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Preference and Use of Electronic Information and Resources by Blind/Visually Impaired in NCR Libraries in India  

Kumar, Shailendra (Department of Library & Information Science University of Delhi)
Sanaman, Gareema (Department of Library & Information Science University of Delhi)
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Journal of Information Science Theory and Practice / v.1, no.2, 2013 , pp. 69-83 More about this Journal
This paper aims to determine the preference and use of electronic information and resources by blind/visually impaired users in the leading National Capital Region (NCR) libraries of India. Survey methodology has been used as the basic research tool for data collection with the help of questionnaires. The 125 in total users surveyed in all the five libraries were selected randomly on the basis of willingness of the users with experience of working in digital environments to participate in the survey. The survey results were tabulated and analyzed with descriptive statistics methods using Excel software and 'Stata version 11'. The findings reveal that ICT have a positive impact in the lives of people with disabilities as it helps them to work independently and increases the level of confidence among them. The Internet is the most preferred medium of access to information among the majority of blind/visually impaired users. The 'Complexity of content available on the net' is found as the major challenge faced during Internet use by blind users of NCR libraries. 'Audio books on CDs/DVDs and DAISY books' are the most preferred electronic resources among the majority of blind/visually impaired users. This study will help the library professionals and organizations/institutions serving people with disabilities to develop effective library services for blind/visually impaired users in the digital environment on the basis of findings on information usage behavior in the study.
Blind/vision impaired; Electronic Resources; Internet; Information Resources; NCR Libraries;
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