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Ugc infonet

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In the professional literature, the term consortia cover a great range of cooperation situation and expressions according to the different contexts and period they were formed and developed. It has long been a precept of librarianship; however libraries have not used it widely until about the 1980s. The prime reason of establishing a library consortium is to share physical resources between member organizations. Through consortia, libraries are coordinating their purchasing to offer the best quality and quantity of resources to their patrons at a lower cost and also to make them available on users’ desktops. “Consortium purchasing is assisting libraries to deal with the increasing pressure of diminishing budgets, increasing user demand, and rising journal cost”

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Ugc infonet

  1. 1. Mohit Kumar SRF, IASRI, New Delhi
  2. 2.  1.Introduction: In the professional literature, the term consortia cover a great range of cooperation situation and expressions according to the different contexts and period they were formed and developed. It has long been a precept of librarianship; however libraries have not used it widely until about the 1980s. The prime reason of establishing a library consortium is to share physical resources between member organizations. Through consortia, libraries are coordinating their purchasing to offer the best quality and quantity of resources to their patrons at a lower cost and also to make them available on users’ desktops. “Consortium purchasing is assisting libraries to deal with the increasing pressure of diminishing budgets, increasing user demand, and rising journal cost”
  3. 3. No single library can satisfy all the information needs of its users.  Due to the literature explosion, it is not possible to acquire all the bibliographical materials at one place.  Individual libraries can not afford the cost of acquiring the materials, hardware and software and manpower required to maintain the modern information technology.  Gradual decrease in budgetary provision for the library and information centres to provide various information services.  Government cuts on funding the information activities in view of liberazation , globalization, and privatization of such activities.  Availability of access facilities for various types of databases, electronic information increases the users demand for information. 
  4. 4. The UGC-Infonet Digital Library Consortium was formally launched in December, 2003 by Honourable Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, the then President of India soon after providing the Internet connectivity to the universities in the year 2003 under the UGC-Infonet programme. The Consortium proved to be a recipe to university libraries which have been discontinuing subscription of scholarly journals because of "Serials Crisis". The term "serials crisis" refers to exponential and continuing increase in subscription cost of scholarly journals
  5. 5. Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET) Centre is an Autonomous Inter-University Centre (IUC) of University Grants Commission (UGC) involved in creating infrastructure for sharing of library and information resources and services among Academic and Research Institutions. INFLIBNET works collaboratively with Indian university libraries to shape the future of the academic libraries in the evolving information environment
  6. 6. There are following advantages of UGC-Infonet;  It becomes a vehicle for distance learning.  It is a tool for distribution of education material and journals to remotest of areas.  It is a resource for researchers and scholars for tapping most up to date information.  It forms a medium for collaboration among teachers and students, not only within the country but all over the world.  It is on Internet for university automation.  It established a channel for globalization of education.
  7. 7. Scaleable Architecture to grow from Universities to affiliated Colleges.  Nation-wide terrestrial Backbone using Fiber optic links.  Integrated Satellite WAN supporting broadband and SCPCVAST technology.  Comprehensive Network Management System for overall monitoring of the network, down to each and every device.  Linkage with other Academic and Research Networks all over the world. 
  8. 8. Data security and virus protection using Firewalls and Intrusion Detection Systems.  Dedicate Data Center for Web hosting, e-Journals and Mail Boxes.  Mirror sites Spread all over the country for content hosting.  Broadband Multimedia and Video Channels for Distance Learning 
  9. 9.  Training of manpower is one of the most critical resources for successful implementation of high-tech programmes like UGC-TNFONET.ERNET India has setup a modern training laboratory to train Network System Managers and users of UGC-Infonet. Technical staff from each of the participating universities is trained to take maximum advantage of the infrastructure. More than 140 computer and library professionals from 129 universities have been trained at ERNET India, New Delhi, Above 96 Library Professionals from 63 universities have been trained for eresources management at INFLIBNET Center, Ahmedabad.
  10. 10.  For accessing these e-resources INFLIBNET had conducted many awareness programmes in different universities. So far one awareness programme in the use of e-resources has been conducted in 36 universities across the country. Two days National Seminar has been also conducted in five different places-Varodara, Bangalore, Goa, Kolkata and Delhi.
  11. 11.  These e-resources covers almost all areas of learning, including Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Life Sciences, Computer Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, etc. The programme is wholly funded by the UGC and executed by the INFLIBNET (Information and Library Network) Centre, Ahmedabad.  The Consortium provides current as well as archival access to more than 7000+ core and peer-reviewed journals and 10 bibliographic databases from 26 publishers and aggregators in different disciplines. The programme has been implemented in phased manner.
  12. 12.  Under the UGC-Infonet E-journal Consortia 50 universities are provided free access to E-Journals in the first phase in 2004. In the second phase, 50 more universities were added to the programme in the year 2005. So far 160 Universities out of 181 that come under the purview of UGC have been provided differential access to subscribed e-resources.
  13. 13.  A small beginning under a bigger umbrella has been made in right earnestness. INFLIBNET is probably the most ambitious venture of its type in India, involving massive content gathering, organizing and management. It also a well-thoughtout e-journal service with great potential to scholars and libraries in the country. It is believed and hoped that INFLIBNET will leverage on the initiative to come out with relate services of use and importance
  14. 14. http://www.ugcinfonet.ernet.in/StatuAll.asp  Murthy,T A V, UGC-Infonet E-Journal Consortium for University and Colleges: An Indian Experience, Library Herald, 44(1) (2006) 1-13.  Walmiki, R H; Ramakrishnegowda, K C and Prithviraj, K R, Awareness and use of UGC-Infonet Consortium by the Faculty members of the Karnataka State University, Annals of Library and Information Studies, 57 (2) (2010) 33-43. 

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