Marketing of Information Products and Services for Libraries in India
Jestin K. J., Joseph, Parameswari, B., Library Philosophy and Practice
A society that consumes and generates the most knowledge and information is the strongest society. The information industry has grown dramatically in services, revenue, and coherence over the last decade. Though the marketing of information services is a concept of comparatively recent origin, it has now emerged as an important area for libraries and information centers. Marketing covers those activities that connect the organization to those parts of its outside world that use, buy, sell or influence the outputs it produces and the benefits and services it offers (O'Shaughnessy). As Kotler points out, organizations such as museums, universities, libraries, and charities need to market their causes and their products to gain political and social support as well as economic support. One of the major barriers to operating a profitable information business is the lack of business expertise among librarians and information scientists. Marketing is a comprehensive term that describes all the processes and interactions that result in satisfaction for users and revenue for the information firm.
Libraries and information centers have begun to realize that marketing of information products and services is an integral part of administration, especially as a means for improving user satisfaction and promoting the use of services by current and potential users. Three main factors, namely the information explosion, the technology revolution, and escalating library costs are responsible for encouraging the library profession to develop a marketing approach in its operations and services. Some information service managers feel that marketing is inimical to the nature of their activities. But with increased competition in the …
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Publication information: Article title: Marketing of Information Products and Services for Libraries in India. Contributors: Jestin K. J., Joseph - Author, Parameswari, B. - Author. Journal title: Library Philosophy and Practice. Volume: 5. Issue: 1 Publication date: Fall 2002. Page number: Not available. © 2009 University of Idaho Library. COPYRIGHT 2002 Gale Group.
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