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Acquisition of Grey Literature in Library: An Enigmatic Study

Library Herald

Year: 2001, Volume: 39, Issue: 4

First page: (249) last page: (258)

Print ISSN: 0024-2292


Acquisition of Grey Literature in Library: An Enigmatic Study.

K C PANDA*, R N MISHRA **, J N GAUTAM ***

* Sr. Lecturer in the P. G Departmnet of Lib & Info Sc, Sambalpur University, Jyotivihar 768091, Orissa, India.

** Workshop Instructor P. G Departmnet of Lib & Info Sc, Sambalpur University, Jyotivihar 768091, Orissa, India.

*** Reader and Head, School of Studies in Library & Information Science Jiwaji, University Gwalior, 474001 (MP)


Abstract

In the present day age of information explosion, publication deluge, advancement of Science and Technology, proper acquisition and organisation of grey literature for effective dissemination of information to the target audience is of vital importance particularly for technical and special libraries and information centres to an increasing degree, Libraries and Information Centres are becoming involved in the collection and organisation of grey literature. Such literature include scrap books, photographs, prints, postcards, maps, clippings, menus, programmes, Blue prints, posters, letters, Legal documents, designs, dissertations, bulletin and pamphlets etc. Not only the librarians are aware of the concept of ‘Grey Literatures’, but also the accessibility to such literature is considerably poor. This paper therefore, covers the definition and concept of the phrase 'Grey Literature' and its importance in the present day information world. It also discusses how such literature presents special problems in acquisition, cataloguing, housing and servicing. The authors have given few specimen of such literature in Annexure-A along with their usefulness.

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