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Trends in e-Collection development in academic libraries: A study

Author: 
C. Sasikala, G. Nagaratnamani and V. Dhanraju (pp. 188-205)
ABSTRACT: 
States that academic libraries which are considered to be nerve centers of academic and research activities must help achieve the academic goals of their parent institutions and this is possible only through developing adequate library collection and/or providing seamless and wider access to relevant electronic resources. This paper chiefly investigates the trends in collection development activities in university and college libraries. Further the contemporary changes in scholarly publishing and advances in Information and Communication Technologies are posing challenges to library professionals in developing and making them accessible to the end users. It also examines the status and management of electronic resources in academic libraries surveyed and enlists the challenges before library professionals in the changed context. It also explores the collaborative initiatives taken up by these libraries and the perceptions of the library professionals on collaborative collection development.
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How the online resources have affected the collection development policy and role of library professionals in selection of documents: A case study of IIT Libraries

Author: 
Navin Upadhyay and H.N. Prasad
ABSTRACT: 
Reports on the impact that have been witnessed by the library professionals of IIT libraries during the last ten years on library collection development, policy, and changing role of professionals in selection of documents. The study found that collection development policy and selection criteria have changed due to online resources and the involvement of non professional has increased. Libraries are moving towards cooperative selection and sharing resources through cooperative collection development and consortia agreements and this has faded the autonomy of local library. The library professionals predicted that in future, the role of commercial vendors will increase and they will play an important role in collection development.
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Perspectives of LIS professionals on information and communication technologies (ICTs)

Author: 
K.S. Sivakumaren, V. Geetha, B.Jeyapragash and S.Gopalakrishnan
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Examines the level of knowledge on ICT tools, resources used to develop ICT skills/knowledge, and attitudes of LIS professionals towards ICT. The data was collected from 162 library professionals working in engineering institutions in and around Chennai. It was found that majority of LIS professionals had fair knowledge expert on ICT tools; they used various resources to develop their knowledge on ICT. States that the LIS professionals have positive attitude on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).
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