Indian Libraries and the OCLC Global Library Cooperative:
An exploration of opportunities and possibilities for collaboration

Tukaram S. Kumbar, Ph.D

Information and Library Network Centre ( INFLIBNET)
Ahmedabad, India

November 20, 2001

8:30-9:00 Coffee and Doughnuts
9:00-10:15 Presentation

OCLC Auditorium
6565 Frantz Road
Dublin, OH 43017

Tukaram Kumbar, Fulbright Fellow and OCLC Visiting Scholar, is studying the OCLC cooperative to identify ways in which Indian libraries can successfully participate in the global library cooperative for the benefit of scholars and academia in India and the rest of the world. His presentation will give a general overview of India; its libraries, cooperatives, and professional associations; unique resources of Indian libraries and the issues they face; and key opportunities for collaboration with the global library cooperative.

Dr. Kumbar is a scientist at the Information and Library Network Centre ( INFLIBNET) in Ahmedabad, India. He currently is in residence with OCLC Research for six months as OCLC Visiting Scholar. Dr. Kumbar studied library automation and resource sharing at the University of California, Irvine in 1995-96 through a fellowship from the American Library Association/United States Information Agency. Recently, he was chosen to receive a Fulbright Fellowship in Information Science and Technology, which supports his research in the United States.

Dr. Kumbar received a bachelor of arts degree, a master of political science degree, and a master of library and information science degree from Karnatak University in Dharwad, India. In 1996, he was awarded a doctoral degree in library and information science from Gulbarga University in Gulbarga, India. INFLIBNET was established by the government of India to develop and promote automation of university and research libraries. The Visiting Scholar program is sponsored by the OCLC Office of Research to bring experienced scientists, educators and administrators to OCLC.

We are a worldwide library cooperative, owned, governed and sustained by members since 1967. Our public purpose is a statement of commitment to each other—that we will work together to improve access to the information held in libraries around the globe, and find ways to reduce costs for libraries through collaboration.