Impact and use of e-resources by social scientists in National Social Science Documentation Centre (NASSDOC), India.
ABSTRACT Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present the fact that electronic resources are a significant part of library collections. A large amount is invested in the development and management of e-resources in the libraries. The study aims to identify the acceptance of e-resources in the National Social Science Documentation Centre (NASSDOC) library in New Delhi, India and determine their usage, performance, degree of user satisfaction, and barriers faced in the access of e-resources. It also attempts to find out the users' views about computer literacy among the social scientists. Design/methodology/approach – The study focuses on the impact and use of e-resources by social scientists pursuing research in the NASSDOC library. The data were collected from the entire population of social scientists at NASSDOC through a questionnaire accompanied by personal interview. This was further analysed using statistical techniques and percentages to arrive at qualitative and quantitative results. Findings – The major findings of the study indicate that respondents are aware of the e-resources (such as e-books, e-journals, e-encyclopedias, e-theses, CD-ROM databases, e-mail, internet and the OPAC). Large numbers of research scholars and faculty members are using these e-resources for their research work. Many faculty members strongly agreed with the necessity for computer and internet literacy to access information. A majority of users were satisfied with the e-resources available at the NASSDOC library. Originality/value – This is one of the first surveys conducted to identify the need and importance of e-resources in a specific Indian library (NASSDOC) as well as the requirement for information literacy to enhance the use of available resources in the social sciences. It should pave the way to showing the value of such e-resources for scholarly research in India.
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ABSTRACT: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to report on users' information behaviour in China, a topic which has not been researched extensively. The aim is to help producers and providers collect and develop more electronic resources. Design/methodology/approach – The study investigates users' information behaviour at seven “211 Project” universities in Wuhan, a city in central China. These universities all have access to the resources of the National Science and Technology Library (NSTL). The questionnaire includes questions about respondents' basic identifying information (educational level, job, etc.) and their information service requirements. Correlations among users' education level, users' jobs, users' retrieval methods, literature use, etc. were analysed. Findings – The results show that most NSTL users are graduate students and young staff members. and the number of male users surpasses female ones slightly. The purpose of the utilisation of electronic resources for customers is scientific research, teaching and the need for self-development. During a year, the demand of users is the highest in March and the lowest in August. The users' knowledge service types include learning the progress of science and technology, citation retrieval and analysis, statistical analysis, intelligent retrieval and knowledge aggregation. Practical implications – The findings suggest that electronic resource producers should offer more foreign literature and providers should improve the quality of services. Originality/value – The paper provides suggestions for the further improvement of NSTL to fulfill the information needs and requirements of users.Program electronic library and information systems 02/2011; 45(1):67-77. · 0.50 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Purpose – This paper seeks to organize the extensive field and to compile the complete list of information limits. Design/methodology/approach – A thorough analysis of literature from the field beginning with the 1960s up to the present has been performed. Findings – A universal typology of information limits has been proposed. A list of barriers mentioned in the literature of the subject has been compiled. Research limitations/implications – The term “information limits” is not commonly used. Originality/value – The complete list of information limits with bibliographical hints (helpful for future research) is presented.Aslib Proceedings 01/2011; 63(4):364-379. · 0.58 Impact Factor