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Usage of digital library services during COVID-19 pandemic: a study of Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs)

Anam Jamal Ansari (Department of Library and Information Science, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India)
Naushad Ali PM (Department of Library and Information Science, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India)

Digital Library Perspectives

ISSN: 2059-5816

Article publication date: 26 April 2023

Issue publication date: 16 November 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to find out the digital services of management libraries provided during the library closure and the challenges and initiatives the libraries have taken up to fulfill the need of their user community during the pandemic crisis.

Design/methodology/approach

To meet the purpose of the study, the investigators have used a survey method. An online questionnaire was devised and administered among the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) librarians using Microsoft Forms.

Findings

The study's findings suggested that all the libraries under investigation must avail of various digital library services in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Further, the investigators recommend that libraries formulate a disaster preparedness and management plan in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic so that libraries can prepare themselves for the future.

Originality/value

The pandemic has affected every aspect of life and changed the digital library services scenario. Thus, it is essential to examine the role libraries have played during the COVID-19 pandemic and distinguish the challenges and initiatives libraries have taken to tackle the problems they faced. This study has been conducted on the digital library services that were provided by the libraries of IIMs.

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Citation

Ansari, A.J. and PM, N.A. (2023), "Usage of digital library services during COVID-19 pandemic: a study of Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs)", Digital Library Perspectives, Vol. 39 No. 4, pp. 538-550. https://doi.org/10.1108/DLP-10-2022-0083

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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