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E‐information usage among engineering academics in India with special reference to Rajasthan State

Sunil Bhatt (Banasthali University, Rajasthan, India)
Madan Singh Rana (Central Library, Assam University, Silchar, India)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 6 September 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The main objective of this paper is to analyse and evaluate the use of e‐resources by the engineering academics of Rajasthan state. It aims to consider the various factors of e‐resources usage such as purposes, impact, importance, problems, acceptance, and satisfaction with e‐resources.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey method of research was applied to ascertain the present status of use of e‐resources. The survey was conducted with the help of a structured questionnaire followed by interview as and where it was felt necessary. Two formats of questionnaire were prepared; first, a printed format and second, an electronic format using Google Docs spreadsheet. The data so collected were analysed and interpreted with the help of MS Excel.

Findings

The study finds many aspects of e‐resources use among engineering academics of Rajasthan. It reveals that academic staff were using many types of e‐resources. They were also using the latest sources of information like e‐groups, virtual conferences. Using the e‐resources, their academic/professional competency also improved. The teaching methodology also involved the e‐resources uses and the students' ability was also affected in a positive manner by this methodology. Some problems were also explored in using e‐resources. The majority of users were quite satisfied with using e‐resources.

Originality/value

The study was an attempt to evaluate the use of e‐resources by academic staff of engineering colleges of Rajasthan. Results from the study are encouraging and it is hoped that the findings will provide meaning and a useful platform for further research as well as usability among engineering academics will also be improved.

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Citation

Bhatt, S. and Singh Rana, M. (2011), "E‐information usage among engineering academics in India with special reference to Rajasthan State", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 29 No. 3, pp. 496-511. https://doi.org/10.1108/07378831111174440

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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