CONTENTS:- I. Overview of Information Technology: 1. Introduction. 2. Definition of Information Technology. 3. Components of Information Technology. 4. Technology trends. 5. Summary. 6. References. II. Trends in Information Technology applications in libraries: 1. Introduction. 2. Reasons for IT applications in libraries. 3. Trends in IT applications in libraries. 4. Impact of IT on libraries. 5. Impact of IT on house-keeping operations. 6. Impact of IT information services. 7. Impact of IT on library staff. 8. Impact of IT on library users. 9. Summary. 10. References. III. University libraries in India. IV. Use of Information Technology in Central University Libraries in India. V. Impact of Information Technology on Central University Libraries in India. VI. Strategies for managing technological change in libraries: 1. Introduction. 2. Rationale for IT applications in libraries. 3. Key factors in strategic technology planning. 4. Strategies for managing technological change in libraries. 5. Summary. 6. References. VII. Summary, conclusions and suggestions. Select bibliography. Select library technology journals.
The impact of Information Technology (IT) is enormous and global in its magnitude. IT has become an integral part of all aspects of the library. IT has profoundly affected library operations, information resources, services, staff skills requirements and users expectations. IT has virtually unlimited potential for variety of useful applications in libraries as it significantly contributes to improved quality, increased productivity, more efficient operations, better resource sharing and more effective services to the users. The proper exploitation of new technologies in library is no longer a matter of choice but a matter of survival in an era of rapidly changing technology and global knowledge society. Today, the success of a modern library is increasingly dependent on the most effective utilization and strategic management of new technologies in libraries. This book provides an overview of IT and also an excellent review of the global as well as national scenario of the current trends in IT applications in libraries. It presents detailed information about the impact of IT on library operations, information services, staff and end users. It discusses the key factors in strategic technology planning and strategies for managing technological change in libraries. The book will be of great benefit to the decision makers, practicing library managers, university teachers, research scholars, students of library and information science, library software development firms and all other library professionals involved in planning, implementation and management of modern information technologies in libraries.