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ERIC Number: EJ861523
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1041-7915
Library Automation Facilitation: A Case Study of NIT Libraries in India
Rao, Y. Srinivasa; Choudhury, B. K.
Computers in Libraries, v29 n10 p41-44 Nov-Dec 2009
India is a huge country with a population of more than 1 billion. In India, by tradition, education and learning are highly valued. In fact, India has one of the largest higher education systems in the world, with regard to the number of institutions. Education is a necessity. It is the most effective instrument with which to imbue people with the knowledge, skills, and capability to develop a developing nation. Libraries are one invaluable way to provide this education since each library is a hub of knowledge. This is one reason that automation is important for libraries--it is the way to effectively modernize their functions and services, which in turn makes them more efficient at responding to the needs of their users. Library automation is viewed as the total composite of technologies needed to bring to the library user the necessary access and services to answer real-world information needs. Automation makes the library system, resources, and services more attractive and interactive, helping libraries to meet their users' expectations. This article presents a study conducted by the authors in order to identify the extent of computerization among National Institute of Technology (NIT) libraries across India, study integrated library software (ILS) and its management, find out the automation of library in-house functionalities, and evaluate zone performance with respect to computerization. The results of the study show that almost all the NIT libraries have acquired ILS, and the majority of the libraries have automated their cataloging systems. However, the study makes it clear that automation facilitation among NIT libraries is still in the developmental stages due to various technical, professional, and administrative reasons. (Contains 2 figures and 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: India