Asian Journal of Information Science and Technology https://ojs.trp.org.in/index.php/ajist <p>Asian Journal of Information Science and Technology (AJIST) is a leading half-yearly peer-reviewed journal devoted to the publication of original high-quality research papers, survey reports, reviews, short communications, and letters pertaining to library science, information science, and computer applications in these fields.</p> en-US editor.trp@trp.org.in (Dr.K.S.Shivraj) submissions@trp.org.in (Ms. S. Sukanya) Fri, 05 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0530 OJS 3.3.0.8 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 Information Overload: Causes, Symptoms, Consequences and Solutions https://ojs.trp.org.in/index.php/ajist/article/view/2887 <p>This paper looks at the concept of Information, over, load and information overload respectively, a brief history of how information overload came into existence. It also outlined some salient factors that are responsible for or causes information overload and they entail the followings as enshrined in the study: Multiple sources of information; the availability of too much information; the difficulty in managing information; the information's irrelevance or insignificance; The inability to comprehend the material due to a lack of time. Furthermore, massive amounts of fresh information are constantly being created on a daily basis; pressure to create and compete in the provision of knowledge, particularly in the academic setting. The lack of complexity and nascent simplicity of creating, duplicating, and sharing information online, leading to a quantity over quality effect in many institutions and businesses; the absence of complexity and nascent simplicity of creating, copying, and sharing information online; The exponential development of information delivery methods, such as radio, television, print media, websites, e-mail, mobile telephony, RSS feeds, and so on; the growing weight of historical data available to us; a plethora of inconsistent, contradicting, and simply wrong information; the lack of clear structure in groups of information and poor clues as to the relationships between those groups; the lack of simple procedures for quickly processing, comparing, and evaluating information sources; the lack of clear structure in groups of information and poor clues as to the relationships between those groups. The study pointed out some symptoms that can be seen as evidence or signs indicating that there is the presence of information overload thereafter, it brought out some consequences of information overload specifically to an individual and collectively to an organization. In this paper the researcher ended the work by outlining some remedies on how to combat information overload since it has become a matter that has come to stay.</p> Okolo Efe Stanley Copyright (c) 2021 Asian Journal of Information Science and Technology https://ojs.trp.org.in/index.php/ajist/article/view/2887 Fri, 05 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0530 Online Education to the School Students of Kerala during Covid-19 Epidemic Period https://ojs.trp.org.in/index.php/ajist/article/view/2879 <p>To address the school closure triggered by the Covid-19 outbreak, Kerala, one of the states in India, began online classes for the school students under the public education system. The study addressed the question whether the schools under the public education system in Kerala have the facilities to shift the conventional classroom teaching to the online class. And also examined how far the online classes in Kerala contented with the John Cable and Clara Cheung’s eight principles of effective online teaching. Findings show that the online classes through the television channel fail to comply with the eight principles of effective online classes. Instead of asynchronous teaching through the television channel, the government needs to take initiative to impart interactive classes. The government should try to use the possibilities of a learning management system that will help to improve the teacher - student interactions.</p> Harish Babu Copyright (c) 2021 Asian Journal of Information Science and Technology https://ojs.trp.org.in/index.php/ajist/article/view/2879 Fri, 05 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0530 Information Needs and Resource Utilisation by Medical Doctors of Federal Medical Centre Katsina State, Nigeria https://ojs.trp.org.in/index.php/ajist/article/view/2900 <p>This study was carried out to find out the Information Needs and Resource Utilisation by Medical Doctors of Federal Medical Centre Katsina State. In order to achieve this objective, quantitative research method was adopted, whereas survey design was employed for the study. Data were collected from the respondents through the use of questionnaire. A total of seventy six (76) copies of questionnaire were administered to the respondents and seventy two (72) were returned and found useful. All data collected were categorized and presented in tabular forms. Analyses of categorized data were done through simple percentages. Ultimately, it was found that the main types of information sought by the respondents are information to satisfy curiosity and personal interest, information for formal course of study, information for research and business opportunities. Based on the findings of the research, it was recommended that management of the hospital should provide functional library within the hospital premises with adequate and relevant information resources. Secondly, more and reliable internet service should be provided in the hospital so that medical doctors can benefit from this information sources right from their various offices.