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Commensurate with the mandate of the Division to provide multi-faceted services related facilitation to help scientific & engineers of the centre in their R&D work, an extensive infrastructure has been created. Continuous efforts are made to maintain and upgrade the facilities to the state-of-the-art level.


Digital Library Digital Library In keeping with the pace of time, a significant effort has been put in establishing a modern Digital Library. In early 1997, a DOS based CD-ROM networking using Banyan Wines operating system was implemented. With the beginning of windows era, switching to web based access technology in 2000 was carried out.

Continuous addition and upgradation of software & hard infrastructure are going on since last few years.

Onsite Information Portal Saraswati & Online Information Gateway Lakshya were developed. These have since been hardened with modern technologies and are made available BARC campus-wide to scientists & engineers.

Digital Library of SIRD is equipped with all cutting-edge IT infrastructure required for smooth functioning of Library and its related facilities. An array of high-end servers comprising of latest features like dual processor, dual NIC, redundant power, RAID etc have been commissioned. High capacity NAS have also been incorporated like Snap Server for 240/400 GB, Mirror servers etc. have also been commissioned.

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Digital Node :

A digital node has been set-up for users visiting the Library for accessing digital library.

30 Low Height Modular Cubicles with sliding keyboard and CPU trolley have been installed in user friendly environment for browsing Intranet and Internet facility. The Digital node provides seamless access of information from Lakshya and Saraswati. Some of the features of Digital Nodes are:

• 10 Internet terminals have been provided for fast access of online
digital resources on Internet.
• About 20 terminals have also been installed to accessing onsite digital resources on Saraswati.
• All of Saraswati workstations are equipped with CD Writers and USB port for fast downloading to portable devices like Pen drive etc.
• To provide printing infrastructure, two high speed network Line Matrix Printer at a speed of 1800 lines/ sec and 1500 lines/ sec have been incorporated at the Digital node.
• To provide smooth and uninterrupted power supply to the Digital Node, two 5 KVA UPS system have been installed.
• False ceiling with integrated light and powerful AC system have made the Digital Node a first choice of visit in Central Library.

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Library Automation

Integrated Library management Software:

For the purpose of achieving automation in library activities, a fully integrated multi-user (ILM) software package has been installed & commissioned. ILMS is designed to run on wide spectrum of hardware / software platforms in Client-Server environment. The library staff has adopted it quickly with intensive in-house efforts and relevant training in programming / computer skills. It ensures high efficiency because of minimal data entry requirements, maximum possible integration of functions and powerful search and query facilities. Built around its own centralized Bibliographic database based on ANSI Z39.50 format, ILMS supports almost all activities relating to acquisition, cataloguing, circulation and serials and has a powerful but at the same time user-friendly Web OPAC interface.
Various modules of the management software facilitates various activities of the library.

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Acquisition:It covers initiation of document titles for ordering (both by data import or data entry) including duplicate checking; approval process; placing order; receiving material against firm orders; invoice processing and accessioning; payment requisition; order follow-up; receiving and accessioning of free / gift items; online queries by titles, orders, invoices, vendors, and budget heads; and generating various reports such as approval request form, purchase order, overdue notices, budget and expenditure analysis, payment requisition report, accession register, bill register, etc.

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Cataloguing:This system of ILMS facilitates maintaining in-process titles file; catalogue production either by data import or entering data; catalogue maintenance; Thesaurus construction; authority files maintenance; holdings updates; holdings summary by ranges of Call No.; printing 3x5 catalog cards; preparing special bibliographies, list of recent arrivals. SDI facility; and import/export of bibliographic data in both standards exchange (MARC. CCF, etc.) formats and non-MARC format etc.

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Serial Controls: this module deals with all activities related to acquisition of journals in the library and is to some extent an independent system of ILMS providing for new subscription; subscription renewal; subscription extension; invoice processing; budget & expenditure analysis, recording of issues received (Kardex update); claims monitoring which include generating notices for 'not received', overdue and damaged/soiled issues; bindery management; bound volumes recording; reporting of duplicate issues, missing issues, various indexes/lists; online queries on various aspects of serials control including serial holdings; and circulation of loose issues and bound volumes including user defined routing etc.

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Circulations:This system of ILMS supports front desk operations such as issues, returns, renewals, reserves/holds; membership records data; collection updates including monitoring of items on display and in bindery; overdue follow-up and recall facility; inter-library loans; stock verification; flexibility in operations including option for use of bar codes scanner for borrower and material identification; statistics on circulation; query facilities on both borrowers and collection; reporting capabilities which include list of highly reserved titles, statistics on number of issues by title/borrower, list of delinquency cases; Non-circulating material list, etc.; and keeping log of all the circulation transactions, etc.

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OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue): OPAC provides various catalogues Indexes such as author catalogue, title catalogue, subject catalogue, classified catalogue, Publisher index, Conference place index, KWIC / KWOC indexes; word based boolean searches using logical connectors OR, AND and NOT; electronic mail facility for request for title acquisition, online reserves, personalised SDI, overdue / recall / collect notices and messages, etc.

WEB OPAC can be accessed through SIRD Portal Saraswati

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