[AI] Do visit the free State Digital Library in Andheri

pradeep banakar pradeepsocialwork at gmail.com
Tue Aug 3 10:05:56 EDT 2010


Would like to know from Mumbai friend’s weather these kind of
libraries are accessible for visually impaired persons or not.

Do visit the free State Digital Library in Andheri

Mumbai now has its very first fully-loaded State Central Library Digital
Centre; courtesy: the Government of Maharashtra. This state-of-the-art
library is housed in a 3-storey building in Andheri East. The facilities
provided in this library are open to all and are for free.

What's a Digital Library?
While a digital library is typically a library that stores content stored in
digital formats (as opposed to print, microform, or other media) and
accessible by computers, this library consists of printed reading material
as well.

Other than digital content via CD/DVD-ROMs and the Internet, this Digital
Library also houses select books on various topics like art, politics,
history, technology etc. Further, there's a whole array of help
books/digital content for students preparing for various entrance exams.

Structure
The digital library has been the brainchild of Andheri East MLA Suresh
Shetty, who is also Maharashtra's minister of state of higher and technical
education.

Dr. BE Sananse, librarian of the Digital Library, was kind enough to give us
a tour of this exclusive library just before it was inaugurated.

The ground floor houses an an Xbox 360, a multimedia-capable computer for
kids to view digital content (Encyclopedias, movies, games, study material)
from the selection available. There are books also in Hindi, English and
Marathi.

This area of the library is meant for children and senior citizens, although
it is unlikely for someone to object your presence there if you don't fall
in that age group.

The first floor is a regular library with has 48 LCD computers with internet
connectivity via MTNL Triband. The library consists of 200 CDs, DVDs and
specialized legal database covering databases of DELNET, Manuputra (legal
database covering supreme court judgments 1950 onwards) and British Council
Library (BCL) meant for researchers and scholars to utilize the centre.

In case you're wondering about the computer configuration, you'll be pleased
to know that all of the HCL computers installed there are powered by Intel
Core2 Duo 3Ghz CPU, 2GB Ram, and Windows XP Service Pack 3.

The second floor is again has more books and there's more space, what looks
like space for computer workstations, but the librarian insists it's meant
for people to read books. Fair enough!

The third floor is an Audio-Visual, or AV room, fully equipped with a
computer, a projector, and speakers. Adjoining this large space is the
office of the librarian, Dr. BE Sananse. He was kind enough to give me a
tour of this exclusive library just before it was inaugurated.

How to Get There?

Address:
State Central Library Digital Centre
Guru Hargovindji Marg
(Next to The Mirador Hotel)
Opposite Solitaire Business Centre
Andheri (East)
Mumbai

Timings: 10 AM to 5PM

http://www.techtree.com/India/News/Mumbai_gets_its_First_Digital_Library/551-105631-547.html




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