Scientific Information Resource Division(SIRD)isthe second-largest research library in DAE, with about 65,000 books, 50,000 back volumes, 600 journals, 15,000 standards, and two lakh technical reports. SIRD caters to the information needs of more than 5000 Scientists, Engineers, Research Scholars, and students of various DAE Units at Kalpakkam. To enhance quality Publications, operate indigenously developed pre-print server, provide plagiarism checking, administer an RFID-based integrated library management system, and maintain a centralized institutional repository. Dissemination of resources is through Web Opac, and remote access is through a mobile app. SIRD services includearranging interlibrary loans, generating scientometric analysis reports, photography, videography, reprography, content creation, auditorium, desktop design, and publication assistance. SIRD has played a vital role in documenting the biodiversity to reveal that the DAE Complex is anenvironment-friendly green corridor region.Further, SIRD is the recipient of the Digitally transformed research Library Award from Wiley in 2019 and Library Commitment to Impactful Research Award in 2020 from Emerald Publishing.
Library Information Services Section is optimizing the resource subscriptions for IGCAR, providing the research assistance tools, preserving research data and maintaining relations for inter library loans. In short, the mandate islibrary collection development, maintenance and circulation services.
Digital services and technology section arranges author workshops, Publisher user interactions and training. Operation and maintenance of auditoriums with video streaming and audio conference system to conduct international conferences, technical online events and cultural events. The mandate is digital library infrastructure maintenance to ensure the information resources are available at the desktop of patrons without downtime.
Library informatics management section is responsible for publishing the Annual Reports, ISSN-based IGC Newsletters, IGC Reports, necessary brochures, souvenirs, desktop calendars, pocket diaries in time and providing services like photography, videography, centralized reprography maintenance, printing, binding , etc,.
IGCAR Library, presently called Scientific information resource division (SIRD), was established in 1972.
In the first decade, SIRD has improved the subscription to core journals and procurement of books on science and technology.Further, technical reports on Nuclear engineering-related areas were collected by procuring microforms.
The Digital Library (DL) concept was initiated in 1992. Journals and Standards were made available in the networked environment. The Library portal, gateway to SIRD holdings and services, was developed in-house. Development of Institutional repository to preserve the IGCAR Research Contributions, Photo gallery, News clips on DAE, etc. was part of DL. WebOPAC facility was released to patrons to facilitate online catalogue search.
The photography unit was established to record the progress at the construction site of FBTR and document other essential activities of the Centre. Today a nonlinear lab is established and documentation through short films are done in-house.
Biodiversity documentation of the DAE campus is done in association with experts from Salim Ali Centre for Nature and History. “Our Feathered Friends of DAE Kalpakkam Complex, A Glance through the Lens” was published in 2021.
Photocopying, printing, pre-press activities, publishing RRC Report (now IGC Report) and binding tender documents were the first few services of SIRD. IGC Newsletter’s first volume was published in June 1986, Highlights in 1988 and later it became Annual Report in 2002. IGC Newsletter has an ISSN and SIRD plays a crucial role in disseminating the Scientific Progress of IGCAR through Annual Reports.
Since 1988, SIRD is operating and maintaining well-equipped auditoriums. The Sarabhai auditorium and Convention centre are upgraded with a state-of-the-art audio conference system and lighting. Further, live video streaming, conducting online conferences are additional features.
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) was introduced in 2006. RFID integrated Library Management System was established in 2011.
The institution's publication ethics policy is ensured by developing and using a portal for Pre-print management, including plagiarism check tools. Zero client systems are provided to the users for accessing the resources and facilities.
Biennial national conference READIT was started in 1995 to promote information and technical literacy services and the 12th event in this series was conducted as a hybrid international conference in 2021.
In the five decades, SIRD has evolved as a state-of-the-art Research Library with advanced Digital Library infrastructure and services and caters information resources to the Scientists, Engineers, Research scholars, Trainees, etc. of all Units of DAE at Kalpakkam. SIRD collections are roughly 65,000 Books, 50,000 Back volumes, 15,000 Standards, 1,80,000 Technical reports, 800 Journals and necessary research assistance tools.
Today SIRD boasts of a centralized institutional repository in interoperable format and resource catalogues in a machine-readable format. The relevant resources are provided at the desktop and remotely through mobile apps to the patrons.
Further, SIRD is the recipient of the Digitally transformed research Library Award from Wiley in 2019 and Library Commitment to Impactful Research Award in 2020 from Emerald Publishing.
Emerald Real Impact Awards 2020 : Library commitment to Impact bestowed to SIRD, IGCAR
Digitally transformed research library award bestowed to SIRD, IGCAR in 2019
Indigenous development of Pre-print Server by SIRD to enforce Guidelines to authorship and Publications of Papers at IGCAR
IGCAR is committed to ensuring the highest ethical standards in its publications, conforming to the principles of honesty, fairness, and scientific integrity. SIRD was entrusted with the task of developing a Pre-prints portal (Figure-1). SIRD manages the institutional publications through the pre-print management portal and archival systems. The Pre-Prints server facilitates co-author review, approval of the superiors, and plagiarism checking mechanisms to the manuscripts uploaded by the corresponding author. The approving authority is responsible to check if the data to be published is not classified data of the department. Additionally, journal selection for the preprints is from the UGC-CARE list included in the portal to ensure publications are on indexed journals. Automatic email alerts, lockout of periods, version management, docket number generation are special features implemented.
