Medical students accessed online information more frequently than their professors, according to a research report.

Medical Professors preferred journals and workshops to know the latest developments in medical field while their students accessed online information and referred books.

S. Jahanara, librarian at Government Degree College here who awarded doctorate for her thesis on “Information Needs and Information Seeking Behavior of Medical College Library” by S.V. University conducted an extensive study of the behaviour of users of library in six medical colleges in Rayalaseema region. Medical faculty depended on informal sources like seminars, continuing education programmes, workshop and chit chats at coffee houses etc while students preferred books, journals, CDs, online sources and others. She said the library at Kuppam Medical College was fully equipped and followed the modern trends. The libraries in other colleges especially in the government colleges were poorly managed with a fewer number of books and outdated volumes.

Ms. Jahanara, who built an excellent collection of books at Government Degree College as librarian, was known for conducting the exhibition of books during the Library Week celebrations every year.