AIPs training on cyber library helps BHU build its second cyber library
04 July | Varanasi

After successfully launching its first cyber library with the assistance from AIP, Banaras Hindu University has taken a step forward by establishing a second cyber library in its campus. The second phase of the cyber library, which marked the completion of the project, was inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor of BHU on 02 July, 2014. With nearly 500 workstations and 455 computers, the library will provide access to over 14,000 journals and other materials to the students. The library will be accessible to students 24×7 without any charges being imposed on them.

“This is easily Asia’s biggest cyber library provided by a university free of charge. We would not be surprised if it turns out to be the biggest such facility in the world. It is definitely among the biggest. During the last academic session the cyber library was used more than 5 lakh times. The faculty, students and staff downloaded more than 12 lakh scientific research”, said University librarian Dr. A K Srivastava, BHU.  Working in alliance with Sathguru Management Consultants, the implementing partner of AIP, the university was introduced to the concept of developing a cyber library that would benefit thousands of students.  Through its various workshops, AIP sensitized universities on the importance of creating cyber libraries and ways to improve library science development.  The library is expected to be extended to the faculty level in the coming days. “AIP appreciates the efforts taken by Dr. Srivastava in expanding the cyber library and delivering this innovative model to thousands of students who will benefit”, said Dr. Suresh, Program Coordinator, AIP.

The library has been funded primarily by the Maharaja of Baroda Shivaji Rao Gaekwad. “The building is ours while the equipment has been provided by the Maharaja. The total cost of the project is Rs 10 crore,” said Dr Srivastava.

The facility will be very useful for especially poor students, most of whom hail from backward areas and cannot afford to buy a laptop. While each workstation has been provided with a cubicle, the facility will also provide a separate area for those using their laptops. The Vice Chancellor during his speech emphasized on the problems of information overloading and the need to classify e-resources effectively to ensure valuable efforts of researchers and other users could be benefitted. The facility will be open to outsiders intending to use after a thorough screening.

 

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