Library

The library serves as a backbone to all academic activities on the campus. Our library house a collection of text and reference materials, journals, magazines, audio-videos, CDROMs and research reports which have been carefully selected from a number of national and international professional institutions. All students have direct access to library resources not only of their own faculty but also of other faculty to promote interdisciplinary interaction.The library of NIILM University offer workshops and courses outside of formal, graded coursework, which are meant to provide students with the tools necessary to succeed in their programs. These workshops may include help with citations, effective search techniques, journal databases, and electronic citation software. These workshops provide students with skills that can help them achieve success in their academic careers (and often, in their future occupations), which they may not learn inside the classroom. In addition to providing materials, library also provides the services of librarians who are experts at finding and organizing information and at interpreting information needs. It provides quiet areas for studying, and also often offers common areas to facilitate group study and collaboration. The Library provides facilities for access to their electronic resources and the Internet. It is extending services beyond the physical walls of a building, by providing material accessible by electronic means, and by providing the assistance of librarians in navigating and analyzing very large amounts of information with a variety of digital tools.

The library provides a quiet study space for students on campus; it may also provide group study space, such as meeting rooms. The library provides a “gateway” for students, faculty members and researchers to access various resources, both print/physical and digital. The university’s library has subscribed to electronic journals databases, providing research and scholarly writing software, and usually provides computer workstations or computer labs for students to access journals, library search databases and portals, institutional electronic resources, internet access, and course- or task-related software (i.e. word processing and spreadsheet software). They are increasingly acting as an electronic repository for institutional scholarly research and academic knowledge, such as the collection of digital copies of students’ theses and dissertations.

The University has adopted an integrated library system (ILS), also known as a library management system (LMS), is an enterprise resource planning system for a library, used to track items owned, orders made, bills paid, and patrons who have borrowed. An ILS usually comprises a relational database, software to interact with that database, and two graphical user interfaces (one for patrons, one for staff & separate software functions into discrete programs called modules, each of them integrated with a unified interface. Examples of modules might include:

  • acquisitions (ordering, receiving, and invoicing materials)
  • cataloging (classifying and indexing materials)
  • circulation (lending materials to patrons and receiving them back)
  • serials (tracking magazine and newspaper holdings)
  • the OPAC (public interface for users)

 

Each patron and item has a unique ID in the database that allows the ILS to track its activity.