Satyanand Stokes Library of Dr. Y. S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, named after Mr. Satyanand Stokes, a native of U.S. who became Indian National and heralded apple revolution in Himachal Pradesh. It is a well established modern library catering to the information needs of the academic community of the University. The library initiated the computerization operation in April 1989 and could make a significance headway in the application of modern information technology in information management to cope with the ever increasing flow of information. The whole collection of the library is computerized and OPAC is electronically accessible.
The most significant development in the library has been the introduction of E.Mail & Internet facilities on January 1,1998 when the University was brought on Global Network through V-SAT. Faster ISDN connectivity was introduced on March 27,2003. Later on May 10,2005, the connectivity was taken from Computer & Instrumentation Centre, through 1 Gbps leased line from BSNL. The use of this facility is encouraging. By availing this facility, the participation of scientists in national and international conferences was reported to have increased and publication of papers similarly expedited. Ours is the first SAU library in the country which has been converted in to Wi-Fi Library in 2003-2004 besides introducing SOUL (Software for University Libraries) to facilitate its automation functions. In 2005 bar-coding of books was completed. In the year 2007, Multimedia Centre with a total cost of Rs. 60 Lakhs funded by ICAR was established and the library is now in a better position to provide information services to the faculty and students. During 2008-09 the scientists/teachers and students have been given electronic access to 2000+ e-journals w.e.f. Jul 23,2008 through CERA:Consortium for e-Resources in Agriculture; all the Ph.D theses w.e.f. 2000 onwards were digitized under ICAR Krishi-Prabha Project. For linking the Regional Research Stations of the university with the library, the connectivity facilities have been established at the Regional Stations of the University, so that the scientists / Staff working there can access the latest information and be in a position to communicate fast through E-Mail. In 2011, the library organised a National Conference on Transformation of Agricultural Libraries in Collaborative Era in collaboration with The Association of Agricultural Librarians and Documentalists of India (AALDI) in which about 130 Library & Information professionals, documentalists, IT professionals, publishers, teachers, students and other stake holders from various organisations across the country participated. In 2012, the library installed Web Centric LIBSYS7 Library Management software and its Online Public Access Catalogue can be accessed on the web. Further the scientists/ staff of the Regional Stations/ KVKs of the University are now in a position to access the WEB OPAC to meet their information needs. Recently the library has installed 3M Tattle Tape Electromagnetic System for protecting books, CDs, DVDs and many other items from being stolen.
The library is housed in a beautiful and modular building which offers excellent environment for study. It has plinth area of 3975 sq. mts. and reading space of 665.60 sq. mts. It has a seating capacity for 326 users in common reading area and in cubicles for another 13. This is an open access library. The library has a collection of about 65,000 documents and subscribes over 90 periodicals. The facilities of Book Bank, Inter library loan, document lamination and reprographic services are also available. Library has acquired all important data-bases on CD-ROM such as CAB-CD. HORT-CD, TREE-CD and many other databases relating to horticulture, forestry and allied disciplines. The working hours of the library are from 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Multimedia is the integration of text, graphics, sound, animation and video to convey information. The technology savvy library of the University has established the Multimedia Centre with a total cost of Rs.60 Lakhs funded by ICAR. This Centre was inaugurated by Dr. Mangla Rai, Director General, ICAR on May 15,2007.
The objectives of the centre are to create digital databases and products; collect digital resources in textual, audio-video or produced in any other formats useful to the academic community of the University supporting and strengthening teaching, research and extension education; provide access to e-contents, e-knowledgebase including multimedia contents; and to establish linkage to ICAR-net, ICAR-e-journals consortium, Regional Research Stations and other related institutions.
This Centre is equipped with 40 computers out of which 25 computers have internet facilities. Two UPS of 10KVA & 7.5 KVA capacity have been installed in this Centre. One Xerox Phaser 7400 Colour Laser Printer and One Digital Multifunctional Photocopier have been installed for quality printout services. Techfocuz software ver.3.02 has been installed in the CD Mirror Server for storage of VCDs, DVDs, Audio CDs, bootable CDs, e-magazines and e-books CDs. The software enables to search multiple CDs and DVDs together with a single search command for comprehensive search. These products are searchable under network environment by all the users simultaneously.
The Multimedia Centre informs, educates, persuades and entertains the readers with dazzling effects of colour animation and sound. Through its possible applications, the multimedia centre delivers information in variety of ways. It has enhanced the information capabilities of the library. It is hoped that this centre will play a very pivotal role in information communication system of the library in future.