RESOURCE SHARING THROUGH CONSORTIA  AND NETWORKS IN ASSAM UNIVERSITY          LIBRARY, SILCHAR    -TUHINA CHOUDHURY (DEB R...
Objectives of Resource sharing• Reduction in all round cost.• Avoidance of unnecessary duplication of  information resourc...
Resource sharing activities in India• During the 7th plan period(1985-90), the head of the ‘Working  Group of the Planning...
Contd…from Slide 3• In 1998, with the support of INSDOC(NISCAIR), Delhi --  MALIBNET was formed in Chennai. BALNET in Bang...
Resource sharing through Library ConsortiumOxford English Dictionary defines Consortium as a ‘temporary  cooperation of a ...
Major Ongoing Library Consortia in India  Name of Consortium           URL(website)  INDEST-AICTE Consortium      http://p...
Benefits of Consortia•   A comprehensive collection is possible;•   Building communication among different libraries;•   A...
Resource sharing in Assam University Library• INFLIBNET Centre selected Assam University Library as one of the  participat...
E-JOURNALS AND DATABASES AVAILABLE THROUGH UGC               INFONET DIGITAL LIBRARY CONSORTIUM        ELECTRONIC RESOURCE...
ELECTRONIC RESOURCES         FULL TEXT RESOURCES AND                      NO. OF JOURNALS COVERED                         ...
Bibliographic Databases                   DATA BASES                                     URLSJCCC                         ...
USAGE STATISTICS OF E-RESOURCES THROUGH UGC-IN                                           FONET IN ASSAM UNIVERSITY        ...
Contd…from Slide 12PUBLISHER                                                          May                                 ...
GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION OF MONTH-WISE ACCESS TO E-               JOURNALS OF DIFFERENT PUBLISHERS600500                  ...
Observations• In 2009 Journals of American Chemical Society were used  mostly in the month of February and December.• Jour...
USAGE STATISTICS OF 2010PUBLISH                                                                May                        ...
Contd…from slide 16PUBLISH                                                               May                              ...
Contd…from slide 17PUBLISH                                                           May                                  ...
GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION OF MONTH-WISE ACCESS TO E-          JOURNALS OF DIFFERENT PUBLISHERS12001000                     ...
Observations• The usage statistics of the year 2010 indicates that the  journals of American Chemical Society were used mo...
USAGE STATISTICS OF 2011PUBLISH                                                                May                        ...
Contd…from slide 21PUBLISH                                                               May                              ...
Contd…from slide 22PUBLISH                                                             May                                ...
GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION OF MONTH-WISE ACCESS TO E-         JOURNALS OF DIFFERENT PUBLISHERS 1800 1600 1400               ...
Observations• In the year 2011 the journals of American Chemical Society were  found to be consistently used throughout th...
TOTAL NO. OF USAGE OF E-JOURNALS DURING THE YEAR 2009-                           2011     PUBLISHERS                  2009...
Contd…from slide 26     PUBLISHERS           2009            2010           2011    TOTAL NO. OF HITSRoyal Society of   53...
GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION OF TOTAL HITS OF E_JOURNALS IN THE                  YEARS 2009, 2010 & 2011 20000 18000 16000 140...
Observations• The access hits of Springer Link is the highest followed by  American Chemical Society and the access of Pro...
DeLCON ELECTRONIC LIBBRARY CONSORTIUM : Objectives    DeLCON Electronic Library Consortium-launched in January 2009 by    ...
Contd…from slide 30• Availability of a larger spectrum of journals to the DBT  Institutions with lesser costs;• To strengt...
FULL TEXT E-_RESOURCES ACCESSED THROUGH DeLCON             CONSORTIUM BY ASSAM UNIVERSITYIn North East India, 33 instituti...
RESOURCE SHARING SUNDER JCCC@ INDEST-AICTEJCCC is J-Gate Custom Content Consortia for a group ofhomogeneous consortia memb...
FULL TEXT E-_RESOURCES ACCESSED THROUGH DeLCON                    CONSORTIUM BY ASSAM UNIVERSITY           E-RESOURCES    ...
Contd…from slide 34            E-RESOURCES                                 URLS                           NO. OF JOURNALSO...
