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University of Sindh Journal of Information and Communication Technology (USJICT)

Volume 1, Issue 1, October 2017


ISSN: 2521-5582

Website: Published by University of Sindh, Jamshoro.



Assessing Digital Library Acceptance by Postgraduate Students: A Proposed Framework


Abida Kanwal Pathan1, Shahmurad Chandio2, Husnayati BT Hussin2, Asadullah Shah2


1Department of library and Information Science, International Islamic University Kuala lumper, Malaysia

2Department of Information System, International Islamic University Kuala lumper, Malaysia

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Abstract: A collection of information, alongwith related services managed and stored in the digital formats for accessing over a digital network is called digital library. The study aims to calculate the acceptance of digital library program initiated by higher education commission of Pakistan. Higher education commission is monitoring body that overlooks the higher education institutions and provides them with required facilities, equipments and services. One of its biggest services is Digital library program, an outstanding national level digital library in Pakistan. For the sake of encourage the research culture and improve the digital infrastructure nation-wide, digital library is introduced. The study is based on a reviewing relevant literature on the subject to evaluate successes of digital library project and assessing its acceptance in perspective of users particularly research students of various universities and to provide theoretical framework towards acceptance of digital library by research students.



Keywords: Digital Library, Acceptance, Framework, students, Pakistan



                                                                                                                                                            I.     Introduction

There were two university libraries at the time of independence of Pakistan, that were in university of Punjab and university of Sindh Jamshoro but currently there are 173 universities are present in the country ( and all having their library to full fill the required information of the user community and explore the institutional mission to achieve the academic perfection [1]. However, the available literature demonstrates the dull picture of university libraries in Pakistan lack of organised library services and devotion on the portion of library and information science [2]. Nonetheless, the scenario of university libraries has been improved after the establishment of HEC in Pakistan[3]. The HEC is constitutionally recognised institution responsible for monitoring, regulating and facilitating the development of higher education system in the country. HEC is responsible for monitoring, supporting and financing the public universities as a whole, while private universities are also monitored by HEC alongwith other private organizations [4]. HEC has become a main authority that improves higher education in Pakistan [5]. The main concentration of HEC is to promote the culture of research at postgraduate level and provide conveniences to teaching staff to engage them in innovation and research. Everywhere around the world countries are moving towards digitization of libraries for many reasons, but the most important is to provide remote access to the users through web, since the creation of Digital library is one of the marvellous initiative by HEC that provides approach to electronic databases, electronic journals and electronic books from worlds brilliant publishers, HEC digital library provide free research with in public and private universities and development organization the researchers can access the high-quality material that is included 30 plus databases that allow access over 20,000 full text journals, HEC digital library access by around 250 institutions with in country, more than 10,000 e-books and over 150 million items obtainable through British Library Document Delivery Service [6]Therefore the HEC digital library programme is good initiative by the government of Pakistan, but it needs to come with facts and figures to check usage and effectiveness of digital library. This study will review the research studies conduct so for by independent researchers beside it aims to check that either it provides good enough material or full fills the users requirement as they needed in their research and how much its responsible to promote the research culture of higher education in Pakistan.



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