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The university library website as a virtual study environment

Your Name: Máté Tóth, dr., associated professor Library

Title: The university library website as a virtual study environment

Library, School, or Organization Name: Hungarian Library Institute, National Széchényi Library and Institute of Library Sciences, Faculty of Adult Education and Human Resources Development, University of Pécs, Hungary H-7633 Pécs, Szántó Kovács János utca 1/b.

Co-Presenter Name(s):  Alexandra Szalacsi, Ph.D. student at “Education and Society”  Doctoral School of Education, Faculty of Humanities and Arts, University of Pécs

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Europe, Hungary, Pécs, University of Pécs
Language in Which You Will Present: Hungarian

Target Audience(s): Our presentation’s target audience are librarians, professors, teachers, university students, Ph.D. students. We welcome to everyone whose interest this topic.

Short Session Description (one line): In our presentation we talk about that nowdays university students use the libraries as meeting places in physical or virtual means or maybe both of way.

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

University libraries are becoming meeting places where university students, researchers can study and work together. This trend results stimulating environments that support community learning, creating synergies for maximizing research capacity and new ideas. Another trend is the extension of services into the realm of virtual areas. 

While it is obvious that students trend to use libraries as meeting places in physical means, the virtual study places are not visited by as many library patrons as desired. It seems that university libraries still invest a lot of work and money into virtual study places to ensure a comfortable environment for their patrons. We analysed the students’ attitudes and expectations towards these areas.

A questionnaire survey was conducted among a total of 100 university students from the fields of adult education, humanities and social sciences at University of Pécs. The research aims to answer the following questions:

  • What are the main patterns of use of virtual areas for studying?
  • How physical and virtual places are connected to each other?
  • What are the functional differences between physical and virtual places in studying?
  • How virtual study places are taken into use by university students?
  • What is the nature of virtual meetings in compare with physical ones? 

The results show that the majority of students still prefer the traditional library services regarding study group work. While it is expected to create virtual environments these “places” seems to become supplementary services and can’t replace physical areas.



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