Dr.NTR UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCE :: NTRMEDNET

Activities of NTRMEDNET Consortium & Digital Library
Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences has launched
• A Digital Library with necessary infrastructure for hosting and archiving E-journals.
• NTRMEDNET Consortium
NTRMEDNET was conceived as the Consortium of all the teaching institutions affiliated to the University to pursue the need for networking and resource sharing.
NTRMEDNET Consortium

The Consortium was started with a vision to improve the quality of education and research in the Medical Colleges of the state through enhanced access to high quality medical literature. One of the goals of NTRMEDNET Consortium is to provide cost-effective services i.e., greater access to information at a minimum cost. The Consortium has successfully accomplished the task of developing an E-journal consortium and a resource-sharing model that networks the health science colleges in the State of Andhra Pradesh.

Achievements:

In the year 2008 - NTRMEDNET Consortium & Digital Library has subscribed to 795 E-journals and 83 books and also 150 print journals to facilitate the staff and students of 43 affiliated colleges in Modern Medicine, Dental & Homoeopathy.

The NTRMEDNET Consortium & Digital Library has conducted a work shop on “E-JOURNALS @ NTRMEDNET CONSORTIUM: Hands on Training” on 24th September 2008. Dr. H.S.Siddamallaiah, Principal Library and Information Officer, Library and Information Centre, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore gave the keynote address.

In the year 2009 - NTRMEDNET Consortium & Digital Library has subscribed to 165 E-journals and 114 E-books and 142 print journals to give access to 51 affiliated colleges in Modern Medicine, Dental, ISM & H and Nursing colleges.

A training program was organized on 8th June, 2009 at Shadan Institute of Medical Sciences, Peerancheru, Hyderabad and on 9th June, 2009 at Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad and invited the faculty and students of Osmania Medical College, Gandhi Medical College and Government Dental College, Hyderabad.

Ms. Dju Lyn, Account Development Manager for Asia Pacific, Singapore of British Medical Journal Group conducted a workshop on 09.07.2009 to the Librarians of 32 Modern Medical Colleges

Today, i.e., for 2010 NTRMEDNET Consortium has subscribed to 1614 E-journals and 114 E-books to give access to 306 Health science institutions of all the faculties Modern Medicine, Dental, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Laboratory Technology and Ayush under Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences affiliation reaching out to the needs of students, teachers and researchers.

The NTRMEDNET Consortium & Digital Library has conducted a seminar in collaboration with Elsevier Health Sciences on “Development of Medical Libraries in the Digital age” at Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam on 24.02.2010 and also conducted a seminar on “User Awareness programme on E-resources of NTRMEDNET Consortium” at Rangaraya Medical College, Kakinada on 03.05.2010.

To impart knowledge and expertise in accessing E-journals and E-books training programmes were organized periodically to the Librarians of Medical, Dental, Ayush, Nursing and Paramedical colleges. From January, 2009 to March, 2010 the NTRMEDNET Consortium & Digital Library has conducted 20 Hands on training programmes to the librarians of the affiliated colleges.

Digital Library

The Digital Library has joined ERMED consortium hosted by National Medical Library, New Delhi to access 2295 e-journals from the year 2008. The Digital Library is also a member of INFONET consortium of UGC. Articles from the journals of ERMED and INFONET will be sent to the students and faculty of affiliated colleges on request.

Many of the colleges were visited by the team of NTRMEDNET Consortium & Digital Library and explained about the E-resources and technical issues in establishing a Digital Library. The publishers also visited the libraries to explain the respective websites.

The Digital Library of the University is catering to the needs of students and faculty of affiliated colleges by providing the search articles through Emails from the journals of NTRMEDNET Consortium & Digital Library, ERMED Consortia and INFLIBNET of UGC and to the visitors of the Digital Library. The Digital Library is maintaining the Archives of the E-journals subscribed to NTRMEDNET Consortium & Digital Library in CD form.

The University has initiated the Digitization of Theses and will host them in the Website of NTRMEDNET Consortium & Digital Library for easy access to the students. Under NTRMEDNET Consortium, the member libraries are being given trail access to the journals of various publishers.

With these successful years of experience, NTRMEDNET Consortium is marching towards expanding its resource base and access facility to the rest of the Health Science Institutions in the state as a non-profit initiative.


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