Indira Gandhi National Open University School of Social Sciences

BLII–004 Network Based Information Services

Block -1 : Library Networks
Unit 1 Unit 2 : : Introduction to Library Networks Library Networks : National and International 07 20

Block - 2 : Internet, Intranet and Extranet
Unit 3 Unit 4 : : Internet Intranet and Extranet 45 61

Block - 3 : Internet Architecture
Unit 5 Unit 6 : : Internet Connectivity and Protocols Structure of Internet 83 97

Block - 4 : Internet-Resources and Services
Unit 7 Unit 8 Unit 9 : : : Internet Resources Internet Tools Internet-based Library Services 111 133 151

Programme Design Committee
Prof. S.B. Ghosh (Chairman) Faculty of Library and Information Science IGNOU, New Delhi Dr. Jagdish Arora Chief Librarian, IIT Delhi Mr. Ishwar Bhatt Librarian BITS, Pilani Prof. B.K. Sen Scientist (Retd.), INSDOC New Delhi Mr. Shashi Bhushan School of Computer and Infromation Sciences IGNOU, New Delhi Dr. R. K. Chadda Director, Parliament Library New Delhi Mr. V.K. Gupta NISCAIR, Head, ETTG (Retd.) New Delhi Dr. (Ms) Neela Jagannathan Librarian, IGNOU (Retd.) New Delhi Dr. Neena Talwar Kanungo Faculty of Library and Information Science IGNOU, New Delhi Prof. A. Neelameghan UNESCO Expert Bangalore Dr. Pravakar Rath Faculty of Library and Information Science IGNOU, New Delhi Dr. E. Rama Reddy Librarian University of Hyderabad Prof. R. Satyanarayana Faculty of Library and Information Science IGNOU, New Delhi Mr. V.V. Subramaniyam School of Computer and Information Sciences IGNOU, New Delhi Prof. Uma Kanjilal (Convenor) Faculty of Library and Information Science IGNOU, New Delhi

Programme Coordinators: Prof. Uma Kanjilal & Dr. Jaideep Sharma
Course Editor
Dr. Jagdish Arora

Course Coordinator
Prof. Uma Kanjilal

Course Preparation Team
Block-1: Library Networks Unit
1 2

Contributor
Dr. Jaideep Sharma Dr. Neena Talwar Kanungo

Block-2: Internet, Intranet and Extranet Unit Contributor
3 to 4 Mr. V.V. Subramaniyam

Block-3: Internet Architecture Unit
5 to 6

Contributor
Mr. P.V. Suresh

Block-4: Internet-Resources and Library Services Unit Contributor
7 8 to 9 Ms. Sujata Santosh Prof. Uma Kanjilal

Material Production
Mr. Jitender Sethi Mr. S.S. Venkatachalam Mr. Manjit Singh
December, 2005

Editorial Assistance
Ms. Sujata Santosh

Secreterial Assistance
Mr. Devbrat Singh Chauhan

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COURSE INTRODUCTION
The emergence of Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW) as a new media of information storage and delivery provide an unparalleled media for delivery of information with greater speed and economy. The Internet and web technology has changed the way information is stored, retrieved, communicated and broadcasted, it is likely to revolutionise the way publishers, publishing industry and scientists function in the era predominately guided by the printing technology. These technologies have triggered large scale commercial and non-commercial digitisation programmes the world over. Increasing number of commercial and society publishers are using the Internet as a global medium to offer their publications to the international community of scientists and technologists. The web-based electronic information products not only eliminate paper, physical storage and transportation costs, they also offer a host of other possibilities for incorporating multimedia and hyper-link features to electronic documents hitherto impossible on paper media. This, in turn, has led to the generation of new services that were non-existent as well as modification of existing services and their deliverables. The Internet, web technologies and digital-based electronic information products are exerting ever-increasing pressure on the traditional libraries, which, in turn, are committing larger portions of their budgetary allocation for either procuring or accessing web-based online or full-text search services, CD ROM products, online databases, multimedia products, etc. While there is a continuous demand from the users to increase the resources and services, the manpower, physical infrastructure and financial resources made available to the libraries is decreasing. These factors have contributed to the necessity of establishing library networks and resource sharing amongst libraries. With technological advancements and availability of affordable computing power, libraries and information centres around the world have computerised their library routines and have developed databases for shared use on computer networks. Besides improving services and operations for improved performance, libraries have been able to evolve effective computer networks with an aim to optimise utilisation of resources and facilities. The library and information networks have potential to improve library services in several ways. It brings down the cost of information products and services in the network environment in shared mode. It enables libraries to offer needbased services to the end users eliminating the limitation of size, distance and language barriers among them. With evolution of library networks, the emphasis has moved from the networks as physical entities to the resources available through the networks. These network accessible resources include databases of library holdings, journal articles, electronic text, images, video and audio files, scientific and technical data, etc. A network is developed when a group of libraries and/or information centres decides to exchange information using computers. The library networks use existing communication facilities to establish networks amongst libraries that agree to cooperate amongst themselves through more or less formal agreements with a view of pooling their resources and to offer better services to the users. The participating libraries generally follow identical or compatible rules and procedures.

The course comprises nine units namely: Unit 1. Unit 2. Unit 3. Unit 4. Unit 5. Unit 6. Unit 7. Unit 8. Unit 9. Introduction to Library Networks Library Networks: National and International Internet Intranet and Extranet Internet Connectivity and Protocols Structure of Internet Internet Resources Internet Tools Internet-based Library Services

Unit 1 provides a brief introduction to the library networks. It provides definition of library networks and resource sharing, and establishes relationship between the two. Need, purpose, and functions of a library network are described briefly. The unit makes a mention of important library networks at the national and international level. It briefly touches upon factors that are hampering the process of resource sharing. Lastly, the unit introduces the concept of library consortia and their need. The unit provides a brief description of INDEST Consortium and the UGC INFONET Consortium as examples. Unit 2 deals with library networks at national and international level. It provides a brief overview of library networks with reasons that led to their growth and development. The unit describes various library networks that exist in India as well as a few important networks at international level. Unit 3 provides a brief introduction to the Internet with its history and evolution. It highlights the functioning, governance and utility of the Internet for a common person. The unit briefly describes various methods of Internet connection. Tools and services offered on the Internet are dealt in details. Unit 4 deals with definition, needs, benefits, and features of Intranet and Extranet. It discusses applications of Intranet and Extranet and differentiates between the Internet, Intranet and Extranet. The unit elaborates on Intranet and Extranet security mechanism. Unit 5 introduces Internet protocols and describes functions of important Internet protocols. The unit also describes various options available for getting Internet connectivity. Unit 6 deals with organisation and structure of Internet. The unit describes various components of Internet structure including PCs, communication equipment, ISPs and ISP backbone, web servers and services for the users. It elaborates on Internet society and also various Internet standards. Unit 7 deals with Internet resources, its advantages and use. It describes various types of Internet resources, namely, primary sources, online databases, reference sources, libraries, and subject gateways. The unit also deals with evaluation of Internet resources. Unit 8 elaborates on different Internet tools such as search engines, subject directories, deep web or invisible web. Internet communication tools, conferencing tools, transmission and access tools are described briefly. Unit 9 describes Internet-based library services including library web sites, library portals, subject gateways, virtual reference service, weblogs, and RSS.

Block 1 LIBRARY NETWORKS .

become aware of the factors hampering resource sharing. understand the functions of library networks. socio-economic status.UNIT 1 Structure 1. in the right quantity.12 1.2 1.8 1. and the context in which they need the information. and familiarise yourself with the concept of library consortia. know how to overcome the barriers to resource sharing.6 1. you will be able to: 1. After reading this Unit. educational background. They have to satisfy their users by providing them the right information.13 1. To satisfy the diverse needs of their users.10 1. It is expressed by the term ‘library cooperation’.1 INTRODUCTION Libraries exist to serve their users.9 1.1 1.4 1.7 1.0 1.5 1.14 INTRODUCTION TO LIBRARY NETWORKS Objectives Introduction Definitions: Resource Sharing and Library Networks Resource Sharing: Need Library Networks: Need Library Networks: Purpose Library Networks Functions Library Networks: National and International Factors Hampering Resource Sharing Facilitating Resource Sharing Library Consortia Summary Answers to Self Check Exercises Keywords References and Further Reading 1.3 1. comprehend the concept and objectives of library networks. realise the need of resource sharing. age.11 1. The 7 . The needs of users are diverse depending upon their characteristics viz.0 OBJECTIVES get an insight into the historical perspective of resource sharing. libraries depend upon each other. in the right form at the right time.

