Library Science Development

One of AIP’s objectives is to improve library resources at Indian state agriculture universities (SAUs) through development and better use of available printed and online resources in research activities and information literacy. AIP intends to implement e-learning, e-resource development and digitization of study materials to increase accessibility and long-term preservation. AIP also plans to help implement the Indian version of The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library (TEEAL) to create a nationwide network of libraries for easy access of resources among the academic community. The need and importance of digitizing different types of materials is accepted by the academia since digitization is necessary for easy access to knowledge outside the library and also to preserve dilapidated/fragile materials (rare/old books). The rare books – unique, historical, materials related to agriculture, photographs, maps, monographs, etc. – can be preserved for a longer period of time by digitization. Digitization converts materials from formats that can be read by humans (analog) to formats that can be read only by machines (digital). Files in machine-readable formats can be accessed 24/7 by faculty members as well as students even when they are not in the library. One of the other areas in library resource management is copyright infringement, a complex issue that strongly impacts the selection of materials for digitization. Many libraries and museums have chosen to avoid the complexities of copyright law by digitizing materials that have passed into the public domain and are no longer covered by copyright laws. But limiting digital collections only to materials that are not protected by copyright laws implies that many valuable materials are not being digitized.

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  • 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.

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  • A two- day long collaborative workshop on improving library systems & management and e- learning was conducted by Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) at Banaras Hindu University,Varanasi on 5th and 6th February, 2014. The workshop was attended by senior librarians from ten agricultural universities and senior faculty members from Banaras Hindu University, Cornell University and Sathguru Management Consultants Pvt Ltd. The focus of the workshop was primarily on research support services that an agriculture and life sciences library might offer, including research data management, utilization of GIS data and technologies, and citation management, information literacy & E-resources.

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  • A two-day international workshop titled “Strengthening the Academic Library to Enhance Agriculture Education” was jointly organized by the Institute of Agricultural Sciences and the Central Library at Banaras Hindu University (BHU), in collaboration with the Albert R. Mann Library at Cornell University on December 15–16, 2011. The workshop discussions and presentation enabled participants to discuss constraints, share experiences, and gain insightful knowledge in building capacity and strengthening the academic library to enhance agricultural education in India.

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  • As a result of the relationships formed, and ideas exchanged, during the library workshop, librarians from BHU were hosted for training at Albert R. Mann Library, Cornell University, June 17–August 26, 2012. Dr. Ajay Kumar Srivastava and Dr Vaishampayan, two librarians from BHU, traveled to Albert R. Mann Library to train in e-learning, e-resource development and digitization of study materials to increase their accessibility and long-term preservation. They were also trained in the implementation of TEEAL.

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