Print And Non-Print Resources 

Print resources and non-print resources are two different resources and here I’ll be explaining both of them to you and I’ll be telling you what their resources are. I’ll also be explaining their characteristics the advantages and disadvantages together with the importance and uses they have.

 Print resources

 Print resources or print materials are divided into two namely subject matter and material type. It is a source of information that uses writing to pass information. It is also a manual way of storing important and relevant information. Some examples are books, newspapers, etc.

Non-print resources

Non-print resources are resources of information that aren’t in written form for example television, radio, internet, movies, etc. It is also an electronic way in which you can store important and relevant information at times by typing or talking. 

Characteristics of print resources

Some of the characteristics of print resources are, they are:

  • Spontaneous: print resources can actually be used in any way without any presentation equipment.
  • Instructionally transparent: if a student studies very well, the print medium which is their book is the most transparent instruction of all.
  • Easy to use and portable. Given that adequate light and print materials can be used any time anywhere and any place without the aid of other equipment.  Learners can take away printed resources for them to be read, reviewed and corrected on their own time and to a place of their own choice.  This portability of print resources is very important for learners in cities or towns as long as there is limited access to technology.
  • Easily reviewed and referenced. Print resources are typically learner-controlled. As a result, the learner can rapidly move through sections, while focusing on areas demanding additional attention.  Also, learners can easily write down what they hear or thoughts within the margins of the printed material.
  • Cost-effective. No instructional tool is less expensive to produce than print. In addition, facilities abound for the inexpensive duplication of these materials in the developed world.  But, be aware of higher duplication costs, as well as delivery costs, in many parts of the developing world.

Characteristics of non-print resources:

Some of the characteristics of non-print resources are:

  • Management: the non-print resources are very good at managing information.
  • Preservation: print media is a very good choice when it comes to preserving information.
  • Operations and equipment: non-print resources have the correct equipment for an operation.
  • Reformatting: non-print resources can reformate any information no matter the content.

Advantages of print resources

The advantages of print resources are:

  • Extremely portable: print resources can be used anywhere any day and any time.
  • High comfort level: most students are more comfortable with print resources.
  • Cost-effective: print resources can easily be created and doubled with just little expenses.
  • Readily available

Disadvantages of print resources

The disadvantages of print resources are:

  • No interactions: print media are not interactive.
  • No visual element: print resources are not appropriate for teaching language or visual concepts.
  • Require reading skills
  • Time delay

Advantages of non-print resources

The advantages of nonprint resources are:

  • May appeal to non-readers
  • May appeal to those who learn better through site or sound
  • May increase circulation of items

Disadvantages of non-print resources

The disadvantages of non-print resources are:

  • Fear of theft and damage 
  • Nonprint items take up a lot of space on the bookshelves
  • The increased cost of processing
  • Equipment for use of materials needed in the library may not be located 

Importance of print resources

The importance of print resources are:

  • Easy access 
  • Feel of books
  • Smell of books 
  • Instant access
  • Enjoyment of learning through charts
  • Bringing students and teachers together 
  • Print media is more reliable
  • Print resources are more complete
  • Print resources are more personal
  • Print resources have a wider reach
  • Print resources are an enduring medium
  • Print resources are usually more reliable 
  • Print resources are nostalgic

Importance of non-print resources

The importance of non-print resources:

  • Non-print is faster
  • Non-print is more interactive
  • Non-print is more versatile
  • Non-print can be specialized
  • Non-print is environmentally friendly
  • Non-print helps the hand capped the move 

Uses of print resources

The things print resources are used for are:

  • It includes depth material 
  • It includes comprehensive material
  • It has a good historical perspective on the current trend
  • They are better at explaining concepts more clearly
  • It is used to keep a record of information
  • It is easier to access 

Uses of non-print resources

The uses of non-print resources are:

  • They are important information materials for the health science library
  • These are important learning materials for the health science library 
  • They have long experience in organizing informational materials
  • The library represents highly appropriate repositories
  • It is quicker than print resources
  • They require less stress to write it
  • They can be for just in case of an emergency 
  • The documents can be easily recovered 
  • They have been used to increase the circulation of all items
  • They appeal to nonreaders 
  • They appeal to those who learn better with sight, sound and colour
  • Search 
  • Health literacy
  • Nonreader education
  • It is always available
  • Lifetime
  • Cost
  • Income generation
  • Emotional impact
  • Space requirement

Importance of print resources

Print resources are very important because in a sense they are better than nonprint resources. Here are some of their importance:

  • They are portable 
  • They are available when it comes to money
  • They are always available
  • They are comfortable when in use
  • They have more reliable information
  • They raise brand awareness
  • They help you get noticed
  • They allow you to tell a story
  • They have more time details
  • Effective targeting 
  • They establish your brand 
  • It can be found anywhere
  • They have credible information
  • They have tangible information
  • They are more engaging
  • The more the print information, the more for you 
  • Investing in print materials sends a signal to your customers that you are serious 
  • They can also create an engagement between the customer and you brand

Importance of nonprint resources

  • Instructional may delivery occur with it 
  • They do not require much paperwork for learning to take place
  • The operators does not need a literate person 


I hope with all these you now know their characteristics, advantages and disadvantages, importance and their uses.

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