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Library Herald
Year : 2017, Volume : 55, Issue : 1
First page : ( 101) Last page : ( 120)
Print ISSN : 0024-2292. Online ISSN : 0976-2469.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0976-2469.2017.00008.2

Web 2.0, Usage and Self-Efficacy: A Study of Library Science Students and Professional Library Staff at Tribhuvan University Central Library of Nepal

Ms. Gautam Sarita

Part-time Teacher, Central Dept. of Library and Information Science, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal. Email: saritagautam2011@gmail.com

Abstract

Web 2.0 applications play a vital role to establish two way communications with the help of networking system to create and share online information or materials. The study was based on survey using questionnaire method with the objective to investigate library science population and familiarity of concepts towards the Web 2.0 tools, to identify the common understanding and attitudes of library science population towards the Web 2.0 tools and technologies, to identify the barriers to the use of web 2.0 applications, to identify the library science professionals’ and library science students’ learning mode of Web 2.0 and its usage and adoption. Data were collected from two populations: library science professionals at TUCL and library science students of T.U. The majority of the respondents were female (60%), age group from 21–30 (52%), master degree holders (56%) and from library science students (60%). The study revealed that respondents had general level of understanding and usage of Web 2.0 tools in their field. The respondents (100%) agreed that the applications of Web 2.0 tools were helpful to develop their self-efficacy and provide interactive library services. Study has attempted to find the changing trend of usage of Web 2.0 tools of the library science populations. According to the findings, most of the library science populations define the Web 2.0 tools according to their need and capabilities. Most of them (88%) think that Web 2.0 tools are social networking tools. In these senses, the general concepts and perceptions towards Web 2.0 tools are very low. It also found that the majority didn't use some of the interactive Web 2.0 tools and services. Usage of web 2.0 tools between library science professionals and students were found some how different. Lack of the know-how and technical knowledge could be another reason for the low use of Web 2.0 tools and services in the library science fields. Some recommendations were highlighted to make maximum and beneficial use of web 2.0 applications among library science professionals.

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Keywords

Blogs, Information Technology, Internet, Library 2.0, Self-efficacy, Social Networking, Social Bookmarking, Web 2.0, Wikis.

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