Overview of Open Access Books in Library and Information Science in DOAB

Abstract

Author(s): Abhijit Chakrabarti, Sukumar Mandal

Due to internet usage, open access channels have been developed and popularized in such a way so that open access e books have also been emerged. Like the Directory of Open Access Journals, the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) has been developed to cater thought content of the books to every user to save his/her time. The DOAB is a service of OAPEN foundation and it contains e books of seventeen branches of knowledge including library and information science. The paper aims to highlight open access e books in library and information science available in DOAB. The requisite data has been collected from DOAB database up to 14th October, 2017. Total 35 books have been found to be available under the subject heading-- library and information science. Out of 35 e books, 22 books have been published in English language and 22 books have been registered under CC BY licenses. Moreover De Gruyter –the publisher deposits the highest number of e books to DOAB. The notable attribute of the study is that a steady growth in publication of library and information science e books has been observed from the year of 2009 to 2016. At the end some suggestions have been incorporated to increase the number of e books in library and information science to maximize the availability.

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