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Problems of Library Acquisitions

Tariq Ashraf (Author)
Synopsis Collection development, ordinarily perceived as not a very demanding or exciting work, contain elements that bring great personal satisfaction to those whose careers are spent in the library. Little can excel the feeling that the libraries experience when the material needed by a particular user can be delivered to him immediately. It is the book and its many surrogates which are emblematic of stability in cultural transmission and it is the journal which represents, above all, the symbol of power, status and achievements within the academic discipline. They are central to providing information, entertainment, analysis and education to millions worldwide. Collection development is essentially an effective audit aspect of a library, closely linked with it users. Publishing industry, on other hand sets the limits within which libraries have to perform acquisition activities as bulk of the purchases relate to published works only. Libraries and publishing houses are part of separate but intersecting systems. They depend upon and are affected by the products, requirements and services of one another. The degree of proficiency and service conscientiousness of the publishers greatly determines the degree of positive or negative influences on the acquisition activities. A common understanding of the processes involved in each system is essential to improve the relationship.
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About the author

Tariq Ashraf

Dr. Tariq Ashraf has been educated at Hindu College, University of Delhi and holds Ph.D. degree from Department of Library and Information Science, University of Delhi. He is Associate Professor and Head, Library & Information Services at Institute for Integrated Learning of Management, New Delhi. Before joining IILM in 1997, he has also worked at Centre for Policy Research and Indian Institute of Mass Communication for nearly 9 years. He has contributed 15 research papers to various national and international journals and is one of the editors of two other publications. He is also author of a book “Problems of Library Acquisitions”. He has also been associated with Management Libraries Network as editor of its quarterly newsletter. Dr. Ashraf is recipient of Eugene Garfield Travel Grant for the year 2003 and visited United States in October 2003 on an invitation from American Society For Information Science & Technology.

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Bibliographic information

Title Problems of Library Acquisitions
Author Tariq Ashraf
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8126118571
length xvi+326p., 23cm.