Best practice Adopted in Mangalore University Library- Orientation Programme
BEST PRACTICE ADOPTED AT MANGALORE UNIVERSITY
LIBRARY: LIBRARY ORIENTATION
Mangalore University Library
Mangalagangothri- 574 199
Ph.No.: 0824 -2287361, 2287547
Abstract: In this practice I have highlighted the way the orientation programme being
conducted. It helps all users of the library to know the library resources. In this process all the
users access printed and E-resources on their own without wasting the professionals time. It
has yielded excellent results in their day-today life in our library
Keywords: Library Orientation; User Education; University Libraries;
The practice: User education programme
Goal of the practice:
The goal of the practice is to create awareness about the library services,
facilities and resources among the new entrants, students and research scholars.
The library provides the information about the amenities, facilities, and
resources (printed and E-resources) provided by the library. It brings awareness
and motivates the students / users to avail the existing information resources
without much difficulty and effort. This process helps the users to supplement
their learning process and helps supporting classroom teaching and research
activities to the best possible extent in the respective departments. It also yields
in reaching their goal with difference.
Context of the practice:
The library has been conducting an orientation programme for the new
students / research scholars / faculty members admitted in the beginning of the
every academic year. Professionals conduct orientation training classes in Audio
visual room of the library. New students, research scholars and faculty
members are invited to attend the programme according to the planned time
schedule drawn up by the librarian.
The librarian seeks the list of the freshers from each department within a
week or ten days after they are admitted to the courses. In the letter sent to the
department we request the chairman of the department to encourage and arrange
to send all the students to attend the orientation programme as per schedule.
The orientation programme given for each batch is of about 90 to 100
minutes duration. It is done in two phases. In the first phase an elaborative
lecture is given by the Librarian. In the lecture the role of the library in Higher
education, brief introduction about the library, its collection, organizational
pattern, the structure of the library building, location of the different sections
within the library building etc are informed. A library broacher highlighting the
rules and regulation is also given to each beneficiary.
In the second phase students are taken for rounds to show all the sections
of the library by the professionals i.e. starting from the library entrance and
form OPAC. The students will be given brief information about the procedures
and does and donots of the library to be followed for making use of various
services of the library and in maintaining silence. They are also told to sign the
attendance register, enrolment, borrowing privileges, use of online catalogue
(web-OPAC) and reprographic facilities.
Effectivenesst of the practice:
- Students / research scholars find it useful to know about resources
available in their disciplines.
- They know specific locations of different types of materials,
resources, facilities and services. They come to know the privileges of
- Hands-on training in the use of the e-resources, OPAC, UGC-
INFONET full text journals.
- Building up of confidence among the new users of the library.
- Creation of awareness among users to use the library.
- It helps for good library administration and management.
- It optimises the use of library resources, services and facilities.
- It helps in accelerating the learning, research and teaching activities in
the higher education.
- It helps the user for preparation of assignments, term papers, project
reports and to prepare for various competitive examinations.
- It helps the research scholars for literature searches, compilation of
bibliographies, citation of references, research report writing skills,
preparation of assignments, seminars and also writing articles for
publishing in national and international scientific journals. It also
helps to attend conferences, seminars and workshops of the national
and international level.
Infrastructure required for implementing the practice:
The present practice requires trained and experienced library
professionals to handle classes, Notice boards, LCD projector and computer
terminals with internet connectivity, Online databases, Guides, Brochures,
Handouts, copies of rules and regulations of the library for distribution.