The Scientific, Educational and Research Institutions have to provide quality information, speedily and pin-pointedly so as to meet the information needs of the decision makers, research scholars and scientists for their intended reasons. Due to the developments in IT, e-resources are playing important role in dissemination of knowledge. Nearly every institute is developing its own web site. The users interested in pursing a research career in Scientific and Research area access the websites for authentic and reliable information. To determine value or goodness of information provided implies the necessity to evaluate the information provided on their web sites on Internet. The present study “Websites of Scientific Research Institutions in India: An Analytical Study” was carried out on 277 Scientific and Research Institutions and libraries of these institutions. Information was collected from their web sites as well as using a structured questionnaire separately designed for web designers. The data was tabulated and analyzed. The rating system was developed and has been presented.
The advent of the web over the last two decades has resulted in the interest of organizations in different domains to use websites for facilitating their activities, both internal and external. Organizations seeking to obtain the best out of their websites need to create and maintain websites that are successful in supporting the interaction and communication of the organization with their users. It is also necessary to assess factors that affect the success of their websites. The Academic domain is one of the domains where the use of websites has augmented in recent years. This publication is the result of a Thesis project that focused on designing a framework for evaluating websites in academic domain from students' perspective. The evaluation framework bases its ground on one of the key definitions of software quality-“satisfaction of users” and website quality characteristics identified as necessary for academic websites. A sample testing of the website was done, which showed the success of the framework. The framework can be used as it is for evaluating academic websites, but future work to improve its usefullness is necessary, which includes designing a small application.
The academic & special library websites are mirror of their collection, services and user-focused gateways to rich, quality content and they play a key role in the learning and research processes. The users are more accessible from the library websites than to the physical library itself. In this way, the library websites will become user-focused gateways to rich, quality content and, in doing so; re-establish the campus library’s central role in the learning and research process. This book is an attention to the content and quality of academic & special library websites in Bangalore (India) for verification of valid, reliable, and usefulness of the criteria for evaluation and guiding the librarians with the tips for designing an efficient and user friendly library website.