International Journal of
Library and Information Science

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Lib. Inf. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2537
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJLIS
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 232

Article in Press

Application of information and communication technologies (ICT) in rural college libraries in Maharashtra: A status survey

Nitin Bhagach and Bachhav

  •  Received: 20 March 2016
  •  Accepted: 27 May 2016
This study was conducted to investigate the application of information and communication technologies (ICT) in college libraries in Nasik district Maharashtra, a state of India. The study used a combination of structured questionnaire, unstructured interviews, discussions with library professionals and observation methods to examine the use of ICT in forty selected college libraries in Nasik district in the Indian state of Maharashtra by investigating the ICT infrastructure, current status of library automation, barriers to implementation of ICT and librarians’ attitudes towards the use of ICT. It is found that some of the libraries have adequate ICT facilities but do not have adequate internet nodes, bandwidth and local area networks (LAN) facility. Near about two-thirds of the libraries are still using manual systems in their library operations and services. The majority of rural based college libraries face a series of challenges including poor funding, unskilled manpower; erratic power supply and internet connectivity. Recommendations were made based on the findings.

Keywords: information and communication technologies (ICT), college libraries, automation, resources and services, Maharashtra.