Use of UGC-Infonet Digital Library Consortium among Distance Education Faculty Members of Annamalai University

Use of UGC-Infonet Digital Library Consortium among Distance Education Faculty Members of Annamalai University

S. Kishore Kumar (Alagappa University, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4070-2.ch021
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Abstract

This chapter presents a questionnaire-based survey finding that 85.96% of the science faculty members are aware of the UGC-Infonet Digital Library Consortium, but only 71.42% of arts faculty. The study reveals that most of the respondents (84.03%) use the UGC-Infonet resources for the purpose of research work followed by 55.86% for writing papers.
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The UGC-Infonet Digital Library Consortium was formally launched in December, 2003 by Honourable Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, the President of India soon after providing the Internet connectivity to the universities in the year 2003 under the UGC-Infonetprogramme. The Consortium proved to be a recipe to university libraries, which have been discontinuing subscription of scholarly journals because of “Serials Crisis.” The term “serials crisis” refers to exponential and continuing increase in subscription cost of scholarly journals. The crisis is a result of rise in cost of journals much faster than the rate of inflation, increase in number of journals, and the paucity of funds available to the libraries (see Table 1 for a state-wise membership list).

Table 1.
State-wise membership list
Sl. NoName of the State / Union TerritoryTotal Nos.Sl. No.Name of the State / Union TerritoryTotal Nos.
1Andhra Pradesh2117Maharashtra29
2Arunachal Pradesh218Manipur1
3Assam519Meghalaya1
4Bihar1020Mizoram1
5Chandigarh121Nagaland1
6Chhattisgarh422New Delhi1
7Delhi1123Orissa11
8Goa124Pondicherry1
9Gujarat2025Punjab8
10Haryana726Rajasthan14
11Himachal Pradesh427Sikkim1
12Jammu and Kashmir328Tamil Nadu22
13Jharkhand429Tripura1
14Karnataka1830Uttar Pradesh22
15Kerala1231Uttarakhand7
16Madhya Pradesh1432West Bengal19
Total277

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