AWARENESS AND USE OF UGC INFONET DIGITAL LIBRARY CONSORTIUM BY RESEARCH SCHOLARS OF THAPAR UNIVERSITY, PATIALA: A STUDY

Abstract

Author(s): Vishwas Jeet Rajbanshi, Sharad Kumar Sonkar

The purpose of this paper is to examine the awareness and use of UGCInfonet Digital Library Consortium by Research Scholars of Thapar University, Patiala. A well-structured questionnaire was designed to collect the data about the level of awareness and use of e-resources, purpose of using and access, problems, user awareness, future prospects and suggestion for improving the use of UGC-Infonet Digital Library Consortium. The finding shows that majority of the scholars (63.70 percent) are aware and (36.30 percent) are not aware of UGC-Infonet Digital Library Consortium. It reveals that library professionals (39.13 percent) initiate UGC-Infonet Digital Library Consortium to maximum scholars. Apart from these Friends (36.52 percent) also played vital part in creating awareness among the scholars. It also indicate that that most of the scholars (63.44 percent) face problem accessing eresources while scholars (36.55 percent) did not face any problems. There are a number of studies conducted on the awareness and use of e-resources and journals under UGC-Infonet Digital Library Consortium, but this is the first of its kind initiated in the Thapar University, Patiala

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