ASCERTAINING INFORMATION NEEDS AND LIBRARY USE IN COLLEGES WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO BARAK VALLEY (SOUTH ASSAM): A CASE STUDY.
Sarkar, Dr Partha
Biswas, Sonali Choudhury
- Publisher: Journal of Engineering Computers & Applied Sciences
Journal of Engineering Computers & Applied Sciences
Business Management; Library Management
A College Library principally acquires materials that relate to the current college curriculum and are charged with the primary responsibility of serving the informational, educational, cultural and lifelong learning needs of its students and faculty .The planned development of a college library collection requires the application of a stated collection develop-ment policy which will best serve the patrons, and provide an organized and accessible collection of resources needed to meet the educational and instructional needs of the college and also provide a full complement of services that will an-ticipate, meet and stimulate the informational, educational, cultural, and lifelong learning needs of the college community. To ensure this, there is an urgent need to understand the complex process of information needs, which is a very vital link in the chain of operations in the collection development process, from information gathering to information dissemination. The study of the nature of information needs of the library users gives a clear idea of the use of collections of the library and to how to develop it further so as to satisfy their information needs. A careful identification, analysis and classification of the 'real' information needs of users (including all potential users and non users as well) is an essential basis for the planning, implementation and operation of library collection development and hence such user studies have become absolutely necessary to ascertain the needs and requirements of the users, which in turn will help in building a need-based collection in the library to meet the precise needs of the college community. The present study is one such in this direction which will highlight the information needs of the college fraternity including teachers and students and the results of the study are expected to help in planning and executing effective collection development of college libraries.