Rare journals, e-books now a click away

Rare journals, e-books now a click away

With a new software, BU will launch remote access service in two weeks

Rare journals, e-books now a click away

Students and faculty of Bangalore University will soon be able to access the varsity’s e-journals and e-books from the comforts of home.

The University will launch a Remote Access Service from multiple IP addresses, which will allow students, faculty and other staff of the University to access all its e-journals and e-books from any location. With the varsity announcing the digitisation process for rare books  and publications, students can also access rare books, thesis and dissertations from home and also from browsing centres.

Bangalore University librarian Dr P V Konnur told Deccan Herald that the facility was all set to be launched and will be started in less than two weeks’ time. “The University has purchased a software which will enable remote access for the varsity’s collection of e-journals and e-books. Earlier, the books were accessible only at the terminals available at the University’s library at Jnana Bharathi,” he said.

Reference material

He added that the initiative was taken for the benefit of students and guides who spent long hours at the library for reference material.

The facility will work on the basis of students and members, particularly research scholars and guides being given a CD which will enable access from other IP addresses. Officials at the varsity also stated that the University will soon make it mandatory for all students to be authenticated members of the service.

Konnur said that the varsity also intends to make available e-journals, e-books and other rare reading material for the general public and even local media via the remote access facility. “I have already proposed that the facility should be extended to people from the media and the general public on a membership basis. But I am awaiting the consent of the Vice-Chancellor for the initiative,” Konnur said.

The decision to take the e-books and e-journals to students’ homes is among a series of initiatives taken by the varsity to bolster its library facility. The Bangalore University had announced last week that it has increased the ‘Library Budget’ from Rs 70 lakh to Rs 1.5 crore. Other major decisions included are - the decision to keep the libraries open 24X7, digitisation of rare books, dissertations, thesis and academic papers.

The ‘Library Committee’ has also recommended a Bangalore University Academic Network (BALNET), a system that will allow sharing of books and journals on the basis of an ‘Inter-library’ loan.