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Libraries with list of holdings

Type of Material

Description of material

Application

 

Print material

 

Books

Back Volumes

Journals

News Letter

Pamphlets

Proceedings

Reports-

 

15,247

7250

19

500

942

250

3104

 

Academic Purposes

Teaching

Research

Extension

Non Print

       CD’s-                          25

Library Timings
9.00 a.m.to 7.00 p.m.

Library - Faculty

Dr. Lakshmipathi M.T.
Associate Professor &  I/c Library

 

Smt. Prafulla Shetty

Library Assistant

 

Text Book Uses

Department

Text Book

Other  books

Aquaculture

1747

 

Allied Sciences

1300

 

Basic Science and Humanities

1530

 

Fisheries economics

500

 

Fisheries Environment and Ecology

1050

 

Fisheries Resources and Management

2900

 

Fishery Microbiology

1100

 

Fishery Engineering

970

 

Fish Processing Technology

1150

 

General Reading

2000

 

 

 

1000

Periodicals

Current Journals

Back Volumes

Magazines

19

7250

15

Libraries at Various Constituent Colleges

The University Library is located at headquarters in Bidar campus of Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University and the southern region and the coastal region libraries are located in Bengaluru and Mangalore respectively. Apart from these, libraries are also located at Veterinary Colleges of Hassan, Shimoga, Gadag and Dairy Science College Gulbarga and Wildlife Veterinary Research Institute, Kudige

Photocopying Facilities

There is a photocopy machine installed in the library (College of Fisheries Mangalore). However, the photocopy machine is out of order and needs quite a good amount of money for its repair as one of its major parts is damaged and needs to be replaced. If funds are available attempts will be made to get it repaired.

Library Administration

The University Library (Central Library) is headed by the University Librarian while the Regional Libraries by the respective Deputy Librarians. Apart from the University Library Committee, there are Regional Library Committees:

  1. to develop a plan for improving the functioning of the library and monitor the progress from time to time.
  2. to monitor the procurement of books.
  3. to recommend to the University and ULC, the requirements of additional facilities, including staff.

The other Libraries are headed by the Assistant Librarians in the respective colleges.

Procurement Trend of  Books and Journals in Recent Years

Books are procured on the basis of suggestions from the faculty and the students and the pattern of reading habits. Subscription to journals had taken the lion’s share of the budgetary allocations so far. However, it is with great difficulty a good number of international journals were subscribed to within the limited budget allocation with an act of balance though they were/are expensive. Thanks to CeRA (Consortium for e-Resources in Agriculture) connectivity to the College; this has, to a very large extent, reduced the burden of subscription to expensive international journals. Even with limited funds, the library could get Rs.4,35,000/-  worth of books on various branches of Fisheries including common interests on an average every year over the last three years.

Library Usage

The Library is routinely visited by the staff and the students of the college. Quite often research scholars, students, faculty of other institutes also visit the library, since the library is one of the best libraries in the field of fisheries in the country; the library caters to the needs of the users on general and technical matters. Apart from books, journals and back volumes, it also provides magazines and newspapers in sufficient numbers. In addition to reading, members of the library are also entitled to borrow books from the library. Students can borrow the books from stack section for a period of 15 days and the staff for a period of 30 days. Books from the reference section are issued overnight while strictly reference books like encyclopedias,  yearbooks, dictionaries etc. are not issued outside but to be referred to only in the library. There are two text-book banks- General and SC/ST. The books from the text-book banks are issued to the students to be kept for a period of one semester. The students are making a good use of this facility.

Availability of Computers and Access to Internet

At present, there are three functioning computers in the library. Out of the three computers, one is used as a Server for Library Management Software and another one used as a terminal for accessing OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue). One more with internet connectivity is used for the office purpose - using it for all official matters related to procurement of books, letters and correspondence, preparation of reports, locating resources online, etc. There are two very old computers which are totally defunct and hence cannot be used; they are to be written off as an unserviceable material. One more computer is out of order and needs repair with the replacement of its spare parts.

Future Outlook

The Library of Fisheries College, Mangalore is one of the oldest and the best in the field of Fisheries in the country, with a standing of more than 4 decades. The library has a good collection of books, back volumes, pamphlets, reports, reprints, theses, annual reports, newsletters, bulletins etc. The library has been being made use of not only by the faculty and students of the College, but also by scholars, students, faculty of other institutions and the public as well. The access to information and materials has been mostly manual. However, OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue) system has been introduced for an easy catalogue search by installing Library Management System software (Easylib) nearly two and half years ago. But the System is of a limited one with only a few functionalities. Though it is a first step towards automation of the library services and functionalities, there are a lot more things to be done for a quick and free user- friendly library services to be offered to the readers and the users of the library.

            In view of the library materials and services to be made available electronically to the readers, the library resources should be converted into digital format so as to store and retrieve them through electronic media. Digitization of the library fully or partially offers many benefits to the Librarian and the users of the library and it, in terms of the following:

  • Saves a lot of space for holding them in racks.
  • Reduces material loss which is high in the physical/printed form, say, damage to the books, loss of pages, theft, mutilation of papers etc.
  • Provides more longevity of the information sources than in the printed form.
  • Makes accessibility to and retrieval of the resources easy, fast and more user friendly and enables library services to be offered for longer duration.
  • Facilitates to make them available anywhere anytime.

As a first step towards digitization of the library resources, it is proposed to make the M.F.Sc dissertations and Ph.D. theses deposited in the library available in digital form. The existing theses submitted to the library so far have to be converted into e-resources adopting a suitable Information Communication Technology. The Pamphlets and Reports are to follow next. The old and rare collection of Newsletters, Annual Reports etc. are to be preserved and made accessible electronically.

More than 160 journals related to Fisheries are already made available online through CeRA(Consortium for e-Resources in Agriculture)

Other Open Access journals which could be of use are also planned to be made available.

It is proposed to make the library fully automated in the years to come and the better the earlier.

After the completion of the proposed project and the improvement/development of the library, it is contemplated that better services can be offered to the users, especially the regular ones, by customizing delivery system.