The linkage must include a communication mechanism. Library networks have enabled libraries to come together to serve their users better. ILL has evolved into Resource Sharing wherein libraries share resources other than documents also. The library consortium is the latest form of library cooperation wherein libraries and publishers have come together to take the benefit of network technology and web-based e-resources. i. The resources can be intellectual. Computers made possible the creation of electronic documents.” Another definition of a network describes it in terms of its characteristics.e. This has been a well-accepted fact for centuries and thus. This change speaks of the level of inter-dependence of libraries. Resource refers to a person. Libraries satisfy the document requirement of their users through ‘Inter-Library Loan’ (ILL) from other libraries. implying a partnership in which each is willing and able to make available resources when needed. overcoming the barriers of geographical distance and time. These resources include physical. Library Networks Libraries cannot stand in isolation. Intellectual or conceptual resources refer to manpower. intellectual and conceptual resources. viz. Resource sharing entails reciprocity. when needed. ILL was not easy to provide owing to the time. or services whereas. infrastructure. or physical space. . Libraries could be connected locally as well as globally into library networks. there have been concerted efforts on the part of the libraries to cooperate. Sharing implies allotting or contributing one’s resources for the benefit of others. Resource Sharing Encyclopaedia of Library and Information Science has defined two components of the term. These efforts were made more productive with developments in computer and telecommunication technologies. physical resources refer to documents.Library Networks most basic form of this cooperation starts with sharing of documents amongst libraries. and many networks exist for the explicit purpose of facilitating certain types of communication among members. thing or action to which one resorts to. 1) 8 A network’s function is to marshal resources from its environment to accomplish results beyond the ability of any one of its members. expertise. conceptual or physical. 1. and telecommunications made it possible to transfer and transmit them electronically thus. distance and money involved. The developments in storage and telecommunication technology have facilitated libraries to establish library networks and that facilitates better connection amongst libraries.2 DEFINITIONS: RESOURCE SHARING AND LIBRARY NETWORKS Let us look into the definitions of Resource Sharing and Library Networks to understand the basic concepts behind it. Library network has been defined as a “group of individuals or organisations that are interconnected to form a system to accomplish some specified goal. “Resource” and “Sharing”.

.. five exabytes of information was produced in 2002.. LC has 17 million books containing about 136 terabytes of information....... this much information is equivalent to information contained in 37....................................................... Rupees) against US Dollar or other currencies......................... It is more pronounced for science and technology compared to social sciences........... particularly for India and other third world countries........... .......................000 new libraries of the size of Library of Congress (LC).......... It has a base in communications technology..................... Why should they then serve users of other libraries with their resources? The answer to this question lies in the fact that: Information is being produced at a very fast pace: According to an estimate.......... Introduction to Library Networks There is a stress in these definitions on collaborative acquisitions..9%..... Added to it is the problem of devaluation of local currency (i...................................................................... ii) Check your answer with the answers given at the end of this Unit.... Diminishing buying power of libraries: Another factor that has added to the increasing cost of published literature............................................... ..... Note: i) Write your answer in the space given below.................................... ............ This leads to scarcity of space available for housing information............... It has resulted in diminishing power of libraries to acquire literature......................................... An effective library network requires an administrative structure and planning................. 1..... ...................................... ................. is the declining library budgets....................................................... Self Check Exercise 1) Define resource sharing and library networks. The rate of increase in prices in 2002 was 7........................ Can we imagine a library acquiring that much of information? One of the factors responsible for the overwhelming amount of information is that half of the scientists world has ever produced are still living and working today............. ...............e........ Escalation in Cost of published literature: The increase in prices of publications is evident from the result of a sample study of periodicals published in the US.....................3 RESOURCE SHARING : NEED Why should libraries share their resources? This question comes to mind in view of the fact that libraries acquire resources to serve their users..........2) A network has developed an organisational design and structure that allows it to establish an identifiable domain and exercise appropriate influence over its members................................................ To have an idea of this amount of information................................. which is an objective of library networks. 9 .

and optical storage media. It has resulted in increased demands being put on libraries. and used. The Internet and Web has also contributed substantially to increase in awareness amongst library users. Networking of libraries has increased the feasibility of resource sharing by overcoming the barriers of distance and time involved in accessing information. The information produced in the year 2002 was distributed in these various media as under: Media Hard disks Films Paper Optical Media Percentage of information stored 92% 7% 0. in right amount and the form in which their users require it. from the large mass of information available. 10 .Library Networks Increasing awareness and desire to know among users: Widespread education and the concept of equality and democracy in the society have aroused the hunger “to know” among people. Timely access to information: It is difficult for an individual to lay hands manually on the precise and specific information. film. This is a chain reaction and has acted as a catalyst among users’ increasing need for information. produced today is in electronic form: Information is stored in print. They work to fulfill the information requirement of their users at the right time. required by him/her.002% Bibliographic access to information is also in electronic form: Access to information is provided through databases produced online and offline. Most of the indexing and abstracting services are now available on the web and the catalogues of libraries are appearing on the net in increasing numbers. For that they strive to perform well by serving their users best. Computer helps to process. Networks are essential to get access to the information when it is available at a distance. This is an incentive for the libraries to network. 1.01% 0. The Internet is an enabling factor for libraries to establish networks and share their resources. access and search the required information.4 LIBRARY NETWORKS : NEED The developments in information technology have made it possible for libraries to establish network. The majority of information produced today is in electronic form. Accountability in libraries: Librarians depend on public money for survival. They have an accountability towards the public. magnetic. All these factors force libraries to cooperate with other libraries by sharing their resources. transmitted. The information may be available within their library or from some outside source. stored. Internet: The existence of Internet is a major factor that has changed the way information is produced. But why should library networks be formed? The need for forming the library network is as follows: Increasing amount of information. published.

.......................................................... which can be followed by others for standardisation...... ............... ......... ...................................................................... They lack resources beyond their reach....................... ........................ Library networks are instrumental in satisfying the information requirements of users of the libraries in a network......... particularly due to paucity of funds............................. nobody should be deprived of his/ her information requirements................... Standards in cataloguing and classification can be achieved and followed in different libraries due to networking.................................................. Information can be considered as a fundamental right of every citizen... The networks are formed at local.... print or nonprint..... We are highly dependent on information.....Self Check Exercise 2) ‘Diminishing buying power of libraries necessitates resource sharing’............................................... old or new............ The information may be bibliographic or full-text...................................................................................................... A central agency can be entrusted the task of cataloguing and classification............... If libraries are interconnected to other libraries through networks.... 11 ............................. 1.........5 LIBRARY NETWORKS: PURPOSE Libraries have joined hands to cooperate and coordinate at various levels to form networks........... Enable uniform practices in routines Networks bring in uniformity in the routines followed by libraries particularly cataloguing and classification. national and regional level to achieve the following goals: Provide democratic access to information We are living in the information age where information is a commodity needed by one and all................................... Comment. ................................ ........................ therefore....................................... Uniform standards are the necessity as well as the by-product of library networks........ They are strong in some areas and poor in the others. .................................. It is a resource as important as energy.................... they can have access to the combined collection of all networked libraries and overcome their limitation at their own limited collection................. ii) Check your answer with the answers given at the end of this Unit.................... Introduction to Library Networks Note: i) Write your answer in the space given below... Abridge document collection in different libraries Libraries have different document collection................................ Information is required for decision making at different levels..........

... Note: i) Write your answer in the space given below............................. Documents......................... It would result in better allocation of funds and widespread availability of resources.................................................... etc.............................................. .................... could be acquired strategically in different locations to enable maximum use....... ‘Library networks have enabled democratic access to information’.............................................. ... Core collections could be built up for all libraries................... Acquisition Rationalisation of acquisition is one the major functions of library network...................... Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) Bibliographic access to the holdings of a library or groups of libraries could be provided through networks...... User should get information when he/she requires it................................................. ............................................................... .... which are rare or costly.... 12 ........ web.... Funds could be diverted for resources that are found lacking in a particular geographical area.................................................... ................ Comment....... Self Check Exercises 3) 4) Enumerate the purpose of library networks............. Electronic document delivery is the answer to this................. ................................ A vast and comprehensive document collection and the support of trained expert manpower need to be deployed to facilitate it............. ii) Check your answers with the answers given at the end of this Unit......... .............Library Networks 1..................................................... It would enable libraries to know about the resources of other libraries enabling sharing of resources........................................... fax.............................................. It would also enable to know the exact status of a document whether it is issued or on the shelf or reserved...............................6 LIBRARY NETWORKS: FUNCTIONS The functions of Library Networks are as follows: Provide Electronic Document Delivery Access to accurate and timely information is very important............... Libraries can come together to identify and avoid duplication of resources amongst members of library network................. Instant delivery of the document is possible over networks using emails.................................. Reference and Referral Service Library networks enable faster reference and referral services in a collaborative environment...........

