Special Correspondent

Thiruvananthapuram: More than 22 million articles appearing in 22,000 journals on the web sites of over 7,000 publishers. Members of the YMCA library and e-learning centre here will soon have 24x7 access to these vast resources through an e-journal portal.

The new service titled e-j portal will offer students, researchers, medical practitioners and other professionals the opportunity to keep abreast of the latest developments in basic sciences, engineering and technology, social and management sciences, arts and humanities, agricultural and biological sciences, and biomedical sciences.

The YMCA library is offering the new facility for a subscription fee of Rs.1,000. Subscribers will be given a membership card and user ID to log on.


YMCA general secretary Thomas Abraham, library consultant and project director C.A. Augustine and IT advisor Sanjeev told presspersons here on Wednesday that the library had tied up with Informatics, a Bangalore-based company, for their bibliographical databases for speedy access to current issues and archives of e-journals, with options for abstracts and full texts of articles according to the publisher’s policy.

“The e-j portal makes it possible for a subscriber to access online databases from anywhere, home or workplace or on the move. Around 30 per cent or more of the articles will be available free. The rest are paid articles.”

They said the library was working out an arrangement with the American Library, Chennai and The British Library for using their resources. It also has an e-learning programme to impart training in tapping Internet resources.

Located on the premises of the old British Library that wound up operations in the city in 2007, the YMCA library is equipped with a reference wing, reading room and a bank of computers for browsing the net.

“We have no plans yet to start a conventional lending library. Our focus is on establishing a new age library, for a virtual experience,” Mr. Thomas said.