Correct information to the accurate user at the correct time has been the aim of information professionals. Recent developments in information and communication technologies, especially the Internet, information and communication technology and web-based technology, have brought important variations in the ways to create, allocate, and use rights. Everyone has been using printed document sources for a long time, which are made available to us by the efficient efforts of publishers, librarians and information scientists. One of the important applications of information technology is the digitization of knowledge documents. The printed information is converted to digital form. Digitization has changed the whole scenario of information in the world. Digital resources are quick to access, save time and keep up-to-date with the current information in specific fields and related areas. As going digital is the need of the hour to keep the environment healthy and safe. Various organizations are involved in digitization their material because they remain influenced by the enduring value of such resources for learning. Digitization also raises the reputation of the institutions as global users can know the institutional collections and utilize them. Finance is important for the effective functioning of the Library. Efficient library performance is directly related to adequate funds. The financial constraints result in an ineffective library. Proper financial management leads to the preparation of a budget that management of funds in a cost-appropriate manner. In libraries, if funds are managed properly, good-quality reading materials can be acquired and quality services can be offered.
The library happens to be the nucleus of digital resource centers, which support the learning, teaching and research needs of the user and research scholar communities by providing access to scholarly literature through various digital resources. Growth and change have always been predominant characteristics of the libraries. In the present time, adoptions of information technology have compelled the library to be dependent upon digital materials that could be collected through the Internet. Libraries have witnessed a great metamorphosis in recent years for digital resources. The library is the heart of a university. Now the University library is called the Knowledge Resource Center. The present book is found important and needed in identifying and uncovering the information needs, access methods and patterns, financial sources, expenditure on E-Resources and Digitization, extent of use of digital resources and digitized documents among University libraries in Maharashtra. This book may help the University library management and librarians design an effective, efficient and meaningful information system for their users with minimum cost. It examines the level of effort taken by the Universities libraries among Maharashtra in the Economical affect of digital resources and digitization.
The first chapter includes an introduction to digital resources, digitization, and library finance. The second chapter includes types of digital resources, advantages of digital resources and digitization, the need for digital resources and digitization, the process of digitization, the development of digital resources and digitization, and users of digital resources. The financial sources of University libraries in this chapter include historical background and the current status of University Libraries in Maharashtra. Library budget, sources of funds and financial management of University libraries in Maharashtra. The fourth chapter includes the development of the university library regarding the growth of collections, users, infrastructure, digital resources, and digitization in Maharashtra. Financial development and budget allocation in the University libraries in Maharashtra are also discussed in this chapter. Data collected during the research work is analyzed and interpreted to fulfill the objectives of the research and to prove the hypothesis. Chapter five consists of the principal findings and conclusions drawn from the data collection.