Library

Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, remainders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark. The pleasure they give is steady, unorgastic, reliable, deep and long-lasting - Germaine Greer.

Dr.T.S. Avinashilingam, founder of this institution, a distinguished educationalist and Dr. Rajammal P. Devadas, the first Vice-Chancellor and the spearheader of women's education recognized the importance and the place of library in the university education and steps were taken to organize the library with the establishment of the Institution in 1958. The library grew parallel to the development of the Institution.

Since the inception of the university, the library has been serving various components of the university community via faculty,staff and students towards the fulfillment of the objectives

INTRODUCTION

Library is the power house of our University. Library caters to the research and teaching activities of institutions. It collects, manages and disseminates the information to its users according to their need. Library is situated in the heart of the campus incorporating the modern technologies so as to provide the readers right information at the right time

Objectives

  • To aid the university to carry out its objectives namely conservation and dissemination of knowledge through teaching, publication and extensive programms.
  • To satisfy the present and future information needs of the users and to evolve an efficient system for information storage and retrieval.
  • To help the faculty members and students to attain high academic distinction.

MEMBERSHIP

Library membership is open to the faculty members, research scholars, students and administrative staff of the university. Research scholars and faculty members from other universities can use the library facilities with the special permission.

BORROWING FACILITIES

  • The privilege of borrowing books from the library is restricted to members only.
  • Members are provided with laminated barcoded library identity cards.
  • Library identity cards must be presented for borrowing books. These cards are not transferable.
  • Number of books to be borrowed varies according to the category of the members.
  • Loss/damage of cards and books should be reported immediately to the Librarian.
  • Readers will be charged with fines for overdue loans at the @ Re.1/- per book per day; the membership will be cancelled after a period of 10 days of non-return of the books.

OUR PUBLICATIONS

The library brings out the following publications for the benefit of the members.
  • Abstracts of Ph.D Theses
  • Catalogue of current periodicals
  • New additions of the library
  • Library Manual

Library Collection

AUTOMATION

The groundwork for the computerization of the library was started with the manual entry of the details of the books. These details were fed in the data entry terminals and stored.

The automation work gained momentum with accuracy by the provision of assistance from INFLIBNET provided by the UGC to the university in 1996. Our university is identified by the UGC for library automation and networking in 1997-98 under INFLIBNET programme. Library is a part of the fibre optic based campus LAN. The library has its own sub LAN consisting of 27 terminals , two servers to support library software, OPAC services and other in-house computerization activities within the library. Computers with access to library resources and Internet are available.

Library has procured SOUL software developed by INFLIBNET. It has been actively participating with INFLIBNET by contributing data to their databases. Databases for books, journals and theses were created. The database for serial holdings is under progress.

Web Based OPAC has been created for more than 1.35 lakhs documents available in the library. The Library Catalogues can be searched and accessed from various departments through Intranet facility. Data can be accessed from various search points. Expenditure details of books purchased by various departments along with the online catalogue is also provided to the respective departments through Intranet facility.

Circulation activities were computerized providing statistics on the issue and return of books and queries about issues and retrieval of books. Introduction of barcode technology helped to achieve maximum efficiency in providing accuracy, speed and reliability in issue and return procedure.

UGC-INFONET: E-JOURNAL CONSORTIUM:http://www.adu.edu

The University Grants Commission initiated a programme to provide a Electronic Access over the internet, to scholarly literature in all areas of learning to the universities in India. This programme is wholly funded by the UGC and administered and monitored by INFLIBNET.

The physical connection has been established by ERNET India, with 2 Mbps leased line from ERNET pop center. INFONET e-journal consortium provides the best current and archival periodical literature, from all over the world to the university community.

Our library was identified as one among the 50 universities selected by UGC during the first phase. Our library provides access to more than 4,500 electronic journals and 6 Electronic Databases from 16 well-known publishers under this programme.

In order to know the existence of e-journal service and to ensure the proper utilization of e-resources by the users, adequate training is provided frequently. Connection is also provided to each department through the campus network.

CYGNUS KNOWLEDGE PORTAL ( http://www.cygnusindia.com/)

Cygnus Knowledge Portal (CKP)-Platinum is a comprehensive Online knowledge base covering economies, Industries and Companies. CKP provides dynamic updates on global developments as well as analysis of a range of manufacturing and services industries across functions. Besides, CKP is a repertoire of a wealth of dynamic information on 2500 listed Indian Companies. In a nutshell, CKP is an indispensable knowledge tool to make MBA students "Industry -Ready"

The Cygnus Knowledge Portal has been subscribed in our library. It is made available through campus network in our university campus.

LIBRARY RESOURCES

Collection development has been done keeping in view with the interdisciplinary nature of the study in this university. Library acquires books on various fields of knowledge - Home Science, Science, Humanities, Management and Education. Besides catering to the academic needs of the students and faculty members of the university, the library has a profound collection of reference resources such as encyclopedia, dictionaries, yearbooks, census reports, bibliographies etc.

The existing collection exceeds 1,70,350 volumes which includes textbooks, reference books, pamphlets, theses and back volumes of journals. It subscribes to 210 periodicals and also receives 300 periodicals as gifts and on exchange basis. It also includes learning materials in a wide variety of electronic formats.

