Brief

The Library System of Sheri-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir, comprises of ‘Central Library’ (CL) at the main campus Shalimar, and five Faculty Libraries and ten Research Centre/Station Libraries all across the Kashmir & Ladakh. The Library System supports the teaching, research and extension programmes of the University. All the Libraries in the System have been computerised and barcoded. The services are rendered in an automated mechanism both through online and offline mode. Efforts have been made to facilitate the users with nascent information resources in the field of Agriculture and allied disciplines. A sound IT Infrastructure base and Network facility has been established in all the constituent Libraries of the System. The sources and services of the System have been made highly visible through a dynamic Webpage incorporated in the University website and has also a live Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC). The Library Webpage has attracted researchers/ scholars of the valley. Details about the faculties is as under: 1. Faculty of Agriculture (FOA) Library at Wadura Sopore; 2. Faculty of Veterinary Sciences & AH (FVSc.) Library at Shuhama Srinagar; 3. Faculty of Fisheries, Rangil, Ganderbal (FOFy); 4. Faculty of Forestry, Benihama, Ganderbal; 5. Faculty of Horticulture, Wadura Sopore. The library system though multi-campus in nature is quite adequate, and well commensurate with the number of registered Library Members. The details of Library system is as under:
 
Name of Library/Destination Area Stacking Area Seating Cabins
Central Library, Shalimar Campus 15000 Sqft. 9000 Sqft. 150 35
Faculty of Agriculture, Wadura 5500 Sqft. 3000 Sqft. 48 12
Faculty of Veterinary & AH, Shuhama 9000 Sqft. 6500 Sqft. 46 10
Faculty of Fisheries, Rangil 4300 Sqft. 2500 Sqft. 30 08
Division of Sericulture, Mirgund 3000 Sqft. 1800 Sqft. 20 04
Research Centre/Stations/Sub Stations and KVK/ETCs supporting Libraries 10000 Sqft. 7000 Sqft. 70 10

Academic Programme

The Library System in addition to its routine work conducts a few instructional programmes in order to instill confidence among the scientists and students of the University to capitalize the wealth of information available within the Library System and in modern virtual libraries. In this regard one regular academic course is offered every semester and a few training programmes are conducted at regular intervals of time.
The course "Library Science and Technical Writing" Lib 601, previously offered as (1+0) has now been changed to (0+1). This is offered as a compulsory course to PG students of all streams/ disciplines in both Summer and Autumn semesters. On an average 50-60 students are allowed to register the Course in every academic year and educated about the efficient utilisation of the Library and Online Information Resources. Moreover, an orientation course of one-week duration is conducted every six months to impart necessary skill to teachers in efficient utilization of modern information sources, related application softwares and information technology gadgets. Highlights of the instructional activities during an academic year are exemplified in table below:  
Academic Activity Number
Students who successfully cleared the course Lib 601 in Spring and Autumn semesters of year 2008 61
Students enrolled for the course Lib 601 in Spring 2009 43
Students whose comprehensive examination for Lib 601 was conducted during year 2008 38
Theses, which were checked to evaluate their format and tally the content of hard and their soft copies. 35

Information Sources

Library System comprises of 01 Central Library, 05 Faculty/College Libraries, 10 Centers/Research Station Libraries, and 08 KVK Libraries. The Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir undertakes on priority the development of Library and Information Sources/Services at these 24 Libraries spread across the valley of Kashmir and Division of Ladakh. Efforts have been made to ensure online access to this invaluable information base through the development of the infrastructure and establishment of Campus Area Networks and Internet facility at almost each of these campuses. As of now the Library System has over 79639 accessions of books, periodical back files, theses and CD- Rom data bases. Accessions are being bar coded to automate the Library Services viz. circulation, retrieval, physical verification etc.

Type of Resource Central Library FOA Wadura FVSc. & AH Shuhama FoFi Rangil KVK/ETC Malangpora RR&RS Khudwani TSRI Mirgund RARAS Leh RARAS Kargil Total
Books 14000 14989 5600 1765 3013 1000 1250 820 613 43050
References Books 2750 1800 1250 330 255 255 190 255 115 7135
Current Periodicals 89 8 41 6 0 0 0 0 0 144
Periodical Back files 8200 5500 4200 322 350 150 165 125 165 19177
Theses 640 65 68 12 0 0 0 0 0 785
Reports 2364 3300 2182 34 460 215 335 252 195 9337
CD-ROM 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11
Total 28054 25662 13341 2469 4078 1590 1940 1417 1088 79639

