Gender Aspects in the Use of ICT in Information Centres

Gender Aspects in the Use of ICT in Information Centres

Shahida Mutaza (Maulana Azad National Urdu University, India) and Lalitha K. Sami (Gulburga University, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0020-1.ch011
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Abstract

Technologies have entered libraries. Scientists in research institutions, for their research work, have to use technology–based information services, irrespective of their gender. With earlier studies reporting gender bias in the usage of technology, this chapter makes an attempt to study if gender has a role in the use of Information and Communication Technology. The chapter further analyses if cultural, family, or educational background can change this generalized notion.
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Women And Profession

Women have entered different professions. Professionals, be they scientists, engineers, doctors, managers, economists etc need information for carrying out their work,. This need for information has to be satisfied by the libraries / information centers. Thus, technology based services are to be used by all the users, irrespective of their gender, to get access to the information required. But, the history of Computer Science presents a totally different picture, when it comes to the use of IT by female users. Following paragraphs have been culled out from different studies to present the gender differences in the use of IT.

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