Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Application and Utilization of ICT in the Degree College Libraries of Assam

Academic journal article Library Philosophy and Practice

Application and Utilization of ICT in the Degree College Libraries of Assam

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1. Introduction:

Application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in libraries has been offering sufficient opportunities to automate the library, create digital libraries, providing resource sharing networks, value-added information services and initiate capacity building programs for the library staff and users. The use of ICT in libraries has facilitated better security services and fulfils the needs of the user as per their requirements. It also used to develop new information services and improving the productivity and efficiency of library services. The ICT based resources help to reduce library space by using the electronic storage media, digital and virtual libraries1.

The quality of an academic institution depends upon the quality of services provided by the academic libraries. The college libraries have a tremendous role towards enhancing the knowledge and skills of the academic students in both rural and urban communities. The college libraries can fulfil the needs of the students, teachers and researchers by providing different kinds of printed or digital resources. Better and effective library services can be ensured by the application of ICTs with skilled and qualified library manpower. Now-a- days, different agencies such as Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), University Grants Commission (UGC), Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET), concerned state government and the local enterprises have been taking great initiatives to develop the educational institution. Application and utilization of ICT in the College libraries of Assam is a new aspect of research which will identify the ICT infrastructure, status of library automation and institutional repositories, barriers associated with the implementing of ICTs, ICT based services extended to the users and impact of ICT on users in the college libraries1.

2. Literature Review:

Mahanta and Das2 found that ICT infrastructure in the college libraries of Assam has improved. All the surveyed libraries are found automated and they have been using Software for University Libraries (SOUL) whereas few libraries have institutional repository, and most of them have been using Dspace. All the libraries are providing internet facilities to the library users. Most of the users are found satisfied with the use of ICT in the college libraries. Atonring3 have carried out a study on information and communication technology infrastructure in the university libraries of Tamil Nadu. The study was focused on modern technologies for the library management and availability of ICT infrastructure among arts and science university libraries in Tamil Nadu. Mondal and Bandyopadhyay4 have carried out a study on the availability of ICT infrastructure in the university libraries of West Bengal. The ICT infrastructure in the university libraries of West Bengal is still in developing stage. Most of the university libraries of West Bengal have found minimum infrastructure for implementation of ICT. Patil, et al.5 have carried out a study on ICT applications in Agriculture University libraries in western India. The study conducted among eight agriculture universities of the western part of India. The findings of the study have revealed that two university libraries have completed the 100 percent level of library automation, four university libraries have achieved 75 percent level of automation work and remaining two university libraries have achieved 50 percent level of automation work. The study has found that eighty-eight percent libraries have initiated to create digital library with the funds provided by ICAR. Saleem, et al.6 found that the application of ICT tools has been increasing in academic libraries, especially in engineering and arts and science colleges. Most of the academic libraries have expressed that usage of internet has found less due to proper LAN connection. Mondal and Bandyopadhyay7 found that all the college libraries have computers for computerize the library system but LAN facility was limited. …

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