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Qualitative versus Quantitative: A Methodological Perspective

Library Herald Year : 2005, Volume : 43, Issue : 1 First page : ( 40) Last page : ( 50) Print ISSN : 0024-2292. Online ISSN : 0976-2469. Qualitative versus Quantitative: A Methodological Perspective

Guha Tamal Komar1, Assistant Libarian, Saraf Veena2, Reader 1Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, North Guwahati-781 039. Assam, fam@iitg.ernet.in 2Department of Library & Information Science, North Eastern Hill University, Shiliong 793 014, Meghalaya, veenasaraf@yahoo.co.uk

Abstract Over the last five decades, libraries have faced a great challenge to reach out to their users. Studies have been conducted through out the entire array of library services to understand the needs and assess the requirements of the users communities. However, an introspection of the methodologies used for conducting such studies and the paradigm shift from quantitative has been felt a necessity in the ever changing scenario of information services in an electronic era.