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Perception and Practices of Faculty Members about Electronic Information Resources: A Survey of Public Sector Universities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
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Purpose: This study investigated the perception, awareness and practices of faculty members regarding e-resources. Moreover, it also highlighted the problems faced by the faculty members while accessing these resources.
Research Design and Methodology. The study was quantitative in nature and survey was conducted to collect data from the respondents through questionnaire. The stratified sampling technique was used, and 340 faculty members were selected from the population of 661. The collected data was analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences version 22 (SPSS).
Findings. It was found that Google was the most used search engine among the respondents. They were aware of e-resources like e-books & e-journals and used these for learning, research, and teaching purposes. Most of the respondents were satisfied with e-books and believed that e-resources would replace electronic resources. The respondents said that e-resources could increase research productivity, exposure to peer-reviewed articles and improve the quality of research. The major problems faced by the faculty members while accessing e-resources were low speed of the internet, inadequate IT infrastructure, lack of internet, non-availability of full-text access to most of the e-journals and lack of awareness.
Implications. The results of the study could be beneficial, the key points to be considered include 1) training and workshops be organized to enhance the awareness and use of e-resources 2) the universities should upgrade their IT infrastructure 3) more databases should be subscribed to satisfy the information needs and enhance the research productivity.
Keywords: Awareness of e-resources, Perception about e-resources, Use of e-resources, Satisfaction with e-resources, Electronic Information Resources, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan