University of Madras plans to digitise entire Collection of Books
The University of Madras plans to digitise the entire collection of books and also theses available in the four libraries on its Chepauk, Marina, Guindy and Taramani campuses, Vice – Chancellor G. Thiruvasagam said.
Professor Thiruvasagam said the decision was taken at a recent Syndicate meeting and a tender notice has been issued. The process of digitisation is expected to start around the middle of July and would take around a year, with an estimated cost of Rs. 2 crore, he said.
Established in 1907 in the Connemara Public Library before being shifted to the University campus in 1936, the Chepauk library alone is estimated to contain over five lakh books and over 10,000 published theses.
Rare Books :
Among the rare items contained in the library are the handwritten notebooks of mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan, Professor. Thiruvasagam said.
“There has been some haphazard management for some time but we have started work on reorganising the entire library. The rare texts need to be preserved for posterity along with many useful Ph.D. theses”, he said.
The library which has been functioning with a librarian – in – charge, is now in the process of getting a full – time librarian with the appointment process going on, the Vice – Chancellor added.
Alongwith the digitisation, each library will also be equipped with language labs and browsing facilities, he said.
The science campus of the University at Guindy houses nearly 50,000 books, the library of Dr. ALM. Post Graduate Institute of Basic Medical Sciences at Taramani campus has over 12,500 books while the Oriental Research Institute Library on the Marina campus houses a large collection of books on Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Sanskrit and other languages.
The Vice – Chancellor said a formal letter had been written to the Director of Libraries stating that around 3.5 lakh books of those collected could be housed in the Anna Centenary Library.
They included books on literature and various subjects, he said. In response, the Director of Public Libraries had asked for a particular cataloguing of the books and the University was working on this, Professor. Thiruvasagam said.
“This will be completed by August before the Anna Centenary Library is thrown open”, he added.