RESOURCE SHARING SUNDER JCCC@ INDEST-AICTEJCCC is J-Gate Custom Content Consortia for a group of homogeneous consortia mem...
RESOURCE SHARING UNDER DELNET•    DELNET, the Developing Library Network, was initiated at the India    International Cent...
DATABASES OF DELNET AND NO. OF RECORDS                      DELNET Database                 NO.OF RECORDSUnion Catalogue o...
Contd…from slide 38    The other databases are: Database of E-Books and Profile of Member –Libraries.    DELNET provides a...
CONCLUSION•   Resource Sharing and consortia arrangement of libraries is a cooperative activity.•   Libraries, with declin...
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  1. 1. RESOURCE SHARING THROUGH CONSORTIA AND NETWORKS IN ASSAM UNIVERSITY LIBRARY, SILCHAR -TUHINA CHOUDHURY (DEB ROY)
  2. 2. Objectives of Resource sharing• Reduction in all round cost.• Avoidance of unnecessary duplication of information resources and their processing and maintenance costs.• Provision of greater access to information resources to a wider category of users; and• Development of specialized areas of collection building, each library concentrating on areas of its own concern.
  3. 3. Resource sharing activities in India• During the 7th plan period(1985-90), the head of the ‘Working Group of the Planning Commission on Libraries and Informatics’ recommended the modernization of library services and interlinking of library systems.• CALIBNET(Calcutta Library Network) & DELNET(Delhi Library Network) was setup with the support of NISSAT(National Information System in Science and Technology) in 1988.• INFLIBNET(Information and Library Network) was established by UGC in 1988 which became operational in 1991• PUNET (Pune) in the year1992, ADINET(Ahmedabad) in 1993, BONET (Mumbai) in 1994 were set up with the support of NISSAT.
  4. 4. Contd…from Slide 3• In 1998, with the support of INSDOC(NISCAIR), Delhi -- MALIBNET was formed in Chennai. BALNET in Bangalore was registered as a society in 1997.
  5. 5. Resource sharing through Library ConsortiumOxford English Dictionary defines Consortium as a ‘temporary cooperation of a number of powers, companies etc. for a common purpose. It is an association of similar type of organization/institution who are engaged for producing and servicing the common things for providing services for a specific purpose of its users.’
  6. 6. Major Ongoing Library Consortia in India Name of Consortium URL(website) INDEST-AICTE Consortium http://paniit.iitd.ac.in/indest/ UGC-INFONET http://www.inflibnet.ac.in/UG C-InfoNet// FORSA Consortium http://www.ncra.tifr.res.in/libr (Astronomy & Astrophysics) ary/forsaweb/index.htm CSIR-DST Consortium http://www.niscair.res.in IIM Library Consortia http://wwwiimahd.ernet.in/lib rary/vslib/consortia.htm MCIT Consortium http://mcitconsortium.nic.in/ ERMED Consortium (Electronic http://nmlermed.in/aboutArm Resources in Medicine) ed.htm HELINET Consortium http://www.rguhs.ac.in ISI Library Consortia http://www.isical.ac.in DeLCON Electronic http://www.nbrc.ac.in/delcon Consortium /index.html
  7. 7. Benefits of Consortia• A comprehensive collection is possible;• Building communication among different libraries;• Avoid duplication of core collection specially for core journals;• Scope of electronic archives;• Easy access to resource sharing on Internet by developing common resources databases;• Effective document delivery systems;• Better scope for developing a union catalogue;• Reduce cost of information;• Time saving;• Improved resource sharing• More professional services to users and help to develop a competitive professionalism among LIS Professionals.
  8. 8. Resource sharing in Assam University Library• INFLIBNET Centre selected Assam University Library as one of the participating libraries for automation and networking of library services during IX th plan which allowed access to databases of books, serials, thesis etc. In the year 2000 SOUL 1.0 was installed in Assam University Library along with training to Library Professionals. An ‘In-House Training Programme on SOUL 2.0 was organized in the Library in collaboration with INFLIBNET in 2011. Installation of SOUL 2.0 is in process.• UGC in collaboration with INFLIBNET launched UGC-INFONET Consortium which assists access to large number of E-Journals. In 2005 Assam University was one of the 50 Universities to be included to get access to e-journals through this Consortium. The Consortium Provides access to 5000+ e-journals and a number of Bibliographic Databases.
