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Determining the factors influencing the level of awareness and usage of open source digital repository software by academic librarians in India

Raj Kishor Kampa (Department of Library and Information Science, Khallikote University, Berhampur, India)
Nihar Kanta Patra (Central Library, Manipur University, Imphal, India)

Digital Library Perspectives

ISSN: 2059-5816

Article publication date: 4 August 2020

Issue publication date: 4 September 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the level of awareness and usage of open source digital repository software (DRS). The paper also studies the factors, which influence the level of awareness and usage of different open source DRS by academic librarians in India.

Design/methodology/approach

The study administered an online questionnaire to academic librarians in India to know their level of awareness and usage of open source DRS. The questionnaire aimed to gather the awareness and usage of open source DSR. In total, 374 complete responses were collected from academic librarians in India and the collected data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Moreover, Fishers’ exact test was used to identify whether factors i.e. qualification and participation in workshop/seminar influence the level of awareness and usage of open source DRS.

Findings

The results of the study reveal that the level of awareness and usage of open source DRS, namely, DSpace (Mean = 2.92, SD = 0.906) and Greenstone digital library software (GSDL) (Mean = 2.18, SD = 0.699) are high amongst the academic librarians in India. In total, 33.4%, 11.5% of the participants are using DSpace and GSDL, respectively, on regular basis. Fishers’ exact test shows that factor(s) i.e. qualifications and participation in workshop/seminar affect the level of awareness and usage of open source DRS. The results show that there exits strong relation between participation in workshop/seminar and awareness and usage of DSpace (Fishers’ exact test = 13.473, p < 0.05).

Originality/value

This paper is the new type of study exploring level of awareness and usage of open source DRS by academic librarians in India. It identifies the factors that affect the awareness and usage of open source DRS. It is the first study to analyze the statistical significance between Indian librarians’ participation in workshop/seminar and their level of awareness and usage of different open source DRS.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank editorial team and the anonymous reviewers for their insightful suggestions and meticulous reading of the manuscript.

Citation

Kampa, R.K. and Patra, N.K. (2020), "Determining the factors influencing the level of awareness and usage of open source digital repository software by academic librarians in India", Digital Library Perspectives, Vol. 36 No. 3, pp. 303-317. https://doi.org/10.1108/DLP-05-2020-0042

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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