However. 13 . Except for. universities and polytechnics. Changing priorities for collection development. geographical area. DELNET. Ahmedabad. In his review of literature. K. CALIBNET (Calcutta Library Network). Joint Academic Network (JANET) is a network in the UK. MANs are widening the scope. The names suggest that they are based at Delhi. Mumbai. 1.1. PUNENET (Pune Library Network). libraries have formed networks based on subject. World Cat. International On the international front also there are a number of networks.8 FACTORS HAMPERING RESOURCE SHARING Library cooperation has been in existence since 200 B. clientele. etc. e. These are based on different criteria. BONET (Bombay Library Network). There are a number of factors that hamper the process of resource sharing. MYLIBNET (Mysore Library Network). subject. consortia. Kaul conducted research to study barriers to resource sharing in Indian Libraries. There are more such networks in other countries about which you will learn in detail in Unit 2 of this Block. Online Computer Library Centre (OCLC) is a global library network that provides cost-effective access to resources for users the world over. DELNET (Developing Library Network). Similarly. INFLIBNET. Some of the important networks are listed below: National INFLIBNET (Information and Library Network). etc. It covers academic libraries including colleges. that provides access to cataloguing and holding information on documents in different languages of the world. and Pune. Research Libraries Information Network (RLIN) is another example of a network of research.7 LIBRARY NETWORKS: NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL Introduction to Library Networks There are a number of library networks operational at national and international level.. It has evolved and taken different forms e.g. It provides access to different kinds of literature at international level. resource sharing. Madras. academic.C. It is also connected to other such networks in the country and abroad. (For details of the National Networks please refer to Unit 2 of this Block). etc.g. Mysore. Control of collection policies and priorities. H. there is a changing trend with developments in telecommunication technology. initially Delhi Libraries Network is now Developing Libraries Network with a number of libraries in other countries also becoming its members. It has a repository of the global knowledge in its database. ADINET (Ahmedabad Library Network). all others are Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs). and public libraries in the US. Calcutta. networking. he has identified the following barriers to resource sharing: • • • A desire for possessing everything in one’s own library. INFLIBNET is a network of academic and research libraries of India. MALIBNET (Madras Library Network).

Library Networks • • • • • • • • • Staff and faculty attitudes. documents should be made available in machine form. and we should contribute to resource sharing by exchanging information as it is a global phenomena Personal. documents requested by users should be made available to them. and Technological. Non-conducive political environment. and Reluctance to yield autonomy. To follow the above laws. Restriction. 1. Lack of required administrative structure and support. Political. Lack of needed support services. Economic. Organisational. document delivery should be electronic. in the conclusion to his study has given laws of resource sharing. This is one of the most important barriers in the process of resource sharing. Lack of awareness among users about cooperation. he suggests that: Thus the problems in resource sharing could be categorized as: • • • • • • Personal problems relate to the attitude of librarians who are averse to sharing of resources. They have to be counselled and educated regarding its importance and benefits. These are: i) ii) iii) iv) v) vi) vii) • • • • • • Library Resources are for sharing Documents in Standard Database form are the Dynamic Resources for Global Sharing Every Resource its user Every user his or her share of the Resource Minimise the Non-Use Period of Documents in Demand Automated Delivery Mechanisms of Resources will Progressively Grow Resource Sharing is a Global Phenomenon factors hampering resource sharing need to be eliminated. mainly local. Document delivery time. in lending the material. The category of such librarians has reduced to a great extent due 14 . Due to limited resources libraries may not participate in resource sharing. Social.9 FACILITATING RESOURCE SHARING Kaul. the documents in heavy demand should be identified and made easily available to users.

........... The policies are with regard to access to electronic versions of their journals (e-journals) and databases.............................................................. Once the librarian has developed the right attitude and is willing to be part of a network for resource sharing. 1................ For the same period.................................................... Marc J Maclabee reports that there are 30... .....................000 are peer-reviewed..... ................................................... Introduction to Library Networks Note: i) Write your answer in the space given below...... ii) Check your answer with the answers given at the end of this Unit... he/she can solve the other problems that relate to his/her organisation and the infrastructure.............. viz.............. Consortia has been formed wherein libraries have formed cooperative acquisition programmes...................... the Consumer Price Index in the U................................ .................................. ........ etc......... geographical area........ Libraries and publishers have come together to form library consortia................................... ....... Similarly...... and number of users accessing the sources................. One of the important partners in knowledge transmission channel................... The agreements have been made keeping in view the: • • number of libraries.................................................... Periodicals in law experienced a price rise of 75% during 1991-2000....... Out of which 8............. They have chalked out policies in collaboration with publishers and database producers and vendors......10 LIBRARY CONSORTIA Resource sharing as a concept involved sharing among libraries having some affinity.....000 academic journals in the world today..................... The dwindling library budgets against increasing number and cost of periodicals have affected both libraries and publishers................. ........ publisher was left out in this collaborative venture..... Self Check Exercise 5) List the barriers to resource sharing in libraries.......... One of the main reasons for formation of consortia is the spiraling costs of publications particularly the journals............................. To quote American Library Association’s 2001 report on prices of periodicals............................................................................. These include service providers like database vendors and online service providers... Affinity could be based on subject.. 15 ............... Publishers and other agencies involved in distribution of knowledge and information have also been included in the collaborative efforts today..... They have come together to the rescue of each other. the price rise for the same period for medical periodicals was 165%............................ clientele..................to the increasing pressure of variety of document requests made by users and increasing percentage of such requests needed to be met from other libraries............... .............................S................... rose only by 26%....

viz. NITs and a few other centrally funded Government institutions.500 e-journals and 8 bibliographic databases. University Grants Commission (UGC). and it will gradually be extended to colleges as well. monitoring and maintenance of the consortium. The consortium offers a price advantage on subscription to e-resources that exceeds 80%. The membership is open to all other educational institutions under its selfsupported category. IITs. Sciences. India has launched a consortium of e-journals for its member Universities to provide electronic access to scholarly literature over the Internet. The programme will help in mitigating the severe shortage of periodicals faced by university libraries due to the ever widening gap between the growing demand for literature. Its members are 38 core institutions viz. It will provide access to journals through its recently launched nationwide communication network. the INFLIBNET is executing the UGC-INFONET project in collaboration with the ERNET. The consortium aims at providing access to international e-journals to the CSIR scientists. UGC-INFONET will be a boon to the higher education system in the country.Library Networks Indian National Digital Library of Engineering. and the shortage of available resources. an agreement has been made with Elsevier Science publishers in which access to its 1700 journals is being provided to the CSIR scientists. UGCINFONET is overlaid on Education and Research Network (ERNET) infrastructure to provide assured quality of service and optimal utilisation of Bandwidth resources. is the nodal agency for coordination of the UGC-INFONET. The consortium is also a member of International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC). It has its headquarters at IIT Delhi. IIMs. On behalf of the UGC. The agreement initially is for a period of four years. All universities which come under UGC’s purview will be members of the programme. To start with. is a consortium set up and funded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) in India. UGC-INFONET E-Journals Consortium aims to promote the use of electronic databases and full text access to journals by the research and academic community in the country.. Pure Sciences. Each University will have the option of hosting their website and the journals subscribed through University Consortia. It will be responsible for the administration. The total membership of the consortium is 146. Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has also formed a Consortium for which National Institute of Science Communication and Information Resources (NISCAIR) has been identified as the nodal agency. INFLIBNET Centre is an autonomous Inter-University Centre of the University Grants Commission. Indian Institute of Science. IIITs. It will place orders for e-journals on behalf of universities and coordinate the programme. 16 . ERNET and universities. It facilitates linkage between UGC. It allows the scientists to access and download from these e-journals. UGC-INFONET. The consortium subscribes to 14 full-text resources that covers more than 6. Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET) Centre. and Technology (INDEST). Social Sciences and Humanities including Management and Languages. The access to the resources is being provided directly from the publishers’ websites. Consortium covers all the disciplines. UGC will bear the entire expenses for UGC funded universities for providing e-journals access on behalf of participating universities.

