The extent of Internet use in selection and acquisition of library materials in Kampala International University

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Kampala International University; School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT)
The research was carried out at Kampala International University library with the purpose of establishing the extent of Internet usage in the selection and acquisition of library materials. The study was guided by the following objectives: to examine the effectiveness of Internet usage for selection and acquisition, the challenges faced as well as establishing the recommendations to those challenges. Questionnaires were distributed to all the library staff of KIU since there were no designated personnel for selection and acquisition. Two interviews were also conducted with the head librarian and her deputy. It was found out that Internet usage for selection and acquisition of library materials was to a small extent because some staff did not actually know how it could be used for this purpose, there was no automation program in place yet. The only uses of Internet for this purpose were acquiring catalogs from vendors, communicating with some vendors and donors as well as acquiring bibliographic details of books, The internet has not yet been utilized to place orders with vendors, make payments for resources and all the other routines involved. In order for the library to reap the full benefits of Internet usage in the selection and acquisition of library materials, the library should fully automate its selection and acquisition routines. The library staff should be trained in the utilization of the Internet for the same purpose.
A research report submitted in partial fulfillment of requirements for Bachelor of Library and Information science of Makerere University.
Internet usage, Library materials