  9. 9. E-JOURNALS AND DATABASES AVAILABLE THROUGH UGC INFONET DIGITAL LIBRARY CONSORTIUM ELECTRONIC RESOURCES FULL TEXT RESOURCES AND NO. OF JOURNALS COVERED WEBSITEAmerican Chemical Society(ACS) http://www.pubs.acs.org/ 37American Institute of Physics http://www.aip.org 18 http://scitation.orgAmerican Physical Society http://www.aps.org 10 http://scitation.orgAnnual Reviews http://arjournals.annualreviews.org/ 33Blackwell-Wiley http:www3.interscience.wiley.com/ 489Cambridge University Press http://journals.cambridge.org/ 224Cell Press (Elsevier) http://www.sciencedirect.com/ 34Emerald-Library Science http://www.emeraldinsight.com/ 29Institute of Physics http://www.iop.org/EJ/ 46Jstor http://www.jstor.org/ 1401Nature http://www.nature.com 01Oxford University Press http://www.oxfordjournals.org/ 206
  10. 10. ELECTRONIC RESOURCES FULL TEXT RESOURCES AND NO. OF JOURNALS COVERED WEBSITEPortland Press http://www.portlandpress.com/pp/default. 8 htmProject Euclid http://projecteuclid.org/ 34Project Muse http://muse.jhu.edu/journals 411Royal Society of Chemistry http://www.rsc.org/pblishing/journals/ 29SIAM Journals http://epubs.siam.org/ 14Springer Link http://springerlink.com/ 1389Taylor & Francis http://www.informaworld.com 1365Economic & Political Weekly http://epw.in/ 1
  11. 11. Bibliographic Databases DATA BASES URLSJCCC http://jccc-infonet.informindia.co.in/MathsSciNet http://www.ams.org/mathsscinetISID http://isid.org.in/SciFinderScholar http://cas.org/SCIFINDER/SCHOLAR/Index.htmlWeb of Science* http://www.rsc.org/lhbRSC Database(6) http://www.rsc.org/
  12. 12. USAGE STATISTICS OF E-RESOURCES THROUGH UGC-IN FONET IN ASSAM UNIVERSITY Usage Statistics of 2009PUBLISHER May Mar Aug Nov Apr Feb Jun Jan Sep Oct Jul DecAmerican 79 374 191 115 26 124 68 102 35 10 92 392ChemicalSocietyAmerican 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3Institute ofPhysicsAnnual 8 2 9 12 30 0 21 7 5 1 1 4ReviewsBlackwell 31 30 41 64 64 13 45 47 33 27 44 44PublishingInstitute of 37 42 48 85 40 6 44 64 16 4 25 39PhysicsJCCC 1 9 14 0 55 `110 10 545 63 94 7 60Oxford 0 38 55 87 41 32 69 32 95 14 24 64UniversityPress
  13. 13. Contd…from Slide 12PUBLISHER May Mar Aug Nov Apr Feb Jun Jan Sep Oct Jul DecProject 23 16 33 59 13 5 1 5 12 2 5 4MuseRoyal 48 65 8 16 6 7 16 12 9 1 7 343Society ofChemistrySpringer 106 353 551 342 344 209 271 377 309 103 438 488LinkTaylor & 271 96 42 25 49 76 66 40 21 5 37 63Francis
  14. 14. GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION OF MONTH-WISE ACCESS TO E- JOURNALS OF DIFFERENT PUBLISHERS600500 Jan400 Feb Mar300 Apr May200 Jun Jul100 Aug Sep 0 Oct Nov Dec
  15. 15. Observations• In 2009 Journals of American Chemical Society were used mostly in the month of February and December.• Journals under JCCC had been used mostly in the month of August.• Journals of Royal Society of Chemistry were used at its maximum in the month of December.• Journals of Springer Link were used almost consistently throughout the year.• The least used Journals were those of American Institute of Physics.
