E-Resources and Its Adoption among Engineering College Faculty Members Pertaining to Kerala State

By Joseph Jestin, K. J.; Sornam, Dr S. Ally | Library Philosophy and Practice, September 2019 | Go to article overview

E-Resources and Its Adoption among Engineering College Faculty Members Pertaining to Kerala State


Joseph Jestin, K. J., Sornam, Dr S. Ally, Library Philosophy and Practice


INTRODUCTION

In modern age, availability of data and useful information is valuable for managers, policy makers, planners, technologists, scientists, doctors, lawyers, policemen and laymen, etc for analysis and their by taking appropriate decisions in their respective domains. Information is key for many people in almost all sectors, including industry, public or private enterprises, academic circles, and in government organizations. One of the emerging areas of demand in higher studies is the availability and applications of useful data. More frequently, research scholars are undertaking their research works within large quantity of information. Naturally, the scenario demands great accuracy and sequence in data. Hence, in academic institutions there is an enormous necessity for quality repositories, materials and their accessibility. Modern libraries are widely considered as the prevalent access-point for data and information.

Technology enabled services provides better access, utilisation and archival of information; particularly electronic based resources or e-resources. With the tremendous proliferation of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) there is a shift from the usage of traditional book format to modern electronic format, in almost all the sectors; especially, in the area of science and technology, where it is more convenient to have information in electronic formats. Consequently, it is almost imperative that resources in academic institutions be in electronic formats; particularly in college and university libraries. A modern academic library should provide services in E-Databases, E-Journals, E-Magazines-Books/ EAudio/ E-Images, Data/ GIS, Digital Library Projects, Electronic Exhibitions, E-Subject Guide, E-newsletters, E-conferences proceedings and Web search tools etc to name a few.

Moving with the trend, academic Institutions in India were also very keen in adopting digitization in their teaching and learning process. This transformation was well supplemented by equipping libraries with e-resources and supporting infrastructure. Quality monitoring institutions like UGC (University Grands Commission) and AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) given adequate scrutiny and facilitation for this transformation. At this point of time, engineering institutions in the country, particularly in Kerala state, could confidently claim of having sufficient availability of e-resources in their libraries.

However, thinkers and policy makers are curios to assess the level of usage of the e-resoures by engineering college faculty members for their knowledge enrichment and updation, teaching and learning process, as well as research. Additionally, there is a need to measure the impact of "resource digitization" among the student community.

Careful study and research among the faculty as well as detailed data collection in college libraries would shed some light into the adoption of e-resources among engineering college faculty members.

REVIEW OF LITERATURE

Over the last decade, many researchers have studied and summarized certain conclusions about the availability of the resources in academic institutions.

Kevalkumar Patel and Mahesh Darbar (2017) in their study focused on availability and use of e-resources by users of C. K. Shah Vijapurwala Institute of Management (CKSVIM) Library, Vadodara. The main objectives of their study were to identify the awareness of eresources, know the users internet skills, purpose of use, identify satisfaction level of availability of e-resources, use of different e- resources, satisfactory level of using eresources, factors influenced, impact of e-resources, different problem faced in the access of e-resource, preferred file format for e-resources and users suggestions to improve usages of eresources. Survey method was used to carry out this research. A well- structured questionnaire was used to collect the primary data from the respondents; total 267 questionnaires were distributed to the sample population and received back 235 filled in questionnaires. …

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