Adoption of electronic document delivery in the major academic and research organisations in the Gulf States: a feasibility study in Kuwait.
Al Fadhli, Meshal Shehab
Johnson, Ian M.
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The concept of "resource sharing" between libraries was encompassed by the original aims of the Gulf States Cooperation Council, and the need for it has been stimulated by the increased amount of published information, and by users’ increasing expectations that information will be rapidly supplied, regardless of their distance from its source. To outline the problems and potential, the paper outlines the nature of research and publishing in Arabic, the attempts to encourage resource sharing in the Gulf States, and the existing arrangements for Inter Library Lending. The paper also outlines the development of Electronic Document Delivery systems that facilitate Inter Library Lending. In Kuwait, the major libraries depend on local and international Inter Library Lending to complement their collections, but have not yet fully implemented new technologies in providing this service. A case study examined the availability of relevant technology and personnel with appropriate expertise in three major libraries in Kuwait: Kuwait University, the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, and the National Scientific and Technical Information Center. Questionnaires and interviews, intended to assess staff attitudes and perceptions, were used to examine the reasons why the Ariel system of Electronic Document Delivery appeared to have not yet been adopted, although it has been increasingly used in other parts of the world for more than 10 years. The paper notes that the adoption of this new technology in Kuwait is supported in principle, but is hindered by lack of awareness, skills and motivation, and speculates about the wider implications for the Gulf States.