Advantages Of ICT In Libraries

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This paper seeks to investigate the challenges that hinder the adoption of ICT in libraries with special attention to HILs in developing countries. The adoption of ICT has revolutionized service provision in libraries and their general information management systems. This has transformed most services to digital: e-database (e-resources). e-catalogs,e-library and use of archiving technology like DSpace. Today, within the developing world, most libraries are moving towards transforming their existing traditional library services to digital systems - allowing them to Tap and benefit from the vast advantages of ICT, for example, operation costs reduction, increased efficiency, an on-the-fly availability of information. Even with such numerous benefits, most Higher Institutions of Learning (HILs) in developing countries still lag behind on adoption of ICT in their library service.
Keywords : ICT. Library Information Management (LIM). Developing Countries. Higher Institutions of Learning (HIL)
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Specifically, the central and local governments authorities should provide adequate funding lo HILs library services if they are to deploy appropriate ICTs and play an active role in the provision of access to global information resources in their communities. These libraries need to be assisted to develop formal ICT strategy. In a survey by R. Ondari and C. Kitendo Ondari reports that to take advantage of ICT in the information centres, full automation of circulation control system, online catalogue access, acquisition control, including search of online sources of publications, and online access to booksellers must be embraced. In addition, qualified staffs with up-date skills in managing ICT enabled libraries need to be deployed in these
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