Analysis of IT application in College Libraries: A Comparative Study of Urban and Rural College Libraries
The main purpose of this investigation is to define the status of the application of information technology in college libraries located in Nashik district in the state Maharashtra and to understand the problems and difficulties in using information technology in these libraries. The survey has covered forty libraries affiliated to Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune. The study is an outcome of a research project undertaken by the author, explores and evaluates the use and availability of IT in the college libraries. The data was collected through a structured questionnaire and distributed personally as well through personal communication among the librarians of selected college. The study finds that majority of the libraries in urban area have the basic IT facilities such as computers, printers, photocopier, Internet connectivity but the majority of libraries in rural area do not have such basic IT facilities. Lack of adequate personnel, funds, irregular power supply, ICT training programs are major obstacles for IT application in college libraries in rural areas.