|Source||Inflibnet's Institutional Repository|
|Subject Domain (in DDC)||Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science ♦ Library & information sciences|
|Subject Keyword||Modern Library ♦ Best Practice ♦ Case Study ♦ IIT Bombay|
|Abstract||The papers defines the concept and describes the strategy for application of best practices in an organization. It discusses importance of introducing best practices in a modern library and information centre (LIC) to enable it to improve its processes and activities, optimize resource utilization, and deliver high quality, value added services to its users. It reviews the attempts made by IFLA, ALA, ACRL, Australian Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs, and NAAC in India to develop best practices / guidelines for different types of libraries and /or for specific services. The paper has suggested / listed the characteristics of the best LIC. It presents the case study of the Central Library of Indian Institute of Technology Bombay to illustrate that adoption of well defined, transparent, user-focused, and technology-oriented processes and practices with a flexibility to change and improve can lead the LIC to be the best. The practices followed by the Central Library, IIT Bombay have been discussed under : (a) Resource development and management, (b) User services, (c) ICT-enabled services, (d) Users empowerment, Information literacy and library marketing, (e) Other activities. It concludes that the best practices is not a one time solution, but a continuous process. The sense of curiosity, willingness to change and learn from experience of others, and pursuit for superior performance can lead the librarians and libraries to Best Practices.|
|Education Level||UG and PG|
|Learning Resource Type||Article|
Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) under its National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT) has initiated the National Digital Library of India (NDLI) project to develop a framework of virtual repository of learning resources with a single-window search facility. Filtered and federated searching is employed to facilitate focused searching so that learners can find out the right resource with least effort and in minimum time. NDLI is designed to hold content of any language and provides interface support for leading vernacular languages, (currently Hindi, Bengali and several other languages are available). It is designed to provide support for all academic levels including researchers and life-long learners, all disciplines, all popular forms of access devices and differently-abled learners. It is being developed to help students to prepare for entrance and competitive examinations, to enable people to learn and prepare from best practices from all over the world and to facilitate researchers to perform inter-linked exploration from multiple sources. It is being developed at Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.
NDLI is a conglomeration of freely available or institutionally contributed or donated or publisher managed contents. Almost all these contents are hosted and accessed from respective sources. The responsibility for authenticity, relevance, completeness, accuracy, reliability and suitability of these contents rests with the respective organization and NDLI has no responsibility or liability for these. Every effort is made to keep the NDLI portal up and running smoothly unless there are some unavoidable technical issues.
Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), through its National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT), has sponsored and funded the National Digital Library of India (NDLI) project.
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