Title: Status of Internet and Social Media Usage Pattern among the Media Professionals of North East India
Authors: Dr. Manoj Kumar Sinha, Sudip Bhattacharjee and Sucheta Bhattacharjee
Abstract: Media professionals are using library extensively for the professional as well as academic assignments. They are heavily dependent on the resources available in media house libraries, public libraries and academic libraries including university and institutional libraries. As we know that many e-resources are available to the university libraries of India under different consortia and many resources are available on Internet as open source resources. For making optimum utilisation of resources, the library users particularly media professionals must get adequate training for using e-resources and accessing to the library resources available to the media houses and university libraries and public libraries. In view of knowing the extent of ICT and Internet Literacy , library usage pattern of media professionals , this study has been carried out and many important findings are emerged which have opened new areas of further research in the area of Internet and library usage pattern of media professionals of India in general and North East India in particular.For the present study survey method was adopted using Questionnaire and Interview schedule as tools of data collection. The questionnaire was designed on the basis of previous study conducted by Sinha, Singha and Sinha (2011) and Sinha (2012) with some modification. The questionnaire was distributed to 200 media professionals and 156 respondents have returned the filled up questionnaire back to the authors. The survey was done during December 2012 to February 2013 and samples were drawn from the media professionals working in media houses of North East India and students, faculty & research scholars of Assam University, Silchar , Gauhati University, Guwahati and North Eastern Hill University, Shilong. On the basis of responses received, data was tabulated and analysed using SPSS and Ms-Excel. The important survey findings in respect of demographic profiles of media professionals working in universities and media houses highlighting their library visit pattern, e-resources use pattern and their expectations from university, college and public libraries to utilize available resources for their academic and professional?s endeavors have been enumerated. The media professionals have also highlighted some problems in accessing to information and put forwarded some suggestion for the overall improvements of the library services and usage of Internet facilities in the libraries.