This paper discusses the present status of agriculture libraries in India and suggests measure for their upliftment by sharing library resources through networking and consortia. It also aims at evaluating parameters such as coordination and implementation of standards for computerization, networking and sharing through adoption of advanced technology among Indian Agricultural Libraries and role of Agriculture Library association in development of agriculture libraries.
The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is an apex body which plans, conducts and promotes research, education, training and transfer of technology for advancement of agriculture in India.
In July 2006, ICAR has launched National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) to generate and transfer of agricultural technologies, and to suggest innovations in the technology system with the financial assistance of World bank. The NAIP is planned for six years to allow time for piloting, learning and scaling-up, wherever possible. Under NAIP, the provision has been made for formation of an “ICAR ejournals consortium” for centralized subscription of e-resources and information sharing in the agricultural domain at the national level.