4.3.5: Library Automation
Library is automated in using Integrated Library Management System (ILMS)
and features of the ILMS software
and extent of automation (full or partial)
of commencement and completion of automation
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The Vivekanand Library of the university has initiated
the process of library automation in 2007 using an Integrated Library
Management Software namely “SOUL” which was completed in the year 2009. Software for University Libraries (SOUL) is
state-of-the-art integrated library management software designed and developed
by the INFLIBNET Centre based on requirements of college and university
libraries. It is user-friendly software developed to work under client-server
environment. The software is compliant to international standards such as MARC
21 bibliographic format, Unicode based Universal Character Sets for
multilingual bibliographic records and NCIP 2.0 and SIP 2 based protocols for
electronic surveillance and control. Presently university is using “SOUL 2.0”.
The ILMS covers all housekeeping operations of the library that includes
acquisition, technical processing, cataloguing, circulation and serial control.
It has other features like OPAC and Administration.
Major Features of SOUL are as follows:
By July 2021 1,52,170 records have been filled in SOUL. The complete process of automation has been done in-house with the technical support from INFLIBNET Centre. As on date there are total 1,95,060 number of bibliographic records available in SOUL. With the successful implementation of the SOUL software the Vivekanand Library has achieved 100% of automation covering all types of library activities and services such as acquisition, cataloguing, circulation, serial control, web OPAC, Patron, Advance search, Reports, Tools etc.
SOUL is a proprietary software which is true enterprise-class ILMS with comprehensive functionality viz. multilingual, powerful search engine, compliant with all library standards and protocols. The applications and tools in SOUL are world class and compliant will all the types of web and mobile technologies making it platform independent.
Software web OPAC facility is also made available through SOUL 2.0 to know the bibliographical details about the collection of resources in university library. One separate node is made available in the central library for OPAC facility and as it is a web OPAC so users can access from any location con search the library collection search by giving title, author and domain can be carried out function of SOUL.
Apart from Library automation other services provided by the library are:
Inter-Library Loan (ILL) through DELNET:
DELNET has been actively engaged with the compilation
of various Union Catalogues of the resources available in member-libraries. It
has already created the Union Catalogue of Books, Union List of Current
Periodicals, Union Catalogue of Periodicals, CD-ROM Database, Database of Indian
Specialists, Database of Periodical Articles, Union List of Video Recordings,
Urdu Manuscripts' Database, Database of Theses and Dissertations, sample
databases of language publications using GIST technology and several other databases. DELNET
is offering Inter-Library Loan & Document Delivery Services to its member
libraries BAOU has subscribed to the membership of DELNET.
Physical and E-Resources for Campus & Remote Access:
The university library is very much rich in terms of
physical and e-resources. The collection include more than 65000 books 50+50 Journals as on July 2021. The online repository
of the university also offers full text access to over 1,80,000 e-books and
4,000 International Journals totally free of cost. All these resources can be
accessed 24X7 both within the campus and anywhere through remote access password.
To ensure the smooth functioning and access to library recourses the library
has latest ICT infrastructure and technology integration to provide very
efficient and multifunctional searching and browsing facility to its user and
also provide remote access facility to users to access e-resources from of
campus location too. Around 245 theses have been
uploaded on SHODHGANGA portal.
Anti-Plagiarism Software (URKUND):
URKUND is an automatic text-recognition system made
for detecting, preventing and handling plagiarism. University library has
subscribed to this tool by the UGC's INFLIBNET Centre. All the Schools of Study
and faculties have been provided and access to the URKUND so that they can
check their papers, research scholars’ thesis and learners’ dissertation/reports
using this software. Library also organizes periodic training sessions for
faculties, learners and researchers about how to use the system.
University has made it mandatory for all the Ph.D.
research scholars and faculties to attach URKUND plagiarism check report along
with their theses or research papers to the Research Division or for any of the
conference or journal for publication. Over 200
theses and research papers have been processed through URKUND software.
Digitalization of Question Papers:
Centre for Examination and Evaluation and University
Library has join hand for providing more resources to the learners by
facilitating question papers of different University examinations into digital
form since 2008. Over 2.5 lakhs pages have been
digitized so far.
Facilities for Differently abled people:
The library has obtained membership of “Sugamya
pustkalaya” which provides taking books to visually impaired users.
Collaboration with libraries of Other Universities for resource sharing:University has signed Memorandum of Understanding with the libraries of Gujarat University and Kachchh University for resource sharing to facilitate and reach out to the more number of learners.
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