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Application of information and communication technologies in special libraries in Kuwait

Application of information and communication technologies in special libraries in Kuwait Purpose – The study is designed to explore the application of information technology in various operations and services in special libraries in Kuwait. Design/methodology/approach – The data were collected through a questionnaire accompanied by interviews with head librarians in 25 special libraries in Kuwait. Findings – This study provides baseline data on the current status of the application of information and communication technology (ICT). The majority of the libraries are partially automated. The library catalogue was found to be the most popular area for automation. More than one fourth of the libraries are still using manual systems in their library operations and services. Lack of adequate personnel, ICT training programs, and low priority of libraries within their organization are major obstacles for ICT application in special libraries. Practical implications – This paper will have implications for the development of special libraries in Kuwait. It also indicates existing obstacles, difficulties, suggestion and recommendations for further development. Originality/value – It is the first study of the status of ICT applications in special libraries in Kuwait. Its findings should help researchers and decision makers to improve the current information infrastructure http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Electronic Library Emerald Publishing

Application of information and communication technologies in special libraries in Kuwait

The Electronic Library , Volume 29 (4): 13 – Aug 9, 2011

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0264-0473
DOI
10.1108/02640471111156731
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Abstract

Purpose – The study is designed to explore the application of information technology in various operations and services in special libraries in Kuwait. Design/methodology/approach – The data were collected through a questionnaire accompanied by interviews with head librarians in 25 special libraries in Kuwait. Findings – This study provides baseline data on the current status of the application of information and communication technology (ICT). The majority of the libraries are partially automated. The library catalogue was found to be the most popular area for automation. More than one fourth of the libraries are still using manual systems in their library operations and services. Lack of adequate personnel, ICT training programs, and low priority of libraries within their organization are major obstacles for ICT application in special libraries. Practical implications – This paper will have implications for the development of special libraries in Kuwait. It also indicates existing obstacles, difficulties, suggestion and recommendations for further development. Originality/value – It is the first study of the status of ICT applications in special libraries in Kuwait. Its findings should help researchers and decision makers to improve the current information infrastructure

Journal

The Electronic LibraryEmerald Publishing

Published: Aug 9, 2011

Keywords: Information technology; Communication technologies; Special libraries; Kuwait

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