Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has been the greatest innovations of mankind. More particularly Internet technology has become a buzzword in the life of society. With its strong information content, libraries have assimilated Internet technology in developing strong information resources and extending web-based user services. Internet has brought a new academic and research culture of understanding and cooperation providing a great boon to the library and information science.
Evolving Internet poses e-information explosion, architectural, design, bandwidth and deployment challenges in terms of performance prediction, monitoring and control, admission control, extendibility, stability, resilience, delay-tolerance and inter networking with the existing infrastructures or with specialized networks. The research gap analysis aims at mechanisms and features concerning the Internet itself and hence the book deals at length on Internet research, thrust areas of Internet, conceptual framework of Internet technology, its tools and services including web 2.0 technologies. It also reports the study on use of the Internet as an information source among engineering faculty and research scholars, and the impact of Internet technology on libraries of National Institutes of Technology in India to enhance the optimization of rich information resources and services on the net to the academic and research pursuit of netizens.