  16. 16. USAGE STATISTICS OF 2010PUBLISH May Mar Aug Nov Apr Feb Jun Dec Jan Sep Oct JulERAmerican 485 231 25 161 25 11 93 336 958 108 177 32ChemicalSocietyAmerican 9 5 0 12 12 0 9 24 19 2 6 1Institute ofPhysicsAnnual 8 2 3 5 0 0 5 14 55 3 8 0ReviewsBlackwell 166 149 13 53 13 1 35 736 142 61 74 46PublishingInstitute of 60 30 20 95 22 3 24 59 116 4 8 0PhysicsCambridge 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 39 0 0 0 0UniversityPress
  17. 17. Contd…from slide 16PUBLISH May Mar Aug Nov Apr Feb Jun Dec Jan Sep Oct JulEROxford 45 63 16 32 25 7 19 94 102 17 32 14UniversityPressProject 47 4 4 28 3 0 0 1 2 5 1 0MuseRoyal 32 17 1 11 9 0 28 291 178 71 69 5Society ofChemistrySpringer 580 577 317 767 654 224 974 1049 752 78 363 60LinkTaylor & 62 57 13 21 15 14 35 736 142 61 74 46FrancisJCCC 214 135 146 143 79 0 34 700 377 46 81 0
  18. 18. Contd…from slide 17PUBLISH May Mar Aug Nov Apr Feb Jun Dec Jan Sep Oct JulERJSTOR 0 22 12 2 0 15 118 249 257 101 115 45Nature 42 28 29 43 41 26 32 25 21 40 12 10
  19. 19. GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION OF MONTH-WISE ACCESS TO E- JOURNALS OF DIFFERENT PUBLISHERS12001000 Jan 800 Feb Mar 600 Apr May 400 Jun Jul 200 Aug Sep 0 Oct Nov Dec
  20. 20. Observations• The usage statistics of the year 2010 indicates that the journals of American Chemical Society were used mostly in January, February, August, September & November with highest usage in the month of September.• Journals under JCCC,JSTOR, Taylor & Francis, Wiley-Blackwell etc. were used inconsistently throughout the year.• The Journals of Springer Link were used almost consistently through out the year with the highest use in the month of August.• The least used journals were those of Cambridge University Press.
  21. 21. USAGE STATISTICS OF 2011PUBLISH May Mar Aug Nov Apr Feb Jun Dec Jan Sep Oct JulERAmerican 119 1161 353 230 345 280 867 561 572 128 786 410ChemicalSocietyAmerican 9 6 118 39 19 8 25 19 12 1 77 18Institute ofPhysicsAnnual 14 24 75 22 20 26 39 41 40 2 38 5ReviewsBlackwell 56 52 76 130 75 121 416 713 381 71 281 358PublishingCambridge 3 2 25 28 27 14 29 115 62 4 32 12UniversityPressInstitute of 5 4 1 7 0 18 59 84 57 5 83 1Physics
  22. 22. Contd…from slide 21PUBLISH May Mar Aug Nov Apr Feb Jun Dec Jan Sep Oct JulERJCCC 45 21 369 182 50 138 267 510 300 12 48 129Oxford 34 51 38 56 39 126 239 467 297 71 160 279UniversityPressProject 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3MuseRoyal 18 33 46 307 209 173 193 264 353 160 151 133Society ofChemistrySpringer 311 425 920 1272 504 581 1204 993 768 157 505 673LinkTaylor & 40 65 119 260 0 0 60 377 217 39 107 107Francis
  23. 23. Contd…from slide 22PUBLISH May Mar Aug Nov Apr Feb Jun Dec Jan Sep Oct JulERAmerican 7 0 0 0 0 20 75 135 0 0 0 1PhysicalSocietyEmerald 1 4 2 0 18 11 0 8 27 16 22 39JSTOR 24 60 299 554 279 111 435 1405 1623 177 765 724Math Sci 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0 0 0 0 5NetNature 13 10 10 12 26 20 63 68 27 7 16 36Project 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0EuclidWeb of 0 0 0 0 0 0 16 54 3 1 0 19Science
  24. 24. GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION OF MONTH-WISE ACCESS TO E- JOURNALS OF DIFFERENT PUBLISHERS 1800 1600 1400 Jan 1200 Feb 1000 Mar Apr 800 May 600 Jun 400 Jul Aug 200 Sep 0 Oct Nov Dec
  25. 25. Observations• In the year 2011 the journals of American Chemical Society were found to be consistently used throughout the year with the highest access in the month of February and least in the month of January.• Journals of Springer Link were consistently used with high rate of usage throughout the year-highest in the month of April and least in October.• JSTOR journals had good usage statistics with highest in September and lowest in January.• Journals of American Institute of Physics, Cambridge University Press, Institute of Physics, Project Muse, American Physical society, Emerald, MathsciNet were found to have low usage Statistics with journals of Project Muse being the lowest.
