Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Information Behavior of Scholarly Community with E-Resources: A Case Study of Sher-E-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir

Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Information Behavior of Scholarly Community with E-Resources: A Case Study of Sher-E-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir

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Introduction

An electronic resource or e-resource "is any cohesive publication in digital form that is being marketed" or "any electronic product that delivers a collections of data, be it text, numerical, graphical or time based, as a commercially available resource" and includes "full text databases, electronic journals, image collections, multimedia products, collections of numerical data" (Lee & Boyle, 2004, p. 5.). The International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC, 1998) (http://www.icolc.net) defines e-information (or electronic information) as "a broad term that encompasses abstracting and indexing services, electronic journals and other full text materials, the offerings of information aggregators, article delivery services, etc." which can be accessed via remote networks from information providers, or locally mounted by a consortium or one of its member libraries. The electronic information resources, commonly known as e-resources are becoming an important component of modern libraries. E-resources started to emerge in 1740s with the invention of semi-mechanised punch card readers. But it took a lot of time to establish its significance and ultimately in 1970s most of the electronic sources were available on a new medium of storage and communication called magnetic tapes. This medium paved a way for their future online mode (Ravichandra Rao, 2000). The kinds of e-resources that are available and accessible today are based on physical storage media (CD-ROM, magnetic tapes, audio, video cassettes etc); intranet (locally produced e-resources) and Internet also called online (remotely stored & remotely accessible e-resources). The first ones are much like the traditional 'paper based publications' with the exception that they require computer hardware and software for their utilisation (Jodelis, 2003). The e-resources have found place in all academic and research libraries of India. The Agricultural libraries of India have also developed rich collection of e-resources both in offline and online mode. The CDROM and Mirror Server based abstracting databases like that of CAB abstracts, FST abstracts, MEDLARIS, CA and the like were the foremost e-resources introduced by them. Nowadays thousands of online e-journals, e-theses, e-books are made available to scientists and the students of agricultural universities on cooperative basis like that of CeRA, KrishiPrabha, CAB e-books, open sources of information, etc. Being an agricultural university Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir (SKUAST-K) is not an exception to it.

Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir (SKUAST-K)

Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir (SKUAST-K) was established in the year 1982, and is a multi-campii University. The University is offering Undergraduate, Masters' and Doctorate degrees in Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Veterinary & AH, Fisheries, Sericulture and Agricultural Engineering. Its Library System comprises of 01 Central Library, 05 Faculty/College Libraries, 05 Research Station Libraries, and 03 KVK Libraries. This library network comprising of 14 libraries spreads across the valley of Kashmir and Division of Ladakh. The library system is one among the richest library systems both by way of its print and electronic information resources. It possess about 20000 journal volumes, 1157 theses, 43000 textbooks, 7000 reference books, 450 advances and reviews, and about 9000 reports in print form. Its electronic collection comprises of 9.45 million bibliographic records and abstract level research articles available as 11 CDROM databases (CABI, AGRICOLA, FSTA, MEDLINE, VetCD, etc.) operable over mirror server with WinSPIRS software, 6000 full text journals relevant to agriculture and allied disciplines available through CeRA, JABS and Open Access Journals, 7500 full text Indian Agricultural, Doctoral Dissertations available as KrishiPrabha, 554 Masters' and Doctoral Electronic Theses and 225 full text post-prints available as SKUAST-K Institutional Repository; 850 e-books available as CAB e-books; and other important online e-resources like OpenDOAR, OpenDOAB, AGRIS, KrishiKosh, and the like. …

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