Impact and use of e‐resources by social scientists in National Social Science Documentation Centre (NASSDOC), India

The Electronic Library (Impact Factor: 0.5). 02/2009; 27(1):117-133. DOI: 10.1108/02640470910934632
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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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    • "FM and 62.79% RS), CD-ROM databases (88.89% FM and 51.16% RS), and E-journals (100% FM & 72.09% RS) (Haridasan & Khan, 2009). The result of the study conducted in Thapar University by Kaur and Verma (2009) shows that there is an increase in use of e-journals. "
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    ABSTRACT: The study of faculty members and PhD scholars of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir (SKUAST-K) was conducted to bring about current image about some core issues related to use of both online and offline e-resources. Attempt has also been made to ascertain some significant facts about their search strategy/skills and level of satisfaction. The constituent faculties of the University under study were surveyed through a structured questionnaire distributed among 90 subjects in proportion with their number. The study reveals that majority of the faculty members and PhD scholars of SKUAST-Kashmir are familiar about e-resources like CDROM databases, e-journals, e-books, etc. Scholars preferably use Laptops and mobiles as compared to Desktops for browsing their needed information. As expected, it is divulged that scholars prefer Google search engine mostly for browsing their desired information and ‘keyword’ or ‘subject’ searching techniques are applied by them to retrieve precise information. The respondents seem to be less skilled to use the advanced search techniques as a good number of respondents claimed that they have never used Boolean Gates (AND, OR, NOT); Wild Cards (*; #; $; etc); Truncation marks (??; #; *; etc) and the Phrasal Search "----". It calls for speedy implementation of Information literacy programs within the campus. Moreover, the study also reveal that scientists and the PhD scholars of SKUAST-Kashmir are not much satisfied with staff assistance; infrastructure; condition of computers and also face problems like internet connectivity and accessibility of e-resources, which is never encouraging.
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    • "Electronic information resources simply referred to as electronic resources or e-resources are information stored in electronic format in computer or computer related facilities (CD-ROMs, digital libraries or the Internet). Haridasan and Khan (2009: 118) defined electronic information resources as " resources in which information is stored electronically and which are accessible through electronic systems and networks " . Electronic resources are now used to supplement printed information sources in the university libraries. "
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the paper was to investigate the effect of accessibility and utilization of electronic resources on productivity of academic staff in Nigerian universities. A survey method was used in the study, with a questionnaire as the instrument for data collection. Responses from 324 academic staff out of 586 that were surveyed were used for data analysis. Correlation analysis showed that, there was a positive correlation between accessibility and utilization of electronic resources on productivity of respondents in the survey (r=0.135; p=0.015). This implies that increase in access and use of e-resources will lead to increase in productivity among respondents at the surveyed universities. Similar result was obtained when the hypothesis was tested at international level with r=0.158 and p=0.004. In other words, respondents that access and use e-resources in research frequently publish more articles in international journals than those who do not. It was recommended that, in view of the observed positive impact of e-resources on productivity in the survey; university managements, university librarians, National Universities Commission (NUC) and other stakeholders in Nigerian universities should intensify the process of effective information and communication technology (ICT) diffusion and provision of relevant e-resources in Nigerian universities towards qualitative research. This will also make academic staff in Nigerian universities to be globally competitive for journal space in international journals, and thus bridge the productivity gap between Nigeria and developed countries.
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    • "Deshpande and Pathak (2008) assessed the use of electronic journals in astronomy and astrophysics libraries in India. Haridasan and Khan (2009) attempted to find out the impact and use of e-resources by social scientists in National Social Science Documentation Centre (NASSDOC), India. Thanuskodi (2011) attempted to examine the usage of electronic resources at Dr T.P.M. Library, Madurai Kamaraj University, India and recommended the improvement in the access facilities with high internet speed and subscription to more e-resources. "
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose ‐ The purpose of this paper is to highlight the importance of quantitative and qualitative analysis of the usage of e-resources in academic libraries. It also describes various studies undertaken to study the users' behavior and attitude towards e-journals. Design/methodology/approach ‐ The paper provides a comprehensive review of the recent published literature on the importance of the usage statistics of e-resources subscribed to by the academic libraries. Findings ‐ The findings show that the usage statistics help in studying and evaluating the users' behavior in an online environment. The library services can be extended and modified, to reflect user interests suiting the users the most, in the light of the evaluation and analyses done. Originality/value ‐ The paper has pertinence and wider implications for library staff engaged in providing e-resources' services to readers.
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