Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Information Communication Technology (ICT) Infrastructure Facilities in Self Financing Engineering College Libraries in Tamil Nadu

Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Information Communication Technology (ICT) Infrastructure Facilities in Self Financing Engineering College Libraries in Tamil Nadu

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INTRODUCTION

Information Communication Technology (ICT) are being increasingly used in library and information services for the acquisition, processing dissemination of information. Libraries and Information centers have been using ICT infrastructures and services to satisfy the diverse information need of their users. However, these infrastructures and services are not utilized fully. Under utilization of these infrastructures and services has been a cause of concern to librarian world wide. The use of Information Communication Technology infrastructures has become increasingly important in self financing engineering college libraries. Self financing engineering college libraries are switching over to ICT infrastructures at an accelerated pace. E-Journals, CD_ROM databases, online data bases, e-books, web based infrastructures and a variety of other electronic resources are fast replacing the traditional resources of self financing engineering college libraries.

REVIEW OF LITERATURE

N. Wijayasundara in his study , found that barriers in the application of Information Communication Technology and suggested techniques to overcome those barriers (1). Chandrashekhra and Mulla studied the usage pattern of electronic information resources among the engineering research community especially in Karnataka. They found that the research community seemed to move towards a greater international homogeneity. They have discussed why the developing countries like India was not fully utilizing the benefit on-line electronic information resources (2).

Nagaraju, Ramesh and Vithal in their findings showed that in India most of the future library and information professionals would work in a digital or hybrid library environment (3). Varadharajan in his study says that a series of training courses on digital libraries could provide a good balance of topics covering the technological, technical, management and social issues (4).

K.Haneefa conducted a study and came out that the services that has been used by the large percentage of users e-mail. The study adds that a good number of users are not satisfied with application of ICT in the libraries (5). Rajput et al surveyed that a large number of users were dissatisfied with the infrastructure facilities available in IES, specifically in terms of hardware facilities (6).

STATEMENT OF THE PROBLEM

The present study aims at analysing the Information Communication Technology infrastructure facilities with reference to self-financing engineering college libraries in Tamil Nadu. This study traces out the status of electronic resources in terms of topology of library network, electronic access points, electronic database, e-journals and electronic resources in the libraries of engineering colleges. The electronic sources and such other infrastructure facilities and their extent of availability could be accessed.

OBJECTIVES

The following objectives are selected for the purpose of the present study:

1. To identify the libraries of self financing engineering college libraries in Tamil Nadu, which are adopting Information Communication Technology infrastructure facilities.

2. To assess the hardware and software facilities available in the self financing engineering college libraries

3. To assess how many information professionals are trained in handling Information Communication Technology

4. To assess the value and importance of library application software packages

5. To know the various computerized information services rendered by the libraries

6. To analyse the nature and topology of library network system structure and to compare the status of network environment in the libraries

7. To find out the total e-resource collection among the sample libraries

METHODOLOGY

The present study aims at analysing the use and availability of Information Communication Technology infrastructure facilities in self-financing engineering college (SFEC) libraries in Tamilnadu. …

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