A SURVEY ON THE PRESENT STATUS OF ENGINEERING COLLEGE LIBRARIES IN SRI VENKATESWARA UNIVERSITY AREA, ANDHRA PRADESH, INDIA
Author(s): C. Chinna Balu, V. Pulla Reddy
Analysis of data collected from 29 librarians of engineering college libraries in S.V.University area, Andhra Pradesh, India using questionnaire indicates that all the engineering college libraries work from 9-11 hours a day on working days. Most of the librarians (75.9%) possess M.L.I.Sc degree along with another Post-graduate degree in Arts, Science or Commerce. A high percentage of them (41.4%) get UGC Pay Scales. Most of the libraries (86.2%) follow open access system. The majority of libraries acquire books from local distributors/agents (55.2%) and procure periodicals directly from publishers (89.7%). Most of the libraries (93.1%) classify books using Dewey Decimal Classification. Most of them (96.6%) catalogue books using either AACR-2 or one of the catalogue modules of various software packages. All the libraries offer circulation, reference and reprographic services. The majority of libraries offer Internet facility (86.2%), referral service (75.9%) and newspaper clipping service (68.9%). A few of them offer document reservation facility (41.4%), and abstracting and indexing service (34.5%). A majority of engineering college libraries (79.3%) have no separate buildings. All libraries have display racks, water cooler, reprographic equipment, and computers. A majority of them have catalogue cabinets (75.9%) and microfilm readers cum printers (68.9%). A few recommendations are made based on the findings of the study.