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K. C. Das Commerce College

A Provincialised College under the Govt. of Assam

A library is the heart of an educational institution and the library of K.C.Das Commerce College is no less. It is the hub of academic activities of the college--- a trinity of the library staff, reading materials and the readers.

K. C. Das Commerce College Library is one of the best College libraries in Assam in providing efficient service to the readers. It is a place of attraction for the students. The library has been aiming to supplement the knowledge of the students, which they acquire from their teachers.

The library building has two floors, the ground floor consisting of the Stack room, Circulation Desk, Reference reading table, OPAC (On Line Public Access Catalogue), Property shelf, Librarian's Room and Internet section. The first floor of the library consists of the reading room with a seating capacity of 115 nos, where current journals, bound volumes of periodicals and magazines are available and the Digital Library Section.

The Library with its open access system and spacious reading area provides an atmosphere conducive to the excitement of mental discovery. The students are encouraged to become habitual reader of the library which is a place for intellectual pursuits. Moreover, the departmental libraries maintained by all the departments of the college provide additional help to students and teachers in their academic pursuits. Library has also initiated a process of building a dormitory library with its less used books and the process of weeding out the damaged and irreparable books.

Now the library is fully automated with the Integrated Library Management System (ILMS) SOUL 2.0. One number of server and six numbers of clients are working in the SOUL 2.0 environment. Two numbers of clients are dedicated for OPAC. In addition the users can access the library's bibliographic database from their own system i.e. Desktop/Laptop and Mobile phone through College LAN and library's Wi-fi networking system. Circulation is being done with Barcode Technology. As on 5th May 2018 a total of 35822 copies against 30172 Record ID are recorded in the SOUL database.

The library has recently opted institutional membership of National Digital Library of India, as well as the library also going to join NERCat system, which is a Union catalogue system develop by INFLIBNET Centre, Gandhinagar, Gujrat under initiative of Asssam College Librarian’s Association (ACLA)

Sections of the library:

1. Stack Area

All the processed books (Text and Ref.) have been kept in 112 book shelves. These books are arranged in a classified order according to the Class Numbers. Class Number guide is displayed prominently to guide the users. The book stacks have been placed in such a way that it is conducive to quiet study.

2. Technical Section

The books and other reading materials are being classified using DDC 24th Edition (Dewey decimal classification) and AACR-II (Anglo American Cataloguing Rules II Edition) for cataloguing purposes through SOUL2.0 (Library Management Software).

3. Reference Section

Reference Books have been separated from the textbooks. The Reference books are kept on the right side of the stack room in 40 book shelves.

4. Journal & Newspaper Section

Journals and Newspapers have been organized separately on the stacks near the Reading Table. A list of Journals and Newspapers currently subscribed to by the college library have been compiled in order to keep the teachers, students and staff informed as to which journals and newspapers are available in the library. (Annexure – II & III)

5. Book Bank Section

There are total 3,460 no books for book bank and these books are issued to backward class students and economically poor students.

6. Back Volume Section

The old loose issues of the journals got bound total no 400 and kept in a reading room in a classified order.

7. Circulation System

For circulation we use SOUL 2.0 software package, (Developed by INFLIBNET Center , Ahmedabad). Each cardholder student member can take two copies of books for 15 days whereas a faculty member can take 12 copies of books. A book can be re-issued provided the book in question is not in demand by any other member.

8. New Arrival Display

Newly processed books are kept at a prominent place in two revolving bookstand for one week or more to attract and to bring these to the notice of the users.

9. Digital Library section

The library has also developed its Digital Library cum Institutional Repository with Open Source Software 'DSpace'. The resources of the digital library cum IR can be accessed in the library through 32 nos. of client computer which is installed in e-resource centre of the library dedicated for the purpose of benefiting the students as well as faculty members of the college from their own system through Library's Wi-fi network and through College LAN.

Library Services:

S. No Services
1 Circulations
2 Reading Room Service
3 Periodical Service
4 Reprographic Service
5 OPAC Service
6 Newspaper Indexing
7 Book Bank service
8 E-mail Service
9 Internet Service
10 E-Resource Service
11 Reference & Information Service
12 Current Awareness Service (CAS)
13 Institutional Repository (IR)
14 Social Media (Whatsapp & Facebook)
15 Community Service

Library Orientation Programme:

Library orientation is conducted in the beginning of the academic year to make the freshers familiar with the library holdings, services and facilities. Orientation is introducing the library to the freshman Library orientation is to train the users in how to use the library. Users must be provided adequate information on library collection. Various types of library collection e.g. printed books, printed journal, digital books, online books and journals, manuscripts, audio visual resources are available in the library, should be included in the orientation programme. Our Library organizes orientation programme every year for both teachers and students of First Year to create awareness about the library services and rules for better use of the library.

Best Reader award:

To inculcate the reading habit among the students an award known as “Best Reader Award” are distributed among the library members. The Reader of the Year Awards were instituted in the college library from the academic year 2017-18 for the students who read most number of books and utilize other library resources and services at a maximum in the most effective manner.

Community Service:

The library has extended their services towards the neighborhood during the lockdown period 2020, under this services the library has distributed some books to the interested readers like retired persons, housewives on their demand and the library giving free delivery and pickup facilities for that.

Future Plan:

The Library also plans to subscribe to more e-journals and E-Books for the readers. Library Orientation Programme will be extended further and emphasis will be given to create more regular users of the library.