Challenges of Academic Library Management in Developing Countries

Challenges of Academic Library Management in Developing Countries

S. Thanuskodi (Alagappa University, India)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
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.

– Annotation ©2013 Book News Inc. Portland, OR

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

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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.