Library Networking in India for Resources Sharing: Present Status and Prospects
Reasons of the need for resource sharing <ul><li>Deluge of information. </li></ul><ul><li>Cost of collecting, processing, storing and disseminating information has been spiraling-up. </li></ul><ul><li>Information buying power of libraries has been declining year after year. </li></ul>
Networking Connecting two or more computer to communicate with others and share information, software, peripheral devices, and or processing power.
Reasons for building up a larger community <ul><li>To be able to tackle the ever increasing demands for better services. </li></ul><ul><li>Quantitatively and Qualitatively. </li></ul><ul><li>Environment already over strained by financial pressures. </li></ul>
Ultimate goal of information. Library networks To interlink information resources in a metropolitan area, so that users could access information irrespective of its location, format, medium, language, and script.
Library networks in India <ul><li>Delnet- established in 1988 due to the limitation of financial resources and space for housing library collections on the libraries in Delhi. Provides access to the central union catalogue for books and monograph, efficient electronic mailing facilities to access databases of member libraries. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Calibnet-Calcutta Library Network was inaugurated on December 21, 1993.Established a high-tech resource base and provides the ff. services: </li></ul><ul><li>Online/ CD-Rom based global information search and retrieval service. </li></ul><ul><li>Full-text document delivery. </li></ul><ul><li>Database services. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Malibnet- Madras Library Network. Visualized in the Indian National Scientific Documentation Centre (INSDOC) in 1991. </li></ul><ul><li>MyLibnet-Launching of this in association w/ Mysore City Library Consotuim (MCLC) took place on June 12, 1995. </li></ul><ul><li>Bonet-Bomabay Library Network was set at the National Centre for Software technology (NCST), Bombay, on November 6, 1992. Aim is to build a low cost library information system which can possibly be used as a model for future expansion of this service even outside Bombay. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Punenet- Members of this network are accessing data, using the e-mail and internet facilities. </li></ul><ul><li>Adinet- Ahmedabad Library Network was formally inaugurated in February 1995. </li></ul><ul><li>Inflibnet- Information and Library Network, was launched in May 1991. </li></ul><ul><li>Aim is to provide the end-users a mechanism for sharing and using information resources and for exploiting modern information technology. </li></ul>
Benefits of networks in India <ul><li>One gets access to a very large volume of literature without increase in the budget. </li></ul><ul><li>Library budget can now be diverted to acquire the most important( even expensive) information required by an institution. </li></ul><ul><li>One gets real time access to about 1,000 international databases apart from the electronic mail and remote log in facilities. </li></ul>
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