Library Development Policy

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1.0. Introduction “Library is a collection of sources, resources, and services, and the structure in which it is housed; it is organized for use and maintained by librarian and institution or a private individual. In the more traditional sense, a library is a collection of books. This collection and services are used by people who choose not to — or cannot afford to — purchase an extensive collection themselves, who need material no individual can reasonably be expected to have, or who require professional assistance with their research” (1). Further, library can mean collection, the building or room that houses such a collection or both. The term "Library" has itself acquired a secondary meaning i.e., - a collection
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Besides, electronic resources are becoming increasingly important to libraries of all types, sizes, and are consuming an ever-increasing share of library budgets. Therefore, selection decisions concerning electronic information resources should also be made within an explicit collection development policy. This might be a separate policy or an integrated one. The first elements of a collection development policy will be a mission statement of the library, the purpose of this policy and the audience to whom it is addressed. It should also include brief statements about the community or user group(s); description of the types of programs the library collection serves; the size (including number of periodicals, monographic volumes, electronic resources, languages represented) of the collection; a detailed budgetary overview of the money the library will spend on the different types of information resources; and any formal or informal cooperative agreements that affect the collection policy or practices”…show more content…
Engineering College In this study ‘Engineering College’ means the colleges importing engineering education.
1.3.3. Engineering College Libraries In this study ‘Engineering College Libraries’ means all the libraries attached to all the engineering colleges of Mysore region, VTU, Belgaum, chosen for the study. However, engineering college libraries are a type of academic library. 1.3.4. Mysore Region In this study ‘Mysore Region’ means the geographic limit indicated by Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU). There are four regions under VTU i.e. Mysore Region; Bangalore Region; Gulbarga Region and Belgaum Region. Thus Mysore Region is one among them. Mysore Region has 52 (Fifty two) engineering colleges. They are located in 11 districts such as, Mysore, Davangere, Shimoga, Chitradugra, Mandya, Kodagu, Chamarajanagar, Hassan, Chikmagalur, Dakshina Kannada and Udupi. Map Index: Mysore Region Non Mysore Region
Fig: 1 Map of Mysore Region Engineering Colleges of VTU
Source: Karnataka map - Google Search. (n.d.). Retrieved December 23, 2014, from
1.3.5. A Survey
In this study ‘Á Survey’ means to look closely at or examine the Collection Development aspects in engineering colleges in Mysore

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