The purpose of this paper is to investigate the use of electronic information sources (EIS) and the need for end‐user training in the Fisheries Sciences institutions of South India.
This paper was conducted using a questionnaire‐based survey method along with the observations and informal interviews among the users of the seven Fisheries Sciences institutions of South India. The response rate received was 79 per cent. The sample respondents chosen for the study consists of 183 teachers/scientists, 71 research scholars and 81 postgraduate students. The data collected were tabulated and analyzed by using SPSS statistical software. The analysis of data covers the computer literacy level, use of different electronic sources, and frequency of its use, and the areas of training needed by the users of Fisheries Sciences institutions.
It is observed that the respondent's perceived ability to use the computer is quite high and that there is significant use of EIS mainly for research purposes. Though the majority felt that their level of computer literacy was average or above average, they expressed a need for training in the use of the EIS. The respondents preferred workshops, hands‐on training, on‐screen presentations and the need‐based support to self‐help guides/hand‐outs and training by central/state government.
The findings of the paper have provided useful insights for the library management to take appropriate steps and plan strategies in a systematic manner so as to enable the users to achieve a higher skill which in turn would facilitate the better provision and utilization of the EIS. The paper can also be of use for other subject areas.
Sujatha, H. and Shivananda Murthy, H. (2010), "End‐user training on the utilization of electronic information sources in fisheries sciences institutions in South India", The Electronic Library, Vol. 28 No. 5, pp. 741-754. https://doi.org/10.1108/02640471011082013Download as .RIS
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