Workshop on Institutional Digital Repository (IDR) for National Digital Library (NDL) of India – IIT Patna.
In India, the numbers of learning institutions, schools, and colleges, as well as the number of students, have been growing rapidly; but there are critical bottlenecks in infrastructure, qualified teachers, and quality of electronically available learning materials to cater to the different subjects, topics, and language of instruction.
It is, therefore, essential to have a vibrant “National Digital Library of India” (NDLI) to create a strong backbone of unity among these diverse needs. This will help rapidly develop the country’s knowledge power enabling it to cover gaps that exist in the wide range from literacy to advanced knowledge discovery and development.
With this objective, IIT Kharagpur has started a national project to integrate the Institutional Digital Repositories (IDR) of different academic institutions of the country. Recently, Central library, IIT Patna has organized a two-day workshop on “Institutional Digital Repository for NDLI” on 17 and 18th Sep 2018, jointly with NDLI, IIT Kharagpur.
Objectives of Workshop
To provide an awareness about the NDLI to the participants of various Research Institutions and Colleges from all over India.
To provide an advanced level hands-on training for the development of IDRs in each institution.
To contextualize the role of these participating institutions through the development and maintenance of IDRs for implementation of NDLI.
To provide appropriate skill so that the e-contents of individual institutions can be harvested and indexed by the NDLI server.
The Project is supported by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Govt. of India. The National Digital Library of India will cater to the requirement of learning content for students of various categories and educational levels from primary to postgraduate, teachers, researchers, working professionals in general as well as special groups (like the legal and medical profession) and lifelong learners.
An IDR workshop is targeted for librarians and IT professionals in institutional libraries. It is conducted over two days for 40-50 professionals from 20~25 institutions. The first half of the first day of the workshop is spent in presentations and discussions on digital libraries in general and NDLI in particular.
In the remaining three halves, instructor-assisted computer-based hands-on is conducted for installing, configuring, and managing IDRs. The training is based on open-source software (Linux and DSpace). The training material and the required software are also provided in CDs. At the end of the training, the participants are given certificates from NDLI.
It will be used to serve learning content of various types including developed e-content, e-books, e-journals, scanned books, research papers, thesis etc. NDLI will provide free access to quality e-contents to learners at all levels and wherever possible to citizens at large. It will also provide online document delivery services of licensed e-resources across the country.
The repository will have various sections defined horizontally and vertically depending on user category, subject category, text, reference, books, journals, multi-media, question banks, visualizations, and the like, the special verticals for various levels will include schools, sciences, arts, commerce, law, economics, social sciences and medicine.
The Central Library of IIT Patna is one of the advanced libraries in terms of its collection and services. Central Library caters to the information needs of faculty members, students, research scholars as well as staff of the Institute, by offering a wide range of Information Technology (IT) based (and value-added) services and products. The Central Library is in the fast-growing stage.
This library is equipped with modern technology of library automation system with Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) and Self Check-In and Shelf Check-Out (DropBox) system using RFID technology. The Library has 50 computers for accessing the different e-resources of the library.
Prof. P. P. Das, Chief guest and Joint-PI of NDLI Project, IIT Kharagpur and Dr. B. Sutradhar, Librarian and Co-PI of NDLI Project had inaugurated the workshop with Dr. Manas Kumar Sarangi PIC- Library & Convenor of IDR Workshop, Dr. Sk. Parida, Adean(Admin), IIT Patna, Dr. Sumanta Gupta- Co-Convenor. Dr. Mritunjay Anand (Assistant Librarian) & Maneesh Patel (SLIA) had coordinated the IDR workshop