................. infrastructure.................................... 1............... It is the most recent happening in library networks and resource sharing.............................................. We also studied the impediments towards library networks................11 SUMMARY In this Unit you have been introduced to the concept of resource sharing and library networks................................ ............ 2) Diminishing buying power of libraries necessitates resources sharing......................... The concept of resource sharing has received a fillip by the introduction of electronic publishing.... physical resources refers to documents.......... This results in their decreasing power 17 .... The importance of library networks was discussed under their functions................... ii) Check your answer with the answers given at the end of this Unit............................. Library network has been defined as a “group of individuals or organisations that are interconnected to form a system to accomplish some specified goal............................ .. The linkage must include a communication mechanism..... implying a partnership in which each is willing and able to make available resources when needed..... thing or action to which one resorts to........... Budgets of libraries are going down......................... Briefly describe the INDEST consortium.......................................................12 ANSWERS TO SELF CHECK EXERCISES 1) Resource refers to a person........................... their need and purpose.......................... and many networks exist for the purpose of facilitating certain types of communication among members”.. 1......... Library Consortia resorts to acquiring e-journals in a cooperative way.... E-journals have provided a cost-benefit solution to the problem of journals acquisition in view of easing prices and reducing library budgets...... Intellectual or conceptual resources refer to manpower................. . 2002.........UGC-INFONET was formally inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on 28th December......................................... Self Check Exercise 6) Define Library Consortia.............. ............ ................................... or services whereas........................ Introduction to Library Networks Note: i) Write your answer in the space given below.......................................... conceptual or physical.......................................... expertise..................... .... Sharing implies allotting or contributing one’s resources for the benefit of others........ when needed......... The resources can be intellectual.................... or physical space........................................................ Resource sharing entails reciprocity............... It was followed by a discussion of the means to overcome these barriers by facilitating resource sharing. .

The membership is open to other such institutions also. IIMs. The strength of its members at present is 146. These networks exist to: i) ii) Provide democratic access to information. Lack of needed support services. It would result in better allocation of funds and widespread availability of resources.Library Networks to buy documents. The barriers to resource sharing are: • • • • • • • • • • • • 6) A desire for everything here and now. Non-conducive political environment. in lending the material. IIITs. Core collections could be built up for all libraries. These are formed at local. Document delivery time. Indian National Digital Library of Engineering Sciences and Technology (INDEST). mainly local. IITs. 18 . Changing priorities for collection development. is a recent example of a consortium in India. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has set up INDEST. There are 38 core institutions viz. 3) Libraries have joined hands to cooperate and coordinate at various levels to form networks. It provides funds for the resources to be made use of by the participating libraries. Due to limited resources libraries may not participate in resource sharing. Lack of awareness among users about cooperation. iii) Enable uniform practices in routines. which are found lacking in a particular geographical area. NITs and some other centrally funded Government institutions. 5) Library consortia have been defined as the coming together of libraries. Lack of required administrative structure and support. and Reluctance to yield autonomy. Libraries can come together to identify duplication of resources that lead to wastage. 4) Rationalisation of acquisition is one the major functions of library network. publishers and vendors for cooperative acquisition of electronic documents. Funds could be diverted for resources.. Hence they should share resources. Indian Institute of Science. Staff and faculty attitudes. Documents. Added to it is the widening gap in currency conversion against Indian currency making it all the more difficult for libraries to fulfill the needs of users.500 journals directly from the publishers’ website. Abridge document collection in different libraries. could be acquired strategically in different locations to enable maximum use. Restriction. national and regional level. INDEST provides access to 6. which are rare or costly. Control of collection policies and priorities.

Document Delivery: A Primary Service for the Nineties. Introduction to Library Networks Library Cooperation Library Networks Library Resource Sharing 1. to overcome the barrier of distance and time between the user and document. L. L. It is a measure of size of storage. In: Sardana.1. which includes intellectual. Library Resource Sharing and Networks. (1999). Encyclopaedia of Library and Information Science. Handbook of Library Cooperation. Mc Dougall.14 REFERENCES AND FURTHER READING Cholin V. New Delhi: Virgo Publications. V2. Vol 2.(ed). pp 423-37. In : CALIBER 2002. : The concept refers to two or more libraries sharing their resources. Julie (1992). In Gordan. San Diago: Academic Press.. H. Its abbreviation is EB. 19 . Allan F. Kaul. H. Vol 16. K. J.pp 411-22. Networking of Libraries in India: A Critical Review. fax. J. S.in/indest/ http://www. e-mail file. Resource Sharing in Libraries. etc. H. Delhi: Concept. Ray (ed. : The mutual agreement between libraries to share their documents in order to satisfy the needs of their users. http://www. U K: Gower.org/best. From Printed Bibliographies to Online Databases: Role of Library Networks. pp 362-74.htm http://www. K. Anil Kumar (ed). Vol 25. and Pryterch. Wessling.ala. Internet Engineering for Libraries and Information Centres. R. Iren P (ed).informationaccess. In : Kent. ( 2002). and Karisiddappa C R (2002).org/ala/alonline/selectedarticles/usperiodicals2002. R.(ed). Allen (ed) (1978). conceptual.ac. Advances in Librarianship. Delhi: Concept. K. Kalia. New York: Marcell Dekker. : Two or more libraries connected together through telecommunication links for sharing resources and mutual benefit. Exabyte : An Exabyte is a unit of measurement in computers of one million million million bytes. Library Consortia for Academic Libraries in the e-Publishing Era.13 KEYWORDS Electronic Document Delivery : It refers to document delivered in electronic form viz. Libraries in Retrospect and Prospect: Essays in Honour of Prof D. (2002). Kalia. In Sardana. and physical resources.) (1991). Libraries in Retrospect and Prospect: Essays in Honour of Prof D.pdf Kaul H. Ahmedabad: INFLIBNET. Kaul.paniitd.

3. and have an insight into the well-known library networks at the international level.4.3.2 2.6 2.5 2. After reading this Unit.5 2.3.2 2.3.4 2.0 OBJECTIVES understand the meaning and importance of library networks.4.4.3. you will be able to: 20 .3.7 2.2 2.8 Summary Keywords Answers to Self Check Exercises References and Further Reading 2.0 2.3 Objectives Introduction Library Networks: An Overview 2.2.3.8 2.1 2.4.1 2.4.3.UNIT 2 LIBRARY NETWORKS: NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL Structure 2.4.9 History and Growth of Library Networks in India Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET) Developing Library Network (DELNET) Calcutta Library Network (CALIBNET) Ahmedabad Library Network (ADINET) Mysore Library Network (MYLIBNET) Pune Library Network (PUNENET) Madras Library Network (MALIBNET) Bombay Library Network (BONET) 2.3 2. services and current status.5 2.3 2. know the important library networks in India with regard to their objectives.6 Online Computer Library Centre (OCLC) Research Libraries Information Network (RLIN) Joint Academy Network (JANET) Consortium of University Research Libraries (CURL) China Academic and Library Information System (CALIS) Australia’s Research and Education Network (AARNET) 2.4 Library Networks: International Scenario 2.3.4 2.6 2.1 Objectives of Library Networks Library Networks: The Indian Scenario 2.1 2.7 2.

The main advantage of the library network is that data and other information resources can be shared between a number of users. data and resources in order to provide better services to its clientele. resource sharing methods like Inter-Library Loan (ILL) were used to meet the demands of users. In this Unit we will acquaint you with some of the functional library networks in India and abroad. The National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) gave definition of a library network in National Programme Document in the year 1975 as: “Two or more libraries and/or other organisations engaged in a common pattern of information exchange. information. make it difficult for any library to acquire sufficient number of documents to fulfill the needs of its readers. for some functional purpose.2. Computers and telecommunications may be among the tools used for facilitating communication among them”. Library network ensures that data and other resources can be shared quickly. Libraries may be in different jurisdictions but agree to serve one another on the same basis as each serves its own constituents. which basically covers the technological aspect of the networks. 21 . The first Unit of this course “Introduction to Library Networks” deals with the objectives. A network usually consists of a formal arrangement whereby materials.“ A library network is broadly described as a group of libraries coming together with some agreement of understanding to help each other with a view to satisfying the information needs of their clientele”. present day libraries are unable to meet the information needs of the users. As we all know. With the advent of information technology. library network means a group of libraries situated at different locations are connected to each other using computers and communication networks. accelerating prices of documents and availability of huge amount of information resources.1 INTRODUCTION Library Networks : National and International You have already studied the Unit on “Network Concepts” in the first course of this Programme. reliably and accurately. The term “library network” is being used increasingly for library cooperation and resource sharing. need. etc. Before we talk about various national and international library networks. services. of the library networks. As Franklin David Jebaraj and Fredrick Robin Devadoss define. In simple words. The basic purpose of library networking is sharing of information. libraries work in a networked environment where data and information resources are accessible in electronic format and are shared electronically. 2. and services provided by a variety of libraries and other organisations are available to all potential users. Earlier. purposes.2 LIBRARY NETWORKS: AN OVERVIEW Due to information explosion and accelerating prices of information services and products. let us first understand the meaning of library networks with the help of some definitions. factors like inadequate library budget. through communications.

