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Concept, issues and importance of library consortium: Problems and prospects of university library consortium in Bangladesh

Concept, issues and importance of library consortium: Problems and prospects of university library consortium in Bangladesh

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Published by Md. Anwarul Islam
This is an age of information explosion. No library, however big it may be, is able to
satisfy 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 information
storage make the concept more come into sight than earlier. This study aims to explore
the concept, issues and facilities offered by the library consortium and shows how the
library consortium is making resources available among the member libraries.
Bangladesh has plenty of libraries but the concept is still at a nascent stage in library
arena. It is essential to have some ideal consortia models for university libraries to adhere
for optimum utilization of their resources and services. This study also aims to identify
the possibilities, problems of building library consortium and make viable
recommendations, suggest models for the future prospect of university library consortium
in Bangladesh. It believes that establishment of university library consortium will make
university libraries more productive and effective to their user community.

Keywords: University library, Resource sharing, Library consortium, Library services,
University Library Consortium

Md. Anwarul Islam Lecturer Information Science & Library Management University of Dhaka Dhaka-1000 E-mail: anwar81du@gmail.com & Dr. Muhammad Mezbah-ul-Islam Associate Professor Information Science & Library Management University of Dhaka Dhaka-1000 E-mail: mezbah2000@yahoo.com

International Conference on " Information: Diversity and Awareness" (UNAK, 2008), Turkey http:/
This is an age of information explosion. No library, however big it may be, is able to
satisfy 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 information
storage make the concept more come into sight than earlier. This study aims to explore
the concept, issues and facilities offered by the library consortium and shows how the
library consortium is making resources available among the member libraries.
Bangladesh has plenty of libraries but the concept is still at a nascent stage in library
arena. It is essential to have some ideal consortia models for university libraries to adhere
for optimum utilization of their resources and services. This study also aims to identify
the possibilities, problems of building library consortium and make viable
recommendations, suggest models for the future prospect of university library consortium
in Bangladesh. It believes that establishment of university library consortium will make
university libraries more productive and effective to their user community.

Keywords: University library, Resource sharing, Library consortium, Library services,
University Library Consortium

Md. Anwarul Islam Lecturer Information Science & Library Management University of Dhaka Dhaka-1000 E-mail: anwar81du@gmail.com & Dr. Muhammad Mezbah-ul-Islam Associate Professor Information Science & Library Management University of Dhaka Dhaka-1000 E-mail: mezbah2000@yahoo.com

International Conference on " Information: Diversity and Awareness" (UNAK, 2008), Turkey http:/

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Concept, issues and importance of library consortium:
 Problems and  prospects of university library consortium in Bangladesh
Md. Anwarul IslamLecturerInformation Science & Library ManagementUniversity of DhakaDhaka-1000E-mail:
anwar81du@gmail.com
&Dr. Muhammad Mezbah-ul-IslamAssociate ProfessorInformation Science & Library ManagementUniversity of DhakaDhaka-1000E-mail:mezbah2000@yahoo.com
International Conference on " Information: Diversity and Awareness" (UNAK, 2008), Turkey http://www.unak.org.tr/
 
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.
Keywords:
University library, Resource sharing, Library consortium, Library services,University Library Consortium
Prologue
The emergence of the internet, particularly the World Wide Web, as a new medium of information storage and delivery in the 21
st
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
International Conference on " Information: Diversity and Awareness" (UNAK, 2008), Turkey http://www.unak.org.tr/
 
inter-library loan of library documents. But due to physical distance and other reasonseven this limited system of cooperation was not being practiced widely. However, withthe advent of ICT and its application in library activities, new opportunities opened up for greater cooperation among libraries. At the global level Internet and at the national andlocal level several library networks came in vogue and databases created for informationsharing. In recent years availability of information resources in digital or electronicmedium has further facilitated exchange of information resources among libraries, thuscreating favorable condition for increased resource sharing. Emergence of libraryconsortia is a very promising development in this direction (Chaterjee, 2002).Consortium of libraries is well known for sharing of resources all over the world. Severallibraries in the world have formed consortia to share their human and electronicresources. However, Consortium now being overheard everywhere is because of digitalform of information. It refers to co-operation, co-ordination and collaboration betweenand amongst libraries for the purpose of sharing information resources. Currently,university libraries are purchasing materials to answer the needs of their users. This task is difficult for a single library. By forming a consortium among libraries, it becomes possible to purchase information in stabilized and reasonable prices. In Bangladesh,many library and information centers are making steps for building library consortium. Incase of university library, University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh is takinginitiatives for digital resource consortium for university libraries in Bangladesh.
Literature review
Though the idea of cooperation was in existence for many years now, library consortiumis still at its nascent stage in many countries. Being an emerging development where thenumber of participating libraries is increasing everyday much attention is placed onlibrary consortia and consequently a good number has been written about it. Most of theliterature is on case studies determining the feasibility aspects of consortia. (Nfial &Darko-Ampen, 2002) traces the history of library consortium from 1960’s through 2000and report that in 19997, an international association of library consortium was formed.(Rao, 2001) repots about the status of the existing library and information networks inIndia. (Mclean, 1999) examined the characteristics underpinning resource sharing amonguniversity libraries in Australia on how the information revolution posses global
International Conference on " Information: Diversity and Awareness" (UNAK, 2008), Turkey http://www.unak.org.tr/

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