Global Advanced Research Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences (GARJMMS) ISSN: 2315-5159
May 2015 Vol. 4(5), pp. 263-269
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Assessment of Iranian academic staff in use of INLM: A preliminary study

Jalaleddin H Hamissi1*, Haleh Rajabi2 and Shahrzad Gholami3

1Associate Professor in periodontics and Preventive Dentistry,College of Dentistry, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran.
2College of Public Health, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran.
3PhD student in knowledge and information science , Al Zahra University, Tehran, Iran.

*Corresponding Author Email: jhamissi@qums.ac.ir, jhamissi@gmail.com; Contact: +989121812543

Abstract

Digital libraries are complex systems that including a set of electronic resources and its related technical capabilities for creating and using information. This study aims to understand the current knowledge, attitude and skills of academic staff of the Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran with respect to information attitude and satisfaction in use of INLM٭. A questionnaire approach was used for this purpose. The results were analyzed descriptively. Questionnaires were distributed among members of Faculty of Qazvin University of Medical Sciences Qazvin, Iran about attitude, satisfaction and use of digital Iranian National Library of Medicine (INLM).All members accessed to computers and the Internet network at the University. Academic members from different faculties were asked to complete a questionnaire presented to them in 2010-11 academic year. The data were collected from 100 users. The majority of the participants (51.3%) were male and the remaining (46.2%) were female and (2.6%) did not mention their age. With the age range of 25 to 59 years old with mean 42 years old. The majority of the participants, 54.5% had average awareness of the digital library; through a training course at the University (71.1%), in addition, 45.5% of participants used the INLM sometimes and 56.2 % of their satisfaction rate was average. Among the users, 56.4% had not problem with searching in INLM. There was significant difference between male and female on use of digital library. Academic centers of the twenty-first century have to reinvent themselves in response to new technology such as digital libraries because the use of electronic databases, digitized formats, and interactive media have important role in the changes of learning and teaching. Despite of performing this study one year after establishing this digital library and lack of knowledge of users, most of them have an overall positive perspective because they understood many outstanding privileges including more easy and quick access to the huge amounts of up to dated electronic resources especially in usage of E-journals and saving their time and money. In addition, more than half of users evaluated the essential accessing equipments in average rate; therefore, the necessity for a combination of wireless and hard-wired infrastructure, upgraded computer systems and high printing capability is felt.

Keywords: Academic staff, Computer, Digital library, Education, INLM.

INLM: Iranian National Digital Library of Medicine

 

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