Access to Library Resources :

  • All documents are classified according to Colon Classification Scheme.
  • Classified Catalogue Code and Anglo American Cataloguing Rules II are used for cataloguing the books.
  • Open Access System is adopted.
  • OPAC (On-Line Public Access Catalogue) has been created. Multi-searches via author, title,subject and class number are possible.
  • Total Collection of books are barcoded.
  • Special reference collections of books are placed in separate section.

The library provides the following services.

Current Awareness Service

The new books are displayed in the display racks. The wrappers or jackets of the latest additions are displayed in the Notice Board.

Selective Dissemination of Information

SDI is provided manually to limited extent based on the requirement.

Reference Service

The library assists readers in finding information in the library books and journals, in preparing bibliographies, in guiding readers generally in the most efficient use of the library's resources and facilities.

Newspaper Clipping Service

The newspaper clipping from 7 dailies on various subjects are made available to readers for reference.

Display Services

Special displays are arranged on important events in the main reading hall.

Orientation Services

Library organizes orientation programme for freshers in cooperation with university programmes for their groups. Library instruction is provided for small groups emphasizing on the effective use of services, facilities and resources available in the library.

Students Service Centre

This centre facilitates the development of effective academic learning and performance skills in students. It also helps the students to develop research skills, languages skills and assists them to become successful and independent leaders.

Besides these traditional services, library also offers important electronic services like

OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue)

The complete database of the library documents is available electronically (Online Public Access Catalogue) which allows the user to search on author, title,subject, keywords and accessionnumber.

Electronic Gate Register

Reader's library identity cards are scanned at the entrance and exit points. It enables to get the exact number of readers using the library at a particular time. This also provides additional security.

Multimedia Center

This newly formed center through its components such as graphics, animation and sound increases the learning process through visualisation.

This center is equipped with the following

Multi-media system

Microfilm reader

LG CTV (29")

Digital Video Disc player

Collections

Compact Discs

Microfiche

Video Cassettes

Audio Cassettes

E-Reference Desk System

E-News

The headlines from the leading dailies such as - The Hindu, New Indian Express, Dina Thanthi and Dina Mani are electronically displayed via E-news.

Alert Service

Latest arrivals of books are displayed electronically every week.

Announcements

Important announcements from the staff assembly are made available electronically.

Photocopying Service

A photocopying service is available for books and periodicals in the library on a payment basis. This service makes it possible for users to obtain permanent copies of library materials. Photocopying should be made in compliance with the copyright ordinance.

Current Awareness Service

The new books are displayed in the display racks. The wrappers or jackets of the latest additions are displayed in the Notice Board.

Selective Dissemination of Information

SDI is provided manually to limited extent based on the requirement.

Reference Service

The library assists readers in finding information in the library books and journals, in preparing bibliographies, in guiding readers generally in the most efficient use of the library's resources and facilities.

Newspaper Clipping Service

The newspaper clipping from 7 dailies on various subjects are made available to readers for reference.

Display ServicesSpecial displays are arranged on important events in the main reading hall.

library rights & responsibilities

In order to safeguard the common interests of all the readers and to provide a pleasant, safe and comfortable study etc the readers should be aware of their rights and responsibilities.

Rights of the reader

  • Library collection are acquired to support research, teaching and learning and readers are entitled to have access to them.
  • Readers may use the study space provided during the library hours.
  • Readers may borrow materials except those designated for consultation only, when the circulation service counter is open.
  • Readers may contact library staff whenever they are in need of assistance.
  • Photocopies may be taken subject to the provision of the current copyright legislation.
  • Readers can view their own borrowers-record in the library catalogue.
  • Suggestions, comments and complaints can be made regarding the services of the library.

Responsibilities of the reader

  • Reader should treat other library users and library staff with courtesy and respect.
  • Silence should be observed in the library.
  • Library cards should not be lent out to any other person; loss of cards should be notified immediately to the circulation counter.
  • Readers are responsible for all books borrowed in their cards; books should be returned on or before the due date.
  • Readers will be charged with fines for overdue loans.
  • Readers are requested to show their library cards whenever requested by staff member.
  • All library materials should be treated with care;willful damage of library equipment and material may lead to disciplinary action.
  • Readers may not remove any items from the library, which have not been issued to them.
  • Readers will be responsible for mutilation found on return of any material loaned to them; they are advised to check and report any mutilation found in the material before borrowing.
  • Readers are responsible for recalls at all times.
  • Tables and chairs may not be moved to other locations.
  • No seats may be reserved by placing materials on the desks or chairs.
  • Photocopying of library materials should be made in compliance with the copyright ordinance.
  • Readers should leave the library promptly at closing time.
Mrs.P.Pricillarani
M.A., M.L.I.S.,M.Phil.,
Asst. Librarian (SG) 1991 pracillarani_lib@avinuty.ac.in, Prisci2k8@yahoo.co.in
Dr.(Mrs) T.Thilagavathi
M.A., M.L.I.S., M.Phil., Ph.D
Asst. Librarian (SG) 1991 thilagavathi_lib@avinuty.ac.in
Mrs.V.Selvanayaki
M.A., M.L.I.S.,M.Phil.,
Asst. Librarian 1991 selvanayaki_lib@avinuty.ac.in
Mrs.J.Geetha MCA Information Scientist 2002 geetha_lib@avinuty.ac.in, J_geetha@rediffmail.com
Dr. (Mrs) K. Mahalakshmi
M.L.I.S.,M.Phil.,Ph.D., NET
Asst. Librarian 2013