Digitally Transformed Research Library
RFID-based integrated library management system (ILMS) based on open-source KOHA is implemented at IGCAR Library. Latest RFID devices (figure-3) such as electronic article surveillance gates, hand-held readers, programming stations, and new generation tags are commissioned for smooth library operations. The article surveillance gate was integrated to the ILMS and programmed to display the unauthorized checkouts in addition to an audio alarm. The Library membership cards were integrated to employee cards of various Units of DAE at Kalpakkam. The Library entry is protected by RFID, which allows all Personnel from any DAE unit visiting IGCAR. The centralized Library Gateway Portal (LGP) of SIRD (Figure-2) is an access point to all the subscribed and in-house information resources and services.
The standards, Journal platforms, full-text databases, citation databases, dissertation databases, the institutional repository of IGCAR, the ILL, the photo gallery, video libraries, in-house publications on digital racks, etc., are a few of the features of the LGP. Off-Campus access to the subscribed e-resources is facilitated through a cloud-based application / mobile app (Figure-4).
IGCAR instance of Indian Research Information Network System (IRINS)
SIRD is the nodal agent which has played a key role in creating the IGCAR instance of IRINS. The portal ingests the scholarly publication from various sources such as academic identity such as ORCID ID, Scopus ID, Research ID, Microsoft Academic ID, Google Scholar ID, etc. The portal reports the H index of publications, altmetrics, crossref, citations with filters on experts, subjects, scientist*(grade), etc. and for each individual, author collaboration graph, list of publications up to abstract level, H indices would be readily available. The instance of IGCAR IRINS is https://igcar.irins.org/ (Figure-5).
Three auditoriums viz., Sarabhai, Convention Centre, and Ramana auditoriums, with seating capacities 300, 180, and 90 respectively, are operated and maintained by SIRD. These auditoriums are equipped with a state-of-the-art digital audio conferencing system and HDMI-based projection facilities. Live Video Streaming facility is installed in Sarabhai Auditorium to live-stream the events across the IGCAR intranet and internet (Figure-6). The entire event is documented by photography and videography services by SIRD. Recently, a non-linear editing lab is installed in SIRD to edit the videos into short films with necessary audio mixing and voice-over.
Centralized Institutional Repository
SIRD is the hub for maintaining the knowledge document of the center. It has installed, configured, and commissioned the open-source software, namely Dspace with Dublin core metadata format and OAI-PMH standard for interoperability. Extensive customization in the Metadata registry, Item Display, Browse fields, Browse Layout, Discovery, etc., are done. Additionally, a web-based IGCAR Research Contribution database is developed to house the scholarly publications of IGCAR.
The Library compiled the scientific progress, events, new facilities, infrastructure, basic research, technology transfers, information on incubation, societal benefit programs, and biodiversity documentation and published it as Annual Report. An ISSN-based newsletter with the latest progress in experiments, expert opinion, theses, the events, awards, and honors of individuals are published every quarterly (Figure-7).
Scientific Information Resource Center at IGCAR subscribes to citation databases viz. Web of Science and Scopus for supporting R&D activities. Google Scholar Citations Profile has been created for individual groups within IGCAR to measure the research impact of publications. Top cited journal papers, journal impact factor, H-index, G-index, i10, and other citation metrics are provided periodically for NAAC, UGC, HBNI, and collaborative institutions. Citation data are provided for the scientists and researchers, for individual promotions, awards nomination, fellowship, and providing PRIS (Performance Incentives Schemes) for the department. E-mail alerts were created in the publisher websites and citation databases to receive metadata of newly published articles through e-mails. They are the critical sources for updating the centralized publication repository maintained by SIRD.
The scientific information resource division at IGCAR has taken the job of documenting the biodiversity of the DAE campus at Kalpakkam by recording the avian species that regularly visit the area to breed and the species that are native to this land. It is challenging to photograph birds as many of them are cryptic and shy away from human presence. Getting good photographs of rare and seasonal visitors is even more challenging.
To make the investigation more scientific and accurate, renowned scientists from Salim Ali School of Ornithology and Nature were approached for identification and authentication. As a first phase SIRD has published a book on birds called “Our Feathered Friends @ DAE Kalpakkam Complex – A glance through the lens” (as shown in fig-) with ISBN and SIRD, IGCAR is the Publisher.
Sarabhai Auditorium with digital audio conference system, live video streaming facilities
RFID based Integrated Library Management Facility
Book arrangement by UDC classification
Zero Client based User Access Stations
Compact Shelving Facility to store Back volumes
Digital Library Storage and Servers
Library Gateway Portal (http://vaigai) for accessing all information resources and services of SIRD
Institutional Repository in Dublin core standard
Pre-Prints Management system with plagiarism check facility
In house Publication
Publication on Bio-diversity in DAE premises at Kalpakkam in 2021