A PRESENTATION ON AVAILABILITY & ACCESS OF E- RESOURCES IN ASSAMUNIVERSITY, SILCHAR: A CASE STUDY Prepared by – Shibojit Choudhary Dr. Mukut Sarmah MLISc Student & Assistant Professor DLISC, AUS DLISc, AUS 29th Convention of SIS @ NIT Silchar 2012
IntroductionE-resources have occupied a significant place in academic as well as R& D libraries. Traditionally, the collection of library resources includesthe printed documents (such as books, journals, etc.) which aresupplemented by audio and video cassettes. But the recentdevelopments in the field of ICT and the emergence Internet, WWWhave dramatically changed the whole scenario. Libraries now haveboth printed as well as electronic resources in their collection. Thedevelopment of ICT, WWW and the emergence of e-resources alsoaffect the information seeking, information searching and retrieval.The clientele of university libraries are nowadays more computerliterate and internet aware. They prefer the information resources inelectronic form and want remote and any time access to theseresources. This paper presents the results of the case study carriedout to understand the availability and access to e-resources in AssamUniversity.
E-Resources Available in Assam University LibrarySl. No. Types of e-resources Total No. 1. CD-ROMs / DVD-ROMs (Books) 317 2. CD-ROMs / DVD-ROMs (Journals) 74 3. Audio Cassettes (French) 06 4. Audio Cassettes (Fine Arts) 39 5. Online Journal (Through UGC-Infonet) 5000+ 6. Online Journal (Through DeLCON) 971
Objectives of the Study To study the use of different types of e-resources by thestudents, research scholars and teachers To determine the frequency of using the electronic resourcesby the users To know the place from where users access the e-resources To study the various purposes of using e-resources by theusers To ascertain the problems faced by the library users in usingthe e-resources To draw opinions and suggestions from the users towardsimproving the accessibility of the e-resources available in theAUS Library
MethodologyThe present study has been conducted using survey method.Primarily, the questionnaire has been used as a data collectiontool along with observations and informal interviews.The questionnaire consists of twenty questions which have beendesigned keeping in view the objectives of the study.A total of 150 questionnaires are distributed randomly tostudents, research scholars and teachers of Assam University.For the purpose of this study, other sources of information arealso consulted and data have been collected from the libraryrecords, annual reports, and by visiting the websites of AssamUniversity Silchar (www.aus.ac.in), UGC-Infonet Digital LibraryConsortium (www.inflibnet.ac.in), DELNET (www.delnet.nic.in) andDeLCON (www.delcon.gov.in).
Responses Received from the Respondents 26% Received Not Recieved 74% Questionnaires selected for the study (N) = 111 – 3 = 108
Category and Gender wise Distribution of Respondents 60Percentage of Respondents 50 21.29 40 30 Female 13.89 Male 20 37.04 6.48 10 13.89 7.41 0 Student Research Scholar Teacher Category
Comparison in Using Printed and Electronic Resources 28% Mainly Printed Mainly Electronic Equally Printed and Electronic11% 61%
Usage of Different Types of E- Resources 44.44 45 36.11 40Percentage of Responses 35 30 25 20 15 10 2.78 0 0 5 0 0 CDs DVDs Audios E-journals E-books Other Types of e-resources
Frequency of Using E-Resources 16.67 24.07 Daily 13.89 Once in a week Several times in a 5.56 week25.93 Once in a month 5.56 8.33 Several times in a month Occasionally No response
Places of Accessing E-Resources 47.22Percentage of Responses 50 40 27.78 30 19.44 20 10 2.78 0 Library Computer Department Wi-Fi Centre (LAN) Places
Purposes of Using E-Resources 33.33 Percentage of Respondents 33.33 33.33 35 30 25 22.22 20 16.67 15 10 5 0 0 For For writing For For For Other preparing papers projects seminars research purpose notes work Purposes
Preference of E-Resources over Printed Resources 0.93 % Yes No 99.07 %
Reasons for Preference of E-Resources70 69.4460 52.78 Percentage of Respondents5040 33.33 36.1130 27.78 252010 0 0 Made it easier Reduced Improved the Made it easier Expanded the Made it easier Other reason to find working time quality of work to keep up resources to get hold of materials with the available the materials developments Reasons for Prefernce
Problems Faced in Using E-Resources 66.67 70 60Percentage of Responses 50 40 27.78 30.56 30 20 13.89 11.11 10 0 0 0 Problem in Difficult to Lack of ICT Lack of Frequently Inadequate Other internet read from Knowledge training power number of problems connectivity screen failure computers Problems
Suggestions & RecommendationsThe infrastructure facilities should be enhanced for better utilization ofavailable e-resources.Necessary arrangements should be made for uninterrupted powersupply so that user can access the e-resources without any difficulty.The speed of Internet should to be increased for quick access to theavailable e-resources.Higher speeds Wi-Fi campus needs to be developed by AUS, so thatusers can access online e-resources within the campus according to theirsuitability.The library should conduct feedback / users survey to know the need ofthe users from time to time.Networked printers must be provided in the central as well as in thedepartmental libraries so that the users can take print-outs.The Internet facility should be extended to the hostels and rooms of theteachers.More number of terminals with internet connection should be providedin the departments.
ConclusionThe study reveals that there is a need to take necessarysteps for better utilization of e-resources available in theAssam University Library. Number of journals providedthrough the UGC-Infonet Digital Library Consortium andDeLCON should be increased and to make use of all thesee-resources, awareness programme should be conducted.The study revealed that there is a need to developinfrastructure facilities for optimum use of available e-resources.