Awareness and Use of Online Discussion Forums and Mailing Lists among Library Professionals in the Kerala University Library System

  • Aswathy R. T. Child Development Centre, Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram.
  • Dr. B. Mini Devi Department of Library & Information Science, University of Kerala.
Keywords: Online Discussion Forums, Mailing Lists, Bulletin Board, Computer mediated communication

Abstract

The study explores the awareness and use of online discussion forums and mailing lists among library professionals in the library system of University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram. A structured questionnaire survey was carried out on a population of 105 library professionals in the Kerala University Library. The findings indicate that the majority of library professionals prefer LIS Links and the second preference was to for LIS Forum. The study proves that these type of forums and mailing lists play a very influential role in the development of library community. The study recommends hat keeping in view the increasing number of different type of library professionals and their varied requirements, new forums and mailing lists should be started separately related to library automation, digital library, open source software and so on.

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Author Biographies

Aswathy R. T., Child Development Centre, Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram.

Librarian

Dr. B. Mini Devi, Department of Library & Information Science, University of Kerala.

Assistant Professor & Head

Published
2018-11-21
Section
Articles