Abstract: This comparative study aims to explore the application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in senior college libraries and analyze the differences between rural area and metropolitan city libraries. The main purpose of this research is to understand how ICT has been implemented in these libraries, evaluate the impact of ICT on library services and user experience, and identify any disparities that may exist between rural and metropolitan libraries. The study utilizes a mixed-methods approach, combining quantitative data analysis and qualitative interviews. Data is collected from a sample of senior college libraries, with representation from both rural and metropolitan areas. The quantitative analysis focuses on the types of ICT infrastructure and services available in these libraries, the level of digital literacy among library staff and users, and the extent of ICT integration in library operations. The findings reveal several significant differences between rural and metropolitan senior college libraries in terms of ICT adoption and utilization. Metropolitan libraries generally exhibit higher levels of ICT integration, offering a wider range of digital resources, advanced automation systems, and access to online databases and e-journals. On the other hand, rural libraries tend to have limited ICT infrastructure, relying on traditional library systems and offering fewer digital resources to their users. Moreover, the study uncovers variations in the level of digital literacy among library staff and users. While metropolitan libraries benefit from better digital skills among their personnel and user community, rural libraries face challenges in enhancing digital literacy due to limited resources and access to training programs. This study emphasizes the significance of ICT in modern senior college libraries, regardless of their location. It highlights the need for rural libraries to bridge the digital divide and invest in ICT infrastructure and staff training to provide equitable access to information resources. Furthermore, the study underscores the importance of collaboration between rural and metropolitan libraries, promoting knowledge sharing and capacity building in ICT implementation. The findings from this research have practical implications for senior college library administrators, policymakers, and stakeholders involved in library development. The study suggests strategies to enhance ICT integration in rural libraries, such as resource sharing, collaboration with technology partners, and targeted digital literacy programs. By addressing the disparities identified in this study, senior college libraries can strive towards providing inclusive and effective information services to their users, regardless of geographical location.
Abstract: This comparative study aims to explore the application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in senior college libraries and analyze the differences between rural area and metropolitan city libraries. The main purpose of this research is to understand how ICT has been implemented in these libraries, evaluate the impact of ICT on library...Show More