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Attitudes of law university library users towards the use of Web OPAC in Karnataka: A study

Devendra Naik (Library, Poornaprajna Institute of Management, Udupi, India)
Khaiser Nikam (Department of Library & Information Science, Mysore University, Mysore, India)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 3 November 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of two law university libraries in the Karnataka state of southern India and their web-based online public access catalogue (web OPAC). Results from a survey of library users’ attitudes towards the use of the web OPAC, methods adopted to learn how to use the web OPAC, guidance sought to use the web OPAC and the extent of use of the web OPAC search facilities in select law school libraries in Karnataka are reported.

Design/methodology/approach

To study the users’ attitudes towards the use of the web OPAC in law university libraries in Karnataka, a questionnaire was developed and distributed to 300 users, including Bachelor Of Legislative Law students, Master of Laws students, research scholars and teaching staff. The sample population was chosen using the convenience sample method, and the researcher received 256 completed and usable questionnaires. A five-point Likert scale was used in the research questionnaire. Typical statistical tests such as mean and standard deviation were applied for the purpose of accuracy.

Findings

The results of the survey indicated that 92.1 per cent of respondents were using the web OPAC. Most of the web OPAC users strongly agreed that they learned to use the web OPAC from a library orientation programme. It was found that there are positive attitudes towards the web OPAC search facility. The survey also found that the web OPAC search page has not given satisfactory guidance to web OPAC users.

Practical implications

This research paper produces findings of relevance to any academic library to develop and implement a user-friendly web OPAC service.

Originality/value

There have been no previous published research studies of the web OPAC and users’ attitudes in the law university libraries in Karnataka state.

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Citation

Naik, D. and Nikam, K. (2014), "Attitudes of law university library users towards the use of Web OPAC in Karnataka: A study", The Electronic Library, Vol. 32 No. 6, pp. 825-833. https://doi.org/10.1108/EL-10-2012-0132

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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