Harvinder Kaur ,Librarian
DAV College of Education,Hoshiarpur. 9463158522
e-mail [email protected]
Libraries are now trying their best to make
available the information embedded in eresources by the renowned publishers so as to
satisfy various information needs of their users.
but the college libraries in developing countries
like India cannot think of digitization of its
printed documents even up to next 20 to 30
years. All education institutions especially
colleges often cry for the shortage of funds for
proper infrastructure and subscription of
renowned national and international journals.
Digital divide is a huge issue to be solved.
National Library and Information Services
Infrastructure for Scholarly Content is an
initiative of MHRD and it is executed by UGCInfoNet, Digital Library Consortium,
Information Library Network Centre,
Ahemdabad and INDEST -AICET Consortium,
IIT Delhi under the mission on Education
through ICT with multifold objectives.
N-LIST program provides access to more than
97000 e-books and 6000 e-journals at very
nominal prices to college libraries.
1 Books arte for use as e- resources are open access
and meant for all.
2 Every reader his book as any authorized user can
freely access the documents available through N-LIST
3. Every book its reader as every e-document can be
accessed by the user as this program covers multiple
4. Save the time of the reader as e-resources
available in this program can be accessed 24*7
sitting even at remote area.
5. Library is a growing organism, the same way eresources and users of this N-LIST consortium are
increasing day by day.
The colleges except Agriculture, Engineering,
Management, Medical, Pharmacy, Dentistry and
nursing in India are eligible to get access eresources under N-LIST program.
As on, 6th june,2014, a total number of 3772
colleges have registered themselves with the NLIST programme including Govt. / Govt.-aided
colleges covered under the section 12 B/2F of
UGC Act as well as Non-Aided colleges . All eresources subscribed for colleges under the NLIST Project are now accessible through the NLIST website.
It has associated a large number of users with it
i.e. 589977 users till date.
Digital Divide is the term referring to the gap
between technology empowered and the technology
excluded communities. It has become disadvantage
for those who are neither able nor afford the use of
ICT in day to day life and learning.
Provide learning out of classroom.
Proper infrastructure
To remove content barrier
To remove Economic barrier
To remove Language barrier
Provide skills to handle ICT
e- Learning
College libraries in rural India are serving in
the same way as these were serving hundred
years ago due to digital divide. Due to
scarcity of ICT skilled staff, scarcity of funds,
scarcity of awareness among users and
managements, these cannot match their
services to international level.
It is due to N-LIST consortium, these college
libraries located in backward areas of the
country are becoming able to provide users
the unmatchable services of e- Resources.
The major requirements of the college libraries or any
other academics libraries are to fulfill knowledge
based, to provide open access information,
infrastructure, provide awareness among users, well
connected to other institutions and communication of
resources at world level. The college libraries in the
backward areas of the country are totally contrast
with today’s requirements of the users of the 21st
century. N-LIST Programme by overcoming all the
problems of Digital Divide and growing prices of
National and International journals enabled college
libraries to provide e-resources at very nominal
subscription rate and serve the perfect way according
to the requirements of the information era.

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