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The use of online newspapers among librarians in India

V.S. Sivankutty (Professional Assistant in Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, India)
Jinu Sudhakaran (Professional Assistant in Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, India)

Library Hi Tech News

ISSN: 0741-9058

Article publication date: 8 March 2011




Librarians need to educate users about online newspapers available in the library. The purpose of this paper is to survey the attitude of librarians towards online newspapers.


A questionnaire on the various aspects of online newspaper usage was prepared and was circulated to librarians working in various parts of the country through e‐mail.


It was found that librarians are making use of many features in the newspaper sites while offering library services.

Research limitations/implications

Since the questionnaire was circulated online an interaction with the librarians was not possible. Partial responses were eliminated from the study.

Social implications

Newspapers are a preferred source of information. Online newspapers from different parts of the world open a new window of knowledge to all. Librarians and administrators should engage in promoting online newspapers so that they will reach a wider array of users.


The attitude of librarians in India towards online newspapers has not received much attention up to now; such a study would help various firms, library science educators and organizations to rethink their usage of online newspapers.



Sivankutty, V.S. and Sudhakaran, J. (2011), "The use of online newspapers among librarians in India", Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 28 No. 1, pp. 10-12.



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