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Perception of PG Students Regarding Library E-Resources & Services: A Case Study of Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Jammu

International Journal of Information Studies and Libraries

Volume 1 Issue 2

Published: 2016
Author(s) Name: Sumaira Jan, Shabir Ahmad Ganaie | Author(s) Affiliation: Department of Library & Information Science, University of Kashmir, Jammu & Kashmir, India
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The findings of the study evidently reveal that that majority of Social Science students prefer to use print resources compared to e-resources. It is observed that Social Science students are moderately aware about the various types of e-resources which become evident from the fact that only 40-50% of them are aware of e-journals and e-books among the various types of e-resources. On the other hand low level of awareness is witnessed among students about various e-services among Social science students since less than 40% of students are aware about these services. Moreover, the utilization of e-resources and services has also been low among students that may be attributed to lack of awareness among them. So far as the problem faced by students in use of e-resources and services is concerned lack of orientation emerge out to be most potential challenge for the students. Accordingly due to an array of challenges combined with lack of awareness, majority of the students are not satisfied with e-resources and services available in the library. However, despite the fact students have positive perception towards the e-library resources and services which is obvious from the various advantages perceived by the students. In this milieu it is highly recommended that although university libraries strive hard to offer e-resources and services to their users however to put them to use, they need to sensitize the students towards the potential benefits of using e-resources and services through strong orientation programmes besides other suitable techniques.

Keywords: University Libraries, ICT, E-Resources, E-Services, Perception of Students

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