USER EDUCATION PROGRAMME
During the beginning of the academic session every year, library organizes users awareness programme to familiarize students with the functioning and services of the library. It is a common experience of all professionals that availability of resources is no more a problem which has been enabled through availing the accessibility to various consortia. Recently launched Shodh Sindu consortium which is a merger of three consortium provides access to large numbers of full text journals in all the fields of knowledge. As such library has adequate resources , but utilization by the users both by the faculty and students is much below the expectation of publishers and library professionals. In order to fill up this gap, library from the present academic session made it compulsory for all the students to attend user education programme if would like to seek library membership. This year, we kept 2 complete weeks to provide this service to all new and old students dividing them according to their subject affinity. We expect that usability of resources will increase this year substantially.
The main course contents of the programme were – how to make best use of library and internet resources, what are the different search strategies being followed by search engines, introduction to various publishers and their products, etc. The contents of the programme for MPhil and PhD students have been differently designed to help them in their research pursuits and introduce them to all the advanced services available to them.
CURRENT CONTENT SERVICE
As soon as new journals are received in science, these are sent to the science library for the benefit of the faculty, who cannot easily visit the library. These are replaced by the new arrival and displayed in the science library. At the same time the content pages are scanned and archived in Dspace which are made searchable on every content. One can search all current and old contents on-line and can take photocopy or scanned copy from the old printed volumes available in the library. This service has been conceived in view of the low usage of current issues of printed journals being subscribed. There is every probability of the use of old issue of these journals through content pages.
Library started digitization work after acquiring all equipment and infrastructure. It planned to develop Institutional Repository with all institutional publications, archival of open access e-books and e-journals, administrative documents and other resources useful to the University. The creation of databases on Eastern Himalayas and North East is the priority areas. Publications of some of the faculty members have also been digitized and made available to access and download.
MOBILE & WHATSAPP
Library has introduced contacting users through mobile & WhatsApp and e-mail services for notification and sending reminders for overdue books. Many other services are being planned based upon these communication devices to improve communication between library and its clientele.
Newly added books and journals are notified through our portal and website to keep library users informed about the services.
INTEGRATED REMOTE ACCESS
Library under the platform of KNIMBUS provide access to multiple information resources from a single window. All-important publishers’ products have been integrated for simultaneous search. This also provides remote access to authorized registered users.
All other services like circulation and other users’ services are web enabled.