The time has arrived, when the concept of resource sharing would envelope all basic library functions. Right from acquisition to storage and issue of material, co-operative action is feasible and has a useful role to play.
Joint action should be practiced in acquisition and utilization of information resources. Ownership and use should be on a joint basis. Subscription to journals and other serials can be co-ordinated, so that duplication may be avoided as far as possible. Duplicate holdings should be freely exchanged between the libraries.
Catalogues can be prepared co-operatively, so as to produce union catalogues of books, serials, etc. Co-operation is necessary in the realms of abstracting. Current Awareness Service and Selective Dissemination of information service also.
Inter library loan should be a regular exercise between the participating libraries. There should be an information highway between the member libraries. Reference and referral services should be part of a resource sharing programme. Document delivery and full text delivery through electronic media and other means would from part of a resource sharing program.
Reference: Sujatha, G. (1999). Resource Sharing and Networking of University Libraries. Ess Ess Publications.