From the Desk of Librarian

 

Libraries are backbone of any civilized society and heart of any academic institution. Thus the library at Delhi Technological University also acquires a prominent place among the students and faculty. Situated in a three storied centrally air-conditioned Building spread over an area of 5000 square meters, it is a central place for academic and research activities. The library has a well equipped conference hall with the seating capacity of 150 for academic discussions and reading rooms for 300 users. The library has a very rich collection of relevant books and journals.

The library services at Delhi Technological University are provided to students, staff & faculty members for updating their knowledge and supporting the research and teaching / learning activities.

These services are provided through the central library and departmental libraries. Keeping in view the fast changes in technology, the knowledge base of the library is updated regularly by way of adding new literature in the form of text books, reference books, reports, proceedings, abstracts & indexes, encyclopedias, data books, standards (National & International), Journals & database on CD-ROM. Apart from adding the new literature, the basic literature is also procured for the new programmes along with current one.

Main Library has a rich collection of more than 123000 books having 75 thousand unique titles, covering almost all areas of Engineering, Science & Technology and is open to all students & faculty members, from where they can grow borrow the required books as per rules. A large number of Encyclopedias, Handbooks, Standards, Reports, Proceedings, Abstracts & Indexes, DataBooks, Standards (National & International) are available in the library. The library also has a collection of good books on English and Hindi Literature for leisure reading and on the other important subjects like History, Sociology and Economics, etc.

The University library also runs a Book Bank having a collection of 52000 books intended to assists students,  by giving text books on loan to students for the whole academic semester according to the rules framed for the purpose. The college also runs a Book Bank having a collection 9000 specially meant for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students who can borrow books from the book Bank for the whole academic semester according to the rules framed for this purpose.

A large number of foreign & Indian journals are being subscribed on-line to facilitate the ongoing research activities & to expand the areas of future research activities. The online journals are being subscribed including IEL, ASME, ASCE, Science Direct, ACM and Springer Link, Emerald Xtra ASTM. Approximately 1660 e-journals on various disciplines are accessible to the students & faculty. Library also has Access to several on line books which has been purchased by the library .

The facilities like Photocopy, Printing, Scanning, Spiral binding, Lamination etc. are provided to the students on payment basis within the premises of the library.

To keep pace with ongoing technological changes the library records have been computerized for making it accessible to the faculty & students at their work places which not only save the time but also make the simultaneous multiple access of information which otherwise is not possible in print formats. Well known Library Management software namely Libsys-4 is being used for the automation of library services. 73 Pentium IV machines are provided to facilitate the retrieval of information through internet and intranet. Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) of books, Journals CDs and Videos available in the library are accessible to the users on intranet. Several useful resources on engineering and technology available on internet have been identified and links are made available on the library Web page http://www.library.dce.ac.in   and www.library.dce.edu  which includes: list of subscribed and free on-line journals/resources/references/databases in Engineering, Science and Technology, list of research papers available through institutional archives.

The library being the member of consortia of Indian Digital Library of Engineering and Technology (INDEST) and Developing Library Network (DELNET) offers various facilities of member institutions through resource sharing. A Continuous Internet search is done for identification of new resource which is subsequently made accessible through library home page.

 

The library has also developed an institutional repository using open source software. The repository can be accessed on intranet and internet .Following collections are accessible through the repository.

  1. Paper of examination
  2. M.E. Dissertation
  3. PhD Thesis
  4. Research Paper
  5. News on the University
  6. Prospectus
  7. Annual Reports etc.

 

Library has prepared a manual for exposing the library activities to the new comers. This manual is provided at the time of enrollment as member of the library. This is also available on the digital library for reference.

Library organizes information literacy programmes under the title “explore the library” for users. These programmes consist of hands on knowledge to the participants on searching the engineering and technology literarure ,and the facilities available in the library . With the help of DCE LIBRARY USER GROUP library organizes training programmes for interested users on web designing, network management and server management . After training, the users are supposed to help voluntarily in maintenance of library network, webpage and other activities.

To provide the efficient management, the constant vigil is kept on the activities of staff and users through Electronic Surveillance system having a 24 hours recording facility . I solicit cooperation from the users of the library for its proper upkeep.

Dr. R. K. SHUKLA

Librarian