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Information about NewGenLib

Published on October 2, 2007

Author: Estelle


NewGenLib:  NewGenLib New generation in library automation Developed as an initiative of the Kesavan Institute of Information and Knowledge Management in partnership with Verus Solutions Pvt. Ltd. Product’s unique selling propositions:  Product’s unique selling propositions All versions use contemporary web technologies and adhere to International standards: MARC-21, MARC-XML, Unicode 3.0, Dublin Core, OAI-PMH, Common Query Language (CQL) Multilingual data entry, storage and retrieval in non-Roman script languages possible Digital attachments to metadata allow a library to provide access to such content via its Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) Possibility for building digital archives of an Institution’s contributions, e.g., pre-prints, post-prints, internal papers and reports Possibility for the harvesting of metadata and access to digital content from other digital archives via the OAI-PMH protocol Product’s unique selling propositions:  Product’s unique selling propositions Seamless import of metadata from authoritative sources such as the Library of Congress, USA Cost-effective networking of unlimited number of libraries is possible Uses n-tier, and Java based technologies for scalability, reliability and efficiency Use of open-source components makes the product affordable to the developing world Database (open source and commercial) and Operating system (Windows 2000, Win XP and Linux) independent Made in India product Modules:  Modules Cataloguing Circulation Acquisitions Serials management OPAC Network configuration Administration and setup Reports, Queries and Utilities Building of a searchable open archive of digital records with metadata that is harvestable by others Rationale for developing NewGenLib :  Rationale for developing NewGenLib Shortcomings today:  Shortcomings today Most libraries in India depend almost exclusively on original cataloguing to build their online catalogues Most library automation software available in India is targeted to single library automation solutions Documents in Indian languages are mostly described in transliterated Roman script in databases Shortcomings today:  Shortcomings today Most Indian library automation solutions available today require costly backend licenses Most Indian library automation solutions available today are primarily standalone and/or LAN solutions. These approaches are not satisfactory for effective networking. The trend worldwide is to leverage the Web to build effective library networks. Shortcomings today:  Shortcomings today Indian libraries and most presently available software in India have not adopted/do not provide full support to a global standard such as MARC 21 We have not been able to take advantage of the enormous amount of authoritative and high quality cataloguing data that is available today via the Web, in most cases free of charge Access to local and external digital content via the web not well provided Attempts to mitigate shortcomings:  Attempts to mitigate shortcomings NewGenLib – The solution:  NewGenLib – The solution NewGenLib adheres to international standards like MARC-21, MARC-XML, Dublin Core metadata standards ISO 2709 (Communication format) AACR-2R Open Access Initiative Protocols (OAI-PMH) NewGenLib’s cataloguing database fully supports the MARC-21 standard and conversion/export to other formats, e.g., Dublin Core, MARC-XML NewGenLib supports Unicode 3.0 and UTF-8 encoding format. This allows data entry storage and retrieval in a number of languages Slide11:  NewGenLib – The solution (Technology aspect) Database layer MySQL, Postgresql, MS SQL Server 2000, Oracle, Presentation layer Java applet (Browser & Java web start) GZIP/ Checksum Server layer Web interface Layer Java servlets (Tomcat, Jetty, IPlanet Web server or part of Application server Adhering to J2EE specs) Application server Layer J2EE(EJB) (JBoss, JONAS, IPlanet App Server, WebLogic, WebSphere) GZIP/ Checksum XML Messaging Internet Slide12:  Shared functions resources and services NewGenLib – Hierarchical networking User 1 User 2 User n User 1 User 2 User n User 1 User 2 User n Slide13:  Shared functions, resources and services NewGenLib – distributed networking User 1 User 2 User n User 1 User 2 User n User 1 User 2 User n NewGenLib – The solution:  NewGenLib – The solution Digital library possibilities All metadata records can have one or more digital attachments, e.g., full text PDF, audio, images, video clips These digital items can be viewed/downloaded by users on an Instn’s LAN/Intranet or on the web (depending on version licensed) Digital archives of an Instn’s contributions (papers, reports, presentations) can be created and hosted on the LAN/Intranet or web Metadata can be harvested including links to digital content of other digital archives Functionality Overview:  Functionality Overview Import of MARC data from sources such as OCLC, LOC and freely available web-based resources Extensive use of setup parameters making for flexibility in configuring the software to suit