Concept, issues and importance of library consortium: Problems andprospects of university library consortium in Bangladesh.Abstract
This is an age of information explosion. No library, however big it may be, is able tosatisfy all the needs of its user due to various constraints. It is because of this phenomenon that the concept of library consortium has developed. Consortium of libraries is well known for sharing of resources all over the world. Information explosion,emergence of internet and particularly World Wide Web as a new medium of informationstorage make the concept more come into sight than earlier. This study aims to explorethe concept, issues and facilities offered by the library consortium and shows how thelibrary consortium is making resources available among the member libraries.Bangladesh has plenty of libraries but the concept is still at a nascent stage in libraryarena. It is essential to have some ideal consortia models for university libraries to adherefor optimum utilization of their resources and services. This study also aims to identifythe possibilities, problems of building library consortium and make viablerecommendations, suggest models for the future prospect of university library consortiumin Bangladesh. It believes that establishment of university library consortium will makeuniversity libraries more productive and effective to their user community.
University library, Resource sharing, Library consortium, Library services,University Library Consortium
The emergence of the internet, particularly the World Wide Web, as a new medium of information storage and delivery in the 21
century. In the age of information explosion,the most challenging tasks for the information professionals and information centers allover the world is to supervise the huge information that are being produced anddeveloped in the world . It is impossible for a single library to monitor all the explosionof knowledge fields and accumulate for the users. To cope up with this situation, the phenomenon of consortia has become very important in the last few years. Initially theterm used for resource sharing activities was library cooperation. Though cooperationtheoretically could embrace almost all library activities, practically it was confined to
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