Message from Chief
Tribhuvan University Central Library (TUCL) is a knowledge center directed to establish a knowledge-based society for the national development of Nepal. Upon the same realization, TUCL is committed to manage the required educational materials and academic information in different formats, to meet the needs of students, research scholars, academicians, professional peers and several other users.
As a Chief Librarian at TUCL, I have been endowed with the responsibility to organize, disseminate, preserve and promote the use of information in different formats. Our team is always devoted to fulfill the need of the teaching and learning materials inside the university classroom, by strengthening the academic environment. Also, comprehending the need of the research centers, we have been providing continuous access to information resources. Today, they have easy access to the fast track of information resources. Precisely, E-resources have been very common to all. ISBN online service facility, NeLIC e-resources, NepJOL, UN depository collection, British council digital wall, theses database, ADB digital publication, Chinese corner and many other manuscripts, archive and rare books collection reflect the consistent attempt made by the TUCL in providing materials both in conventional and e-formats and foster an environment conducive to study and research.
Production of knowledge and its transformation is facilitated with the virtue of UNESCO support along with the facilities offered by the University Grants Commission (UGC) financially. Different kinds of electronic appliances, and modern technological equipment have been used for the library security system. Plans are being considered to set up an international standard library building in the line to promote standards, guidelines and set best practices in fulfilling the teaching and research needs of the University.
While promoting the culture of resource sharing, networking and exchange of databases, and also in terms of offering all the varieties of services rendered to its clienteles, TU Central library has yet to do a lot in the upcoming days in order to support the teaching, study and research activities of the university, particularly to meet the ever-increasing demands of the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) literate modern society. For this, it has become imperative to introduce new equipment and mechanisms, and also undertake activities in the capacity building of its staff, to help the library clientele and staff save their time during the technical and service rendering procedures.
In terms of the physical infrastructure, content and outreach programs, numerous achievements have been made in the past decades. Still, there is a room for improvement. Owing to the same, several plans could be materialized or achieved in the future, which have been identified as:
- Updating the TUCL’s computer database by means of retrospective conversion of the old card catalogues, thereby totally replacing the card catalogues with the help of computer databases;
- Strengthening the E-Resources facilities, viz, NepJOL, NeLIC databases & E-books;
- Introducing and replacing the outdated bar-code system by RFID (Radio Frequency Identification technology;
- Strengthening the professional expertise of TU Central library’s librarians by means of finding opportunities to attend national and international trainings/conferences;
- Bringing out a magazine-like publication enlisting all the libraries of TU’s constituent campuses and disseminating the information about their collection, staff strength, services rendered, and their requirements for further improvement;
- Digitizing the TU archives, the rare books collection, manuscripts and other fragile documents;
- Finding resources to establish an audio recording studio to produce audio books for VIPs;
- Cataloguing the entire books of ISBN depository collection;
- Digitizing the village profiles;
- Digitizing the entire theses and dissertations;
- Developing the concept of digital library;
- Installing the advance security System;
- Installing the plagiarism checker software;
- Safeguarding the manuscript collection;
- Uploading full text theses and dissertations in computer system;
On behalf of TUCL, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Vice Chancellor of Tribhuvan University Prof. Dr. Dharma Kamta Baskota, and Rector of Tribhuvan University Prof. Dr. Shiva Lal Bhusal for having extended their supports on our endeavors in improving and strengthening the library facilities, and also for writing some words of encouragements for this annual report. Equally, I am grateful to Tribhuvan University registrar Prof. Dr. Peshal Dahal for supporting our activities variously. Unforgettably, the section heads of our library deserve a special mention in bringing out this annual report on time.
Purna Lal Shrestha
Tribhuvan University Central Library (TUCL)
Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal