Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Use of Online Resources among College Library Users in Kashmir Region

Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Use of Online Resources among College Library Users in Kashmir Region

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Introduction

Information is a most prime element in the present society. Due to which sometimes, this society is also referred to as information alert society. In which people realized the importance of access to information. In which rapid extraordinary developments, especially the information technology has influenced all the components. Even the modernization of libraries and information centers enabled information transfer and access, meeting objectives and there by establishing more advanced form of library and information networks (Theresa and Lalithamba, 2008). As information and communication technology acts as tool(s) used for collection, processing, storage, transmission and dissemination of information (Ebujuwa, 2005). That enhances easy retrieval of information from electronic resources in comparison to manual systems. Also with the help of web, attainment of work has become very much simplified. Order placing, duplication checking, price checking etc are done very effectively performed using IT technique. Online bookshops and publisher's websites save the time. All this is possible only with the advances in ICT (electronic information resources) such as electronic books, electronic journals, CD-ROM databases, OPAC, online databases (Smith, Michael Quinton, 2005). Therefore, it is due to ICT advancement that provides tools for managing the rush of information generated by modern society and enables society to create, collect, consolidate, communicate, manage as well as process information in various multimedia/digital formats for different purposes. Development in ICT have brought about the merger of the computing, information, communication, entertainment and mass media industries thereby providing a means of exchanging information anytime anywhere in the digital format used by computers. These technologies immensely improved technological efficiency of interpersonal communication and data processing and storing, which is linked to the birth of e-library (Oyeniyi, Oluwakemi and Paul, 2013). But in another dimension, Islam & Islam (2006), compared ICT and Information (IT) as a parallel concept that denotes not only a single unit of technology but an assemble of technologies like communication equipment, data processing equipment, semi-conductors, consumer electronics etc. The emergence of ICT has brought tremendous changes in library and information work, the traditional concept of libraries from a 'store house' of books to an 'intellectual information centre". Also emergence of internet as the largest repository of information and knowledge, changed role of library and information science professionals from intermediary to facilitator, new tools for dissemination of information and shift from physical to virtual services environment and extinction of some conventional information services and emergence of new and innovation web based (Krubu and Osawaru, 2010). Moreover, the development of e-resources over the past three decades and elaborated key features, disadvantages and benefits of traditional as well as online databases, CD- Rom and online resources. That reveals that information resources have shifted more towards internet. Although there is need to find out, basic identifying key issues in determining such a shift (Wagner, 2003).

Technological Impact on Medical Field

Libraries had been performed many important roles in the past societies (agrarian and industrial). But those roles were limited in scope. Now, in the 21st century, libraries have to perform crucial roles in disseminating and sharing the culture of knowledge. Specify them (libraries) as the repositories of all of the knowledge and information accumulated by human kind. They will have to store all kinds and forms of material. So as to disseminate the information beyond the geographical boundaries. Which might be due to the introduction of advanced technologies enabling libraries to accomplish this immense task (Bailin and Grafstein, 2005). …

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