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Reader’s Profile


1. Introduction: The library reader’s profile provide self-reported information about people engaging with the library  that identify the demographic of the reader, areas of interest and so on. A reader’s profile is a reflection of the demographic of the reader that identify the reader and recognizes his/her reading strength and weakness. The reader’s profiles are created with the sole aim of making the library resource and services more relevant to the interests of readers.

2. Usefulness of Reader’s Profile: Librarians can used the profiles to develop custom reading lists, based on books and authors that the readers have already enjoyed as well as on the readers’ literary likes and dislikes. The usefulness of reader’s profile can be looked from the following angles
a) Current Awareness Services (CAS): The reader’s profile helps the library to provide current awareness services.
b) Selective Dissemination of Information Service (SDI): The reader’s profile identifies the user’s interest areas that can be used to provide selective dissemination of information services.
c) Tailored Product / Services: The library resources or services can be tailored for the reader’s by going through the reader’s profile.
d) Directory of Readers: The reader’s profile can be used to design and develop printed or online directories of the library readers or users.

3. Ways of Collecting Reader’s Profile Information: The reader’s information can be collected by way of forms. The reader’s profile form can be of two types –
a) Print Form: Print form is of pen and paper type form that need to be filled up by the reader and in the library end, it need to be typed to be useful. It is a time consuming task to collect reader’s information through printed form and prone to typing mistakes from the library end.
b) Online Form: The online form refers to the form that can be filled up by using a network or system over the Web. This type of forms is easy to manage and does not involve any time consuming task like keying the information provided by the user.

4. Component of a Reader’s Form: A library reader’s form can be designed and developed to collect the following type of data
a) Address Data Field: It may include the physical address of the reader along with mobile phone number and Email address.
b) Educational Data: It includes level and subject of education; knowledge or skills in given topics; language proficiency in given subjects; etc.
c) Demographic Data: It includes variables such as age, gender, sex, nationality and so on.
d) Social Status Data: It include income and economic aspects; status in a group; values; cultural traits; opinion leadership; cosmopolitanism; etc
e) Psychological Data: It include behavioural traits and patterns; personality; intelligence; mental ability and conceptual skills; decision-making patterns; etc.
f) General Work Data: It includes place, type and subject of work; position; responsibilities and authority; work times, habits, requirements; etc.

5. An Example of a Reader’s Data Collection Form: In the following an example of a a library reader’s data collection form is given.

a) Address Data Field
i) Residential Address
Title:                Name in Full:                          C/O, House No. / Flat, etc.:                           
By-Lane / Locality / Village, etc.:                   Name of the Post Office:                               
Name of the District:                                      PIN Code:      
Name of the State:                                         Primary Mobile Phone Number:
Primary Email Id.:
ii) Official Address
Designation:                                                    Name of the Department:
Full Name of the Working Institute:                                     
By-Lane / Locality / Village, etc.:
Name of the Post Office:                                Name of the District:
PIN Code:                                                       Name of the State:
Secondary / Alternate / WhatsApp / Telegram Mobile Phone Number:
Secondary / Alternate / Official Email Id.:
iii) Profile Address of Social Networks
Facebook:
Pinterest:
Twitter:
LinkedIn:
Instagram:
YouTube:

b) Educational Data Field
Education Level:
Language Known:
Computer Knowledge:
Areas of Specialization:

c) Demographic Data Field
Gender:
Age:
Ethnicity:

d) Social Status Data Field
Income Level:
Which social issues are likely to affect you?
What is your primary need/concern in life?
How do you view the world?

e) Psychological Data Field
Interests:
Hobbies:
Passions:
Reading Interest: Adventure, romance, mystery, information
Favourite Book:
Favourite TV Show:
Favourite Movie Genre:
Favourite type of restaurant/food:
Reading Interest

f) General Work Data Field
Type of Work:

g) Access to Equipments: Mobile Phone / Tablet / Laptop / Desktop:

6. Conclusion: A reader profile provides information about people engaging with the library, and this information can be used to customize and deliver the library products and services to the user. After filling up of the form by the reader, it is routed to an appropriate library staff and reader supposed to receive a reply giving them a number of reading choices. The reader’s profile can help the librarians to create a list of books and authors the readers might enjoy. The reader’s profile on the other hand allows users to seek reading advice in a more comfortable manner. It re-establishes the library as a source of reading guidance and creates a sustainable connection between library staff and the library’s readers.



How to Cite this Article?
APA Citation, 7th Ed.:  Barman, B. (2020). A comprehensive book on Library and Information Science. New Publications.
Chicago 16th Ed.:  Barman, Badan. A Comprehensive Book on Library and Information Science. Guwahati: New Publications, 2020.
MLA Citation 8th Ed:  Barman, Badan. A Comprehensive Book on Library and Information Science. New Publications, 2020.

Badan BarmanBadan Barman at present working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Library and Information Science, Gauhati University, Guwahati-781014, Assam, India. He is the creator of the LIS Links (http://www.lislinks.com) - India’s most popular social networking website for Library and Information Science professionals. He also created the UGC NET Guide (http://www.netugc.com) and LIS Study (http://www.lisstudy.com) website.

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