</p> Suleiman Idris, Nafi'u Maharazu Copyright (c) 2021 Asian Journal of Information Science and Technology https://ojs.trp.org.in/index.php/ajist/article/view/2900 Fri, 05 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0530 Factors Determining the Minds of Juvenile Based on Improved Reading Habits https://ojs.trp.org.in/index.php/ajist/article/view/2915 <p>The habit of reading is a significant phase for creating a society of literate in this world. It natures an individual’s personality and it helps them to find creating new ideas and the proper method for thinking. At current situation, people cannot find much interest in reading books, magazines and journals etc., due to the domination of the media. As a result, there is the pressing need to develop the habit of reading among the people in the society. In this paper, the author has discussed the factors determining the minds of juvenile based on improved reading habits.</p> D. Christal Dora, P. Balasubramanian Copyright (c) 2021 Asian Journal of Information Science and Technology https://ojs.trp.org.in/index.php/ajist/article/view/2915 Fri, 05 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0530 Use of OPAC by the Users of First Grade Colleges Affiliated to the University of Mysore, Karnataka https://ojs.trp.org.in/index.php/ajist/article/view/2861 <p>The present paper provides the use of OPAC (Online Public Access catalogue) by users of first grade colleges affiliated to the University of Mysore. A structured questionnaire was used to collect primary inputs from users of college libraries to understand the present status. Out of the 160 colleges total of 29 college libraries satisfied this criterion. Stratified random sampling was adopted for the data collected from four districts, Mysuru, Mandya, Chamrajnagara and Hassan, coming under the jurisdiction of the University of Mysore A total of 1200 questionnaires were distributed among the&nbsp; Students, Research Scholars and Faculty members of First Grade Colleges affiliated to the University of Mysore, Mysore, Of which 994&nbsp; filled-up questionnaires were received back consisting of&nbsp; 82.83% responses. The study's findings reveal that 738 (81.54%) respondents access&nbsp; OPAC from the stand-alone system, 867 (95.80%)&nbsp; search OPAC by ‘Author’, followed by 770 (85.08%) by ‘Title’, &nbsp;&nbsp;It is suggested that the librarians have to provide through the orientation programs to familiarize new members with the library resources and services. The use of OPAC, retrieving and reserving documents, including Boolean search, should be imparted to users during orientation programs and the libraries must create e-resources portals to facilitate access to various information resources and surrogates.</p> K. S. Chitra, Mallinath Kumbar Copyright (c) 2021 Asian Journal of Information Science and Technology https://ojs.trp.org.in/index.php/ajist/article/view/2861 Fri, 05 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0530 Information Sources Available and Accessible for Academic Staff in Tertiary Institutions in Katsina State, Nigeria https://ojs.trp.org.in/index.php/ajist/article/view/2968 <p>This study looks at the information sources available and accessible to academic staff in tertiary institutions in Katsina State, Nigeria. The study used a cross-sectional survey research technique and had two research aims. In Katsina State, there were eleven (11) tertiary institutions with 1,691 teaching faculty. A sample of 182 people was drawn using a proportionate sampling method. Data was collected through questionnaires, which were then analyzed using frequency tables. The study discovered, among other things, that books are available in most tertiary institutions. It is apparent that academic institutions in Katsina State have a scarcity of photographic, video, and eBook resources. Meanwhile, the results suggest that the instructors under investigation had greater access to some sorts of information sources, such as books and reference materials, compared to other types of information sources. Based on the study’s findings, more finances should be allocated to libraries by their universities so that they can secure additional information resources and subscriptions to internet databases for successful teaching and research. Libraries affiliated with state tertiary institutions should provide alternative information sources, including as audio, video, pictures, and eBooks, more freely available and accessible for optimal accessibility and use.