Going 100% Digital: Global Library’s response to the Covid-19 challenge

Development of learning and research resources in digital form has been the main focus of the JGU Global Library’s plans since its inception. Even prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, digital collections accounted for nearly 80% of the library’s resources, comprising of 12000+ e-journals, 2.10 lakh e-books, and a variety of other databases and tools, most of which were also accessible remotely.

Due to sudden closure of the JGU Campus, and the switch to online teaching, the immediate challenge for the Global Library was to make available learning material to students and teachers for online instructions. Global Library’s digital access to resources was further strengthened by inducting an additional 2.5 lakh e-textbooks and e-books from several publishers, and aggregators like Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, JSTOR, Ebsco Faculty Select, LexisNexis, Pearson, McGraw Hill etc. Global Library staff also identified over 9,000 open access e-books relevant to JGU all of which have now been available through library’s online catalogue.

Global Library has also been working closely with the faculty to support online/blended education during Fall 2020 semester in identifying and accessing suitable digital course material.  It has also arranged access to interactive learning material from Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) to JGLS faculty and students, supplementing the courses available from Coursera, and MOOCS.

Digitization of Global Library’s Print Collection

Global Library has embarked upon a significant project to digitize part of its print collection.  Based on relevance, and cost effectiveness, access to several hundred e-books corresponding to existing print collection from Oxford University Press, Bloomsbury, Pearson, McGraw Hill have already been procured, while digitization of books from several other publishers such as Edward Elgar, Sage, Cambridge University Press, Other University Presses, Routledge, Wiley, Brill, Thomson Reuters, Kluwer, has been going on. In consultation with JGU faculty.

Online E-books Acquisition Platforms https://ecm.ebscohost.com/

To provide impetus to our digital collection development efforts, the Global Library recently activated EBSCO Collection Manager (ECM) for acquisition of e-books. All JGU faculty are entitled to have a “Selector Account” which will enable them to explore and reckoned e-books, audio books, and digital magazines from a collection of over 2 million items from over 5000 publishers. Books ordered on ECM generally become available within few hours. compared to several weeks taken in procuring print titles from overseas.

JGU Law Library Notes

A new Information Service by the Global Library, JGU Law Library Notes (JLLN) has been recently launched. JLLN, complied by the Global Library staff, aim to provide a compact but comprehensive overview of relevant primary and secondary sources on a selected current legal issue. Inaugural issue of JLLN was brought out on ‘Regulation of Assisted Reproductive Technologies’.

Current and future issues of JLLN can be accessed here: http://dspace.jgu.edu.in:8080/jspui/handle/10739/3804

E-Learning@JGU: Learning Management System

Global Library has been managing JGU’s learning management system, which is based on an open source application Moodle, for the last 1.5 years. During the Covid-19 lockdown E-Learning@JGU received tremendous response from JGU faculty and the students. 76 faculty members availed the platform for conducting 60 courses, with a combined student population of 2181. Moodle is equipped with powerful features of enrolment, course content distribution, assignment management, evaluation, instructor-students forums, and progress monitoring. JGU Moodle has also been integrated with online lecture applications such as MS Teams, and plagiarism checking systems Turnitin, and Urkund.

2019 JGU Research Publications Report

Analysis of JGU’s research publications up to December 2019 has been prepared by the Publications team of Global Library. Out of total 1055 publications reported between 2009 and 2009, 41.1% percent were indexed in Scopus, an impressive increase from about 26% until previous year. Overall Scopus H-index also registered one-point increase over 2018 from 10 to eleven.

Full report can be accessed here: http://hdl.handle.net/10739/3413

Global Library’s Post Covid-19 Preparedness

While uncertainty prevail about resumption of in-campus teaching, the Global Library is fully prepared for reopening of the campus. It has reorganised the stack areas and reading rooms; and has taken other measures to ensure that physical distancing and regulated entry to minimise risk of infection, with little disruption in the regular functioning and compromising the service levels.