Role of agriculture librarian's in electronic information access and management

Rajkumar Singh (pp. 295-305)
Describes the roles of librarian's in electronic information access and management in agricultural libraries are relevant in real sense to the electronic resources as they were to that of printed information management. The concept of ownership of electronic information, however, has become more fluid. Collection development now consists in deciding which items to provide straightforward access to users. Agricultural libraries and information centre have to organize payment for electronic information resources, other than those which are available free of cost. The library remains the appropriate structure through which to take decisions about the allocation of budget funds for the purchase of electronic information and printed form of information resources. Library cataloguing implies attaching appropriate metadata to informative objects, to ensure that users can readily find the correct needful information when searching. Reference service are remains attract the task of listening to a potential user's needs, advising them on the best resources to access, how to access those resources, and how to manage in best level of their queries for search systems. Organization and preservation are remains a significant issue for the management of the electronically published information; now librarians attempting to give a full responsibility to manage such electronically published information to their subordinate library professionals, they like to deploy some other trained professional who are at least aware that how to keep long-term availability of these resources which are seen as an issue. Access of such electronic information just like circulation of information has no parallel in the Internet connected library environment, but to replace the circulation activities of information there is a new task for librarians to educate the library users time to time. The familiarity with the Internet and supposed user-friendliness of the World Wide Web, the users also needed significantly more guidance in using electronic information resources than they did in using a library printed materials, and most of the agricultural libraries provides now organized training programme for their user time to time under Information Literacy Programme.