  26. 26. TOTAL NO. OF USAGE OF E-JOURNALS DURING THE YEAR 2009- 2011 PUBLISHERS 2009 2010 2011 TOTAL NO. OF HITSAmerican Chemical 1608 2642 5812 10062SocietyAmerican Institute of 3 99 351 453PhysicsAnnual Reviews 200 103 346 649Cambridge University NA 46 353 399PressInstitute of Physics 450 441 337 1228JCCC 968 1855 2071 4894Oxford University Press 551 466 1857 2874Project Muse 178 95 7 280
  27. 27. Contd…from slide 26 PUBLISHERS 2009 2010 2011 TOTAL NO. OF HITSRoyal Society of 538 712 2040 3290ChemistrySpringer Link 3891 6395 8313 18599Taylor & Francis 791 1276 1391 3458
  28. 28. GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION OF TOTAL HITS OF E_JOURNALS IN THE YEARS 2009, 2010 & 2011 20000 18000 16000 14000 12000 10000 8000 2009 2010 6000 2011 4000 TOTAL NO. OF HITS 2000 0
  29. 29. Observations• The access hits of Springer Link is the highest followed by American Chemical Society and the access of Project Muse is the lowest.• Access of e-journals increased during the year 2011 as compared to the year 2010.• The factors influencing the usage statistics are the semester exams & vacations, resulting in the inconsistent access to journals throughout the year.• Internet Link failure and power cut problem of Barak Valley affects the usage statistics of e-journals within the University Campus.
  30. 30. DeLCON ELECTRONIC LIBBRARY CONSORTIUM : Objectives DeLCON Electronic Library Consortium-launched in January 2009 by Department of Biotechnology, Min. of Sc.& Tech. Govt.of India. The main objectives and scope are:• To promote better, faster and more cost-effective ways of providing information resources to the officials at the consortia member institution;• To avoid duplication of subscription of journals and e-resources and promote the rational use of funds by the consortia members;• To ensure continuous subscription of e-resources and availability of these to the scientists working at the consortia member institutions;• Better rates and terms for purchase of electronic journals;
  31. 31. Contd…from slide 30• Availability of a larger spectrum of journals to the DBT Institutions with lesser costs;• To strengthen library resources and services and co- operation and communication amongst the member libraries;• To provide access to worldwide literature to users;• To nucleate the culture of electronic access resulting into evolution of digital libraries;• Efficient interlibrary loan system between member institutions.
  32. 32. FULL TEXT E-_RESOURCES ACCESSED THROUGH DeLCON CONSORTIUM BY ASSAM UNIVERSITYIn North East India, 33 institutions are members of DeLCON Consortia and Assam University is one of them. DeLCON covers a total of 971 journals and a Database. All the members can access these through DeLCON portal(http://delcon.gov.in). The abstracts of papers can be viewed and accessed free of cost. User statistics of DeLCON Consortium could not be obtained.
  33. 33. RESOURCE SHARING SUNDER JCCC@ INDEST-AICTEJCCC is J-Gate Custom Content Consortia for a group ofhomogeneous consortia members, and JCCC-INDEST is J-GateCustom Content for the Indian National Digital Library inScience and Technology (INDEST), a Consortium set by theMinistry of Human Resource Development, Government ofIndia, on the recommendation made by the Expert Groupappointed by it under the chairmanship of Prof. N.Balakrishnan13. Assam University Library has been identifiedas one of the Resource Centre under JCCC programme. Fromthe year 2012 Document Delivery Service is being provided byAssam University Library under JCCC@INDEST-AICTE.