Some of the reports submitted by these committees 22 .1 History and Growth of Library Networks in India History of library networks in India can be traced back to the year 1958 when on the instance of Pt. establishing mechanism for access to international databases.. national and international. promoting computerisation of libraries and information centres through international standards which will facilitate exchange of information. specialists and institutions. Scientific Policy Resolution was adopted emphasising the development of scientific temper among people. organising document delivery service. such specificity is slowly blurred due to the development of ICT. The general objectives of such networks can be spelt out as follows.3 LIBRARY NETWORKS: THE INDIAN SCENARIO In this section you will be studying some of the functional national library networks. accessing document collection of member libraries through online union catalogues. sharing equipments etc. increased cost of materials and varieties of demands of the users. several committees and commissions were setup who came up with various recommendations. networks of metropolitan area thrive to support the information resources of the users of the community based on the resources available within the area.Library Networks 2. sharing expertise.3. As a result. cooperative acquisition. 2. improving information handling capabilities through networking of libraries and information centres. optimising utilisation of resources through shared cataloguing. Jawahar Lal Nehru. coordination with other networks – regional. However. developing databases of projects. The primary objectives are: a) b) c) d) e) f) g) h) i) j) k) l) promoting sharing of resources amongst the libraries. though individual networks may have one or more specific objectives depending upon their requirements.1 Objectives of Library Networks From the above definitions it is apparent that the library networks have been conceived as mechanism for optimum utilisation of resources which is necessitated by the shrinking of library budget.2. For example. avoiding unnecessary duplication of materials through development of adequate collection development policy for member libraries. providing bibliographic information services from indigenously created databases. 2. augmenting weaker resources in the network by increasing cooperation among the member libraries.

and computer/audio/video conferencing. During the 7th Five Year Plan (1985-90) the Planning Commission of Government of India appointed a working group under the Chairmanship of Dr.inflibnet. bulletin board. INFLIBNET(http://www. Delhi Library Network (DELNET) in 1988. Calcutta Library Network (CALIBNET) in 1986. The NISSAT has ceased operation since 2004. Ahmedabad. Chattopadhyay as a Chairman of a Committee to evolve a national policy on library information systems. Union catalogue of books. P. INFLIBNET is also working very seriously for effective communication among academicians and researchers in India through electronic mail. Pune Library Network (PUNENET) in 1992. Ahmedabad Library Network (ADINET) in 1993. D. took initiatives for the setting up of Metropolitan Library Networks in India. INFLIBNET offers the following services to fulfill its objectives: Catalogue based services Shared cataloguing of monographs. etc. This committee submitted the report and stressed the need for resource sharing and linking of education and research organisations. magnetic tape/floppy. Online catalogue access for shared cataloguing and location identification. prepare union catalogue of books and periodicals and create centralised databases. N. V.A.and commissions included: Sinha Committee Report (1959). Mysore Library Network (MYLIBNET) in 1995. located at Gujarat University Campus. All these reports recommended cooperation among libraries at local.2 INFLIBNET: Information and Library Network a) INFLIBNET is an acronym used for Information and Library Network. Seshagiri to study the aspects of modernisation of library services and inter-linking of library systems. file transfer.3. were established and funded by the NISSAT. optical (CDROM).ac. namely. It was expected from these networks to promote resource sharing. to avoid duplication of resources and also to minimise the cost of acquiring resources. book. serials and non-book materials. Government of India. It became an independent inter-university centre in the year 1996. Ranganathan Report to UGC (1965). regional and national level. Further the Government appointed Prof.in/) is an autonomous inter-university center of UGC. The INFLIBNET has made provision for document delivery service by establishing resource centres around libraries having rich collection of documents. Kamath Report (1972). 23 . Keeping in mind the above mentioned objectives the Metropolitan City Library Networks. Peter Larzer Committee Report (1972). The main purpose of setting library networks was to strengthen the resource sharing. (now Developing Library Network). serials and non-book materials. It is a major national programme of University Grants Commission (UGC) started in the year 1991. National Information System for Science and Technology (NISSAT) established in the year 1977 as a project in the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR). Library Networks : National and International 2. Catalogue production in card. Bombay Library Network (BONET) in 1994.

Scientific Society and the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology............. Self Check Exercise 1) What are the information services offered by INFLIBNET? Note: i) Write your answer in the space given below............ ii) Check your answer with the answers given at the end of this Unit.......... functions on consortia approach.......................... through the INFLIBNET website............... It covers more than 88..... UGC INFONET Programme 1) Due to rising prices of information resources libraries cannot buy and acquire all possible information sources... ERNET (Education and Research Network) and universities provides training to library professionals for using the network and resources made available on it....27 lakh teachers........ ....... There is a great need for effective communication and coordination among UGC and each university for modernising university campus with campus wide networks and also setting up nation-wide network........ Some of the library networks are running consortia for its member libraries and offer information sources and services at a very low cost and bridge the gap between libraries with regard to information have and information have-nots.. Retrospective searches......................................................... CD-ROM based services Members can access CD-ROM databases in the area of social sciences and humanities.................................. Internet based services The network provides academic community with various resources and services.. Information services In order to ensure free flow of information to the end users and strengthen interaction between academics... INFLIBNET which acts as a liaison between UGC. Periodicals........ free of cost.................... institutions and 13150 affiliated colleges...... ....UGC-INFONET programme with this objective........ ........ etc.........Library Networks Database services Bibliographic database services......... with 294 universities....... Experts..... 24 ......................... INFLIBNET has started many information services: Access to Union Databases of Books......... For further details on UGC-INFONET please refer to Unit 1 of this course..................... current awareness services... Indian universities constitute one of largest education system in the world..... UGC-INFONET has been set up by UGC and ERNET India................ SDI..21 lakh students and 4..

........... creates new systems in the field............nic.... Union List of Video Recordings...... especially in India..... ii) DEL-DOS – for creating MARC (Machine Readable Catalogue) Records of books........................................ Library Networks : National and International 2........ Indian Specialists Database.... Union List of Current Periodicals........................... and iv) DELMARC – a LAN based library management software for larger libraries with large collection and clientele.......................... Government of India and India International Centre (IIC)...... 25 ............................................................ Department of Information Technology.....................................3................in) provides ILL Online.. DSIR and currently is being promoted jointly by National Informatics Centre (NIC).............................................................. Union Catalogue of Periodicals.................. Training Programmes...................................... is definitely a significant step towards provision of automated library services................... Newspapers.. it was sponsored by NISSAT.... Apart from these services... Sound Recordings.... Initially............................ and Internet Connectivity Service......................3 DELNET: Developing Library Network DELNET (Developing Library Network) earlier known as Delhi Library Network till 2001 started in the year 1988 and registered as a society in 1991......................................... Referral Services......... ii) Check your answer with the answers given at the end of this Unit.......delnet... in resource sharing and providing a number of services and products........................... Retrospective conversion....... E-mail Service............. Ministry of Communications and Information Technology... applies the results of research and publishes them.......... DELNET’s effort..... iii) DEL PLUS – a stand-alone library management software for database creation and maintenance and for OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue)............ DELNET also undertakes scientific research in the area of information science and technology.......... Note: i) Write your answer in the space given below..... Self Check Exercise 2) Mention the products of DELNET............. i) DELSIS – a powerful library networking software.. Delnet (http://www.............................. ... ............................................... Bibliographic Database of CD-ROMs... DELNET offers links to related databases and websites on the web in different disciplines.. ....... DELNET provides some useful software products namely. Creation and Maintenance of Bibliographic Databases................ The following database services are also provided to its member libraries: Online Databases of Union Catalogue of Books.............. Databases of Periodical Articles....... New Delhi.... etc..... .... In addition to fulfilling the objectives of library network............................................................ Document Delivery Services.............. .. .....

