Delhi University is likely to soon inaugurate the construction works for the expansion of its central library. Simultaneously, the University has launched an e-book collection and digital archive system.
On June 6, Delhi University sanctioned a fund of Rs. 110 crore for the expansion of its central library, whose construction is expected to commence soon. The announcement was made at the launch of The Centenary E-Book Collection and Digital Archive by Prof. Yogesh Singh, Vice-Chancellor of the University, which aims at digitizing library resources and making them more accessible. According to DU officials, the collection has been expanded to include more than 83,000 e-books, digital archives, and subject collections from nine eminent publishers.
When the concept of e-journals came, many educationists were not comfortable with it, but now the mindset has changed. Today students find it very comfortable to read e-books and supplement it with their reading of printed books.
– Prof. Yogesh Singh, DU Vice Chancellor and Chief Guest at the e-book collection launch.
Adding that similar changes are required in the library system, the Vice-Chancellor also advised librarians of the University and colleges to undertake the organization of workshops to create awareness and knowledge about these updated amenities. He asserted that the internet has significantly altered workplace practices over the last 20–30 years, which requires complementary changes in the system.
India has emerged as the leading country in the world in UPI transactions. Things have to be changed in the system, similarly so that the library resources are accessible from anywhere.
-added the Vice-Chancellor
As stated by Dr. Rajesh Singh, the University Librarian and Head of the Delhi University Library System (DULS), the library system is a distributed system of resources and services spread across both campuses of the University possessing a remarkable collection of over 17 lakh documents consisting of books, print periodicals, monographs, theses, and other resources. He also mentioned that the University has acquired subject collections and digital archives from publishers such as Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Bloomberg, SAGE Publishing, Taylor & Francis, Elsevier, Springer Nature, and Wiley Online Books.
As reported by the Hindustan Times, Prof. Rajeev Gupta, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Institution of Eminence (IoE), and Prof. Neeta Sehgal were also present during the centenary e-book launch.
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