Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Use of the Internet in Government First Grade College Libraries in Bidar District

Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Use of the Internet in Government First Grade College Libraries in Bidar District

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Introduction

Internet has revolutionized the world of information. It is one of two technological innovations that have greatly influence the development of communication strategies and practices in both the general and the business communities of the world. The first was the invention of the printing press, Gutenberg's invention served to democratize the possession and transmission of texts, made the production of books much easier and cheaper than the manuscript method it replaced. The Internet provides new horizons for the researcher. A potentially vast population of all kinds of individuals and groups may be more easily reached than ever before, across geographical borders.

Objectives

* To understand the perceptions of Internet technology by students and teaching faculty of colleges,

* To identify the purpose for using the Internet by students and teaching faculty of colleges,

* To identify the use of Internet services and its impact on college activities and services.

* To understand the search strategy adopted for searching information by students and teaching faculty of colleges,

* To know the level of satisfaction towards Internet and evaluate the features of Internet as an information source and

* To understand the difficulties faced by users in using the Internet.

Statement of the Problem

The study is restricted to Government First Grade colleges libraries in Bidar District and studies the use of the Internet in the libraries there, with a view to discovering problems, offering recommendations, and providing insight on user needs and behavior.

Methodology

The questionnaire method has been adopted for collecting research data from the user of college libraries which has been distributed to 8 colleges libraries in Bidar District. 320 questionnaires have distributed to the students and faculty members in 8 colleges libraries of Bidar Dist. Out of which, 260 filled in questionnaires were received back which accounts 81.25%.

Literature Review

The use of Internet methodology discussed by Eynon (2005). The most common use of ICTs in all subjects was to provide students with access to a range of online resources. Academic's students with access to it range of online resources. Academic's motivations for using ICTs included: enhancing the educational, such as the rise in student numbers and demand for flexible learning opportunities; and personal interest and enjoyment. The difficulties academics encountered when using these technologies for teaching included; alack of time; dissatisfaction with the software available; and copyright. This is a small scale, exploratory study. The study of the extent use of the Internet by Adanu and Alemna (2005).The study was undertaken at the Balme Library, University or Ghana. The findings indicate that among the services, email is the most used, followed by the use for research. The study undertaken by Adame (2005) surveyed 743 undergraduate students at two academic institutions to examine their Internet use, health-seeking behaviors, and attitudes related to the use of the Internet to obtain health information. Fifty-three percent of the respondents indicated that they would like to get health information online, and 288 reported that they would like to attend a health program online. Overall, 74% of the students reported having ever received health information online, and more than 40% reported that they frequently searched the Internet for information. They used various search engines and multiple websites to find health information. Issues related to the credibility of the information on health sites to find health information. Issues related to the credibility of the information on health sites were crucial considerations for students.

The study by Luambano and Julita (2004) revealed that the level of students' access to the Internet was low, and the major reason was that at the time of the study, computers with Internet facilities were inadequate. …

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