................ which contains bibliographic records of participating libraries... RetroFile Service provides trend of research on any given specific topic............................. CalibLink gives e-mail connectivity to member libraries...... 2...................calibnet......... ConAlert Service gives user the customised service by providing current and tailored bibliographic information....... Developing Library Network............. The CALIBNET website (http://www..................... etc.................... . The CALIBNET (http://www. undertook the task of linking 38 computerised libraries in the field of science and technology located within the Calcutta metropolitan area and would then proceed to connect to other Metropolitan Area Networks namely......................... Madras Library Network..........org) activities are centered around providing access to materials available in the eastern region and creation of databases particularly with respect to intellectual assets of West Bengal.................... The CALIBNET website also provides the following active links for the benefit of member libraries: Indian Library and Network Resources Overseas Library Resources on India Worldwide Library Catalogues National Libraries of the World Newspapers and Journals Electronic Reference Tools Factual Information Sources 26 Document Supply Services ................. ........ CalibOrder Service offers the requisite backup service by providing full text................................. in the first phase......calibnet......... 1961............................. Mysore Library Network..4 CALIBNET: Calcutta Library Network CALIBNET (Calcutta Library Network) project funded by NISSAT....Library Networks ..........3................... Ahmedabad Library Network............................................. ConFile Service provides contents of journals of users choice............. Bombay Library Network........ CALIBNET offers the following services to fulfill its objectives: Centralised Database (CDB) Service................................... CALIBNET................................. .. DSIR and managed by the Calcutta Society was established in the year 1986 under the West Bengal Government’s Societies Registration Act......org) provides access to bibliographic information resources available through its centralised databases.........

................................................................... library professionals and students................. ii) Check your answer with the answers given at the end of this Unit......... Library Networks : National and International Note: i) Write your answer in the space given below...................... In the year 1993 it was registered as a society................................................................................................. CD-ROM databases. Its membership is open to all institution libraries........5 ADINET: Ahmedabad Library Network ADINET is the abbreviation used for Ahmedabad Library Network (http://www.. and Research and Development in IT Applications. LC MARC (Library of Congress Machine Readable Catalogue)........................................ The other Software “PARAPAR” which is a conversion software package has also been developed to support interchange of bibliographic data..................... information centers.................................. ....... ADINET sponsored by the NISSAT.................................................. ....................3..... The services from ADINET includes the following: Database of current periodicals received by over 100 libraries of Ahmedabad Inter-Library Loan Content Pages of LIS Journals 27 ................................................................... Self Check Exercise 3) Name the software package developed by CALIBNET............ CALIBNET also provides Current Awareness Service (CAS). ......................... ............... 2................................ Union Catalogue........... ............ It is a network of libraries located in and around Ahmedabad..... access to databases........................................................ and E-Mail Service..................... CALIBNET has developed inhouse “SANJUKTA” – a multi user storage and retrieval software to support its centralised database and to provide online access from remote areas.....The website also provides details of varied CALIBNET programmes for: On-Demand Information Services Consultative Service for Library Automation Manpower Development Opportunities........ Selective Dissemination Information (SDI) Service.................................... ................................ Biblio File............alibnet...........................org)................................................... ...

.................... The MYLIBNET (http://www..... .............................................................................. Mysore............................................................ Self Check Exercise 4) What are the databases provided by ADINET? Note: i) Write your answer in the space given below............................................................. ...... ................................................................................................................. ADINET is now offering the following services by special expert team at a reasonable charge: Computerisation of libraries Cataloguing and classification of documents Labelling and shelving of books Stock verification of documents Manpower development programmes Planning for library development Completion of any backlog work in the library Some selected cyber café to give 20% discount to ADINET members................ ...........................6 MYLIBNET: Mysore Library Network MYLIBNET (Mysore Library Network) was set up by NISSAT............................. ...................................Library Networks Supply of photocopies from journals received by libraries in and around Ahmedabad Internet surfing facility Database of databases available in LIS Centres in and around Ahmedabad JOLI (Job Opportunities for Librarians) Database Special Internet training to fresh qualified librarians Computer training programmes to library professionals In order to meet the objective of cooperative mode of working among the libraries.... 2.......................mylibnet........................................................3... DSIR in the year 1995 and is located in the Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTR) Campus. ............. 28 ............................................................................................. ....... Giving facility to LIS professionals to put their resume on the ADINET website for searching of jobs............... ii) Check your answer with the answers given at the end of this Unit.............................................org) organises various training programme for LIS professionals.............................................................................................................

for the benefit of the users. 2.7 PUNENET: Pune Library Network PuneNet is a joint endeavour of University of Pune. Library Networks : National and International 2. At present there are more than 20 participating libraries who deposit their data on regular basis. The participating libraries are provided with login and password. etc. industries and individuals. which contain old and rare valuable manuscripts. MALIBNET offers the following services to its members: E-mail service.com/in/malibnet) is open to universities. the users can access PuneNet databases on the Internet. (now NISCAIR) was the executing agency for the MALIBNET project. This network acts like a gateway to Internet.com) is housed in Bio Informatrics Centre. PuneNet is planning to include Indian language databases. Through its website. Databases of Booksellers and LIS Professionals. R& D institutions.angelfire.3. CD-ROM database services.Some of the services provided by MYLIBNET are as follows: Providing technical assistance in the area of LIS. It subscribes to e-mail service of ERNET. For periodicals database PuneNet may add Ulrich’s database so that more information regarding periodicals may be given to its users. The membership of MALIBNET (http://www. PuneNet Libraries Database. PuneNet (http://www. which is issued for short period of time. funded by NISSAT was started in the year 1992.8 MALIBNET : Madras Library Network The MALIBNET started in the year 1991 in order to provide effective information services to the users in and around Madras. Other Services Apart from the database services some of the other services includes E-mail and Internet Connectivity. Web access to the Union Catalogue of Periodicals subscribed by member libraries for updating their records in the union catalogue database online.3. 29 . INSDOC. Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) and National Chemical Laboratory (NCL). Union Catalogue of Periodicals. MALIBNET was registered as a society in 1993. online search facility.punenet. This project. These databases are updated yearly. There is also a proposal for online updating of records and databases. Services PuneNet Database Services PuneNet hosts many databases namely. Current Awareness Service (CAS). colleges. For the sharing and exchange of bibliographic data from the participating libraries PuneNet follows the international standard for information exchange – 1SO 2709. Pune. photocopy services. Photocopy service.

Due to this standard the exchange of bibliographic information among computerised library system became a reality. 2. It gives access to databases CD-ROM.Library Networks Document delivery service.9 BONET: Bombay Library Network BONET supported by NISSAT. Databases from INSDOC (now NISCAIR) and other participating institutions are also available on MALIBNET host. was changed to Online Computer Library Centre.4. and also conducts seminars. The development of MARC during 1960s is a step towards such cooperation.4 LIBRARY NETWORKS: INTERNATIONAL SCENARIO Library Networks are the extension of the concept of library co-operation. interlibrary loan.3. began as the first successful library network. Directory Database of Current Serials in Madras (Gives journal holdings of member libraries and it is available online). 2. the growth of library networks started long back. DSIR started in the year 1994. It is the first computer based library network. 2. where academic libraries of Ohio State shared their resources so that the resource costs could be reduced. etc. MALIBNET permits its members to offer information services on the network. In the year 1963. OCLC emerged as an international network from a regional computer system for 50 Ohio Colleges. In the developed countries. In the beginning of 20th century Library of Congress compiled National Union Catalogue. the name of OCLC. Specialised databases which gives abstracts of articles. Current serials acquired from the libraries. After this. 30 . training programmes for professional development. which led to the development of many library networks in different parts of the world subsequently.1 OCLC: Online Computer Library Centre In the year 1967 OCLC (Ohio College Library Centre) was founded to develop a computerised system. shared cataloguing and resource sharing. It has enrolled more than 25 libraries as its members. The history of library cooperation can be traced back to 200 BC when Alexandria library shared its resources with Pergamen library. NISCAIR services are also available to MALIBNET users. In the year 1981. Contents Database of Journals in Madras (Gives contents information of important journals which is also available online). OCLC (Online Computer Library Centre) earlier Ohio College Library Centre. USA is considered to be the birth place of library networks. the publication of union catalogue of different types by different countries started appearing in increased numbers.

