Outsourcing of Activities and Services in Academic Libraries

Sawant, Sarika Outsourcing of Activities and Services in Academic Libraries. Annals of Library and Information Studies (ALIS), 2021, vol. 68, n. 1. [Journal article (Unpaginated)]

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This article examines the outsourcing of library activities and services in university libraries in Maharashtra. A survey was employed to collect data using an online questionnaire. The study (covering 27 university libraries) revealed that outsourcing is common in academic libraries and identifies the activities that have been outsourced and draws a strategy that can be followed while outsourcing library functions. The study concludes that outsourcing non-core activities can save the time of library professionals which can be invested by them in providing other and suggest that there should be a proper balance of outsourcing activities and duties of the library professionals.

Item type: Journal article (Unpaginated)
Keywords: Outsourcing; Academic libraries; Library services; Library professional activities; University Libraries; India
Subjects: F. Management.
F. Management. > FE. Personnel management.
J. Technical services in libraries, archives, museum.
J. Technical services in libraries, archives, museum. > JF. Paper preservation.
J. Technical services in libraries, archives, museum. > JG. Digitization.
J. Technical services in libraries, archives, museum. > JH. Digital preservation.
L. Information technology and library technology
L. Information technology and library technology > LQ. Library automation systems.
Depositing user: Dr. Sarika Sawant
Date deposited: 02 Sep 2021 06:10
Last modified: 02 Sep 2021 06:10
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/42411


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