Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Papers and Publications

Directory of On-line Journals 2012 of the National Library of India

The National Library, in its systematic upgrade, introduced online resources for its users in April 2010. Online journals of reputable publishers such as Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Taylor & Francis Group, Sage Publication, American Chemical Society, and aggregators’ products such as Project Muse and Hein Online were acquired first. These were followed by journals of Emerald Group, Springer, Indian E-reference of Cambridge University Press was introduced and later references of Oxford University Press, ProQuest were added to the collection. Currently, the library possesses about 6500 online journals and 2.7 million full-text dissertation and thesis, an archive of 125,000 e-books (Early English Books Online) along with other online references.

The National Library of India is the first public library in the country to introduce e-books. It is the constant endeavour of the library to increase its readership by providing simple and smooth access to its resources. In this direction, the first initiative was taken with a massive online campaign to popularize the resources of the library among the faculties of different academic institutions. The directory will be made available both in soft and hard form to the users and will be uploaded to the website of the library as well. It is believed that the directory will be immensely helpful to the users and save their precious time.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

The Indian Library Review is being launched by the National Library, Kolkata, to serve the interests of Indian libraries and librarians. It is also designed to address the broader audience of policy makers and users as also information specialists, scholars and book-lovers. The idea of an electronic digest of library news was proposed by Professor Supriya Chaudhuri at a meeting of the Advisory Board of the library in August 2011. The National Library does not have in-house staff to look after IT operations: the National Informatics Centre and its corporate wing NICSI provide some hand-holding support. However, we are grateful to Dr Souvik Mukherjee of IIT, Delhi, Dr Soumitra Sarkar, University Librarian, Calcutta University, and Dr Arun Chakraborty, Bose Institute, Kolkata, for assisting Sri S. Siva Prasad, Assistant Library and Information Officer at the National Library, for creating the Review. Sri A. R. Bandyopadhyay, Chairperson of the Board, and Sri Jawhar Sircar, Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Culture, have provided support and advice. We hope that the Review will serve as a platform that will bring the community of librarians, users and policy-makers together, in addition to providing links to relevant news, events, reports, conferences, training workshops, exhibitions and cultural exchanges.

Swapan Chakravorty
Director General
National Library

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