Academic Libraries

User opinion based organisation and services of university libraries in Rajasthan: A practical study

Author: 
P.C. Vijayvegiya, Ramakesh Meena, and P.L. Sharma (pp. 391-412)
ABSTRACT: 
University libraries have to provide its services definitely in an environment which is surrounded by all types of academic communities. Such academic communities consist of Faculty Members, post-graduate students, research students, as well as group of other types of users. Members of such groups differ greatly in terms of their requirement of information and their mental status. All these variables pose a high level challenge, which is faced by staff working in any university library that itself is controlled by their qualifications, capability and individual qualities. This leads to changes/variance in principles of management and practical situations in university libraries. Out of the staff, the librarian, specially the main librarian who also acts as manager of the library has to work independently, and also in coordination in existing environment of the library. Conclusion that parameter of total library services by the administrative officers is 3.07, and they find it good. Faculty members put it at 2.77, and rate it at little above the level of satisfactory and good. Researchers keep it at 2.07, and rate it at satisfactory level and lastly the students treat it at more than satisfactory level and as 2.23.
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ICT integration for sustainable development of Nigerian academic libraries: Issues and challenges

Author: 
Aina Adebowale Japhet, Okunnu Hamid Olumide, and Dapa-Asaju H.S. (pp. 334-335)
ABSTRACT: 
State that effectiveness of library services now largely depends upon the Information and Communication Technology (ICT), the libraries that have the necessary infrastructural capabilities can tap for their development. The integration of ICTs for library services presents enormous challenges and opportunities to librarians, information professional and users. Presents a relatively detailed issues and challenges of the impact and use of ICTs for sustainable development of Nigeria library services in the context of globalization. It is hoped that when libraries are fully ICT compliant, it will increase access, improve skill and services, offering new learning experience to both librarians and students, encourage resource sharing with other institutions and reduce the handling and use of fragile or heavily used original materials among other reasons
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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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