ICT Infrastructure and Automation in First Grade College Libraries Affiliated to University of Mysore: A Study

Abstract

Author(s): Chitra K.S, Mallinath Kumbar

The present paper provide the ICT infrastructure available for automation and constraints faced by librarians for automation of first grade college libraries affiliated to University of Mysore. A structured questionnaire was used as the tool to collect basic inputs from college libraries to understand the present status. A total of 160 colleges were taken up for the study in which 135(84.37%) colleges responded , 15 colleges did not have librarian and remaining 10 librarians did not respond inspite of repeated request. The findings ofthe study reveal that computers and internet connectivity are entering slowly in the academic library setup that helps in handle day to day routine work.Library functions have been automated on top priority under the pretext of NAAC assessment. Inadequate budget for automating the library facilities and services addition to the lack of trained staff to automate and maintain up-to-date services of libraries aremajor constraint.

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