Digital library at universities soon
DHAKA, Dec 18 (BSS) – The universities will soon enjoy digital library facilities, University Grants Commission (UGC) sources said today.
The decision was disclosed at a coordination meeting of Digital Library Consortium held at the UGC today with UGC Member Professor Dr M Muhibur Rahman in the chair.
The formation of the consortium is expected to bring qualitative changes with efficient access to wide ranging digital resources and services in the areas of quality enhancement of higher education in Bangladesh.
A digital library is system where collections are stored in digital formats (as opposed to print, microform, or other media) and is accessible through computers. The digital content may be stored locally, or accessed remotely via computer networks.
A number of international publishers are now offering trial access to their resources for the public and private universities in Bangladesh. During the trial period, the UGC will monitor and evaluate the usage of such resources by the universities.
UGC commissioned an investment study on digital library under Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP). The study has assessed the extent and need for electronic journals, books, peer-reviewed literature and other publications by the teachers and students.
It also reviewed the existing IT infrastructure and connectivity in the universities.