The MoU, signed with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), is aimed at developing a group catalogue to share library resources on the digital platform, creating an institutional repository, and implementing an advanced library management system.
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) has inked a memorandum of understanding with the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), as part of the National Agricultural Innovation Project, for carrying out a project for strengthening its digital library and information management.
According to the Vice-Chancellor of TNAU, K. Ramasamy, the university will develop a group catalogue to share library resources on the digital platform, create an institutional repository and implement the advanced library management system.
Effective search and retrieval facilities can be accessed on www.egranth.ac.in or www.agricat.worldcat.org. The search is available at three levels – global search, group search, and individual library search.
Agricat Libraries (group search), is a virtual experience of physically visiting the library, searching through the catalogue, taking the desired book and browsing through it before deciding to borrow it.
The ICAR is a repository of knowledge in agriculture and allied sciences and is available in the conventional print form in the libraries of research institutions and State Agricultural Universities. Digitisation of these books allows online access to researchers, teachers and students.
The project also facilitates implementation of ‘Koha’, an open source advanced library management software.
R. Vijayaraghavan, Special Officer (Publications and Public Relations), TNAU, is the consortium Principal Investigator of the project, and N.S. Vannamuthu, Librarian, is the Co-Principal Investigator.