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    From Pathfinders to Course Guides: Old wine in new bottle
    (2017-02) ; ;
    Chunni Chhatwani
    A Library Pathfinder is a kind of map to the resources of the library. It is an information locator for the library user who searches for recorded materials on a subject of his interest. Over a period of time, the Library has devised Subject Guides and Course Guides, etc. based on the concept of Pathfinders. Course Guide is a mechanism to manage and explore resources related to different academic courses taught in an Institute. They provide students with course details such as course title, course code, course load, credit weightage, learning objectives, contents, outcomes, and references, etc. In order to find the course contents, their related books and journals in Library, and related resources in open/public domain, IIT Jodhpur Library has attempted to develop Course Guides for its users. An open source software called “SubjectsPlus” has been used for this purpose. SubjectsPlus is a free and open source tool to manage several interrelated parts of a Library website. It allows library staff, without any prior coding knowledge, to create online course contents and resources. This tool can be used to develop different types of Library Guides, viz. Subject Guides, Course Guides, Pathfinders , A-Z database/resource lists of Library, etc. This paper will focus on the features of this tool and how IIT Jodhpur Library has used it to develop Course Guides.
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    E-Book Dummy Project at IIT Jodhpur Library: A case study
    (2017-02)
    Chunni Chhatwani
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    A book/resource becomes redundant unless and until it is discovered by its user. Finding each other, i.e. a reader finding his resource, and the resource finding its reader are equally important. Therefore, in order to enhance the discoverability of the resources, electronic books, in particular, advertising and promoting information about their availability in Library becomes very important. The right way of promoting electronic book collection is to identify the right place, right user, at the right time. In an Academic Library, usually, users seek to get information from two forms of resources i.e., print and electronic. When a Library acquires an electronic or online book, its information is usually sent via email to the users and by linking on the Library Website. Though these are the immediate methods of intimating the users about them, limiting their promotion to just these methods has not really helped in their usage. Some other methods include listing them in the “New Arrivals” lists or CAS service lists, Library Newsletters, etc. Despite these efforts, the not-so-encouraging usage statistics at the end of the year, do raise a brow of concern. While researching on addressing this concern, we, at IIT Jodhpur Library, came across an interesting method followed by University Library Center, Idaho State University, USA, who used wooden book dummies to promote their electronic books. We studied and discussed this idea. After a series of discussions, feasibility study, and a pilot project, we finally decided to customize the idea of E-Book Dummy to a more practical, attractive and a cost-effective method. Our paper discusses the E-Book Dummy Project at IIT Jodhpur Library, in detail, and how we are hoping to see a soar in the usage of our E-Books.