Specialised services provided by the library
Facility exists for selective dissemination of information, with the LRC providing both general and specific references.
The LRC includes a reprography/printing/scanning facility.
Inter-library Loan Service
The LRC has inter-library borrowing facility with a number of libraries covering different types of tertiary institutions ”basic sciences, health sciences and dental sciences, within the Hubli-Dharwad region as well as other regions of the state. Students also directly avail the library facilities in the SDM College of Medical Sciences.
Information Deployment and Notification
Students and faculty members are made aware of the new arrivals by exhibiting the same on the display section, which is located prominently within the LRC. Notices on new acquisitions are also displayed on the LRC announcement board. Furthermore, faculty members are informed of new arrivals through circulation of notices/emails to different departments.
As aforementioned, the EERPMS has the OPAC module for easy access to LRC material, an updated version of which has been installed in the preceding five years. The OPAC module has an option to view new arrivals in the LRC.
The college and the LRC provide WiFi Internet access with high band width.
Students and faculty members queries related to downloading content are handled by the LRC s concerned technical staff, and resolution provided on a need basis.
The printouts generated in the photocopy section ”outsourced to a private vendor” is listed in Table
Reading list/Bibliography compilation
The OPAC module provides access to the LRC 's reading list and bibliography compilation.
In-house/remote access to e-resources
While the EBSCO database and Quintessence group publications provide ˜in-house access to e-learning resources, the HELINET consortia provide remote access to e-resources.
Newly admitted I BDS and I MDS students, as well as newly appointed faculty members, are orientated to the use of the LRC services and resources, for example, the use and application of the OPAC. The orientation includes providing information on how to gain access to print resources in-house and online e-resources. Other information services such as Current Awareness Services (CAS) and Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI) are also provided by the LRC to its users.
Assistance in searching Databases
As aforementioned, the LRC staff educates and guides students and faculty members in the use of the OPAC and other e-resources.
As aforementioned, the college participates in resource sharing networks/consortia such as HELINET (through it affiliating university, the RGUHS) as well as DELNET.