Knowledge Resource Centre at a glance
|Basement||A-wing||A/C Auditorium & Annexe|
|B-wing||Librarian’s office, Acquisition & Binding section|
|Ground floor||A-wing||Current Periodicals Section & CD Library|
|First floor||A-wing||Digital Library|
|B-wing||Reference Section (Management)|
|Second floor||A & B wings||Reference Section (Science & Technology)/ Group Discussion room|
|Third floor||A & B wings||Circulation Section|
Textbooks prescribed in the syllabus are kept here for the benefit of the users. Depending on demand, number of copies is increased. Previous year question papers are also kept here and users can take photocopies of the same or they can take CD of the previous question papers.
The reference collection comprises of reference books prescribed in the syllabus, dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, directories, maps, atlases and government reports published by various ministries, costly and rare books. A separate reference section is provide for Science & Technology on the second floor and an exclusive separate reference section for Management students on the first floor.
Current Periodicals Section
The centre subscribes to 412 periodicals both national and international, which are displayed branch-wise on separate racks. The latest issue is displayed on the racks and back volumes are kept beneath the desk of the rack. Bulletin and newsletters received on gratis/ exchange from different organizations, institutions and libraries etc., are arranged on separate racks for the benefit of the users.
Book Selection and Procurement
The faculty recommend books and journals based on selection tools like books in Print, Trade Catalogues, Publishers Catalogues, Amazon.com, Ulrich International Periodicals Directory and decisions taken by the book selection committee. In case of general and reference books, students may recommend to the librarian after obtaining necessary approval. Orders will be placed for procurement of books with approved vendors.
Classification is a scheme for grouping like books and separating unlike books. The GITAM Knowledge Resource Centre has adopted Dewey decimal classification scheme 22nd edition, which has been widely recognized by the international community.
The books are catalogued as per Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules-II, revised edition, in order to bring uniformity in cataloguing practices. Subject headings are assigned based on Sears list of subject headings and Library of Congress subject headings which are recognized as standard codes by international professional community. Cutter number is used to individualise the books in the process of arrangement.
Locating the documents
Books are arranged according to call numbers followed by book number on the shelves. OPAC facility has been provided to assist the users in locating the material. The users can access the database through author, title, classified order, subject, key words in title and combinational search. Well trained library staff members are always available in identifying and locating the required documents.
Arrangement of books
The centre has adopted open access system which facilitates the readers to go to the bookshelves directly and select books of their choice freely, which is seen as the greatest advantage to the users. The books are arranged in five classes. These are:
- General collection
- Reference collection
- Textbook collection
- Back volumes of periodicals
- Thesis collection
The books acquired are accessioned, classified and catalogued. After processing, the books are sent to the shelves concerned. Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) is provided to the users to browse the entire database.
For issue of books the borrower presents the books along with Bar-Coded Identity card to the staff at the circulation counter. After necessary checking, the centre staff issue books using the check out option in the LIBSYS software and stamps the due date on the borrowers due date slip. The book should be presented physically for return or renewal. Users can reserve books and get such information as to who the book was issued to, when it is due and list of books that are issued to a particular borrower etc.
The binding section is equipped with cutting machine, spiral binding, comb binding, pinning machine and hard press for maintenance of books and periodicals, important drawings and maps (big size) of the Knowledge Resource Centre.