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Information Needs in ICT
Environment: A Study among the
Students of Assam Down Town
University
By
Prafulla Kumar Mahanta,
...
INTRODUCTION
INFORMATION
The word “Information” has derived from Latin word “Informare” means to give shape
to something. ...
INFORMATION SEEKING BEHAVIOUR
• Wilson (1999) consider “Information behaviours are those activities a person may
engage in...
OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY
• To identify the frequency and reasons for visiting the library by
the students of Assam down tow...
5
RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
In this research, questionnaire method adopted to collect data
from the students of Assam Down Town...
RESPONSE OF THE SAMPLE
97.50%
2.50%
Responded Not responded
6
Analysis and interpretation of Data
7
0%
5%
10%
15%
20%
25%
30%
Every day Three times
in a week
Two times in
a week
At least once
in a week
Once in a
month
29...
8
DURATION OF TIME SPENDS IN LIBRARY
0%
5%
10%
15%
20%
25%
30%
Less than half
hour
Half hour to one
hour
One to two hours ...
REASON FOR VISITING LIBRARY
9
87.69%
5.13%
14.87%
68.20%
38.97%
9.74%
38.97%
9.74%
77.95%
44.10%
0.00%
10.00%
20.00%
30.00...
10
Continued…
PURPOSE OF INFORMATION NEEDS
83.07%
34.36%
38.97%
44.1%
73.33%
19.49%
Chart-5:Purpose of Information Needs
P...
ICT SKILLS POSSESS TO RETRIEVE THE REQUIRED INFORMATION
11
0%
20%
40%
60%
80%
HandlingofComputer
Familiarwithsoftware
Inte...
12
Continued…
INFORMATION SOURCES IN ICT ENVIRONMENT USED BY THE
STUDENTS
87.69%
77.95%
68.20%
24.62%
24.62%
48.72%
9.74%
...
13
Continued…
BARRIERS FOR ACCESSING AND USING THE REQUIRED
INFORMATION
0.00% 20.00% 40.00% 60.00% 80.00%
Information is t...
14
Continued…
38.97%
24.61%
34.36%
29.23%
24.61%
83.07%
77.95%
Chart-9: Strategies adopted to overcome the problems
1
2
3
...
RECOMMENDATIONS
1. Sufficient library staff should be employed in the library for betterment of library services.
2. Suffi...
CONCLUSION
• The findings showed that the main reason for less
consulting journals by the students is the unavailable
of l...
17
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Information Needs in ICT Environment: A Study among the Students of Assam Down Town University

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18th National Convention on Knowledge, Library and Information Networking - NACLIN 2015, organised by DELNET in collaboration with Gulbarga University Library, Gulbarga from November 24-26, 2015

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Information Needs in ICT Environment: A Study among the Students of Assam Down Town University

  1. 1. Information Needs in ICT Environment: A Study among the Students of Assam Down Town University By Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Research Scholar, Gauhati University Cum Librarian, Assam Down Town University 1
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION INFORMATION The word “Information” has derived from Latin word “Informare” means to give shape to something. It can be defined as “some meaningful messages recorded in conventional and non conventional media; stored and processed by messages and dissemination to user. INFORMATION NEEDS Ching-Chih Chen and Peter Hernom stress that an information need is more than a question asked of an introduction provider. It occurs whenever people find themselves in situations that require some form of knowledge for resolution. The Librarian’s Thesaurus defines information need as “that need which library services or materials are intended to satisfy. According to Kuhlthau (1993) information need is often understood in information science as evolving from a vague awareness of something missing and as culminating in locating information that contributes to understanding and meaning. 2
  3. 3. INFORMATION SEEKING BEHAVIOUR • Wilson (1999) consider “Information behaviours are those activities a person may engage in when identifying his or her own needs for information, searching for such information in any way and using or transferring that information.” • According to Giraj Kumar (1990) Information seeking behaviour is mainly concerned with who needs what kinds of information for what reasons, how information is found, evaluated and used. ICT AND INFORMATION NEED • The World has tremendous changes as well as also changes the requirements of information. Thus changes the purposes of information needs and the way of seeking and gathering information. The key factor which has influence on information needs and the process of seeking and gathering information is the advancement of information and communication technology (ICT). Information and communication technology (ICT) may be defined as the convergence of electronic, computing and telecommunications. 3 Continued…
  4. 4. OBJECTIVES OF THE STUDY • To identify the frequency and reasons for visiting the library by the students of Assam down town University; • To determine the purposes of information needs in ICT environment among the Students; • To know the ICT skills possess to retrieved the required information in ICT environment; • To identify the types of information sources used by the students in ICT environment; • To find out the barriers for accessing and using the required information by the students; • To identify the strategies adopted to overcome the difficulties by the students. 4
  5. 5. 5 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY In this research, questionnaire method adopted to collect data from the students of Assam Down Town University, Assam. Also for collecting secondary data used the relevant research work, journals, reference books and internet. SCOPE OF THE STUDY This Study covers only the Students of Assam Down Town University, Panikhaiti, Guwahati-26, Assam. It is a State private University established in the year 2010 providing courses like Engineering, Pharmacy, Management, Nursing, Paramedical sciences etc.
  6. 6. RESPONSE OF THE SAMPLE 97.50% 2.50% Responded Not responded 6 Analysis and interpretation of Data
  7. 7. 7 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% Every day Three times in a week Two times in a week At least once in a week Once in a month 29.23% 19.49% 12.30% 19.49% 19.49% Chart-2: Frequency of visiting Library FREQUENCY OF VISITING LIBRARY Continued…
  8. 8. 8 DURATION OF TIME SPENDS IN LIBRARY 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% Less than half hour Half hour to one hour One to two hours Two to three hours 29.74% 21.54% 29.23% 19.49% Chart -3 : Duration of time spends in library Continued…
  9. 9. REASON FOR VISITING LIBRARY 9 87.69% 5.13% 14.87% 68.20% 38.97% 9.74% 38.97% 9.74% 77.95% 44.10% 0.00% 10.00% 20.00% 30.00% 40.00% 50.00% 60.00% 70.00% 80.00% 90.00% 100.00% Chart-4: Reason for visiting Library Continued…
  10. 10. 10 Continued… PURPOSE OF INFORMATION NEEDS 83.07% 34.36% 38.97% 44.1% 73.33% 19.49% Chart-5:Purpose of Information Needs Preparing notes Writing articles Research work Keeping up-to-date Improving Knowledge Sharing knowledge with colleagues
  11. 11. ICT SKILLS POSSESS TO RETRIEVE THE REQUIRED INFORMATION 11 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% HandlingofComputer Familiarwithsoftware Internetbrowsing Onlinesearch AccesstoWebsite E-mailing Useofdigitalresources Downloadingofwebresources Keepingtouchwithbulletinboard Audio/videoconferencing 77.95% 48.72% 70.77% 58.46% 38.97% 58.46% 24.62% 48.72% 24.62% 19.49% Chart - 6 : ICT Skills possess to retrieve the required Information Continued…
  12. 12. 12 Continued… INFORMATION SOURCES IN ICT ENVIRONMENT USED BY THE STUDENTS 87.69% 77.95% 68.20% 24.62% 24.62% 48.72% 9.74% 9.74% 44.10% 24.62% 9.74% 24.62% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Chart-7: Information sources used by the Students
  13. 13. 13 Continued… BARRIERS FOR ACCESSING AND USING THE REQUIRED INFORMATION 0.00% 20.00% 40.00% 60.00% 80.00% Information is too vast Information scattered in too many sources Out dated information materials Incomplete information materials Lack of computer hardware and software Lack of Technical support Lack of time for online searching Lack of training in electronics resources Low internet speed Power supply and backup 68.20% 19.49% 48.72% 34.36% 14.87% 5.12% 14.87% 44.10% 19.49% 68.20% 9.74%
  14. 14. 14 Continued… 38.97% 24.61% 34.36% 29.23% 24.61% 83.07% 77.95% Chart-9: Strategies adopted to overcome the problems 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 STRATEGIES ADOPTED TO OVERCOME THE PROBLEMS
  15. 15. RECOMMENDATIONS 1. Sufficient library staff should be employed in the library for betterment of library services. 2. Sufficient ICT infrastructure facility should be provided in the library. 3. The library should provide more computer terminals with internet facility. 4. The library should setup digital library and enrich the collections with different form of digital materials. 5. Effort should be made to increase the speed of internet access so that the students can make accessible to web-based resources. 6. Resources sharing facility should be introduced. 7. The library should increase the space of library and hence provide group discussion facility separately inside the library. 8. The library should subscribe the enough print journals as well as e-journal for all the departments. 9. Required to fully automated the library and provide OPAC facility so that users can access the every document in the library. 15
  16. 16. CONCLUSION • The findings showed that the main reason for less consulting journals by the students is the unavailable of latest and updated print journals in the library. • The Library should increase internet speed and provide sufficient ICT infrastructure with sufficient digital materials. 16
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