  34. 34. FULL TEXT E-_RESOURCES ACCESSED THROUGH DeLCON CONSORTIUM BY ASSAM UNIVERSITY E-RESOURCES URLS NO. OF JOURNALSAmerican Association for Advancement http://www.sciencemag.org 3of ScienceAmerican Association for Cancer http://www.aacr.org 8Research (AACR)American Chemical Society http://pubs.acs.org 37Annual Reviews http://www.annualreviews.org 23American Society for Biochemistry and http://www.jbc.org 2Molecular BiologyAmerican Society for Microbiology http://www.asm.org/ 12Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press http://www.cshl.edu 4Informa Healthcare/Taylor & Francis http://www.informaworld.com 7Lippincot William and Wilkins http://wwwovidsp.ovid.com 11(LWW)/Wolter and Kluwer/OVIDMarry ANN Liebert http://www.liebertonline.com 7Nature Publications http://www.nature.com 40
  35. 35. Contd…from slide 34 E-RESOURCES URLS NO. OF JOURNALSOxford University Press (OUP) http://www.oxfordjournals.org 18Springer India http://www.springerlink.com 237Society for General Microbiology http://mic.sgmjournals.org 3Society for Haematology http://bloodjournals.hematologylibrary.org 1Wiley-Blackwell http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi- 86 bin/homeElsevier Science (Science Direct) http://www.sciencedirect.com 415American Society of Plant Biologist http://www.asbp.org/ 2American Association of Immunologist http://www.aai.org/ 1Scopus Database http://www.scopus.com 1
  36. 36. RESOURCE SHARING SUNDER JCCC@ INDEST-AICTEJCCC is J-Gate Custom Content Consortia for a group of homogeneous consortia members, and JCCC-INDEST is J-Gate Custom Content for the Indian National Digital Library in Science and Technology (INDEST), a Consortium set by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, on the recommendation made by the Expert Group appointed by it under the chairmanship of Prof. N. Balakrishnan13. Assam University Library has been identified as one of the Resource Centre under JCCC programme. From the year 2012 Document Delivery Service is being provided by Assam University Library under JCCC@INDEST- AICTE.
  37. 37. RESOURCE SHARING UNDER DELNET• DELNET, the Developing Library Network, was initiated at the India International Centre Library in January 1988 and was registered as a society in 1992.• It was initially supported by the National Information System for Science and Technology (NISSAT), Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India.• It was later supported by the National Informatics Centre, Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India and the Ministry of Culture, Government of India.• DELNET has been established with an aim to promote resource sharing activities among the libraries. Besides providing computer services to users, it also collects, stores and disseminates information.• DELNET, at present has 1945 numbers of members in India which includes Assam University Library and 21 numbers of members abroad.
  38. 38. DATABASES OF DELNET AND NO. OF RECORDS DELNET Database NO.OF RECORDSUnion Catalogue of Books-CCF 1,22,57,678Union List of Current Periodicals 33,931Union Catalogue of Periodicals 20,235Database of Periodical Articles 9,22,042CD-ROM Database 22,234Union List of Video Recordings 6,000Union List of Sound Recordings 1,025Database of Theses and Dissertations 70,293Union List of Newspapers 1,613
  39. 39. Contd…from slide 38 The other databases are: Database of E-Books and Profile of Member –Libraries. DELNET provides access to:• Cambridge Dictionaries Online• Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations• ODLIS: Online Dictionary of Library and Information Science• GISTNIC Databases• MEDLINE & other Databases of NLM• U.S. Patents: Full Text• Full text medical Journals• Open Access Journals• Engineering and Technology E-Journals: Table of Contents• Full Text Medical Books• Full Text Engineering and Technology E-Journals• Learning Resources for LIS Professionals• Digital Libraries of the World• Usage Statistics of digital resources of DELNET are not available.
  40. 40. CONCLUSION• Resource Sharing and consortia arrangement of libraries is a cooperative activity.• Libraries, with declining budgets and high cost of journals are under tremendous pressure in subscribing to printed journals in order to serve the user community.• Assam University is also facing such problems of financial crunch and escalating cost of journals especially the foreign ones.• In this context Library Consortia seems to be a boon not only for the libraries but also for the users.• The advantages of e-resources such as timely, retrospective and advanced search features, easy to access, saves storage space, interactive, supports multimedia, links to related references, unlimited in size etc. has made e-resources more and more popular.• This is evident by the increase in the usage rates of e-journals through UGC- INFONET Consortium. Assam University Library has still a long way to go in achieving its aims and objectives in serving its clientele with better infrastructure and believed that the use of e-resources will increase more in the coming years.
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