record supply and collection sets. abstracts. With millions of online records. The vision of the OCLC is to be a leading global library cooperative. It lists resources from stone tablets to e-resources and MP3s. Many OCLC services are based on WorldCat. For reference and electronic content service WorldCat works as a map showing the users what resources are available and the way to get it. copy cataloguing. For OCLC cataloguing services WorldCat is the authoritative source which helps in resource sharing service of OCLC. Connexion. WorldCat is the building block for the services provided by OCLC. WorldCat and virtual reference service. FirstSearch is the powerful reference service for locating references and full text articles. It holds location listings contributed by member libraries. etc. Member libraries worked together for more than 30 years to build and maintain WorldCat. Library Networks : National and International 31 . Reference service gives access to full text documents. E-content service enhances the e-collection and other online databases through the net library – electronic collections online services. It consists of many OCLC services.The main objective of the OCLC is to have more access to information and reduce costs by offering services to libraries and users. Member libraries can take full advantages of OCLC products and services. Digital collection and preservation service is designed to protect and share the digital collection. and users with economic access to knowledge through innovation and collaboration. It provides libraries with rich source of cataloguing records. WorldCat: It is a world wide union catalogue developed and created collectively by more than 9000 member institutions.000 libraries (all types) in the US and 84 countries of the world. The following are some of the OCLC services. For OCLC’s digital collection service WorldCat acts as a portal. OCLC member libraries make up the world’s largest consortium. helping libraries. Cataloguing and Metadata Service provides online cataloguing. and receive discounts on OCLC products and services. Resource sharing service helps in sending ILL requests on the web. it is one of the largest and most comprehensive bibliographic database. Membership: OCLC membership comprises more than 50. which are used by the member libraries to share information by reducing the cost. Members can make their collections available to the world through resource sharing. cataloguing and reference. Collection Management service helps in achieving the collection goals of the member libraries. It is a database in higher education designed for research and development. They can share the world’s largest union catalogue (WorldCat). PromptCat are some of the cataloguing tools of WorldCat. DVD and websites.

....... Under this programme the SLIS can access the Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO) Library from RLG..... .......... RLIN also refers to a computer interface program that is used to work with RLG’s bibliographic records for finding....................................4....... ..........2 RLIN: Research Libraries Information Network RLIN (Research Libraries Information Network) is a bibliographic information system.......Library Networks Self Check Exercise 5) What is WorldCat? Note: i) Write your answer in the space given below..... RLG was founded in 1974 with its headquarters in California..................... ........................... RLG is an international non-profit membership organisation of more than 160 universities......................... ....................................................................... creating...................................... The RLIN legacy computer program is now being replaced with RLIN21: a new web-based interface to RLG databases....... RLG archival......... and to provide continuous access to resources through digital preservation.............. libraries.............. and contributing records in RLG union catalogue................. authority work and archives and manuscript processing..... With the RLIN 21 there are some structural changes in all RLG databases.................. a new RLIN21 client is now used for creating and updating bibliographic and authority records.... archives....... new modes for effective global resource sharing........ ............ maintaining.......... A new RLIN21 interface is used to retrieve................................. Products RLG gives free access (instructional) to a variety of RLG databases to Accredited Schools of Library and Information Science (SLIS)............. 2... cultural resources......................................................... English short title catalogue.. Hand Pressbook Database.......... problem solving and development of new standard products and services.......................... ii) Check your answer with the answers given at the end of this Unit............................................................................... Further...... The members of RLG use RLIN system for cataloguing............ RLG provides a framework for cooperation. display and export MARC records............... With the collections of research and learning of member institutions................ ................................... developed by the Research Libraries Group (RLG)....... ...................................................... These members are working towards the mission of creating solutions for challenges of information access and management in the digital era....................... historical societies and other related institutions........................ RLG provides researchers the access to research resources and many innovative information services...... In order to meet the cooperative action RLG is working towards full online access to research resources................. SCIPIO (Art and Rare Book Sales 32 ..........

.......... ii) Check your answer with the answers given at the end of this Unit.. This network is operated and developed by UKERNA (United Kingdom Education and Research Network) under the Service Level Agreement from the Joint Information System Committee (JISC) of UK Higher and Further Education Funding Councils......................... All the higher education organisations and research councils are connected to this network.......................................................................... Services Online Database Service RLG also provides online access to databases........................................................ Authority files............................................Catalogue)................... RLG and Backstage Library Works developed Marcardio service to provide inexpensive......4.................................................................. .............................................................. 33 ...... .......... RLIN 21 can also be used as a searching interface.................................................. RLG Union Catalogue.................................. ................................................ .......... With the help of RLIN web interface........ ........ The objective of JANET is to advance and support UK’s education and research network...........3 JANET: Joint Academy Network JANET (Joint Academy Network) is an education and research network funded by UK Government...... which is windows based............................................................................. digital collections... traditional library resources....... RLG’s ILL Manager software programme is for Inter Library Loan......... fast automated cataloguing............... ... With SCIPIO RLG Union Catalogue and the Authority files.................... archival collection......................................... These databases contain information and resources........... Resource Sharing Service SHARES – It is an Inter Lending and Document Supply Programme of RLG for resource sharing among the members of RLG........... artifacts.......... ......... Technical Services RLG’s RLIN 21 software..................................... users can take advantage of the cataloguing already done by RLG members and can have a copy for their local systems................... 2.. Self Check Exercise 6) Enumerate the services offered by RLG? Library Networks : National and International Note: i) Write your answer in the space given below.... helps the members to create records in RLG’s Union Catalogue and SCIPIO database and Authority File.

........ JANET interconnects local computer network in UK Research Councils............ This team advises on security of computers and networks and also provides training programmes for this... JANET is connected with the academic networks of other countries and also forms the part of the global Internet............... It was proposed in 1989 with the aim to develop a high performance wide area network based on optical fibers..... JANET gives multipoint video conferencing service and UKRENA supports the training on equipment and technique side.Library Networks The Joint Academic Network was established in the year 1984...... and effective communication among the members of JANET and the network to meet the changing needs of the community.. ii) Check your answer with the answers given at the end of this Unit.. JANET Co-location service helps the customer......... conferences and training programmes for the use of JANET Network and services. web filtering and web hosting.. UKERNA organises workshops.. JANET Services UKERNA offers the following user services over JANET: JANET-CERT is a Computer Emergency Response Team provided by UKERNA as a service on the JANET network.. Super JANET: Super JANET is the core of JANET network and is the backbone of the JANET........... Super JANET 4 was launched to increase the network capacity and strengthen the user base of JANET with further inclusion of education community and the use of Super JANET 4 backbone to inter connect school networks. JANET NetSight service is basically a networks monitoring service... Super JANET is being implemented in phases.... Super JANET II started in 1995 to increase the spread of Super JANET and create MANs (Metropolitan Area Network)..... equipment and services to be securely located on the Super JANET backbone.. initially with 50 members by late 1980s there were 200 sites.. Mail Services.... Advisory Services and Web Services which includes web mail service... Universities and Poly-techniques.... Super JANET 4 will be over by December 2005............. 34 .. which is developed by UKERNA to view and understand the performance of the JANET. Self Check Exercise 7) What is Super JANET? Note: i) Write your answer in the space given below. JANET members are thus able to get access to the local computer networks free of charge.... of research and higher education interests..... There are many other services provided by JANET including Usenet News Service. It ensures fast........ . Super JANET III was aimed at consolidating the pioneering work of Super JANET I and II in 2001..

............................................ Library Networks : National and International 2....... ..................... which represents merged holdings of 26 CURL member institutions and a small portion of nonCURL libraries.............................50 client................... For non-members there is a flat rate for searching............... Currently the database contains 38 million records which are mostly from the member libraries and also from LC (Library of Congress) and BNB (British National Bibliography)... digitisation and retention.................. discipline and format from the desktop.................. The purpose of this database is to provide a unified source of cataloguing records for use by library staff....................................................... ii) Check your answer with the answers given at the end of this Unit................ ................................................... Objective of CURL is to help the researchers to search.................................................................................................. ........... Services: CURL has created a database for bibliographic records.............................................. Future Plans of CURL CURL-COFOR project is initiated for the sharing of responsibilities in acquisition. networking and cooperation........ request. These records are stored in UKMARC and can be accessed through telnet or Z39.. National Library of Scotland and Wales............................. locate...................... Self Check Exercise 8) What are the future plans of CURL? Note: i) Write your answer in the space given below............................. It contains about 30 million records........................ and access the resources irrespective of place....... ..................... .......... ............................................................4...................... The future plans of CURL include development of e-resources tools.............................................. preservation............4 CURL: Consortium of University Research Libraries CURL (Consortium of University Research Libraries) was established in the year 1987 with the mission to “increase the ability of research libraries to share resources for the benefit of the local.............................................. Its membership is 25 which include 22 university libraries.................. 35 ......... Its access for members is free.............................................................................. The members of CURL get free access to the union catalogue COPAC (National Online PublicAccess Catalogue).................................................. ................................................................... strategy for digitisation and digital preservation and also developing and implementing communication strategy for consortia.......................... national and international research community”.................. British Library. ........

