INDEST-AICTE Library Consortia: A Study

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<ol><li> 1. Two Days National Conference on Integrating ICT in Academic libraries: Making a Different in Knowledge Age 12, 13 August 201412, 13 August 2014 Organized by Central University of Karnataka Organized by Central University of Karnataka Venue: Central University, of Karnataka , Gulbarga </li><li> 2. INDEST- AICTE library consortia: A study Mr. Prasanna Devaramatha Anilkumar Research Scholar Dept. of Library and Information Science Gulbarga University, Gulbarga. Karnataka. </li><li> 3. Introduction: Library consortium is a community of two or more information agencies which have formally agreed to coordinate, cooperate or consolidate certain function to achieve mutual objectives. It is an association of a group of libraries to achieve mutually the joint benefits. Library consortia is a network for buying and accessing e- information in a cooperative arrangement among a group of libraries in providing instant access to greater resources for the users of the individual libraries. One of the libraries or agencies of the consortia works as coordinator for identification of libraries for each publisher, negotiation, legal matters, etc. Library consortia may vary from being decentralized to highly centralize in nature. The degree of centralization of consortium is the primary factor affecting not only how member institutions interact with one another, but also maintain relationship with external party (publisher/vendor). More decentralized the consortium, the greater the degree of autonomy each member retains. </li><li> 4. Definitions: According to American Heritage Dictionary a consortium is a cooperative arrangement among groups or institution, or an association or society. According to Oxford English Dictionary Consortium means temporary cooperation of a number of powers, companies, etc. for a common purpose. It is an association of similar type of organization / institution who are engaged for producing and servicing the common things / for providing services for a specific purpose of its users. </li><li> 5. Concept of the consortia: </li><li> 6. Features of Library Consortia Resource Sharing Support scholarly research for its users. Cooperative research and development in application of ICT. Enhances service and realizes cost effectiveness. It is the cooperative task to reduce the cost of purchase consortia. Eend users can take benefits of more resources than would be available through one library. Library services are provided with an emphasis on access to new E- resources including databases and services offered through the internet and www. To expanding inter library searching at less cost . Uncertainties in legal issues are handled with more confidence. </li><li> 7. Advantages of Consortia :- Building communication among different libraries Avoid duplication of core collection especially for core journals Easy access and resource sharing Reduce cost of information and time saving. Help to develop a competitive professionalism among LIS professionals. It becomes a vehicle for distance learning. It is a tool for distribution of education material and journals to remotest of areas. It forms a medium for collaboration among teachers and students, not only within the country but all over the world. It is on Intranet for university automation. It establishes a channel for globalization of education. Disadvantages of consortia Duplication of efforts Wastage of resources Confusion for libraries /publishers Reduction in purchase power. </li><li> 8. Brief Information about INDEST: The idea of the creation of the library consortia, took shape at the National Seminar on Knowledge Networking in Engineering &amp; Technology Education and Research held at IIT Delhi in December 2000 under the Ministry of HRD. The seminar was coordinated by Dr. Jagdish Arora and it was attended by more than 150 participants from engineering and technological institutions from all over the country. Based on the feedback, ministry decided to set-up the expert group in April 2002 for the consortiabased subscription to electronic resources for Technical Education System in India under the chairmanship of Prof. N. Balakrishnan from IISc, Bangalore. </li><li> 9. Homepage of INDEST AICTE Consortia </li><li> 10. The INDEST-AICTE Consortium is biggest Consortium in terms of number of member institutions in Asia. The Consortium attracts the best possible price and terms of agreement from the publishers on the basis of strength of its present and prospective member institutions. The Consortium subscribes to over 12,000 electronic journals from a number of publishers and aggregators. The consortium website at . hosts searchable databases of journals and member institutions to locate journals subscribed by the Consortium, their URLs and details of member institutions. </li><li> 11. Objectives : To subscribe electronic resources for the members at highly discounted rates of subscription and at the best terms and conditions. To extend the benefit of consortia-based subscription beyond the core members to other engineering and technological