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The impact of Digital Technologies on Academic Libraries: a study in Greece
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Informatics.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Informatics.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Purpose: This study explores both library users’ and librarians’ experiences, benefits, and challenges depending on the implementation of digital technologies in academic libraries. The research has been taken place in two Greek academic libraries; In the Panteion University Library and in the Central Library of T.E.I. of Athens.Approach: Two research questions were developed for this research to be conducted and a sample size of 55 respondents (39 library users and 16 librarians) of the Panteion University Library and Central Library of T.E.I. of Athens, was evaluated.Findings: From the findings of the study, it was concluded that the general perception of both library users and librarians towards digital material and E-resources and services of the Panteion University Library and Central Library of T.E.I. of Athens, is satisfactory. Library users were satisfied with the convenience of digital material, the availability of E-resources provided by both academic libraries such as World Wide Web, WIFI, and online databases. They were not satisfied with library technology (i.e., computers) and library staff. Besides, results showed that services such as e-mail and Open Public Access Catalogue were used more often. Librarians were less satisfied with the digital library system, the limited personnel, and the financial funds for academic libraries in general.Implication: The results of this research have implications in the stakeholders of an academic library including the institutional management, the library administration, the librarians, the library users, the researchers, the community at large, and others.Value: This paper identifies critical issues related to the utilization of digital technologies and digital material; their benefits and challenges faced by librarians and library users as well as their effective operation from academic libraries in this information age.

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2017. , 87 p.
Keyword [en]
Digital material, Digital technologies, Digital libraries, Librarians, Library Users, Panteion University, TEI of Athens
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Information Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-67157OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-67157DiVA: diva2:1129431
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Informatics
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Master Programme in Information Systems, 120 credits
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2017-05-31, https://connect.sunet.se/lnu_5ik50e_h16/, 09:47 (English)
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Available from: 2017-08-04 Created: 2017-08-03 Last updated: 2017-08-04Bibliographically approved

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