Use of ICT in college libraries in Karnataka, India: a survey

B.T. Sampath Kumar (Department of Postgraduate Studies and Research in Library and Information Science, Kuvempu University, Shivamogga, India)
B.S. Biradar (Department of Postgraduate Studies and Research in Library and Information Science, Kuvempu University, Shivamogga, India)

Program: electronic library and information systems

ISSN: 0033-0337

Publication date: 27 July 2010

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the use of information communication technology (ICT) in 31 college libraries in Karnataka, India by investigating the ICT infrastructure, current status of library automation, barriers to implementation of library automation and also librarians' attitudes towards the use of ICT.

Design/methodology/approach

Data‐gathering tools used included questionnaire, observation and informal interview with selected college librarians.

Findings

Application of ICT in Indian college libraries has not reached a very high level. Lack of budget, lack of manpower, lack of skilled staff and lack of training are the main constraints for not automating library activities. Even though library professionals have shown a positive attitude towards the use of ICT applications and library automation, they need extensive and appropriate training to make use of ICT tools.

Originality/value

This is a comprehensive study on the use of ICT in Indian college libraries. Its findings should help college librarians, local government and also the University Grants Commission, New Delhi.

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Citation

Sampath Kumar, B.T. and Biradar, B.S. (2010), "Use of ICT in college libraries in Karnataka, India: a survey", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 44 No. 3, pp. 271-282. https://doi.org/10.1108/00330331011064267

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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