E-resources and Librairs

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Inadequate Fund Effective library management and provision of services depends upon the availability of adequate funding. While preparing the budget for e-resources, one should consider the high price of e-resources, price fluctuations, different pricing models, inflation etc. The emergence of e-resources, librarians is faced with the challenge of acquiring sophisticated materials needed to access and use of these materials. The cost of acquiring such material is really a problem in the face of inadequate funding. Funding still remains one of the outstanding problems hindering the growth libraries in many parts of the country. Lacks of funds hamper the adequate continuous training of the library staff. Eze (2012) stressed that inadequate funding is a major hindrance to the development and maintenance of e-resource especially in developing countries. Computerization and automation of library services and subsequent acquisition of e-resources can only be facilitated when there is adequate fund to do so. Fund is critical to any library initiative, especially electronic information resources. E-resources are very costly in terms of hardware and software. Most academic librarians have been unable to satisfy the information needs of their academic users, as it is rather expensive to regularly subscribe to every book and journals needed by them. Lack of funds has posed a major challenge towards effective integration of ICT and acquisition of relevant e-resources. Majority of the academic libraries does not have separate budget for e-resources. Inadequate funding or lack of it is a major challenge faced by the academic librarian while developing e-resource collection. This is most affected in the acquisition of computers, application s... ... middle of paper ... ...es the librarian ensure that those catalogued e-resources are preserved and made accessible for the present as well as the future users? Third, given the mutability of electronic records, how does the librarian ensure that the catalogue records reflect the present state of the catalogued document? Internet resources change in content and computer location or disappear permanently. The librarian has no control over whether or when such changes happen. The burden of responsibility for discovering changes on e-resources lay on the librarian who catalogued them. As Martin Dillon and Eric Jul of OCLC put it, “maintaining a link between a bibliographic record and the resource it describes is essential, but the volatility of internet resources can make this difficult. Overcoming this volatility of resource availability must be a high priority for research and testing".

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