Libraries have been repositories of knowledge since ancient times. Nowadays libraries and information services are getting transformed by the increasing availability of electronic information. The management of information resources in libraries is of greater importance in the digital world. Libraries are entrusted with the task of being the providers of information and should posses updated skills to make available the organized access to worth while information in order to meet the users of libraries.
This book is an effort to improve our libraries and help library professionals, teachers and students. It will be a handy tool for the librarians to acquire the knowhow required to make administrative changes necessary to deal with new technologies. The application of such technologies has great impact on the structure and functioning of learning resource centers. Existing network facilities can be utilized to achieve huge savings in labour costs and the reduction of paper storage and handling facilities etc. Libraries are designing and implementing prototypes of the electronic library and are introducing new technologies as a growing adjunct to traditional text formats and services.
Besides technology, soft skills are also required by the professional to face the challenges in this digital era. Keeping pace with these changes in libraries, the course curriculum of library and information science at bachelor’s master’s and doctoral level have been changed to a great extent. In ever transforming library environment, this book is an attempt to help students, teachers, professionals and researchers of LIS in getting information on recent trends in libraries. This book is an accessible practice-based guide encompassing all areas of library and information management in the electronic era.