Library visits and consultation: a case study of universities in northwestern India.

Author:Sharma, Chetan
Position:Case study
 
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Introduction

The primary focus of a library is service. It is widely recognized that service quality and consumer satisfaction are essential for retaining current consumers and attracting new ones. The traditional method of measuring the quality of an academic library in quantifiable terms of its collection and use does not offer an indication of the quality of service, and new ways to measure quality in libraries have emerged during the past decade. Although every teacher and research scholar now have ready access to online resources, the role of the traditional documents is still important.

Methodology

The present study is a survey of teachers and research scholars of different universities of Northwestern India . A questionnaires was distributed to the sample population selected for the study. Random sampling was used to select those surveyed. Out of 1,500 questionnaires distributed, 1,124 were returned. Of the 1,124 respondents, 57 percent are research scholars and the remaining 43 percent are faculty members. Data were analyzed using percentages chi-square and t-test. The universities surveyed under the study are:

State University Abbreviation A. Haryana Kurukshetra University Kurukshetra KUK Maharishi Dayanand University, Rohtak MDU Guru Jembheswar University, Hisar GJU Chaudhary Charn Singh Haryana Agriculture CCSHAU University, Hisar B. Punjab Punjab University, Chandigarh PU Panjabi University, Patiala Pbi Uni. Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar GNDU Punjab Agriculture University, Ludhiana PAU C. Himachal Himachal Pardesh University, Simla HPU Pardesh Chaudhary Swarn Kumar Krishi Viswvidyalya, CSKKVV Palampur YS Parmar Univ. Y.S. Parmar University of Forestry and Horticulture, Noani (Solan) D. Delhi University of Delhi, Delhi DU Jawahar Lal University, Delhi JNU Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha GGSIPU University, Delhi Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi JMI All these universities are recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India .

Previous Studies

Significant studies have been conducted on the use of libraries by students, research scholars, and faculty members. Jorosi (2006) looked at information needs and information seeking behaviours of small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) managers in Botswana 's manufacturing industry, using a self-administered questionnaire. The key findings of the study are that SME managers devote a significant amount of time to active information-seeking and spend an average of five...

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