• Library Collection Development Policy: Brief Information

    1.1 Introduction: Information resources in myriad forms have been collected and preserved for future generations and posterity from ancient times. India has a rich tradition of learning and education was considered as the most important tool for self-realisation in ancient India. There is “no country where the love of learning had so early an origin or has exercised so lasting and powerful an influence” (Thomas, 1891). The importance and respect with which a nation views…

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  • Cooperative Collection Development and Resource Sharing in Library

    Cooperative Collection development: Cooperative collection development is the method in which two or more libraries agree to have certain areas of primary collecting responsibility and exchange such materials with one another free of cost. This involves physical access through¬†resource sharing, bibliographic access and coordinated collection development and management. The basic objective is to reduce wasteful duplication of intellectual effort and the expenses incurred in providing duplicate coverage of the same material. Participating libraries can increase…

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  • Community Information Needs

    What is Community? Community is the local area in, which people function most completely and directly. Sociologists have defined the community as a local area over which people are using the same language, feelings more or less the same sentiments and acting upon the same attitudes. Most of them today, use the word ‘community’ to refer to such units of social and territorial organizations as villages, cities, towns and metropolitan areas. It refers to the…

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  • Industrial Library: An overview

    Industrial Library Introduction: A library is a collection of information resources and services, organized for use, and maintained by a public body, institution, or private individual. In the more traditional sense, it means a collection of books. People who choose not to or cannot afford to purchase an extensive collection themselves, and who require professional assistance with their research use this collection and services. However, with the collection of media other than books for storing…

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  • Community Information Seeking

    Information Seeking Situations and Information Providers: Assessing the information needs of the general public in the community is a difficult process especially with those who are neither aware of library services in the locality nor know about the sources to satisfy their information needs. The identification of this need and the nature and behaviour of its potential users are considered as the two basic aspects of community information. Thus the information need of a community…

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  • Community Information Services

    Community Information Service. Though the origin of community information service can be traced back to the end of the 19th century, it became more significant during the crisis of second world war, when men returning from the war to their communities needed advice on their rehabilitation. However, the present phenomenal growth in community information services stems only from the late sixties (Bunch, 1982). Since librarians in the last few decades have increasingly felt that they…

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  • Information and Information Literacy

    One of the truths about modern society is that “information is everywhere.” Information is a pervasive and essential part of our society and our lives. Humans are, at their essence, processors and users of information. This is not a recent development. Humans have always been dependent upon information to help them make decisions and guide their actions. Increase in the sheer volume of information and the complexity of information systems have come about largely because…

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  • Public Library

    The Public Library is a social institution based on the definition of democracy. It is for the people by the people and of the people. In the words of William Ewart, Public Library is founded by the people, and is established by law and maintained at public expenses out of local rates and sometimes by State taxes. It has been rightly described by Carlyle as Peoples University. No other social institution can perform such a…

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  • Government Publications

    Introduction: According to the United States Code (44 U.S.C. 1901), a government publication may be described to be as “… details that are printed as a unique record for which money is spent by the Government, or as needed legally.” In India, thanks to the presence of the central ministries including the parliament and divisions at both state and domestic levels, the government collectively produces a huge amount of documentation (Singh, 1982). It is the…

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  • Institutional Repository Software

    Institutional Repository Software: The chief aim to have an organizational repository is to offer open access to organizational analysis result by self-archival and storage and conserve other organizational digital assets, which include the un-printed or otherwise easily misplaced (grey) literature (for instance dissertations). To some extent IRs are related to the concept of a digital library i.e., gathering, maintaining, segregating, compiling, conserving and offering retrieval of digital subject matter similar to the traditional operation of…

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