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Introduction

                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Introduction

Importance of Library

Rapid Development of IT

Automation of Libraries

UGC – INFLIBNET

The Present Program

The Future Scenario

What to be done in Colleges                                                                      

Introduction :

Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET) is an autonomous inter-university center of the University Grants Commission (UGC) located at Gujarat University campus, Ahmedabad. It is directed towards modernizationof Libraries and Information Centers for informationtransfer and access, to support scholarship, Learning and academic pursuits by establishing a network of Libraries and information centers in universities, institutions of higher Learning and R & D institutions in India. It is basically a co-operative endeavor in resource development, sharing and its utilization at national Level. Over the years, the programme has progressed steadily and since May 1996 it is an independent autonomous Inter-University Center under UGC. INFILBNET is set out to be a majorplayer in promoting scholarly communication among academicians and researchers in India.TOP Gujarat Universitycampus, Ahmedabad. It is directed towards modernization of Libraries and Information Centers for information transfer and access, to support scholarship, Learning and academic pursuits by establishing a national network of Libraries and information centres in universities, institutions of higher Learning and R & D institutions in India . It is basically a co-operative endeavor in resource development, sharing and its utilization at national Level. Over the years, the programme has progressed steadily and since May 1996 it is an independent autonomous Inter-University Center under UGC. INFLIBNET is set out to be a major player in promoting scholarly communication among academicians and researchers in India . TOP

Importance of Library :

Library is a vital learning resource in an institution of higher education both for Teachers and Students. It offers a continuously updated information on a variety of subjects. A Teacher is a facilitator and the student of higher education independently learns from the library. Library also contributes to the development of student into a healthy and thinking personality. The need to use library is increasingly increased. But, the cost of Textbooks and Journals has grown enormously and even the universities are not able to provide access to their students. TOP

Rapid Development of IT :

The rapid advances in Information Technology has revolutionized communications’ system. It has facilitated faster, wider and deeper access to information and made globe a village Communications, through a variety of e-modes, have become easier and faster. Internet has become a vast learning resource, e – learning has opened new frontiers of learning With the liberalization global opportunities start knocking the doors of our students College Libraries stand as potential centres of learning in the changed scenario. TOP

Automation of Libraries:

Automation of libraries will give them altogether a new life. They become tremendously potential. Computerized cataloging enormously enhances access to books and magazines. Automation of Library functioning streamlines the whole library functioning in favor of the reader. Networking of Libraries vastly widens the student access. They can read rare and precious books sitting at their own place. Internet offers access to thousands of e-Journals, e-textbooks and other valuable information simultaneously to lakhs of students, unlike hard copies. TOP

UGC – INFLIBNET :

As the text books, journals and other publications have become prohibitively costly, the UGC established INFLIBNET to facilitate procuring access to e-textbooks, e-journals etc. to groups of institutions (as consortia).To start with, it developed ‘SOUL’ Software for automation of library functioning in colleges and universities. The second step is to network college and university libraries for sharing of inter information among institutional libraries. This will pave way for effective use of libraries. Later access to e-learning through Internet is provided to groups of institutions. TOP

The Present Program :

The Directorate of Collegiate Education decided to install ‘SOUL’ Software package and other facilities from the INFLIBNET in all Govt. Degree Colleges in the State in phases. To start with the ‘SOUL’ (Software of University Libraries) software will be installed in the first batch of 50 Govt. Colleges in August 2005. The Launching of INFLIBNET Facility & installation was inaugurated on 2nd June 2005, at Govt. City College , Hyderabad . It is followed by five-day intensive training program to the librarians of the First batch of 50 Govt. Degree Colleges Prof. K.C. Reddy, Chairman, APSCHE, formally inaugurated the launching. Dr.T.A.V. Murthy, Director, INFLIBNET, participated and explained about the programme.Four Scientists from INFLIBNET, Ahemdabad trained the Librarians TOP

The Future Scenario :

The libraries will give an entirely new look with a separate section of tens of computers. The procurement, use and issue of books will be more rational and oriented to student needs. The libraries offer unlimited access to e-learning through e-textbooks, e-journals, websites etc.Backwardness and remoteness of a college will no longer be a constraint With the Govt. colleges getting automated the economic and social status of a student is not going to be a barrier hereafter Global level information is accessible to all students and paves way for their educational development. Virtual libraries, with only computers in the library, are going to be a reality very soon. TOP

What to be done in Colleges :

The librarians need to rise up to the occasion. Hereafter they need to become computer savvy and keep on learning from time to time .They should encourage and guide students in the new ways of learning from Internet etc. They should explain the enormous opportunities for educational development through e-learning. The lecturers’ role becomes even varied. They should themselves first learn from the network and Internet and improve both subject knowledge and pedagogy. They can compare their own content and methods with that of standard institutions within and outside India . They should encourage students in e-learning by personally guiding them and giving assignments and project works. They must prepare students in such a way that they should be able to utilize global opportunities notwithstanding their barriers. TOP


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