Academic journal article International Journal of Education and Management Studies

E-Resources Preservation: Challenge with Libraries of Twenty First Century

Academic journal article International Journal of Education and Management Studies

E-Resources Preservation: Challenge with Libraries of Twenty First Century

Article excerpt

Since inception, libraries are meant to preserve the study material whether in print or in digital form with the objective to impart the services and cater to the demands of the end user. Traditionally, libraries preserved material in predominately print form as the print was more reliable mediato preserve any type of document. However, the services with print media were restricted and available for specified period of time, and thereon, it was time consuming. After long time, it has been realized by the research communities that to accelerate the research activities, the libraries have to be shifted from print to electronic material. Gradually, libraries make the transition from print to electronic materials and with this transition; the libraries have been entered into a new preservation landscape. Although some print preservation techniques have been used in preserving the e-resources, however the management of these e-resources has been landed with new and unique challenges. In developing countries, the procurement and preservation of e-resources were a volumetric challenge as the maximum universities and institutes libraries were under-budgeted-developed condition, hence to overcome the budget problem, the government of India has taken the initiative and brought electronic contents and being provided through library consortium under different models viz. Shared Budget Model, Centrally Funded Model, Closed Group Consortia Model, Open Ended Consortia Model and National Consortia Model, therefore, the under-budgeted-developed libraries may be enabled to participate in the rapidly technological changing world. Though, the development of e-resources has proved the mile stone in the history of education system but some challenges have also been landed in the pursuit of libraries. The preservation of e-resources is a frenetic topic. With preservation encompassing such a broad range of issues, it can be stepped to hard back far enough to see the complete picture. With the technological and publishing landscape changing tragically, it is reasonable difficult to predict the future. The present paper will try to explore the major issues and challenges which affecting the preservation of electronic resources, especially, e-joumals, e-books, and examine ways in which libraries and publishers are trying to ensure these e-resources are available in both in the present and future also.

Electronic-Resources and their Types

Electronic means away from print. This is the myth amongst the stakeholders that what type of material will be considered or covered under electronic resources. After emerging the new technologies, some new concepts have been landed i.e. electronic, digital, virtual, mobile, hybrid etc. These concepts confuse that what type of material will be observed as electronic resource. Some scholars have tried to define the electronic resources with the following manner.

Preservation of E-resources: An overwhelming concept

Preservation means to preserve the material through digitization, microfilming and binding. After emerging the applications of information and communication technology, the e-contents are available in huge quantitative on subsidized and nominal price and usage of these e-resources has reached at maturity level. Even though, the end users are enjoying the delivery of speed of the econtents but the problem is, how to control the incoming flow of the e-contents as more and more e-contents are generating per day which is required space at server to run. Now-a-days, it has become the overwhelming issue for the stakeholders, libraries and information resource centres as they are worried about to provide the proper space on server as without proper space, the preservation and delivery of econtents can never be ensured and thereon, every hour electronic contents are emerging in bulk quantitative. The selection, preservation and maintaining continuing access of electronic journals and books are the volumetric challenge in front of the stakeholders. …

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