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Application of Information and Communication Technologies in University Libraries in Kerala

N. K. Sheeja

Abstract


This study was conducted to investigate the application of information and communication technologies (ICT) in university libraries in Kerala, a state of India. The study used a combination of structured questionnaire, unstructured interview, discussions with library professionals and observation methods to examine the current state of ICT application level, ICT based resources, services and infrastructure of University libraries of Kerala. The study finds that university libraries in Kerala are far behind in the application of ICTs. All libraries have Local Area Networks and they provide Internet services. The assistance of INFLIBNET is notable. An inadequate fund for infrastructure is the major obstacle to ICT application. The paper illustrates how university libraries in Kerala adopted ICT in their in-house operations and provides recommendations to enhance ICT application.

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