Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

User Perception of Dspace in Pdpu Library: A Case Study

Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

User Perception of Dspace in Pdpu Library: A Case Study

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1.0 Introduction:

Information is oil today and a million rupees question that information must be well-organized quickly retrieved and comprehensively disseminated. Today Information and data can be managed with various software and tools vis. commercial and open source software but today open source has changed the paradigm in library realm and became popular choice in library and information professions. According to Tennant (2009), "Open Source is better option than commercial software" he asserted that Since last few years open source digital repository systems has significantly recognised a solution platform in today's' digital age. The current study tries to identify the extent of adoption and perceptions of open source digital repository system-DSpace, among Indian library and information professionals. An extensive evaluation of the DSpace digital document repository systems has been conducted. The evaluation aimed at selecting an open source software package that best satisfies the organization needs and the requirements for the storage, dissemination and preservation of documents and for their optimum information usage. The DSpace repository systems were evaluated against 12 basic features were chosen from core categories (Table-4) of requirements: community, security, functionality, integration, modularity, metadata, statistics and reports, preservation, and outputs. These criteria were selected with the expansive literature review and pilot project conducted at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University Gandhinagar. This research emphasis on two aspects of study one is to know adoption situation of DSpace for managing institutional scholarly repository among PDPU library professionals and second is to know user perceptions and level of satisfaction investigating the academic staff, researchers, and student's roles to successful management of digital repository (DL) using DSpace.

2.0 Review of Literature:

The research paper published by entitled adoption and user perception of Koha library management system in India published in 'Annals of Library and Information Studies' vol. 59, December, 2012 gave me an idea and delving into my choice of software-DSpace. The idea of samples selection has obtained from DSpace and Duraspace foundation, US that gave me delivery of correct information to my research. A number of authors advocated the suitability of OSS (Open Source Software) to libraries, while a few articles describe empirical studies of open source digital library systems using DSpace. Sreekumar, M, G. (2007) asserted that open source is better than proprietary software because libraries may alter it to meet their needs, and such alterations may benefit other libraries as well. However, he noted that small libraries were unlikely to have technically sophisticated personnel who could install and maintain OSS, and large libraries exceeded the scalability limits of open source ILSs at the time. Bretthauer (2006) considered OSS an opportunity for libraries and with a "tendency to push innovations". OSS considered low-cost solutions for technological applications and offer cheap alternatives to expensive commercialized solutions for libraries. Forrester undertook an in-depth study of how open source software is being used in North America and Europe to understand its role in IT and examine the barriers and benefits that open source software represents to enterprise customers. Among the concerns, the biggest concern was to find 'technical support'. The survey revealed respondents' perceptions as: OS provide significant economic and technological benefits including cost savings, improving overall efficiency of IT, quality of products and processes, greater innovation, increased competition among service offerings, and more efficient use of resources across the industry. SreeKumar (2007) has compared the open source DSpace, E-Print, and Greenstone in a cross comparison ranking of their features, and found that DSpace was the most functionally mature of the three. …

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