Availability and Accessibility of E-resources under HELINET Consortium of RGUHS: Survey among Librarians
*Corresponding Author: Vijaya Tauro M, Assistant Librarian, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, 4th ‘T’ Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore-560 041, Karnataka, India. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Introduction: Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka, Bangalore will be established a fullpledged University Library in its premises and computerize all its library operations along with the introduction of electronic library concept and health information network in the state. This will provide access for higher value of medical reference books and to various types of electronic medical databases. HELINET Consortium is a conglomeration of owning, sharing and accessing essential medical literature of core scholarly international e-journals, e-books and databases by all the colleges under this digital library network round-theclock. Purpose: The main purpose of this is to describe the availability and accessibility of the e-resources subscribed and provided under HELINET Consortium at Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS), Karnataka. The study would help in designing an instrument to evaluate utilization of e-resources and their availability and accessibility. The purpose of the study was to learn what e-resources were used, how they were used (i.e. users ’skills in handling e-resources) and why they were used. Design/Methodology/Approach: The present study has been designed on the availability and accessibility of e-resources under HELINET Consortium by the health science college Libraries affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka. The tools used for collection of data pertaining to the present study are online questionnaire, which is followed by online through google form method was designed and used. The Librarians email ID collected through RGUHS User Friendly Solution Gateway (Remote Access) under HELINET Consortium. The sample consisted of 125 librarians working in libraries attached to 125 health science education institutes. In these institutes Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Ayurveda an Allied health services are being trained. Analysis was conducted using SPSS and MS-excel sheet and output was translated into charts, graphs, lines, frequencies and percentages. Findings: The results of this study indicate that all libraries attached to institutes affiliated to HELINET consortium had access to Internet in their libraries. The 71% of the colleges were having Wi-Fi facility in their campus. The 72 out of 125 libraries (52.7%) affiliated to HELINET are only automated. Majority of the libraries attached to HELINET consortium uses proprietary software for automation. 117 (93.6%) libraries were having subscribed to HELINET services in their libraries. Originality/Value: The study presents the availability and accessibility of e-resources under HELINET Consortium of RGUHS by the Librarians of the colleges affiliated to RGUHS.
RGUHS, Digital Library, HELINET Consortium, Resource Sharing, E-resources, Ejournals, E-books.