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Kuwait University faculty’s use of electronic resources during the COVID-19 pandemic

Batool A. Hendal (Department of Information Studies, Kuwait University, Kuwait City, Kuwait)

Digital Library Perspectives

ISSN: 2059-5816

Article publication date: 17 June 2020

Issue publication date: 11 December 2020

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to examine the extent of benefits Kuwait University faculty received from the electronic resources offered by Kuwait University Libraries Administration, specifically during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Design/methodology/approach

An online survey was distributed using Google Forms via different social media platforms and official emails. The sample was Kuwait University faculty from all 16 colleges.

Findings

The results showed humble use of electronic resources during this critical time. The faculty mostly used the electronic resources for writing research papers, and databases and e-journals were their most preferred resources. The majority of nonusers indicated that they did not need these resources, and the rest referred to their unawareness of these resources. The results also showed that the majority of nonusers were willing to learn more about the electronic resources and how to use them.

Originality/value

The results and recommendations of this study are expected to be beneficial to Kuwait University and Kuwait University Libraries Administration, specifically, in terms of knowing what the faculty members use and prefer and the problems they face when searching electronic resources.

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Acknowledgements

The author would like to thank Kuwait University Libraries Administration for its assistance in distributing the survey, with special thanks going to Mahmoud Al-Ghadhban, director of KU libraries, and Sayed Ali Hamza for their cooperation.

Citation

Hendal, B.A. (2020), "Kuwait University faculty’s use of electronic resources during the COVID-19 pandemic", Digital Library Perspectives, Vol. 36 No. 4, pp. 429-439. https://doi.org/10.1108/DLP-04-2020-0023

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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