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Emerging Trends and Human Resource Management in Library and Information Centres


The concept of the library has been changed tremendously along with the change of time and space. This change is brought due to the result of space and wave research. The scientific innovations compel the overhaul change in the system of the library and of information science and of its service. The twenty-first century is the century of knowledge and the library is the center for gathering, distribution, protection, and utilization of knowledge. At the very beginning of the twenty-first century, we see evidence of several movements and innovations, which reflects a significant, break from past activity in libraries. The learning materials are reaching to the learner’s desktop. It does not mean that information technology has replaced the library's service rather the technology has forced the library to raise its volume and standard of work. The present communication technology at the age of explosion of knowledge has put the library into a crucial position or with regard to the dissemination of information, and of the services from the libraries. But, information overload is one of the greatest problems. The scholars asked for information the through the Internet. But “the Internet” is not a library, nor does it have the organized cataloging and commitment to preservation that make the library accessible and immediately usable resources. O’Donnell notes, “You never know what you are missing” when we are “on the Internet”. Further, it is very important to note that information is not knowledge. There is a difference between knowledge and information. The genuine role of the library is to provide both. It has to ensure quality knowledge and quality information. Further, it has to generate, to preserve, to protect and to disseminate the knowledge and information. The various method techniques, approaches, and strategies are to be developed for which research libraries are becoming more deeply engaged in the creation and dissemination of knowledge and are becoming essential collaborators with the other stakeholders in these activities. Library is an integrated approach to knowledge and information. It is a process of system integration. The role of research library is very important for intellectual dialogue and discovery. It is to be the place where tributaries of knowledge converge and develop new currents thought and creative activity. India has laid a strong foundation in library service. We have got many libraries with heavy stock throughout the country. The country has developed a huge number of software including telecast media libraries. But very few works have been carried out to examine the digitisation and the present study is designed to find out the answer to the following questions – How the libraries in the institutions of higher education have been modernizing by using technology? What are the steps that have been taken up of automation? What is the status of the digitization of libraries? What additional benefits are provided to the takers of the library services along with its digital facilities? What are the shortcomings of the digitization of libraries in India? To bring out the answer to these questions the study has been carried out. To find out the result of the study, an extensive survey have been made in this paper where a detailed review has been carried out with regard to the introduction and implementation of modernization program in the first section of the paper which is followed by an analysis of the existing system of library facilities and services in the higher educational institution in India in the second section of the paper. The third section is devoted to the digitalization process and the strategies in libraries, which is followed by a concluding remark in the fourth section of the paper

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