The use of technology for housekeeping and bibliographic searching activities in university libraries of Saudi Arabia: the need for acceleration

H.M. Khalid (H.M. Khalid is Assistant Professor at the Department of Library and Information Sciences, Islamia University, Bahawal Pur, Pakistan)

Library Review

ISSN: 0024-2535

Publication date: 1 June 2000

Abstract

A range of factors has provided facilities for the maximum use of technology in libraries. This application has marked a new era for library services. A postal survey confirms its lesser use in university libraries of Saudi Arabia (less than the UK and Malaysia for example) for housekeeping and bibliographic searching. A literature review points out a number of reasons for this lower use, for example, non‐existence of a national information policy and the lack of trained staff. Use can be increased by taking initiatives by professional organisations and Government agencies. Among these, planning of technology, implementing information policy, developing broader awareness for the use of technology in libraries, establishing staff training and development and user education programmes are particularly important.

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Citation

Khalid, H.M. (2000), "The use of technology for housekeeping and bibliographic searching activities in university libraries of Saudi Arabia: the need for acceleration", Library Review, Vol. 49 No. 4, pp. 179-185. https://doi.org/10.1108/00242530010325472

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MCB UP Ltd

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