Status of textile engineering college libraries in Haryana, India.

Author:Sharma, Chetan


Education for engineering and allied subjects has been transformed by the emergence of ICT. Textile engineering is not a new field, but still it is unique. Collection development in textile libraries is a challenge for librarians, due to limited resources. Libraries must frequently update their services to suit the rapid developments of society and the economy (Li, 2007). Special libraries must provide information in a more efficient and economical way than other libraries (Junping, 1996). In developing countries, special libraries have an important role in serving society. Effective collection development requires understanding the research needs of patrons. Ideally, this would mean that selectors would have subject expertise (Williams, 2006). Collection development includes assessing user needs, evaluating the collection, selection policies, and other kinds of planning and coordinating activities. Collection development is not a single activity but a group of activities (Kumar, et al., 2008).


Haryana is among the smallest states of the Republic of India. There are only two textile engineering institutes in Haryana, the Technological Institute of Textile and Sciences and Panipat Institute of Textile and Engineering. Padma Vibhushan Dr. G D Birla established the Technological Institute of Textile and Sciences Bhiwani in 1943 under the auspices of the Birla Education Trust. It was the first textile institute of the Haryana state. With a modest beginning the institute has grown into a premier technical institute of the country drawing students from all over India and abroad. The institute has a textile factory for training students under actual mill working conditions. In 1943, the institute started functioning with a Diploma in Textile Manufacturing (DTM). In 1952, it introduced a B. Tech in Textile Technology (TT).

Panipat Institute of Textile and Engineering is run by Vidhyapeeth Education Trust and was founded in 2005. It is the second engineering college in Haryana and the 17th in India to have textile engineering as a trade. It is situated in NCR region at Samalkha, Panipat. All the courses in the institution are approved by the Kurukshetra University and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

Review of Literature

The literature of collection development is vast. General treatments of special library collection development include Rajendiran (2008), who conducted a study at Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology. Singh and Satija (2008) conducted a study on information seeking strategies of agricultural scientists working in the ICAR institutions in India and found that seventy two percent of the respondents for all categories of agricultural scientists preferred their library/information centre for information seeking. Sharma and Kumar (2008) observed that the college libraries in Sonipat (Haryana) are not in good condition, and that library services are ill-supported. Kaur (2007) did an exploratory study of marketing of information services and products in university libraries of Punjab and Chandigarh, India, and point out that university libraries spend huge amount every year in building up their collections and offering library services. Olaojo (2006) observed that collection development is a planned, continuous, and cost effective acquisition of quality, relevant materials to meet the needs of users and the objectives of the library. Mulla and Chandrashekara (2006) conducted a study on e-resources and services in engineering college libraries and found that the collection and service infrastructure of the libraries in the sample regions are inadequate. Beals (2006) conducted a study on assessing library collection using Brief Test Methodology and found that the methodology can be used to assess any size or type of collection and applied to both broad and narrow subject areas. Hyden, et al. (2005) found that the library environment was well-maintained and usable, but still had shortcomings in comfort and infrastructure. Ramesha and Kumber (2004) observed that all the seven university libraries in Karnataka provide traditional services like lending, reading and reference, acquisition of...

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