International Journal of
Library and Information Science

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Lib. Inf. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2537
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJLIS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 228

Full Length Research Paper

University Libraries as facilitators of academic development: A case study of Noakhali Science and Technology University Library, Bangladesh

Md. Salim Mia
  • Md. Salim Mia
  • Central Library, Noakhali Science and Technology University, Bangladesh.
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  •  Received: 08 October 2019
  •  Published: 31 July 2019

Abstract

 
This study focused on the role of Noakhali Science and Technology University Library in the academic development of the university. A mixed method research design was used whereby copies of questionnaires and structured interview guide were utilized to collect data. The study was conducted among 100 library users (students, faculty and university staff), librarian and another member of academic council as two key informants. The study found that the Noakhali Science and Technology University Library is playing an important role in the academic development in terms of education and research. The library offers information literacy training, free Internet access and digital library services for e-resources for all users. The study also found that Noakhali Science and Technology University Library plays a significant role in contributing to teaching and learning by providing reference services and circulation of books, journals, magazines and newspapers. The study however identified the challenges that bedeviled the university library to include: lack of relevant resources, inadequate ICT facilities and absence of enough reading space for users.
 
Key words: University libraries, academic development, Noakhali Science and Technology University Library, Bangladesh.