• Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC)

    Over the past decade, ever-increasing number of libraries is in the process of abandoning the traditional card catalogue as a means of access to their collections and switching over to computer-based catalogue. This phenomenon is characterized as transition from manual methods to mechanical method in the design and development of Online Catalogues, it knows as OPAC. Through the online public access catalogue (OPAC) now functions against a background of alternative information-gathering technologies it is likely…

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  • Library Automation

    Library Automation The term “library automation” refers to the processing of certain routine functions in library with assistance of computers. Library automation is the use of automatic and semiautomatic data processing machines to perform such traditional library activities as acquisitions, cataloguing and circulation. Library automation may thus be distinguished from related fields such as information retrieval, automatic indexing, and abstracting and automatic textual analysis. In the recent years the advent of micro computers and many…

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  • Brief overview of Different Library Services

    Library Services: A library is a service provider institution and the university library is no exception to it. University library is spring of knowledge and information provided will always be valued at a premium. In the modern significantly and socially vigilant society, especially when the grains of right to information are gaining much currency, the university libraries are sanguinely expected to be more responsive and interactive with their users. The library service which brings the…

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  • Organization of the Library Collection

    The collection should be orchestrated for superlative repossession of information and materials. Cataloging and classification will mirror nationally rectified matter of forms in sync with other academic libraries. Cataloging and classification have been synthesized owing to the fact that these are twin processes that make certain systematic design of the materials in a library. Conventionally classification guarantees the helpful marshalling of books and documents on the shelves of the library and cataloging, as Charles Ami…

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  • Electronic Resources VS Printed Resources

    Difference Between Electronic Resources and Printed Resources Many resources are available in electronic format (on CD ROM or online via web or dial-up access) as well as in print (hard copy). The same resource in multiple formats should be purchased only if they satisfy needs of different user groups and have an advantage in searching the data base as cost is a constraint. A decision to purchase a particular format or considering a change over…

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  • Definition Collaborative Selection, Acquisition of Resources & Evaluation of Library Resources

    Collaborative Selection: The rising cost and decline in purchasing power of individual libraries makes it difficult to acquire the electronic resources and this has led to collaborative selection of these resources. For this purpose, they form unofficial consortia where one library in a group purchases a particular item and the cost is spread across the group. On the payment of subscription and additional charges, a user license is obtained from the vendor, allowing users of…

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  • About Electronic Journal (E-Journal)

    Electronic Journal E-journals are the simple electronic representation of a journal. In most cases, they replicate exactly the printed version of the journal, occasionally including additional information (such) as interactive graphs or external links), but in some cases there is no parallel print sources as the journal was ‘born digital’. Any journal available on Internet can be called and electronic journal’. It may or may not have a print equivalent. There is no standard definition…

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  • Library budget: It’s objectives & methods

    Library Budget The term budgeting refers to the process of budget planning and preparation, budgetary control and related procedures. The formal presentation of the plan is called budget. Budget is the written statement of income and expenditure during the year. It covers all items of work to be taken up over a specified period of time in future. thus an overall budget covering the institution as a whole is also known as master budget. A…

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  • Collection Development of Library

    Introduction: The primary purpose of libraries is to preserve knowledge which is available in any documentary form. However, the scope has widened to ensure that the user is satisfied. University libraries acquire the documents to provide the documents or information to satisfy the changing needs of the students, faculty and researchers. The objective of the libraries has been subject to transformation from preservation to provision of information to utmost satisfaction of the user. The term…

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  • Importance of Book Selection Policy in Library

    Importance of Selection Policy: Selection Policy enables a library to achieve quality, objectivity and consistency in the process of selection and ensures that resources satisfy the information needs of the customers. Some libraries have separate selection and acquisition policies, while others put selection policy as a part of acquisition policy. Selection policy may include the following: (i) Core Collection: It includes resources that are critical for fulfilling the objectives of the parent body and thus…

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