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Indian Journal of Library and Information Science

Volume  2, Issue 3,  2008, Pages 121-126



Library Stock Taking in The Present Library System
*Khaisar Muneebulla Khan, **Pooja
*Reader, Dept. of Library and Information Science, Mangalore University, Mangalore **Senior Librarian, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore
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Stock verification is an insignificant aspect of librarianship as far as teachers, researchers and library experts are concerned. In order to keep the library materials up-to-date periodic stock verification is needed. A full library security system involves several programs. Broadly the program’s goals are to assure the well being of people and to protect the collections and equipment from theft and misuse. If a library wishes to identify its true collection, all it has to do is prepare a list of all the lost and missing books and mutilated journal titles. Normally these are the items that are used commonly by the users. The main objectives of stock verification, is, to find out the actual stock of the documents available in a library and to find but: if any losses have occurred for regularization as well as taking remedial steps to contain such losses seem to he hazy in the ease of electronic publications.  The paper discusses objectives and procedures regarding stock verification and responsibilities of loss, points out that the cost of stock verification often far exceed the benefits, highlights norms and procedures of stock verification, discusses some advantages and various methods and procedures of physical verification, put forth precautionary measures to be taken against loss and mutilation of library documents, analyses the issue of responsibility of loss and ways of resolving the conflict of responsibility, presents the procedure for write-off of reasonable loss, finally concludes by stressing the need for rational and updated rules and procedures about stock verification.
Key Words stock, shelf, books, electronic, resources, books, procedures, security, preventive measures, barcode.


Corresponding Author : *Khaisar Muneebulla Khan