Electronic Information Sources and Services in Anna University Libraries in Tamil Nadu: A Study


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Department of Library Information science, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

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DR. B. MAHADEVAN .,UGC Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Library and Information science, Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar, Tamil Nadu, India

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The present century is witnessing knowledge revolution resulting from rapid growth in information and communication technology, acceleration of technical change and intensification of globalization. Initially most of the student community has not made use of the invaluable electronic resources. As time passed the training programmers have greatly removed the hindrances like lack of awareness, lack of refresher course work etc. It further contributed in motivating the faculty members as the majority student community are relaying upon electronic resources. The Anna University libraries have moved steadily forward in creating new ambiances for electronic resources which helped their users to find the relevant authentic information that they need regardless of availability at local or global level. Today our cultural heritage is being created by individuals and corporations in digital form as web pages are online publications. The present study concentrated on evaluation of the use of electronic information sources and services in terms of use and user satisfaction in Anna University libraries. The analysis shows that 3-4 hours of access to internet is quite common among the respondents of student and faculty members. The Study reveals that the faculty respondents occupy the first position with respect to their overall problems in the use of electronic information sources and services, students the second, non-teaching staff the third and the technical staff last.

Keywords: World Wide Web (WWW), Internet, CD-ROM, E-Journals, Indest Consortia, Search Engines, OPAC