Role of Libraries in University
At the university, the library has been seen as an instrument of teaching alongside lecture and discussion methods and the librarian serves as a teacher, guiding the student in the ways of investigation and research. This is achieved by first acquiring information materials to support every course in the curriculum and every research project of the faculty, and secondly organizing them in a manner that permits easy access to their contents and required information. It is widely believed that university education values self-motivated discovery on the part of students which presumes the existence of large collections of information resources that provide a rich variety of ideas and diverse viewpoints to the student. Therefore the library is an instrument of education contributing to the intellectual development of the student.
On the one hand, access to up-to-date scientific information is the first condition to quality research while on the other it is only through a well equipped and endowed library with books and journals that scholars can keep pace with developments in various disciplines and transmit the same to students. Indeed the creation of academic centers for undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs cannot be achieved without good library facilities. A strategy to develop a university library and information service is, therefore, a fundamental component of ensuring high standard of the teaching, learning and research process in the university. The library is therefore directly linked to the principle of improvement of quality by contributing to the enhancement of the quality of student output, maintaining as well as improving the standards of teaching in higher education and facilitating research initiatives.
At the university level, the library is a partner with the schools and departments of the university in meeting the teaching, research and learning commitments of the university. This role is embodied in four components: information transfer, partnership in teaching and lifelong learning, partnership in research, and preservation of intellectual records. In other words, the university library facilitates the identification and delivery of information regardless of format, in support of the universities’ teaching, research and learning guided by an ongoing assessment of the information needs of its user community.
In general terms, therefore, in achieving the mission of the university, the library has the unique role of providing access to a carefully selected portion of the global intellectual record through planned acquisitions programme, information literacy programs, and user-oriented information service provision. Besides the library has repository and archival responsibility for university publications, and provides a physical environment and remedial treatment conducive to longevity for library materials.
- Original Reference Article: Tonring, R. A. (2009, September 16). Managing the operating systems of university libraries in Tamilnadu A study. Alagappa University.