Course Theme

In knowledge society, universal and open access to information and knowledge is the mantra and key driving force, which bridges the gap between information-have and information-have-not communities. To enable universal access to knowledge, more and more digital documents need to create and share. Use of more and more open source software helps to join in an interoperable environment and knowledge and technical know-how can be shared among the participating libraries. With the rapid development of technological advances in recent times specially in the field of IT application in libraries in delivering information support services to the users, open source software such as Koha, NewGenLib, Evergreen, Greenstone, DSpace, Fedora, Eprints, VuFind, SubjectsPlus, Drupal and Joomla have been developed to render library services effectively. The main theme of the Short Term Course is to provide theoretical foundation as well as hands-on training on some of these software to the library and information professionals working in India and abroad. The Short Term Course intends to cover the essential concepts and technologies for smooth functioning and building a Smart Library. A true hands-on training will be imparted to all the participants enabling them for installation, configuration and running some of the essential open source software in their libraries. 

About Central Library

The Central Library is regarded as the heart of our institute to fulfill the informational needs of the users mainly towards the completion of their academic programs as well as the research activities. At present, the Library is catering to the needs of twelve thousand students of undergraduates, postgraduates, research scholars, seven hundred faculty members and more than one thousand staff members of the Institute. The Central Library is having two internally connected buildings (main and annex) with a carpet area of about 8000 sq.m. The Central Library has recently received ISO 9001:2015 certification. The Library is using a proprietor Integrated Library Automation Software with all the modules for automated library operations. The Central Library houses and maintains nearly 4 lakh of print documents comprising of books and bound volume journals. The Library procured 2528 print books for the academic year 2016-2017. As far as eresources are concerned, there are huge collection of e-resources comprising of full text e-journals (27000+), e-books (133,000+), many online databases etc. As far as facilities are concerned, the Central Library has six air-conditioned reading halls with 2000 seating capacity for the users. The Central Library introduced the facility of 24 x 7 hours reading room facility for 15 days during Semester Examinations of the Undergraduate Students and Post Graduate Students. Library users can make payment for their Library dues, photocopying, printing and scanning through debit and credit card. Web scale discovery service has been introduced in our library where the users can search and browse the full text subscribed e-resources using open source software VuFind integrated with Summon Solution from ProQuest. Besides, the regular support to the users, Central Library also had taken initiatives to organize several ‘Author Workshop’ to motivate researchers to publish research articles in reputed journals. Regular Library orientation programmes are conducted to increase the awareness and optimum utilization of resources. The Central Library has recently created a congenial reading environment with Audio Visual Lounge Service to the users since October 2017. The project was endowed by Prof. T.P. Bagchi, Alumni of IIT Kharagpur.   


National Digital Library of India(NDLI)

Project Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), Government of India, has entrusted the responsibility to IIT Kharagpur to host coordinate and set-up National Digital Library (NDL) towards building a national asset. The main objective is to set up National Digital Library to integrate all the existing digitized and digital contents across educational institutions of the nation using DSpace to provide a single-window access with e-learning facility to different groups of users ranging from primary level to higher education level of our county. The National Digital Library is having a full-fledged office in the Annex building of the Central Library. At present more than 1.2 crore collection which are freely accessible from the site: https://ndl.iitkgp.ac.in. About IIT Kharagpur Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur is one of the oldest reputed engineering institutions established by the government of India in 1951. The institute is presently having 12000 students, 700 faculty members and 1500 administrative staff. The institute has 19 academic departments, 7 centers, and 8 School of excellence. The institute offers 15 B.Tech (Hons.) programs, 38 dual degree programs, 2 interdisciplinary dual degree programs, 6 integrated M.Sc programs, 5 two years M.Sc degree programs of Joint M.Sc PhD. For more detail please visit http://www.iitkgp.ac.in.


 About IIT Kharagpur

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur is one of the oldest reputed engineering institutions established by the government of India in 1951. The institute is presently having 12000 students, 700 faculty members and 1500 administrative staff. The institute has 19 academic departments, 7 centers, and 8 School of excellence. The institute offers 15 B.Tech (Hons.) programs, 38 dual degree programs, 2 interdisciplinary dual degree programs, 6 integrated M.Sc programs, 5 two years M.Sc degree programs of Joint M.Sc PhD. For more detail please visit http://www.iitkgp.ac.in.