ch012
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The study shows that around 50% of the research scholars and students who have participated in the study were from the age group of below 25, around 30% from the age group of 25-30, 15.14% from the age group of 31-35, and 10.27% from the age group of above 35. The results reveal that frequency of library visit is good enough among respondents as 34.05% respondents used it daily, 29.73% used it twice in a week, whereas 21.62% used it weekly. This means that more than 85% students used it regularly. The present study shows that 50.27% of the respondents spent less than 1 hour in the library, 27.57% of the respondents spent 1-2 hours in the library. 8.65% users spent 2-3 hours and 13.51% spent more than3 hours in the library. The present study shows that 40% of respondents were very satisfied with the quality of library services, 55.68% satisfied with the library services, only a very few respondents 4.32% partially satisfied with the library services.
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Management And Administration Of Library

Library and Information System Management is the basic and core activity which helps the user community in identifying and accessing knowledge resources in an academic institution. It also comprises the activities performed in relation to the development of vision, mission, goals and policies of the library, working hours, stock verification methods, copyright issues, membership, budgeting and reporting, resource mobilization, technical processing methods, manpower development, basic amenities and facilities as well as collection development management or information resources development, technical services, information services generation, technological, legal and copy right issues, to name a few. It also concerns with strategic planning of LIS in present and future operations. Identifying and internalization of best practices in the management and administrative functions at regular interval would enhance the collection development process, services dissemination and use of the library as a whole. Active participation and periodic meetings of library advisory committee, involvement of librarian in academic activities of the college/university, support from the management, participation of the users, standard facilities with innovative library buildings, regular flow of resource generation, skilled and qualified staff deployment with further training, capacity building in terms of information and communication technology, information dissemination facilities etc. are a few areas where best practices can be accommodated. Appropriate planning and fore thinking is required in attaining the above mentioned with a detailed analysis of user base, objectives of the affiliating institution and its future strategies. As the management and administration of the library is pivotal in collection development and delivery of information products and services to the end users, adoption of best practices in this area lead to continuous improvement in overall performance.

Key Terms in this Chapter

OPAC: An online public access catalog (often abbreviated as OPAC or simply library catalog) is an online database of materials held by a library or group of libraries. Users search a library catalog principally to locate books and other material available at a library.

Library Resources: A library is a collection of sources of information and similar resources, made accessible to a defined community for reference or borrowing.

Internet: The Internet is a global network connecting millions of computers. More than 190 countries are linked into exchanges of data, news and opinions.

Library Services: The provision of library materials and services outside the library's regular service center or outlet.

E-Resources: E-Resources is a digital media firm with a singular focus: to provide our clients with a dedicated partner that advances their mission with web-based solutions.

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