Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Perception and Participation of Faculty Members in Collection Development: A Comparative Study of Five Universities in North India
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The study's objective was to investigate the faculty members' (FM) awareness, perception, participation in collection development, and satisfaction from the library collection in selected university libraries of North India. The questionnaire method was used to collect the data (which included dichotomous questions and a five-point Likert scale) from the faculty members (FMs) of all disciplines from five universities of Northern India, i.e., Maharishi Dayanand University (MDU) (Rohtak) and Kurukshetra University (KU) (Kurukshetra) from the State, of Haryana Panjab University (PU) from Union Territory of Chandigarh and Punjabi University (PbiU) (Patiala) and Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) (Amritsar) from the state of Punjab. The FMs were selected using the 'Proportionate Stratified Random Sampling Technique.' Collected data was analyzed through Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS), hypotheses were tested using the Pearson Chi-Square test. The results show a significant difference in awareness of collection development policy among the FMs across the libraries. A significant difference was also found in the recommendation of textbooks, reference books, journals, and magazines. In contrast, the similarity was found in recommendations of e-resources among the faculty members across the libraries. FMs across the libraries have the same opinion for the adequacy of library collection except for e-resources. The faculty members (FMs) across the libraries were highly satisfied with their respective libraries' print and electronic collections. The outcomes of this study will certainly help the library authorities and management to understand the awareness of faculty members (FMs) about the collection development process such as collection development policy (CDP) of the library, kind of resources FMs recommend, FMs assessment on adequacy of different kind of resources and their satisfaction from it.