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A study of the current status of non-utilization of the book borrowing facility at the Kandy and Matara Regional Centres of the OUSL

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D Gunasekera

Library, the Open University of Sri Lanka, LK
About D
Ms D. Gunasekara, is a Senior Assistant Librarian in the OUSL. Her
research interests are library science, copyright issues, and Open and
Distance Learning. Ms. Gunasekara could be contacted at
hpsgun@ou.ac.lk
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Abstract

Distance learners engage in self-study with limited face to face contacts.
Library support services are one of the most important support services
that are provided for distance learners by the Institution. This study
investigates the usage of the borrowing facility by the distance learners of
the Kandy and Matara Regional Centres (KRC and MRC). The study
reveals the characteristics of the borrowing facility users and the reasons
for obtaining/not obtaining library membership at their regional centre
libraries. This study also reveals the problems faced by the learners in
using the book borrowing facility and the promotion of these facilities by
the regional centre libraries. Further, the study also investigates the
information seeking behavior of distance learners who registered at the
two regional centres.

DOI: 10.4038/ouslj.v5i0.2143

OUSL Journal Vol.5 2009 60-75
How to Cite: Gunasekera, D., (2009). A study of the current status of non-utilization of the book borrowing facility at the Kandy and Matara Regional Centres of the OUSL. OUSL Journal. 5, pp.60–75. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/ouslj.v5i0.2143
Published on 01 Dec 2009.
Peer Reviewed

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