Usage of ICT Resources in Academic Libraries With Special Reference to Engineering Colleges

Usage of ICT Resources in Academic Libraries With Special Reference to Engineering Colleges

G. Stephen (National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3559-2.ch014
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Academic libraries in India make use of ICT as tools to meet the information need of users who in this context are students and faculty staff. Academic libraries are established to support the objectives of their parent institutions which are to promote teaching, learning, and research. Therefore, academic libraries are expected to serve the students, lecturers, and other members of the academic community. To meet the information need of users, academic libraries provide various services such as user education (orientation/instruction services), inter-library loan/connection services, abstracting and indexing services, referral services, and circulation services. The finding of the respondents problems encountered while using ICT-based resources and services reveal the fact that, out of 732 respondents, 543 (74.18%) respondents stated too few computers with internet and 421 (57.51%) lack of subscription for more foreign journals for their main problems.
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Eyrich, Padman and Sweetser (2008) viewed social media to comprise of various tools like intranets, blogs, podcasts, photo sharing, video sharing, social networks, gaming, wikis, virtual universes, micro blogging/presence applications, content informing, video conferencing, PDAs, text talk, social occasion/logbook frameworks, social bookmarking, news total/RSS and email.

Lau (2017) stated that upshot of social media use and social media performing various tasks impact the scholarly execution of university students. The exploration found that utilizing social media for scholarly reasons for existing was not an imperative indicator of educational execution as estimated by total review point normal, though utilizing social media for non-academic purposes (video gaming specifically) and social media performs multiple tasks essentially adversely anticipated academic performance.

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Electronic Books and Texts: The emergence of e-books came into existence in1970s with Project Gutenberg. Later in the 1980s and 1990s book vendors renowned the potentials of providing e -books in CD-ROM form.

Databases: In the 1970s the first databases were made online. These were bibliographic, references and abstracts of articles in the academic and professional literature. Since, there is remarkable growth in scope of online databases. Online and CD-ROM databases cover a vast range of different types of information.

Library Catalogs: Most libraries now provide access to their catalogs from their web sites. Many others provide information about their holdings into larger databases such as World Cat or the RLG Union Catalog. The Library provides links to these catalogs under the “Catalogs” section on its web site.

Electronic Journals: E-journals are either fee based or open source. Some e-journals are moderately open access. Open access journals are scholarly journals that are available to the reader through the Internet without fiscal or any other barrier.

Reference Sources: Many dictionaries, almanacs, encyclopedias, and other reference sources are now available online in full text. You can locate these resources through the Library's Database Finder, the Library Catalog, or through many of the Library's Research Guides by Subject.

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