...4..... e-content loading/presentation... which is one of the projects supported by State Commission of Education.... public libraries and information service organisations.............. document delivery service........................... During 1997... CALIS future plan includes: development of a set of databases based on the available resources of individual libraries in China and abroad..... ........Library Networks .. CALIS endeavours to transform the role of traditional libraries with the adoption of new technologies................. 36 .....4..................... regional and national) of libraries is to get connected with other international network and information system........... AARNet apart from helping in teaching...... union catalogues............................... funded by the Ministry of Education.. Goals of CALIS By the year 2010.......... ATM links and Internet services. CALIS is a part of the Higher Education Public System................ Australia ViceChancellor’s Committee (AVCC) developed AARNet 2............... Its members include academic libraries........................ AARNet is also cooperating with local regional networks organisation to increase the capacity of metropolitan regional networks... Current Chinese Periodicals............................ shared online catalogues. was responsible for the origin of Internet in Australia.............. storage facilities. which was a further improvement of the Internet in Australia with high bandwidth.....6 AARNET: Australia’s Research and Education Network Australia’s Research and Education Network (AARNet) is managed by a nonprofit APL (AARNet Pvt... ILL. learning and research activities in universities also acted as Internet Service Provider (ISP).....5 CALIS: China Academic and Library Information System CALIS (China Academic and Library Information System) is a nationwide academic library consortium...... 2. union lists......................... coordinated purchasing and data searching.. training. develop more e-resources databases and provide e-access to databases developed in China and abroad....... CALIS has created databases like Union Cataloguing Project...... resource sharing............................ AARNet........................... 2.... CALIS is a resource-sharing network based on CERNET (China Education and Research Network)...).... ......... CALIS envisages itself to become an advanced academic and library resource supporting and serving system........ Dissertation Abstracts and Conference Proceedings.... which was initiated as a project in 1989... e-content licensing............. Ltd.. Its primary functions include cataloguing services....................... The three level network (local........... .......... Key discipline databases.............. organise training programmes for staff....

.................... Carrier services for members and advanced Internet workshops.......... Self Check Exercise 9) What are the value added services provided by AARNET? Note: i) Write your answer in the space given below........ Some of the Value added Services provided by AARNET are AARNet Large Object Mirror................... This networks provides primary IP services as: National On-Net National Off-Net International On-Net International Off-Net – provides IP Connectivity between members – provides IP Connectivity to the Australian domestic Internet – provides access to global Research and Education network – provides access to international commodity Internet Library Networks : National and International This network also provides access to GrangeNet. participate in alternative and flexible modes of course delivery......................................................................................................... AARNet Services: This network plays an important role in giving the services to its clientele base of more than 80......... ............... provide high capacity cost effective Internet services to education and research committees.......... Its main objective is to provide AARNet with a network serving the academic community in Australia at a world-class level..... research and administration.................. ........... which is a high capacity research network.... Video over IP........................................................................................................ access information for teaching and learning.................. 37 .000 staff and students of universities and research organisation. AARNet 3 is the third generation of AARNet network..... ii) Check your answer with the answers given at the end of this Unit........... help in the development of advanced network infrastructure and applications with access to the global Research and Education Network in North and South America........ It was placed to put in active use during 2004.... Europe and Asia. .............................. ..... This network enables its client-base to: collaborate effectively.. learning and research by connecting people to the Internet resources........ Voice Over IP............................................The main objectives of this network are to: collaborate in the area of teaching......

AARNET (Australia). They can also support research and development. to the users on demand irrespective of the location and form of the original. JANET (UK).Library Networks 2. conference papers journal articles etc. national and international cooperation and contribute to the growth and development of trained manpower through seminars. UGC has established INFLIBNET in 1991. which is considered to be a national network. in Ahmedabad and BONET (1994) in Mumbai (earlier Bombay). we conclude that library networks play a major role in bridging the gap between academic libraries and information centres and ensure resource sharing.5 SUMMARY After reading this Unit. The primary purpose of the library network is to modernise and help the libraries. conferences and symposium. : A digital collection is a body of materials in digital format treated as a group or considered as a whole.6 KEYWORDS : A service designed to aid research workers in keeping themselves abreast of the current developments taking place in their subjects of interest. PUNENET (1992) in Pune.8) for more details. We have also studied some of the important library networks at the international level for example OCLC (America). : A service whereby the Library provides full-text copies of the documents research papers. Note: Students are advised to visit the relevant websites (see section 2. : A group of libraries or other organisations that form a partnership to achieve a goal. CALIS (China). NISSAT has been instrumental in setting up of library networks in India. such as resource sharing. DELNET (1988) in Delhi. The networking of libraries is expected to bring in changes for library and information services in the country. MYLIBNET (1995) in Mysore. : An organised collection of information available on a CD-ROM. that cannot be achieved by the individuals alone. CURL (UK). CAS (Current Awareness Service) CD-ROM Database Centralised Database Consortia Digital Collection Document Delivery Service 38 . ADINET (1993). for example CALIBNET (1986) in Calcutta. RLIN (US). : It refers to centralised storage and usage of unified reference information. MALIBNET (1991) in Madras. 2.

: A cooperative arrangement among libraries by which one library may borrow materials it does not own from another library.E-Resources Gateway : Electronic information resources accessed via the internet. : Union catalogues of the libraries available online. : Online Public Access Catalogue. such as the server through which people on a company’s local area network access the internet. which can be advantageous and efficient. Library Networks : National and International Inter Library Loan Internet Intranet MARC Metropolitan Area Network Online Database Online Union Catalogues OPAC Resource Sharing Retro conversion Service 39 . : Collaborative arrangements made between libraries for mutual assistance. : A network point that acts as an entrance to another network. by the sharing of resources or division of costs. : A private network inside a company or organisation that uses the same kinds of software as the Internet. : Retrospective Conversion Service is a service that involves conversion of a library’s paper catalogue records into machine-readable form. The MARC formats are standards for the representation and communication of bibliographic and related information in machine readable form. : The vast collection of interconnected networks that all use the TCP/IP protocols and that evolved from the ARPANET of the late 60’s and early 70’s. : A network of computers spread over a metropolitan/city-wide area such as buildings located throughout a town or city. It is an online catalogue of a library collection that is available to the public. : Machine Readable Cataloguing. : A database located in a remote computer and accessed through the Internet. but is only for internal use and is not connected directly to the global Internet.

Online Database Service. DELDOS. It is developed and created collectively by more than 9000 member institutions of OCLC. Super JANET Project was proposed in 1989 with the aim to develop a high performance wide area network based on optical fibers.Library Networks SDI : SDI is a current awareness system which alerts the user to the latest publications in his/her specified field(s) of interest. without being physically present. Future Plans of CURL: CURL will contribute to the development of strategies to coordinate 6) 7) 8) 40 . SANJUKTA and PARAPAR. periodicals. such as. : A form of cataloguing undertaken by the Library of Congress and other agencies responsible for material bibliography. WorldCat is a world wide union catalogue of millions of online records. Communication channels used frequently in virtual reference include chat. and Technical Services. videoconferencing etc. : Union catalogues reveal information about the collections of more than one library. Shared Cataloguing Union Catalogues Virtual Reference Service 2. experts.7 1) ANSWERS TO SELF CHECK EXERCISES The INFLIBNET is offering the following information services: Access to union catalogue of books. DELPLUS and DELMARC. both for cataloguing and inter-library loan purposes. Resource Sharing Service. They are a way for groups of libraries to share information about their collections in a consistent way. 3) 4) 5) CALIBNET has developed in house softwares. JOLI (Job Opportunities for Librarians) Database. etc. : Virtual reference is reference service initiated electronically where patrons employ computers or other Internet technology to communicate with reference staff. through INFLIBNET website. 2) Some of the products provided by DELNET are as follows: DELSIS. Database of Current Periodicals. Members can also access CD-ROM databases in the area of Social Sciences and Humanities and it also provides number of Internet based services. Database of Databases in LIS Centres in and around Ahmedabad.

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