specific needs, e.g., in management of fines Supports multi-user and multiple security levels Functionality Overview:  Functionality Overview Email, instant messaging integrated into different functions of the software to ensure efficient communication between library and users, vendors, publishers. Module-specific reports and queries The OPAC can be integrated with the Institution’s home page NewGenLib Functionality -- Acquisitions:  NewGenLib Functionality -- Acquisitions Support for online requests by users Modes of acquisition supported Firm orders On-approval purchases Standing orders Solicited gifts Unsolicited gifts Exchange-triggered acquisitions Management information reporting to enable better decisions in acquisitions management NewGenLib Functionality - Cataloguing:  NewGenLib Functionality - Cataloguing Cataloguing data-entry using MARC tags, fields, sub-fields, etc., or simple, label and form based data-entry Import of MARC records from sources such as OCLC or from free MARC download sites on the web, e.g., LOC Access to ten Authority Files during data-entry and catalogue database searching Attachments enable access to internal and external digital content, e.g., multimedia, web-based resources, scanned images, and full text digital documents. NewGenLib Functionality - Cataloguing:  NewGenLib Functionality - Cataloguing Virtual keyboards for multilingual data entry Possibility for entry of data for analytics (journal articles, book chapters). Option to add an item to the digital institutional archive. Such records become searchable via the OPAC and also become available for harvesting by others. NewGenLib Functionality - Cataloguing:  NewGenLib Functionality - Cataloguing Automatic validation of entered cataloguing data using authority files Context-sensitive help using MARC and AACR-II standards during cataloguing data-entry Cataloguing data-entry possible in Arabic, and Indian languages Catalogue search by several keys incl. phrase, any, or all terms plus the possibility of applying search limits Catalogue record displays/downloading possible in different formats, e.g., MARC records, citations, labeled output, MARC-XML Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC):  Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) Patrons have browser-based access to the library’s or the Library Systems’ LAN/Intranet or web-based catalogue database Extensive search, retrieval, display, print, email, download and formatting options for patrons Citation or tabular display Labeled Text format MARC Tagged ISO 2709 MARC XML Dublin core Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC):  Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) A Google-like search interface in addition to basic and advanced search options An Expert search interface for defining and executing complex searches by information specialists Users can define their SDI profiles online that are executed at user-defined intervals. Output to them sent via email Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC):  Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) Patrons trigger interlibrary loans Library staff interact with patrons via instant messages when a user logs-in to the OPAC or via email OPAC can be configured with an Institution’s home page Librarians/Information Managers access statistics of OPAC usage Circulation:  Circulation Library-configurable parameters to enable the setting of a wide range of circulation options, fines, user privileges, etc., needed in different library environments Rapid charging, discharging, renewal via barcode readers; reservation operations, Built-in traps for delinquent users, reservations, etc., Inter-library transactions supported Binding management; inventory management Serials Management:  Serials Management Integrated management of serials subscriptions, registration, cataloguing and binding Rapid registration of incoming serials using a Kardex-like interface Batch and on-demand claiming for missing issues Support for Union catalogues Management Information reporting for better serials management Installed base:  Installed base Four large universities Two international organizations One multinational software company One political party, viz., Telugu Desam Party One public library at Auroville near Pondicherry Over 45 engineering, arts, science and commerce colleges Installed base:  Installed base The Installations link on our web site, shows a full list of installations. URLs of OPACs using NewGenLib:  URLs of OPACs using NewGenLib Goa University Academic Library Network at ICRISAT, Patancheru network at: Bangalore University Library Network at Product offerings:  Product offerings Single user, small library version Multi-user, single library LAN/Intranet version Multi-user single library Web version Multi-user, multi-library Networking/Consortium version Contact:  Contact Kesavan Institute of Information and Knowledge Management or Verus Solutions Pvt. Ltd., 69, Krishnapuri Colony West Marredpally Secunderabad AP, India - 500 026 Phone no: 91-40 2780 3947, 91-40 55473947 Email:,, Slide31:  Thank you

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