Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Information Technology Application in Health Science Libraries: A Study of Delhi

Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Information Technology Application in Health Science Libraries: A Study of Delhi

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Introduction

As the backbone of any research depends upon the data pertaining to the various facets of the topic, this paper deals with the data collected through questionnaire and other methods pertaining to the five Health Science Libraries under study. Thereafter, the collected data has been analysed to reach to certain conclusions.

As per the procedure followed questionnaires were distributed to collect the data from five Health Science Libraries on different aspects keeping in view the number of professional staff available in each library. Consequently the number of questionnaires administered in five Health Science Libraries is given in Table 1.1. Due to the shortage of professional staff in almost all libraries, 35 questionnaires were distributed among the professional staff having LIS degree of 5 healthcare libraries viz. B. B. Dixit library of AIIMS, ICMR, National Medical library, National Documentation Centre of the National Institute of Health and Family Welfare and Maulana Azad Medical College library. In all 20 duly filled questionnaires were received back and the data thus collected from the staff of these libraries has been analysed in this chapter.

General Information about Health Science Libraries

Table No. 1 reveals that Resource Centre of Indian Council of Medical Research is the oldest amongst the five libraries being established in 1949. National Documentation Centre of National Institute of Health and Family Welfare was established in 1977. B. B. Dixit library of AIIMS was established in 1952, while Central Library of Maulana Azad Medical College and National Medical library in 1959 and 1966 respectively.

Working Hours of HSL

Table 2 reveals that B. B. Dixit library of AIIMS provides 24x7 library services round the year. National Medical library also remains open for 360 days, but provides its services for only 11 hours daily. Similarly National Documentation Centre of NIHFW, Resource Centre of MAML and ICMR Library remain open for 300 days, but offer library services for 9 to 11 hours daily.

Status of Library Staff Position

The problem of shortage of staff in libraries is common in Indian context. In general, however, the perception about HSL appears to be that of better staff positions. The study as shown in Table 4 reveals the condition of staffing position. Overall it was assessed that out of as many as 71 sanctioned technical posts, 23 posts are vacant amounting to 33% of the total, which is quite a large number when one thinks of provision of essential services in HSL.

Gender wise Analysis of Library Staff

As to the gender wise data collected from library staff, it is revealed that out of 20 male staff members, responses were received from only 13 members i.e. the response rate is 65%. Similarly out of 15 female staff members, responses were received from only 07 members i.e. 47% as shown in Table 5 below.

Age Wise Analysis of Library Staff

Table 6 provides age wise analysis of the respondent with male and female staff taken together. The table shows that the response rate of the library staff to be the highest in the age group from 40 to 45 years, and the lowest in the age group from less than 25 years i.e. 0%.

Qualification of Library Staff

The quality of library services depends on the professional qualification and professional skills of library staff. The qualification of library staff members in five health science libraries is separately given in Table 7. It reveals that the highest qualification among library staff in five HSL is Ph.D. in Library & Information Science possess by the Chief librarian of BBDL (AIIMS), The maximum Masters degree (M.Lib.I.Sc.) holders i.e. 5 are working in NDC (NIHFW) and some of the library staff members have either diploma or degree in computer science, which include 2 in AIIMS, one in NDC and 3 in Maulana Azad Medical College.

Availability of Computer Professional Staff

Very surprisingly no post of computer professional staff is sanctioned in any library under the present study. …

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