Information without boundaries through use of Electronic Resources at Walter Sisulu University (WSU), Nelson Mandela Drive site campus, Mthatha: a case study
The purpose of this paper aims to present the practical experience on the usage pattern of electronic resources as information without boundaries by students (undergraduate & post graduate) in academic library, in the case of at Walter Sisulu University library, Nelson Mandela Drive (NMD) site campus.
As South Africa celebrates the twenty years of democracy, library users are able to access information electronically without coming to the library building. This shift from traditional print to electronic resources provides users with information without boundaries. WSU had made some good initiatives to improve ICT through installation of Wi-Fi connection inside and outside the library. This paper will also look at the effects of Wi-Fi on usage of electronic resources at WSU. It will also show statistics on e-books and online databases usage across WSU. Methodology- A structured questionnaire was used to evaluate usage patterns of e-resources by students at WSU NMD campus, Mthatha. A random sampling method used to distribute questionnaires. SPSS is used for data analysis. Findings- The study finds that majority of students with (40%) at NMD campus are able to access e-resources that the library subscribes to. It reflects that 39% students have attended Information Literacy programme but not access e-resources. It also indicates that 25% of students have their own personal computer and they have access to internet. Most popular e-resources are EBSCO and Science Direct.