</p> Nafi'u Maharazu, Murtala Musa Copyright (c) 2021 Asian Journal of Information Science and Technology https://ojs.trp.org.in/index.php/ajist/article/view/2968 Fri, 05 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0530 Awareness and Use Pattern of E-ShodhSindhu Resources: A Case Study of Sri Venkateswara University Library, Andhra Pradesh https://ojs.trp.org.in/index.php/ajist/article/view/3013 <p>Library Consortia is a network for the purchasing and accessing e-information to provide immediate access to greater resources for users of individual libraries. The e-ShodhSindhu is the Consortium for Higher Education E-Resources merging three consortia, i.e. UGC-INFONET Digital Library Consortium, INDEST-AICTE Consortium and N-LIST in December 2015. The e-ShodhSindhu is meant to supply current and depository access to E-Resources i.e. E-books, e-journals, e-journal archives, on-line databases to its member establishments at a negotiated rate of subscription. The purpose of this paper is to find out user awareness and usage of e-ShodhSindhu Digital Library Consortium by Faculty Members and Research Scholars of Sri Venkateswara University. A structured questionnaire was designed and randomly distributed to 350 respondents for data collection, among the faculty members and research scholars. Out of which, 274 filled-in questionnaires were returned. The study reveals that most of the respondents are aware and use digital library consortium but there is a need to conduct more awareness/training programs for enhancing the use of e-ShodhSindhu Digital Library Consortium.</p> P. Vijay Mahesh Kumar, A. Kishore Copyright (c) 2021 Asian Journal of Information Science and Technology https://ojs.trp.org.in/index.php/ajist/article/view/3013 Fri, 05 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0530 Normalcy in Library: The Stakeholders Prediction, Expectation and Librarian Activism on Post Covid-19 Pandemic Period https://ojs.trp.org.in/index.php/ajist/article/view/3003 <p>Due to the spread of the novel corona virus (Covid-19) disease and the subsequent global lockdown presented unique challenges to everybody and in particular to all the stakeholders of education system. This contagious virus changed working Style of all in the institutions from offline to online because of the stoppage in all walk of life. The sudden and unexpected outbreak of the virus forced the institutions especially the library, to find out ways of working within a rapid time frame to embrace technology like shifting to online platform wherever possible and to provide remote services adequately to the users. The Lockdown started in India in the third week of March-2020 and it still continues after a brief relaxation. Still Educational Institutions are not opened and are not allowed to operate physically almost for more than a year. In this scenario almost all higher education institutions continue to function remotely. Faculties, Students, Research Scholars and Library Professionals adapt to this change and are used to this technology enabled remote functioning. This situation cannot continue for long and normalcy has to return. In this study online survey research design used and covers the stake holders of The Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University and 5 of its affiliated institutions which are functioning in tire 2 or tire 3 cities. The collected data were analysed. Findings also revealed that highest percentage (97%) of the Library users and Library professionals have supported and are in favour of “New Normal” changes and only few respondents are relying on traditional services and printed collections. The study concluded that in this new information era library staff should always be ready to face a challenging situation. Further, most of the respondents suggested that the higher educational institutions should continue to adopt webinars services and focused on motivating, encouraging the librarians to enhance their digital skills to be in pace with the present digital age. The Article also suggested for Librarian Activism, and suggested the mobilization of librarians across the country to document and shares the challenges faced, their responses and their best practices during the Covid-19 crisis and during revival.</p> A. Bagavathi Copyright (c) 2021 Asian Journal of Information Science and Technology https://ojs.trp.org.in/index.php/ajist/article/view/3003 Fri, 05 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0530 Extent of Shift Work Impact on Library Staff Efficiency and Health https://ojs.trp.org.in/index.php/ajist/article/view/3016 <p>Shift workers in libraries just like their counterparts in service organizations are impacted upon negatively with respect to health and efficiency. This calls for investigation on the extent of impact on librarians’ efficiency and health. The study empirically investigated the extent of shift work impact on library staff efficiency and health in academic libraries in Delta State, Nigeria. The study was a descriptive survey and the population includes 182 staff in the academic libraries. Questionnaire was used for data gathering. The questionnaire was validated and reliability established with Crombach-Alpa reliability Co-efficient, 0.86. Data retrieved were analyzed using frequency count and simple percentage. The study found that, to a great extent, shift work disrupts shift workers’ family life and has negative effects on efficiency and health. Also, the study found that service level is higher during morning shift, but the shift workers prefer afternoon shift. A shift worker whose pulse corresponds to diurnal activity by a light/dark cycle should go through phase modification when adjusting to a new light/dark cycle, especially the night/ afternoon shift workers). Adequate lighting could be used to reduce/mitigate circadian rhythms’ disruption in shift workers.</p> J. Chukwusa Copyright (c) 2021 Asian Journal of Information Science and Technology https://ojs.trp.org.in/index.php/ajist/article/view/3016 Fri, 05 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0530