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e-Granthalaya: A Digital Agenda For Library Automation and Networking - is an Integrated Library
Management Software from National Informatics Centre,(NIC),
Department of Electronics &
Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of
India. The software has been developed by a team of experts from software as well
as Library and Information Science discipline. The software is useful for
automation of in-house activities of libraries and to provide various online member services. The software provides built-in Web OPAC interface to publish the
library catalog over Internet. The software is UNICODE Compliant
,thus, supports data entry in local languages. Latest version of e-Granthalaya
i.e. Ver.4.0 is a 'Cloud
Ready Application' and provides a Web-based data entry solution
in enterprise mode with a centralized database for cluster of
libraries. e-Granthalaya 4.0 uses
- an Open Source DBMS as back-end database solution.
e-Granthalaya 4.0 is made availab
in NIC National Cloud for Government
Libraries on request basis with free hosting of application and databases for
e-Granthalaya was started as an in-house project at 'Karnataka State Centre of
NIC, Bangalore' and first version of the software was designed for the
Public Libraries in the State. Later, NIC HQs 'Library and Information
Services Division' took over the designing of the software where
library professionals were involved in the designing process and,
thus, improved the software with enhanced user interface and simplify
the work-flow of library functions so that it can suit to all kinds of
libraries. Following table shows the release of various versions of
Visual Basic 6/ASP/HTML
MS SQL Server 7
Visual Basic 6/ASP/HTML
MS SQL Server 2000
MS SQL Server 2005
PostGreSQL-an Open Source DBMS
Hosting in NIC National Cloud :
Application is hosted in VMs (Virtual Machines) in the NIC National Cloud.
Hosting as per NIC Hosting Policy, presently hosting is free for Government Libraries.
DBMS: Postgresql - an Open Source DBMS.
Application is accessed Online from Desktops in Libraries where High-Speed Internet Connectivity is required.
e-Granthalaya 4.0 contains following components:
Database (Separate database for each library cluster)
e-Granthalaya 4.0 Application
Crystal Reports Executables
The software is provided at no charge to the Government and Government Funded/Aided Organizations. The
support is given by email/phone/VC/remote access, etc. The on-site training, Data Entry, Migration,
and dedicated support, etc are provided on payment basis by the NICSI
Emapnelment Agencies. Hosting in NIC National Cloud as per NIC hosting policy, no charging from Government Libraries.
How to Get Software?
The e-Granthalaya software 4.0 Online Account may be get from NIC by sending an official letter on letter head duly signed by
User Authority along with duly filled request form. The Request Form for Online Access of eG4 can be downloaded from here...
Those Organizations / departments / ministries / institutions where many libraries exist at
various locations/cities in the country (cluster of Libraries) may write to
DG(NIC) for getting an organizational online account to access e-Granthalaya 4.0
for data entry and other online services with a separate database/Cluster. For
Academic Libraries (Colleges / Schools / Polytechnics, etc.) , it is advised to
get a separate Cluster/Database on NIC Cloud. Such academic libraries are
requested to get submit demand for separate cluster by their Directorate in the
corresponding states. For example, All Polytecnics in the State must submit
request to DG(NIC) from Directorate of Technical Education. Individual
School/College/Polytechnics request will not be processed. Those
organizations where Internet Connectivity is not available and wish to get old
version i.e. Ver..3.0 may download Request From from
Features At a Glance
Uses PostgreSQL - an Open Source DBMS as well as free edition of MS SQL Server (Any version).
Provides Web-based Data Entry Solution
UNICODE Compliant, supports data entry in local language
Module - Wise Permission to the software Users
Work-flow as per Indian Libraries
Retro-Conversion as well as Full Cataloging Modes of Data Entry
Authority Files/ Master tables for Authors, Publishers, Subjects, etc
Multi-Vol, Multi-Copy and Child-Parent Relationship pattern
Download Catalog Records from Internet
Z39.50 Client Search Built-in
Exhaustive Reports for Print
Export Records in CSV/Text File/MARC 21/MARC XML/ISO:2709/MS ACCESS/EXCEL formats
Merger databases into Single Database
Common/Centralized Database for All libraries under One Organization, minimize data entry
Main/Branch Libraries Acquisition/Cataloging
Print Accession Register
Search Module built-in with basic/advance/boolean parameters
Library Statistics Reports
CAS/SDI Services and Documentation Bulletin
Updated Regulalry with enhanced Features
Compact/Summary/Detailed Reports Option
Generate Bibliography in AACR2
Data Entry Statistics Built-In
Full Text News Clipping Services Built-in
Digital Library integration with uploading / downloading of pdf/html/Tiff, etc documents
Micro-Documents Manger (Articles/Chapter Indexing) with uploading of full-text articles in pdf/html format
SERIALS Control System for Subscription with Auto-Generate Schedule
Budget Modules with Bill Register Generation, manages Multi-Budget Head
Import Data from any structured Source (MARC21/EXCEL)
Well exhaustive Web Based OPAC Interface with separate Membership module
Multi-copies of Accession No can be accessioned in bulk with single click with Auto-Accession Number.
Manages e-Books with digital files in pdf or other formats, provides facilities of e-Book Viewer.
Photo Gallery available for uploading photo and pictures of the organizations - published on the Library Web site.
Manages Meta data for Non-Book Materialas also Includes database fields for Legal documents thus equally suitable to Law Libraries also.
How To Access e-Granthalaya 4.0 On Cloud?
Once library gets an Online Account of e-Granthalaya 4.0 from NIC then user may access the application thorugh
http://egranthalaya.nic.in e-Granthalaya 4.0 - LIVE link may be clicked and then Select the Cluster - then Login
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