The University Library
The library was founded in 2004 with a few book racks and some donated books. Now it is a fully functional hybrid library where it is now possible to access information about the physical items as well as the digital holdings in the form of e-books and e-journals, multimedia CDROMs and software from any where through a single unified web based interface ( library portal http://library.wbut.ac.in) .
The Library has more e- resources than the printed resources. It has a total collection of 25965 books among which 13785 are e-books ( Annexure1), 8915 journals where 52 are printed journals including 11 foreign printed journals ( Annexure 2-3). E-journals are subscribed to from Springer link (UGC-INFONET), Science Direct (INDEST 2 offer and Life science Collection), ACM digital library, Ebscohost and IEL online. The library has also purchased the e-collection of Annual reviews back volume. The library has a collection of CDs ( near about 550) , audio Cassette ( 6 in nos.) and DVD ( 4 nos of EDUSAT lecture video ). The library is planning to subscribe more printed and e-journals according to the need of the faculty members and research scholars to support the research activities of th university.
As a part of a centre of excellence the library tries to provide modern web based services along with the traditional services like reading room, lending , photo copying services.
The library is an open access library which gives its user the facility to directly go to the rack and choose his/ her own books. The reading room has a seating capacity of 56 user at a time. It also has 10 terminals running on LTSP system used for digital library facility. On an average 40- 50 students attend use the library per day. The university will shortly start lending facility for students. Now this service is only given to faculty members and staff.
The library gives the student Web OPAC ( url http://opac.wbut.ac.in) facility to browse through for information regarding library resources from any where within the campus and outside the campus. Students can browse the internet and the e-resources subscribed to by the university through the thin clients in the reading room as well as from anywhere within the campus.
Users become aware of the university's use policy, library rules and regulation and how to use the services through Web OPAC. The library alerts the user through notification o the user about the library programme and activities using university' s e-mail service. Updates are mailed to an initial circulation list firstname.lastname@example.org.Since all university classroom are projection enabled and connected to the internet the classes can now access the digitized information available from the library. eg. Access to CD image server , e-books, e-journals to the classroom for teaching.
Library is outsourcing the photocopying service and network printing. Photo copy can be done for Re. 0 .50 / page. The network printing service can be accessed from any where within the campus.
The library is using a single interface, the library portal (http://library.wbut.ac.in) where the information about library holdings be it the printed collection or the e collection can be obtained through the open source ILS system KOHA . It is the first open source ILS system distributed under GNU GPL license. Barcodes generated in house are used to track down each printed item in the catalogue in day to day transaction. eg. Circulation. K barcode is used to generate the barcode.The Koha ILS has been extended to digital library through the integration of a media image server for online , simultaneous , multi -user access to CD/DVD media accompanying print items or otherwise separately published. The media image server can also be searched saperately using Namazu. The library is using D-Space -digital repository system to integrate the e-content with the ILS system. The university library is completely networked . The users can access the electronic resources and the internet through the thin client in the reading room. The thin clients are built using Linux Terminal Server Project. The university is using PROTOS as the thin client for the terminals. As the university in connected through Intranet library resources can be accessed from any where within the campus. The library is also has wi-fi connectivity. Users can access the internet from the library reading room through wi-fi connectivity from their laptops subject to authorization.
The library kept open beyond the normal working hour by the students under university's "Earn While You Learn Programme". Till now library has given support to 214 students under this scheme. This year( 2009) 65 students are working under this scheme.
An access ramp has been constructed for the physically challenged users. The ramp is directly connected to the reading room to make the library easily accessible to the physically challenged.
Keeping in ming the equal opportunity for all, the university is planning to build an e-resources consortia covering the colleges affiliated to WBUT. It is in initial stage. the university has got some proposal from the publishers side. We are working on that.