1.12 describes objectives and functions of college libraries

1.12   Organization of the Study

The thesis has been divided into SEVEN chapters.

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I introduces the topic of research. It is an introductory part which high
lights the research problems, provides operational definitions of the important
concepts. It enumerates the objectives, lists the hypotheses of the study, methodology,
scope, limitations and describes methods and techniques used for data
collection and analysis. It briefly discusses the aims and objectives of higher
education; it also discusses the role of libraries in higher education in
general and college education in particular. It briefly reviews the present
status of college libraries in India and particularly in Uttarakhand and
justifies the need for the present investigation. Lastly, it gives brief summary
of remaining six chapters i.e. organization of the present study.

Chapter II contains a brief review
of selected literature published in the various journals, books, thesis,
e-databases etc. done on the college libraries conducted in India and abroad
under the major headings of the selected topic of research.

Chapter III describes the overview of the studies
done on degree college education in India in general and in Uttarakhand state particular
and also provides a state-of-the art position of the degree college libraries. It
provides a brief introduction about Uttarakhand state including geography,
population, literacy rate etc. It outlines the beginning of higher education in
Uttarakhand state, and present status of government degree colleges and their
administrative set-up. It describes objectives and functions of college
libraries and their place in colleges/institutions of higher learning. It gives
an overview of the organizational structure of college libraries in Uttarakhand
state including administrative set-up of college libraries, organization of
various sections, library finance, personnel, library collection, technical
processing, services, facilities, quantitative analysis of library users – such
as teachers, students etc. in college libraries.

Chapter IV provides a descriptive analysis of the
collected data on the various aspects of the government post graduate college
library such as library manpower, library collection, library building, physical
facilities maintenance and care activities, use of Information Communication Technology,
library resources, library budget, sources of budget, selection and acquisition
of documents, problems encountering in procurement of books, technical
processing and maintenance of library resources, physical stock verification,
problem of loss of books, weeding out, library services and facilities etc. provided
by different college libraries are summarized. These services include
circulation, reference service, inter library loan, Xerox service and book bank

Chapter V concludes with major findings based on the
present study. Summary of the findings of the investigation is recorded in this

Chapter VI presents their suggestions towards
development of degree college libraries, their services and physical facilities,
library staff etc. and scope for further studies is given in order to enrich
the study area and gain new knowledge and experiences in this field. It lists
important suggestions and recommendations. 

Chapter VII is the last part of the study concludes
with major conclusions of the present study.

The thesis ends with provided a list of bibliographical
references and appendices.