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Web‐based library services in university libraries in India: an analysis of librarians' perspective

M. Madhusudhan (Department of Library & Information Science, University of Delhi, India)
V. Nagabhushanam (Library, Kakatiya University, Warangal, India)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 28 September 2012

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Abstract

Purpose

This purpose of this paper is to present the current state and use of the web by university libraries in India and to examine the web‐based library services offered by some university libraries in different sections via their websites with the help of web‐based library automation software.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey was conducted through a structured questionnaire circulated personally among university librarians and the response rate was 100 percent. The responses received from the respondents to 22 questions are presented in the form of tables and figures and analyzed using a simple method of percentages.

Findings

The findings show that many of the surveyed university libraries are yet to exploit full potential of the web forms, and are lagging behind in effective use of library website. A few libraries offer innovative web‐based library services in different sections. This study identified specific ways in which the web helps university libraries to improve and develop innovative and creative web‐based library services. Some key improvements and developments are: there is an urgent need to develop dynamic library websites and incorporate relevant Web 2.0 based services including web forms in each web‐based library service; apply semantic technologies and ontologies; adopt next‐generation internet (IPv6); and provide multi‐language support content. This study also examined institutional characteristics and resources dedicated to web‐based services.

Originality/value

The geographical area of the study was restricted to 20 university libraries in India.

Keywords

Citation

Madhusudhan, M. and Nagabhushanam, V. (2012), "Web‐based library services in university libraries in India: an analysis of librarians' perspective", The Electronic Library, Vol. 30 No. 5, pp. 569-588. https://doi.org/10.1108/02640471211275657

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2012, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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