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Students’ Perception towards the Library User Education Programmes of the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka: A Case Study

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C. N. D. Punchihewa ,

University of Moratuwa, LK
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Senior Assistant Librarian
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K. G. A. P. Kiriella,

University of Moratuwa, LK
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Senior Assistant Librarian
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A. D. B. Kumara,

University of Moratuwa, LK
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Ruvini C. Kodikara

University of Moratuwa, LK
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Abstract

Library, University of Moratuwa has identified the importance of acquiring the user perception on different user education programmes offered by the library.  The objective of this case study was to assess the students’ perception and examine the impact of the user education programmes conducted. 'Library Orientation and Tour', 'Information for Research', 'Research and Plagiarism' and 'How to do Referencing' are the library user education programmes considered in this study.  The participants were the undergraduate and postgraduate students, who have participated in the library user education programmes during 2014-2015. A user survey method was adopted in this study. Considering the size of the student group, 30% of the total population (188) randomly selected for the study and online structured questionnaire was used to collect data. Results revealed that library user education programmes helped 98.7% of the students to obtain the awareness of library resources and services.  In addition, more than 98% of the students claimed that library user education programmes support for their academic works. The study also highlighted the importance of continuing the library user education programmes in building research skills among the students to develop the research culture in the university.

How to Cite: Punchihewa, C.N.D., Kiriella, K.G.A.P., Kumara, A.D.B. and Kodikara, R.C., 2018. Students’ Perception towards the Library User Education Programmes of the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka: A Case Study. Journal of the University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka, 21(2), pp.106–122. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/jula.v21i2.7920
Published on 31 Jul 2018.
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