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Building IR in the academic libraries: Current Practices and future Possibilities (Poster)

Madaiah Krishnamurthy
Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore, India

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The Open access movement has gained increasing power as the part of global scholarly communication by enabling researcher’s access information that is free available and sharable online. Although the importance of the matter is being conceived in developing countries like India.. IR has been developed at Indian Statistical Institute Library to help provide access to quality information services for students and faculty using DSpace. This paper reviews the best practices of software to adopt in day-to-day activities of the library. It describes the continuing revolving road map of its features, which is becoming more like a hybrid vehicle employing the open source software. These concepts and their benefits and importance to libraries are discussed. Benefits include lower costs, greater accessibility, and better prospects for long-term preservation of scholarly works. The paper concludes by formulating the best practice of digital library for information professionals of the 21st century.

1. Outline of Paper for Presentation

Digital libraries are electronic libraries in which large number of geographically distributed users can access the contents of large and diverse repositories of electronic objects. Electronic objects include networked text, images, maps sounds videos and catalogues and scientific, business and government data sets.

Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore, India has applied few digital information techniques to provide service to its users. As one of the practical applications, DSpace has been installed on Fedora with personal web server to designed digital repository of Indian Statistical Institute.(http://library.isibang.ac.in:8080/dspace)The purposes of a digital library are several fold; (a) information that is digitized can become available to anyone anywhere in the world; (b) to promote efficient delivery of information economically to all the users; (c) information resources can be made freely available on the internet.

Selecting collections from the Indian Statistical Institute library for digitations needs careful consideration and planning. Thus, to carry out our digitization experiments only a few collections like Indo –AMS conference papers were found to be the more suitable in terms of feasibility, effort needed and cost. On a first priority these papers has been taken up for digitization. One of the major decisions to be made is how to store the files that will comprise the digital library. Two possible methods are using a database and creating a special directory and file structure using PDF. The software we chose was DSpace. The reason being it is open source software. It provides a new way of organizing information on Mathematics, Statistics, Quality Control and S.R.Ranganathan Collection.

Digital Collection building with DSpace

· Steps followed in digital collection building

1. Uploading of PDF files to digital library of mathematics through DSpace
2. Enriching the imported files with metadata information.
3. Design
· Providing general information
· Selection of documents
· Browsing classifiers: modules called author, title, date, and classification are specified in a collection.
4. Collection building

In Dspace, we can import all most all file formats like HTML, PDF, TIFF, JPEG and JPG image files.

The paper concludes by formulating the best practice of digital library designing for library and information professionals of the 21st century.

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