Title: LIBRARY USE AND USER STUDIES
Presentation by: PRINCE F O
Libraries are established with the objective of providing services to their users. While planning library services, users have to be always kept in view so that the services being proposed and introduced are valued and used to the maximum extent. Most of the patrons are infrequent users who make a few demands for the service. Today many studies are being conducted on the subject but with different approach warranted by new environment of digital age. Traditional settings of users have changed in the present environment. Users‟ behaviours over the years have been changing, consequently, findings of these studies also lost their relevance with the changing attitudes of users. Their dependence on libraries has tremendously gone down and they are satisfied with whatever, they get on Internet which calls for conversion of print resources into digital which are easily available and accessible to them.
Libraries have to meet such challenges to attract users to use their resources within the library or outside by modifying and reinventing services according to their preferences and choices. We should not depend upon our experience, judgments and presumptions about users information needs, better ask them what they would like to read and for what purpose? This will enable libraries to serve them better.
Time: 3.30 p.m.
Co-ordinator: Dr. Biswanath Dutta
Venue: DRTC classroom, ISI Bangalore
All are cordially invited to attend the seminar.