Library Services

Information seeking behavior of the nursing professionals of Apollo College of Nursing, Chennai

Author: 
M. Grace and R. Jeyshankar (pp. 284-294)
ABSTRACT: 
Aims at analyzing the information seeking behavior of the nursing professionals of Apollo College of Nursing, Chennai. Questionnaire (N =175) was used to collect the data and the analysis covers mainly the type of sources used, usage pattern, services utilized by the users, information seeking behaviour, level of satisfaction and constraints faced by the nursing professionals. Concludes that the library sources and services were utilized at the maximum level by the undergraduates and users who had lecturing and research as their nature of work.
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Perspectives of LIS professionals on information and communication technologies (ICTs)

Author: 
K.S. Sivakumaren, V. Geetha, B.Jeyapragash and S.Gopalakrishnan
ABSTRACT: 
Examines the level of knowledge on ICT tools, resources used to develop ICT skills/knowledge, and attitudes of LIS professionals towards ICT. The data was collected from 162 library professionals working in engineering institutions in and around Chennai. It was found that majority of LIS professionals had fair knowledge expert on ICT tools; they used various resources to develop their knowledge on ICT. States that the LIS professionals have positive attitude on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).
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Measuring library effectiveness in VTU Research Centers in Karnataka: A study

Author: 
Chandrashekara J. and Adithya Kumari H.
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Focuses on the effectiveness of measures taken at 82 research centers libraries of VTU, Karnataka. The effectiveness with regard to the various methods adopted to acquire required information resources, use of library budget, maintenance of library stack, managing periodical and reference section, internet centers are also discussed. Further, methods adopted to collect use feedback and maintain good interpersonal relationship with user were analyzed. It was found that there are 65 (79.3%) librarians are effectively using the method of consulting recommended books in the syllabus and 67 (81.7%) librarians manage the periodical section effectively current periodicals are to be regularly displayed in the library. According to the opinion of 75 (91.5%) librarians' effective method to make better use of internet center is to maintain and update the computer systems in the libraries. Further, there are 50 (61.0%) librarians who are using checklist as effective method in collecting user feedback about activities and program offered in their libraries and 71 (86.6%) librarians opine that the use checklist method effectively to maintain good interpersonal relationship with users of their librarians.
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Beyond web 2.0: Semantic web and it’s influence in library services

Author: 
John Paul Anbu K. and Sridevi Jetty
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States that Web 2.0 applications have drastically transformed the knowledge and information dissemination channels and have also changed the mindset of information seekers. While there is no doubt that the libraries struggle to cope with the changes looming the library horizon many libraries have incorporated the advancements of current innovations and provide services that skillfully make use of the current technology. Services like content enrichment service, digital reference service and the recent advancements in Online Public Access Catalogues (OPAC) prove beyond doubt that the information scientists are working overtime to deliver the advancements of the web. With the current web nearing its run time the future of the information services at the dawn of the newer web technologies seem to be in the quandary. The concept of semantic web is clearly seen as the next major advancement in the web technologies. Examines the various advancements achieved through the web 2.0 technologies especially in the libraries and information centers and goes further to analyse the challenges that lie ahead and the opportunities it has created for the information professionals at the wake of semantic web technologies.
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