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Shared Print Repository Programme For Least Used Library Materials: An Overview

Library Herald Year : 2021, Volume : 59, Issue : 3 First page : ( 215) Last page : ( 225) Print ISSN : 0024-2292. Online ISSN : 0976-2469. Article DOI : 10.5958/0976-2469.2021.00033.6

Shared Print Repository Programme For Least Used Library Materials: An Overview

Das Amalendu****, Prof. Rath Durga Sankar** *Librarian, Nabadwip Vidyasagar College, Kolkatta, India ***Research Scholar, DLISc, Vidyasagar University, Kolkatta, India **Professor, DLIS, Vidyasagar University, Kolkatta, India Abstract Today's libraries are facing lots of problems owing to the shortage of finance, staff and space. Although libraries store a large number of items, many of these are not used for a long time. The present researchers found that many academic libraries overcome these problems to conduct the Shared Print Repository programme. The researchers very carefully studied the procedures, policies, and MoUs of the shared print repositories globally. It was foundout that to overcome these problems there is a need of collaboration among libraries, to develop a centralised collection development policy, regularly evaluate the collection weed out, and conduct the shared print repository programme for the least used library materials. The current practice of shared print repository shows the future of opportunity, growth and development. It is clear that in order to keep libraries active and serviceable in the future, libraries must collaboratively conduct the shared print repository programme for the least used print materials on regional, state, country and continent level. Keywords Collection management, Collection development policy, Shared print repository, Weeding out.

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