- Demonstrate your understanding about the evolution, expansion and multi-faceted dimensions of hybrid special library.
- Categorically identify and select several facets and elements before getting started with the design of a hybrid special library.
- Design and develop significant services of hybrid special library as per the users’ information needs.
2. 0 Types of Libraries
2.1 Academic Libraries
2.2 School Libraries
2.3 Public Libraries
In the contemporary times, public libraries are using web 2.0 (blogs, wikis, twitter, social networking sites etc) in various ways; it is enabling the libraries become a part of people’s everyday lives. The public libraries do replicate their traditional fun programs, story times, and reader’s advisory services through blogs and wikis for all age groups. Public librarians also create podcasts, screen casts, or videos of stories in the public domain, which allow children to benefit from story time anytime. Moreover, public librarians also make themselves available to patrons at their point of need by offering synchronous reference services, ranging from providing IM reference for a few hours a day to being part of a 24/7 chat reference cooperative (Farkas, 2007).
2.4 Special libraries
2.5 Digital libraries
3. 0 What is a special library
3.1 Definition – Special Library and Hybrid library
4. Development of Hybrid library and hybrid special library
5. Prerequisites of Hybrid Special library Design
- The library's collections should be accessible to all its users throughout the campus as well as from home. Emphasis should be on accessibility, not on making all resources available to the public at large.
- Information should be retrieved using the OPAC. Whether the material requested is a book, a movie, a database, graphic image, or an electronic journal, the catalogue should be the place to find it. The capacity and the ability of the catalogue to retrieve all kinds of material should be enlarged (Marcas et.al, 2000).
- The user should be able to access the books, digital copies of physical information resources and other physical information resources in the library’s collections.
- The user should be able to access online information resources which the library is licensed to access on behalf of its users, including full-text databases, union catalogues, indexing and abstracting services; encyclopedias and other reference tools.
- The user should be able to access information resources freely available on the Internet (Pearce, 2000).
6.0 Elements of Hybrid Special Library Design
6.1 Configurable entry-level menu for all applications
6.2 Compatible User Interface
6.4 Links between electronic and paper collections
6.5 Creation of Common schemes for digital objects
6.6 Uniform Resource Names / Persistent Identifiers
7. Services of Hybrid Special Library
- Books / E-books
- Journals / E journals
- Full text databases
- Bibliographic databases
- Dissertations & theses
- Video lectures
- Hybrid Reference Services (one-on-one / electronic)
- Electronic Information Services
- Document Delivery Services / E-Document Delivery Services
- End-Users Training Services
- Document Scanning Services
- E-Book Reserve Service
- Interlibrary Loan / E-Interlibrary Loan Services
- Printing Services
- Photocopying Services
- Digitization Services
- Microfilming Services
- Television Services
- Telephone Services
- Faxing Services
8. Functional Hybrid Special Libraries – Indian Scene
- National Science Library (under the aegis of NISCAIR)http://nsl.niscair.res.in/index.jsp
- Central Library of IIT Kharagpur (under the aegis of IIT Kharagpur)http://www.library.iitkgp.ernet.in/
- IIPA Library (under the aegis of IIPA, New Delhi)http://www.iipa.org.in/www/iipalibrary/iipa/home.php
- Scientific Information and Resource Center library (under the aegis of TIFR)http://www.tifr.res.in/index.php/en/services/scientific-information-resource-center.html
- Sir Dorabji Tata Memorial Library (under the aegis of TISS)http://library.tiss.edu/
- Vikram Sarabhai Library (under the aegis of IIM Ahmadabad)http://www.iimahd.ernet.in/library/
- Central Library of IIT Delhi (under the aegis of IIT Delhi) http://library.iitd.ac.in/
- ISI-BC Library of ISI Bangalore (under the aegis of ISI Bangalore)http://www.isibang.ac.in/~library/
- NIO Library (under the aegis of National Institute of Oceanography, Goa)http://www.nio.org/index/option/com_nomenu/task/show/tid/1/sid/12/id/40
- Bose Intitute Library (under the aegis of Bose Institute, Kolkata)http://bic.boseinst.ernet.in/library.html/
11. . References