Challenges of Academic Library Management in Developing Countries

Challenges of Academic Library Management in Developing Countries

S. Thanuskodi (Alagappa University, India)
Release Date: May, 2013|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 348
ISBN13: 9781466640702|ISBN10: 1466640707|EISBN13: 9781466640719|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4070-2


Academic libraries cater to the diverse needs of scholars, scientists, technocrats, researchers, students, and others personally and professionally invested in higher education. Due to advancements in information and communication technologies (ICT), the vision and mission of academic libraries are changing in developing countries.

Challenges of Academic Library Management in Developing Countries provides the latest theoretical frameworks and empirical research into academic libraries, investigating concerns such as illiteracy, budgeting, software development, technical training, and others. In particular, this book will be of use to professionals and researchers working in the field of library and information science who are looking for new methods and best practices in the management of effective academic libraries. This book is part of the Advances in Library and Information Science series collection.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Distance Education
  • E-Resources Management
  • Government Aided University Libraries
  • Online Periodicals
  • Open Access Initiatives
  • Security Challenges
  • Self Sustainability
  • Social Networking
  • Students' Attitudes
  • Web Credibility

Reviews and Testimonials

Intended for academic librarians, this collection explores the function of academic libraries in the digital age, the role of universal access to print and electronic resources, and the challenges facing academic libraries in developing countries. The opening paper reports the results of a student survey conducted at five Indian universities about their information resources, facilities, and services. Other topics of the 21 papers include online journal access by medical practitioners in Tamilnadu, e-resource management at colleges in Tanzania, open access initiatives in Africa, internet policy issues, security measures, and social networking opportunities.

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While geared toward and based in developing countries, the lessons learned can be of use in other nations as well, such as security challenges, social networking, access to and use of e-resources, and open-access initiatives. Best suited for those interested in working in developing nations and lower socioeconomic areas, these chapters will offer experience-based guidance on best serving and managing libraries for such areas, as well as for any library that might be facing budgetary cuts or a growing service to academics and college students living in such areas.

