Author:Srinivasa Raju, C.

    Engineering college libraries play an important role in imparting quality education to the undergraduate and postgraduate students of engineering. In the context of globalization, quality education to the students of engineering is essential to compete with the students of other nations of the world. Qualified and experienced faculty, well established laboratories, good physical facilities, good ICT infrastructure, and well established libraries are needed to provide quality education to the engineering students. Among these factors, engineering college libraries play an important role in the provision of quality education to engineering students.

    Libraries should provide quality service to their users viz., students and faculty members. It is necessary to evaluate the library facilities and services so that necessary steps can be undertaken to improve these facilities and services.

    Library evaluation is the objective judgment assessment of the various aspects of the library viz., book collection, periodical collection, processing of books, library services, physical facilities, library staff, ICT infrastructure, finance, user education etc., based on certain norms standards or guidelines.

    All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) which was established in November 1945 first as an advisory body and later on it was given statutory status by an Act of Parliament Government of India, in 1987 to regulate technical education in India. AICTE is vested with as a statutory authority for planning, formulation and maintenance of norms and standards, for quality assurance through accreditation, funding in priority areas, monitoring and evaluation, maintaining parity of certification and awards and ensuring coordinated and integrated development and management of technological education in the country. The purview of AICTE (the Council) covers programmes of technological education including training and research in Engineering, Technology, Architecture, Town Planning, Management, Pharmacy, Applied Arts and Crafts, Hotel Management and Catering Technology etc., at different levels.

    AICTE prescribed norms and standards for engineering college libraries in India. Hence, to evaluate engineering college libraries, the present study entitled 'A study on evaluation of libraries of engineering colleges affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Anantapur (JNTU Anantapur) as per AICTE norms' has been undertaken.


    The following are the studies that were conducted on engineering college libraries pertaining to their evaluation and other aspects. Adebayo (2) conducted a study to examine the implementation of library service standards in the colleges of education in Nigeria. Data was collected through a structured questionnaire. Results of the study revealed that libraries were rendering basic services as recommended by National Commissions for Colleges of Education. These were not providing indexing and abstracting services. Bhaskar Rao (3) conducted a study on the resources and services of libraries of IITs. The survey revealed that facilities and resources available in the libraries are satisfactory. Library staff and users felt the necessity of networking of the six IIT libraries. The users expressed for better xerox facilities and availability of latest issues of periodicals. Biradar and Sampath Kumar (4) evaluated the services and facilities offered by DVS Polytechnic college library, Shimoga, Karnataka, by collecting data from a sample of 80 students and 30 teachers using questionnaire method.

    Chinna Balu and Pulla Reddy (5) conducted a survey on the present status of Engineering college libraries in Sri Venkateswara University area, Andhra Pradesh. Majority of the libraries offer Internet facility (86.2%), referral service (75.9%) and newspaper clipping service (68.9%). A few of them offer document reservation facility (41.4%), and abstracting and indexing service (34.5%). A majority of engineering college libraries (79.3%) have no separate buildings. All the libraries have display racks, water cooler, reprographic equipment, and computers. A majority of them have catalogue cabinets (75.9%), and microfilm readers cum printers (68.9%). A few recommendations are made based on the findings of the study. David's (6) study on government polytechnic libraries in the State of Andhra Pradesh, revealed that the teachers and students are dissatisfied with library collection, physical facilities, number of books issued, availability of periodicals, services offered as they are inadequate. All the librarians are dissatisfied for not recognizing them as teaching faculty, for not having adequate channels of promotions and for not having pay scales on par with the librarians of other colleges/departments. Gaur and Jeevan (7) made a survey on Engineering college libraries of Jaipur using a questionnaire. The results generated by the study throw light on the present status of libraries of engineering colleges in the state of Rajasthan with regard to their collection, staff, etc.

    Janak Raj and Rama Verma (8) conducted a survey on engineering college libraries in India by using a mailed questionnaire, and out of sent 272 questionnaires, responses received are 34. Malhan and Singh (9) trace the historical development of polytechnic libraries in Haryana. An evaluation of collection and services in these polytechnic libraries exposes the various drawbacks of these libraries and suggests suitable measures for their better functioning. Mandal and Panda (10) conducted a study on the different dimensions of collection development with specific reference to 17 engineering college libraries of West Bengal. They enumerated the activities of seven major Library consortia of the world engaged in sharing resources among Engineering College libraries. Mary and Sankar (11) made a study on collection evaluation of PSN College of Engineering and Technology Library and PET Engineering College Library in Tirunelveli District. Authors described the various techniques of evaluating the document collection in academic libraries and evaluated the collection development practices of two engineering college libraries. Misra (12) discussed about engineering and technology libraries in India. He also discussed fifteen year perspective plan for the development of engineering and technological libraries and information services in India. Mulla and Chandrashekara (13) conducted a study on e-resources and services in Engineering College Libraries in Karnataka. Results of the study revealed that collection and service infrastructure of the libraries in sampled regions were not up to the mark; and libraries were struggling to build digital collection and in disseminating digital information due to lack of ICT infrastructure, IT trained manpower, and paucity of funds, etc., Narasimha Raju (14) in his study made attempts to provide information regarding the existing conditions of 18 degree colleges affiliated to Andhra University, Waltair. He discussed the existing conditions of degree college libraries with regard to library building, book collection, book bank books, budget, processing of books, circulation of books, working hours, access system followed, and stock verification. Rashid and Amin (16) made a study on the regional engineering college libraries in India. Sharma et al., (17) made a study on collection management of 38 Engineering College Libraries of Orissa using questionnaire tool. Study concluded that growing dissatisfaction of the users arising from non-availability of needed documents and lack of provision of services could be reduced down to some extent, by rendering at least CAS or current contents or information about latest additions to users.

    Sharma (18) in his study attempts to examine the status of engineering college libraries in Haryana, by surveying a sample of twenty engineering college libraries. The results show that only three libraries out of twenty responding libraries have their own independent buildings. Most of the libraries have very little room for the readers. Out of twenty libraries, only four have more than one hundred seats for their readers while the remaining sixteen libraries have fifty or fewer seats for the readers. Ninety per cent of the libraries are kept open for eight hours a day to suit the colleges working hours. Only two libraries remain open for twelve hours a day. Four out of sixteen librarians are on the regular basis and getting proper pay scale and status as well. The remaining twelve are working on ad hoc/temporary basis and majority of them are very poorly paid. Majority of the librarians (75%) are postgraduate degree holders in Library and Information Science. Forty five per cent of libraries have book selection policy and 70% of libraries have book selection committee. The other aspects which were discussed in the study are book collection, periodical collection, and processing of books. Singh (19) conducted a study on the evaluation of collection and services provided by IIT libraries.

    The above review of literature indicates that no study has been conducted on evaluation of engineering college libraries. Hence, the present study entitled 'A Study on Evaluation of Libraries of Engineering Colleges affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University--Anantapur as per AICTE norms' has been undertaken.


    The main aim of the present study is to evaluate engineering college libraries as per AICTE norms. The following are the specific objectives of the study:

  4. To examine the adherence of engineering college libraries to AICTE norms with regard to number of titles and volumes of books;

  5. To evaluate the number of journals (Print) and e-journal packages subscribed by the engineering college libraries as per norms;

  6. To make an evaluation of carpet area and seating accommodation of these libraries as per norms;

  7. To assess the...

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