May 23, 2013 | 11:14 PM (BD Time)
23 May, 2013 Thursday
Half-digitalisation of JU central library eases reading of students
The automation of Jahangirnagar University (JU) central library has enabled its students to search for books from the library catalogue easily hence its being used software based computer system.
The students who use the library regularly would not have to wait for searching books as they can get information about their required books in a minute using the Information Communication Technology (ICT) through computer, Acting Librarian Professor Dr S M Badiar Rahman told The New Nation yesterday in a special interview at his office.
"Not only books, the JU central library is also providing online journals to help students and teachers carry out research activities," he said adding, students and teachers of the university can get the journals.
Seeking financial assistance from the authorities concerning the government to turn the library a modern one with implementing digitization programme, Badiar said the paucity of fund has slowed down the digitization process of the central library of the country's full-plugged residential university having about 15 thousand students.
Deputy librarian Md Rezaul Haque Shuvo told this correspondent that, to uphold the seat crisis the furnished of 50/60 students have been completed in 3rd floor of the library.
Vice-Chancellor of JU Prof Dr Shariff Enamul Kabir said that the JU has taken initiatives to digitize its central library for easy access of the students to library.
In the meantime, JU central library is plunged into multifarious problems hampering quality education of the university, one of the highest academic seats of the country as a residential university.
The incomplete three storied library building contains only 132 seats around 500 teachers of the institution, is plagued with a series seat problems that are increasing every day.
The library does not have sufficient numbers seat, reference books and necessary journal for the students and researchers.
"This problem has been increased during the last four years back as several new departments have been introduced but necessary books have not been included in the library", Badiar Rahman said adding.
"During the last four years the developmental allocation was hardly enough to buy any books for the new departments", he added.
The dilapidated library building has remained incomplete for 21 years without proper rooms, office and space for toilets for thousands of readers and researchers here, an official of the library told this correspondent adding that no administration of the university had taken initiative to complete the multi-storied modern library complex.
The ground floor of the library packed with the book shelves, special teachers room, catalogues and computers while the first floor of the library filled with the study table and reference room where long benches are placed to study here.
"New launched department of this year the referenced books about Law, Journalism and public health are not available in the library while we find the book in the catalogues but cannot find it in the book racks" said Afzal, Munni, Ezzaz, Mou, Sakil, Mousumi, Keya and Mohiddin alls are first year students of Law & Justice department.
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