An Evaluation of the Second Survey on Electronic Databases Usage at Ankara University Digital Library

Atakan, Cemal and Atılgan, Doğan and Bayram, Özlem and Arslantekin, Sacit An Evaluation of the Second Survey on Electronic Databases Usage at Ankara University Digital Library. The Electronic Library, 2008, vol. 26, n. 2, pp. 249-259. [Journal article (Print/Paginated)]

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Purpose The study encompasses the assessment of the effectiveness of the digital library and the value of multidisciplinary databases in terms of user preferences and use frequency by academic ranking. Methodology This paper compares the results of two survey questionnaires carried out in 2002 and 2005. To examine the level of awareness by academic staff of digital library resources along with their use rate and to evaluate the preferences of faculty for specific electronic databases case studies were undertaken by means of separate questionnaires in both years. Findings Findings were consistent that positive results have been observed in two studies conducted in two years, 2002 and 2005. According to the results of current survey, the increase numbers of the faculty members of Ankara University know about the existence of the digital library after the informative activities on databases from. Another result of the survey is that many of the faculty members, although not all of them use electronic databases. The most preferred databases have been Web of Science, Science Direct and Ebsco. When use of the electronic databases is analyzed, in respect of faculty rank and level of awareness, associate and assistant professors, assistants place at first ranges. Originality/value The study presents the first case study in the field in Turkey that compares the current situation of the digital library usage with the initial survey data.

Item type: Journal article (Print/Paginated)
Keywords: Digital libraries, user studies, usability of electronic databases
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information. > BB. Bibliometric methods.
Depositing user: Dogan Atilgan
Date deposited: 13 Aug 2008
Last modified: 14 Dec 2012 21:09
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/12205

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