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Title: User attitude towards access to electronic information resources in academic Libraries: a cross faculty analysis
Authors: Dehigama, K.
Dharmarathne, W.G.A
Keywords: Electronic Information Resources
University of Peradenya Library Network
Undergraduate Students
Faculty of Allied Health Sciences
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: South Eastern University of Sri- Lanka, Oluvil, Sri- Lanka
Citation: Proceedings of 5th International Symposium 2015 on " Emerging Trends and Challenges in Multidisciplinary Research, pp. 92-95
Abstract: University of Peradeniya Library Network (UoPLN) is among the pioneers in application of Information Technology in the field of Library and Information Science. UoPLN provides access to wealth of e-resources and invests heavily on user training. University community is trained and instructed to access electronic information resources through orientation programmes, workshops and seminars conducted by the library. In the light of widespread availability of e- resources, users are encouraged to make optimal use of them. The study is aimed to investigate the attitude of undergraduates of University of Peradeniya library towards access to electronic resources available in the Faculty libraries of Allied Health Sciences and Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science. Under quantitative approach, cross sectional survey design was employed as the research method. Structured questionnaires were used to collect data. Study reveals that there is a lack of ICT skills among first year students. Level of awareness about e-resources among undergraduates up to third year is very low. Final year students of the both faculties prefer accessing e-format over printed formats. Users clearly indicated that the requirement of access to information within the time convenient to them and wishes to access to information from their homes and hostels. The study concludes with the recommendation of providing specific awareness programmes to selected groups. More vigorous training is suggested to students with low ICT skills. Also it is recommended libraries to revive modes and timing of providing access to e-resources.
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