Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Infrastructural Issues in Government First Grade College Libraries of Rural Areas: With Special Reference to Mumbai Karnataka Region

Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Infrastructural Issues in Government First Grade College Libraries of Rural Areas: With Special Reference to Mumbai Karnataka Region

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The Government of Karnataka under the Department of Collegiate Education (DCE) has established several colleges to meet the higher educational needs of the rural areas. The students, who could not able to pursue their higher education by bearing the higher fees at private colleges of urban areas, such students can join Govt. colleges and pursue their education. Majority of the population living in rural areas have understood the importance of education and know that it is the only way to get rid of poverty. Therefore the students depend upon government colleges for his or her education. The libraries of such colleges are the great source of information and playing an important role in fulfilling the needs of rural students. To evaluate and understand the real situation, this article is carried out in finding out the highlights the problems and prospects of GFGC libraries of rural areas in Mumbai Karnataka region. This study contains valuable insights and observations for making the college library in rural areas and information initiatives successful in the long run.

2. The significance of the Study

This study will bring to the limelight the strength and deficiencies in GFGC libraries of rural areas located in Mumbai Karnataka region, to provide effective and efficient library services. It is also envisaged that the study would help enhance infrastructure facility and recommendations are offered towards improving library services. It is to provide a useful framework of reference and serve as the springboard for a new approach for enhancing the infrastructure facility in the Govt. college libraries of the selected region. It also provides a policy framework for policymakers.

3. Review of Literature

(Kannappanavar, 2014) conducted a survey to evaluate library facilities, sources, and services in the engineering colleges in Goa state. The authors found the existed library staff strength, both professional and non-professional is highly inadequate to perform library services efficiently and effectively. Librarians are more experienced. (Kay, 1995) examined fifty-two public academic libraries in regard to their assignable study space policies to aid in writing a policy for the University's Cook Memorial Library. The study found that the number of carrels available was not sufficient to meet the requests for assignment. Although and the demand was great, many libraries indicated that actual use was low, with carrels frequently unoccupied. A majority of carrels were assigned to faculty on a first-come, first served basis, with library personnel making the assignment.(Khoo, Rozaklis, Hall, & Kusunoki, 2016) analyzed a qualitative mixed-method study of students' perceptions of place and space in an academic library. Two surveys gathered data and results identified two distinct and contrasting models of place: a more traditional model based on individual study near stacks of books, and an emergent technologicallysupported group study model. The study suggests, academic libraries should develop new metrics to measure library place and space in settings of technologically-supported group work. (Bandyopadhyay, 2015) surveyed to know the Availability of ICT infrastructure in the University Libraries of West Bengal. It is found, most of the libraries have the basic Infrastructure Facility, they would facilitate the introduction & use of IT in the libraries.

4. Objectives:

The study is intended to assess the following objectives:

a) To assess library building and space available in GFGC College libraries of rural areas;

b) To assess the level of satisfaction towards the library grants sanctioned from Govt. of Karnataka;

c) To study the existing library infrastructure and equipment facilities available at GFGC libraries in rural areas of Mumbai Karnataka region and

d)To suggest ways and means of the adoption of best practices to overcome the problems.

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