institutions. To impart training to the users and librarians on subscribed and usage of electronic resources To find more avenues of cooperation and interaction amongst member libraries. To increase scientific productivity in terms of quality and quantity of publications. </li><li> 12. Selection of E-Resources : Well established multi-disciplinary resources with broad coverage were preferred over highly specialized sources targeted to specialists; The electronic resources already on subscription in the beneficiary institutions were preferred over those which are not being used in any of the beneficiary institutions; Resources that are electronic only were preferred over those that are print based unless completely unavoidable; Resources that are very important but highly cost intensive were preferred over those which are less important or less used but low cost; Avoid Resources where electronic versions are made available free on subscription to their print versions. </li><li> 13. Services: Resource Purchaging. Sharing Training Support Joint Archive and Core relation Shared Collection </li><li> 14. Membership: The INDEST-AICTE Consortium has three types of members based on funding. Such as Core members supported by MHRD: AICTE supported members Self-supported members: </li><li> 15. 1. Core members supported by MHRD: All centrally funded technical institutions including IITs, IISc, ISM, IISERs, NITs, SLIET, NERIST, IIMs, NITIE, NITTTRs, IIITs and NIFFT were the core members of the Consortium. The Ministry granted funds for providing differential access to electronic resources for its core members through the Consortium Headquarters at IIT Delhi. In 2003, the number of core members was 37. In 2009, the number increased to 42 with addition of IISERs. In 2012 the total number of members increased to 62 with addition of new IITs, new NITs, and new IIMs. The consortium has always made continuous effort to include all the centrally funded technical institutions in the INDEST-AICTE consortium. </li><li> 16. 2. AICTE supported members Since March 2003, AICTE provided financial support to the Government/Government aided institutions and Technical Universities/ University Departments having programmes in engineering and technology. The Consortium provided IEL, ASCE, ASME and/or ASTP to 60 institutions with AICTE support based on the courses they offer from 2003 to 2011. These included 37 engineering and technology colleges and 23 universities having engineering departments/faculty. All 60 Institutions offer postgraduate course in engineering and technology. </li><li> 17. Self-supported members: The Consortium also helped the technical institution of the country by offering the e- resources on self-support mode. . The self-supported membership started with 18 members in 2003. In 2005 AICTE joined hand with INDEST Consortium and got renamed as INDEST-AICTE Consortium. AICTE played a pivotal role in enrolling its approved engineering colleges and institutes as member of the Consortium with 6 e-resources (IEL Online, ASCE, ASME, Springer Link, DEL, and ESDU). In 2007 over 23 e-resources were negotiated by INDEST-AICTE Consortium for the self-supported institutes. The rates of subscription each year are posted at INDEST- AICTE Consortium web site for subscription renewal. There was a constant increase in the number of institutions up to 2011. Over six years the number of engineering colleges serviced were about 1000. In 2012, AICTE proposed mandatory e-resources for the AICTE affiliated engineering colleges. AICTE negotiated the price with the publishers and asked each institutes to subscribe the e-resources directly through publishers websites. The total number of institutions subscribing to e-resources increased to 1500, whereas the consortium provided e-resources to 102 institutes. </li><li> 18. AICTE- INDEST Consortia subscribe E Resources: ABI INFORM , ACM Digital Library, AIP Journals, APS Journals Annual Review, ASCE Journals, ASME Journals, ASTM Standards Capitaline, CRIS INFAC Ind. Information EBSCO Business Source Complete, Elsevier's Science Direct Emerald Management Xtra, Euromonitor Passport ICE + Thomas Telford, IEC Standards IEEE/IEE Electronic Library Online (IEL), IET Digital Library INSIGHT, JSTOR Through NME-ICT Project McGraw Hill's AccessEngineering (FKA DEL) Nature (27 titles through NME-ICT Project) Optical Society Of America(Optics Infobase) ProQuest Science (formerly ASTP) SpringerLink, Taylor &amp; Francis (Through NME-ICT Project) INSPEC, MathSciNet, SciFinder, Scopus Database Web of Science </li><li> 19. Conclusion: INDEST AICTE consortia is play as most significant role in E Resources specially in the field of Engineering, Science and Technology. Its has good objectives and mission to provide good services to its members. There are several types of E resources are available under this consortia with less or minimum cost. In 2012, AICTE proposed mandatory e-resources for the AICTE affiliated engineering colleges. Membership libraries have build or acquire good E resources under this consortia to reach globalization in learning and research. </li><li> 20. Thank You </li></ol>