– Sara Marcus, American Reference Books Annual

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Editorial Advisory Board
Table of Contents
S.M. Zabed Ahmed
S. Thanuskodi
S. Thanuskodi
Chapter 1
S. Thanuskodi
The present century ushered in the knowledge economy whereby information, access to it, and the ability to use it to create new knowledge becomes... Sample PDF
Students’ Attitudes towards Library Facilities and Information Resources of University Libraries in Tamil Nadu: A Survey
Chapter 2
Vinita Jain
Throughout history, man has been recording, presenting, and preserving information through various media like palm leaves stores, tablets, leather... Sample PDF
Evaluation of E-Resources in Government: Aided College Libraries of Mumbai
Chapter 3
Chammika Mallawaarachchi
This chapter discusses ways to explore knowledge in higher education, especially in universities, from a knowledge ecology perspective. Managing... Sample PDF
University’s Role in Exploring New Knowledge in the Global Knowledge Society: Knowledge Ecology Perspective
Chapter 4
T. M. Kalpana, S. Gopalakrishnan
Libraries are storehouses of knowledge and act as disseminating agents for the knowledge producer because knowledge accrued from library is... Sample PDF
Self-Sustainability in Academic Libraries in the Digital Era
Chapter 5
Jyoti Verma, Sharad Kumar Sonkar
The main purpose of this chapter is to study and explore the impact of digital media and Internet on reading habits. Traditional reading habits of... Sample PDF
Impact of E-Resources and Web Technology on Reading Habits
Chapter 6
B. O. Sathivel Murugan, S. Ally Sornam
This study focuses on the allopathic medical practitioners’ skill to use online medical journals and barriers faced while seeking information.... Sample PDF
Internet and Online Medical Journal Access Skills of the Medical Practitioners of Tamilnadu: A Study
Chapter 7
Prakash Dongardive
Electronic information is gaining more importance in academic activities with the extreme change in the pattern of dissemination of knowledge. Web... Sample PDF
Online Journals: Access and Delivery Models
Chapter 8
Abhijit Chatterjee, Arabinda Maity
Security is a true concern for the modern and well-equipped libraries, and this situation worsens with the application of information technology... Sample PDF
Security Challenges in University Libraries of India
Chapter 9
Rupak Chakravarty, Anu Kiran
Social networking seems to be the way 21st century libraries provide services. Library services are changing with the change in the nature of... Sample PDF
Social Networking in Libraries: A Case Study of Post Graduate Students and Research Scholars of Panjab University Library, India
Chapter 10
Wulystan Pius Mtega, Philbert Nyinondi, Andrew Msungu
This chapter assesses the usage of e-resources in higher learning institutions in Tanzania. It identifies how electronic resources are acquired... Sample PDF
Access to and Usage of E-Resources in Selected Higher Learning Institutions in Tanzania
Chapter 11
M. T. Bashorun, Iro Sani Lawal, Isah Abdulmumin
Access to scholarly publications in the 21st century has been greatly enhanced with the emergence of open access initiatives the world over. This... Sample PDF
Emerging Issues in Open Access Initiatives in Africa
Chapter 12
Kingsley Nwadiuto Igwe
Nigeria is one of the developing countries where many challenges are affecting the management of its academic libraries, especially in the area of... Sample PDF
Academic Libraries in Nigeria and the Challenges of Application of Information and Communication Technologies
Chapter 13
R. Jeyshankar, A. Jeyasundari, S. Muthamizharasi
The official Website of an academic library has a different role to play in the Internet scheme of disseminating information. In this respect... Sample PDF
Web Credibility of National Institute of Technology (NIT) Websites in India: A Study
Chapter 14
R. Jeyshankar
The UGC-Infonet Digital Library Consortium is the most important consortium providing access to a large array of e-resources to all academic... Sample PDF
Scholarly Information Access Pattern of UGC-Infonet Digital Library Consortium by Faculty and Research Scholars in Gandhigram Rural Institute-Deemed University (India)
Chapter 15
Aminath Riyaz
The Maldives National University Library is the main academic library and the one and only university library in the small island developing state... Sample PDF
The Maldives National University Library: Emergence, Challenges, and Successes
Chapter 16
S. Thanuskodi, M. Meena
This chapter reports the result of a survey conducted at Annamalai University to determine the extent to which users are aware and make use of... Sample PDF
Use of E-Journals by the Faculty Members, Researchers, and Students in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Annamalai University: A Survey
Chapter 17
Sudhanshu Joshi
The chapter provides a snapshot on the use of social networking in academic libraries through a systematic review of the available literature and an... Sample PDF
Social Networking in Academic Libraries: A State-of-the-Art Review of Web 2.0 Library Applications, Issues, and Concerns
Chapter 18
V. J. Suseela
The rapid increase of e-resources together with several value-based applications has been gradually superseding the traditional means of... Sample PDF
Managerial Perspective of E-Resources in Academic Libraries
Chapter 19
Adeyinka Tella, A. K. Afolabi
The policy issues posed by the Internet in different countries around the world do not seem to be very different. The Internet itself helps us... Sample PDF
Internet Policy Issues and Digital Libraries’ Management of Intellectual Property
Chapter 20
A. Thirumagal
This chapter deals with the bibliometric study on the publication of “anthropometric measurements.” The records are collected from Pubmed resource... Sample PDF
Research Publications in Anthropometric Measurements of Sports
Chapter 21
S. Kishore Kumar
This chapter presents a questionnaire-based survey finding that 85.96% of the science faculty members are aware of the UGC-Infonet Digital Library... Sample PDF
Use of UGC-Infonet Digital Library Consortium among Distance Education Faculty Members of Annamalai University
About the Contributors

Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Dr. S. Thanuskodi is working as Associate Professor and Head i/c in the Department of Library and Information Science, Alagappa University. He has around 17 years of professional experience in the field of Library and Information Science. He started his career as Librarian in the Central Law College, Salem. After that he worked as an Assistant Professor, Annamalai University. He also served around three years as Tutor for Commonwealth Youth Programme. He holds B.Sc. M.A., B.Ed., M.L.I.S., M.Phil., Ph.D., and M.L. (International Law and Constitutional Law) Degrees. His areas of interest include information and communication technology (ICT), user studies, bibliometrics, webometrics, research methodology and digital libraries. He is life member of professional bodies such as IIPA, ILA, IASLIC, IATLIS, SIS, MALA and SALIS. He has written fifteen chapters in the textbooks of Library and Information Science and published more than 60 research articles in the national and international journals. He has presented around 30 research papers in national and international conferences/seminars. He has guided ten M.Phil. students for theses research work. He is a Reviewer and Editorial Board Member for several national and international peer reviewed journals.