The SKUAST-K Library System has developed a large collection of journals in print form comprising of 15,000 volumes in total. This is a valuable treasure of knowledge related to Agriculture and allied disciplines. The name worthy journals in the back file collection are: Table: Title-wise detail of Foreign Journals existing in print form in the back file collection of SKUAST-K library system

SNo. Name of Journal Publisher
1 Acta Horticulturae International Society for Horticultural Sciences
2 Agroforestry System Springer-Verlag
3 Agronomy Journal American Society of Agronomy
4 American Journal of Agricultural Economics Back well Pub.
5 Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics Agricultural and Resource Economics of Australia
6 Biometrics: Journal of the International Biometric Society Back well Pub.
7 Cereal Food World American Association of Cereal Chemists
8 Crop Science American Society of Agronomy
9 Environmental Conservation Cambridge University Press
10 Euphytica: International Journal of Plant Breeding Springer-Verlag GmbH
11 Forest Ecology and Management Elsevier
12 HortScience American Society for Horticultural Science
13 Journal of American Society for Horticultural Science American Society for Horticultural Science
14 Journal of Economic Entomology Entomological Society of America
15 Journal of Food Science Back well Pub.
16 Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology Headley Brothers Ltd
17 Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Civil Engineers
18 Journal of the American Statistical Association American Statistical Association
19 Nature Nature Publishing
20 Phyto Pathology American Phyto-pathological Society
21 Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture: An International Journal Springer-Verlag GmbH
22 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America National Academy of Sciences
23 Science American Association for the Advancement of Science
24 Scientia Horticulturae Elsevier
25 Scientific American Scientific American Inc.
26 Soil Science Society of American Journal American Society of Agronomy
27 Transactions of the ASABE American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
28 Trends in Biotechnology Elsevier
29 Trends in Plant Science Elsevier
30 Sericologia International Commission for Sericology, France
31 Aquaculture: an International Journal Elsevier
32 Animal Reproduction Science: An International Journal Elsevier
33 Australian Veterinary Journal Back well Pub.
34 Avian Diseases American Association of Avian Pathologists
35 Journal of Anatomy : Development, Evolution & Function Back well Pub.
36 Journal of Comparative Pathology Elsevier
37 Journal of Nutrition American Society for Nutritional Sciences
38 Journal of Pharmacological Sciences Japan Publications Trading Co; Ltd
39 Newzealand Vety. Journal National Vety. Association
40 Physiological Reviews American Physiological Society
41 Research in Veterinary Science Elsevier
42 Small Ruminant Research Elsevier
43 Veterinary Bulletin Back well Pub.
44 Veterinary Clinics : Food Animal Practice WB Saunders Company
45 Veterinary Clinics: Equine Practice WB Saunders Company
46 Veterinary Clinics: Exotic Animal Practice WB Saunders Company
47 Veterinary Clinics: Small Animal Practice WB Saunders Company
48 Veterinary Microbiology : An International Journal Elsevier
49 Veterinary Parasitology: An International Journal Elsevier
50 Veterinary Record McMillan-Scott Subscriber Services
51 Veterinary Surgery Back well Pub.
52 World ‘s Poultry Science Journal Cambridge University Press

The Library System has a rich collection of abstracts of journal articles in digital/electronic form i.e. 11 CDROM Databases subscribed from 2003 with retrospective data from 1972 onwards. About 9.45 million research articles (bibliographical data along with the abstracts) are available in these databases. The CDROM Databases are the most widely sought after source of information. This information is available on local network of the library. The CDROM Databases are not only used by the scientists and students of SKUAST-Kashmir but also students, scholars and researchers of some premier institutions of the state like that of The University of Kashmir, Islamic University of Science and Technology, Degree Colleges and other Research Institutions of the state engaged in agro-biological research.

SNo. Name of Abstract Data Bases on CD-ROM Coverage
1 CABI: Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (formerly CAB International) 1973 to Present
2 AGRICOLA 1975 to Present
3 AGRIS 1991 to Present
4 Biotechnology Abstracts 1982 to Present
5 Food Science Technology Abstracts (FSTA) FSTA Current 1990 to Present FSTA Retrospective 1969 to 2012
6 Indian Science Abstract 1990 to 1999
7 Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System Online (MEDLINE): U.S. National Library of Medicine's life science database 1997 to Present
8 Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) 10,000 PAGES
9 International Bibliography on Rice Research (IBRR) 1951 to 2000
10 Current Agricultural Research & Information System (CARIS) 2002
11 Vet CD 1972 to present