USER PERSPECTIVE ON LIBRARY SERVICES AT JAYPEE UNIVERSITY OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, HIMACHAL PRADESH: AN INTERNAL SURVEY.

Author:Chauhan, Suresh K.
Position:Survey
 
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  1. INTRODUCTION

    The Jaypee University of Information Technology (JUIT) was established under Act No. 14 of 2002 vide Extraordinary Gazette notification of Himachal Pradesh in the year 2002. The University was approved by the University Grants Commission under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act. Throughout the years, JUIT has established itself as one of the prominent universities of the country. It was ranked 37th among all Indian universities in the ranking generated under NIRF (National Institute Ranking Framework) by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India in the year 2016. Since beginning the university has been focusing on its academics which allow presence of a proactive library system on the campus. The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) of JUIT has been pooling classic and scholarly resources on its key subject areas from across the globe. The university has published over 2200 research articles in the span of about 14 years and most of its research output is indexed by Scopus and Web of Science citation databases. The Library has over 34 thousand volumes of books and subscription of over 100 print periodicals and various online databases providing access to over 15 thousands journals and proceedings across the globe. The LRC has been extending its best services to the users and time to time initiated various value added services to promote academic and research culture on the campus. The LRC not only providing routine services but extended various add-on services by using web 2.0 technology.

    Once, process of pooling scholarly resources as per the need of library users was streamlined, recently the process of converting this library as student centric library has been started. Therefore, need was felt to review various ongoing library services as well as what actually user wants from the library so that proper measures can be taken to address gray areas of the library system.

  2. LITERATURE REVIEWED

    The exponential growth of user community and rapid change of their information seeking behaviour, as well as explosion of information gave rise to assess information needs of users and services provided by the academic libraries. Review of Literature is used as a base to elaborate a research topic because it signifies about what has already been done in your research area. It also recaps the theory and base behind your research. It is observed from the literature consulted that a corpus of data is available on evaluation of library services in academic libraries.

    Roth (1974) had estimated that the average scientist spends between 20 and 25 of his working time in searching for information, therefore, it become essential for the libraries to study the information needs of its users. Martin (1976) mentioned that the time will soon come when librarians and users together determine the policies and programmes of the library. Simmonds and Andaleeb (2001) stated that it is essential for the libraries to assess information needs of library users as academic library users have different information needs and expectations from the library. As asserted by the Mahajan (2009) academic libraries must understand the information needs of faculty and students in to address them properly.

    Paul and Lal (2005) in a survey analysed 105 responses of library users in Assam University library. They revealed that 35.23% students visited library everyday followed by 21.90% visited occasionally and 12.38% respondents were visiting library once in a week. They also highlighted that 92.38% of the respondents preferred electronic resources as compare to 7.61% print. The study also revealed that 49.52% visited the library for study purposes followed by 41.90% for borrowing books and 45.71% visiting the library for newspaper reading purpose. It was also reported that 30.47% respondents found library resources useful and 11.42% did not find library resources useful. Mahajan (2009) analysed the information seeking behavior of students at Panjab University, Chandigarh. She surveyed 250 responses comprising 100 undergraduates, 100 postgraduates and 50 research scholars. She found that 71% of undergraduates, 27% postgraduates and 46% researchers reported good collection of textbooks. Over 90% of the respondents were satisfied with the assistance being provided by the library staff in searching OPAC, using manual catalogue, circulation service and reference materials. Students were dissatisfied on bibliographic service, newspaper clippings and interlibrary loan facility of the library. Hossain and Islam (2012) studied the user satisfaction over library services by using SERVQUAL tool. They analyzed 340 questionnaires and observed that library opening hours were the prominent service positively highlighted by the respondents than other library services. Kaur and Mahajan (2012) surveyed libraries of seven institutes of North India. They analysed 132 collected responses of library users. They observed that 82% of the users were frequent visitors of the library and 6% never visited the library. They found that 70% of the respondents visit library for checking the availability of their needed documents. It was also reported that 85% of the respondents preferred online journals and databases which shows that users have affirmatively accepted the change from print information resources to electronic. Idiegbevan-Ose and Ugwunwa (2013) analysed 473 and observed that 68.1% of the respondents were very often visiting the library followed by 31.9% respondents visiting library sometimes. About 96.4% respondents were satisfied with the collection of textbooks and 89.3% respondents were satisfied with library staff. The study was also highlighted that about 34% of the respondents were dissatisfied with the photocopy and printing services in the library. Sivathaasan (2013) studied user satisfaction on library collection at the Faculty of Management Studies & Commerce, University of Jaffna. The study revealed that 11.1% user satisfaction is influenced by the library collection and 88.9% satisfaction is determined by some other factors such as services, furniture, space, environment etc. Saini, Bhakar and Singh (2014) studies responses of 200 engineering students of engineering colleges in Rajasthan. They found that about 30% of the students visiting library everyday whereas 53% of the respondents were visiting library once in a week. They found that 95% of the respondents visiting library for books only and 25% were coming to library for reading newspapers. They further posited that 44% of the respondents were fully satisfied with the library collection whereas 14% were not at all satisfied. Mohindra and Kumar (2015) conducted a user survey of A C Joshi Library of Punjab University Chandigarh. They analysed 220 responses of students sitting in the in different sections. They found that 57.72% students were...

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