The new Automated Library system and Digital Library of the Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) at Nawala was declared open by Higher Education Minister S.B. Dissanayake recently.
The system supports all library housekeeping functions, including library backed administration, acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, periodical title/ article management .The system is equipped with a powerful search engine to supplement these advanced requirements.
The new system has been designed according to International Library Standards. A salient feature of the new mechanism is that it works as an online public Access Catalogue (OPAC) and as a Digital Library.
The system is interactive so that it is ‘user-powered’. The importance of this system is that this Digital Library can be accessed by public. The Digital Library can be accessed through following URL: http://search.lib.ou.ac.lk.
“The system is customized, implemented and fully maintained by the library staff at no cost. The new system will save millions of rupees which otherwise have gone to the universities abraod to seek relevant facilities,” she said.
Meanwhile, Minister S.B. Dissanayake promised that more new components will be added to the existing facilities at the OUSL to expand the capacity of the institution. He said although the OUSL made good profits, the primary focus of the institution was to supplement the country’s work force by producing skilled professionals in a variety of fields through quality education.
To fulfil this task, he urged the OUSL staff to work with dedication and commitment and added that the government was prepared to provide whatever assistance necessary to expand facilities for both the institution and staff.