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Problems of library automation in India

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Title: Problems of library automation in India
Author(s): Dasgupta, Kalpana
Subject(s): Libraries --Automation Library science --Data processing Libraries in India
Abstract: The major activites of the different categories of Indian libraries are mainly routine work, such as acquisition, circulation, management, processing, reference and bibliographic service, periodical holdings, information retrieval, inventory, and so on. The services and techniques utilized in the different libraries, however, tend to make these activities very cumbersome and slow. The acquisitions of most libraries are done independently, and involve unnecessary duplication of work and lengthy procedures. Cataloging and classification methods differ from one library to another and are generally time-consuming and labor-oriented. This is very confusing for the users as they must thus switch from one classification and cataloging system to another when using more than one library. There is also a lack of bibliographic control at the national level. The Indian National Bibliography suffers from a large time lag. Almost all library activities involve long hours of manual work, tending to make library service very unpopular. Therefore, users still cannot envisage a librarian as a giver of information but consider him or her a custodian of books. In order to improve the services of libraries, application of newer methods, such as information, computer and communication technologies, will be needed. I am only concerned here with computer applications in libraries and believe that for efficient functioning of our library systems, we will need automated services at some point. But serious thought must first be given to which areas will be automated, while keeping in mind the national need.
Issue Date: 1978
Publisher: Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info: In Problems and failures in library automation: Papers presented at the 1978 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing, April 23-26, 1978, ed. F.W. Lancaster. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 75-89.
Series/Report: Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (15th : 1978)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/1090
ISBN: 0-87845-050-5
ISSN: 0069-4789
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois 1978.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-06-30
 

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