Utilization of Library Services by Teachers of a Medical College in India

*, Rathnakar UP and Acaharya, Sahana D and Pai, Preethi G and *, Unnikrishnan B and *, Shiva Prakash G and Shenoy, Ashok K and *, Udupa AL (2013) Utilization of Library Services by Teachers of a Medical College in India. Indian Journal of Library and Information Science, 7 (2). pp. 121-125.

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Any large institution with thousands of students and hundreds of teachers should make an effort to find out the pattern of utilization of library by them, from time to time. The feedback so collected is important in deciding about new policies, improving services and also provides information about what are the expectations of the users. Objectives: To find out the extent of use of library by faculty, to identify utilization of facilities other than books in the library by them and to suggest ways to improve the resources in the library. Subjects and methods: The study was carried out in a medical college in South India. All the teachers in the departments of anatomy, physiology, bio-chemistry, pathology, pharmacology, microbiology, forensic medicine and community medicine were included in the study. The data was collected by using a pre-tested structured questionnaire. Results and conclusion: Seventy six teachers belonging to nonclinical departments responded.Junior teachers attended library more often when compaed to senior teachers. Frequency of library visits decreased with the increase in the seniority of the teachers. One of the reasons could be that most of the teachers without higher qualifications [junior teachers] were preparing for higher studies hence likely to have spent more time in central library in preparation for various entrance examinations. Availability of internet facilities throughout the campus and the fact that all senior faculty are provided with personal laptops, probably decreases the need to attend central library frequently.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Library; South India; Medical college; Faculty; Teachers.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Pharmacology
Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Community Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 11 May 2013 06:37
Last Modified: 11 May 2013 06:37
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/95016

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