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e-Granthalaya


e-Granthalaya is a library automation software from National Informatics Centre, Department of Electronics & Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India. The software has been designed by a team of experts from software as well as Library and Information Science discipline. Using this software the libraries can automate in-house activities as well as user services. The software can be implemented either in stand-alone or in client-server mode where database and WebOPAC are installed on the server PC while the data entry program is installed on client PCs. The software provides LOCAL/LAN/WAN based data entry solutions for a cluster of libraries where a centralized database can be created with Union Catalog output. The software provides Web OPAC interface to publish the library catalog over Internet/Intranet. The current version of e-granthalaya i.e. 3.0 runs on Windows paltform Only, UNICODE Compliant ,thus, supports data entry in local language. e-Granthalaya 3.0 uses MS SQL Server (any edition) as back-end solution where express edition of this SQL Server is provied FREE along with e-Granthalaya Software. Next higher version of the e-Granthalaya i.e. Ver.4.0 is under development and will be released during last quarter of 2014. e-Granthalaya Ver.4.0 will provide a Web-based solution with enterprise mode where a centralized database will be used for a cluster of libraries. e-Granthalaya 4.0 will use MS SQL Server as well as PostgreSQL as back-end database solutions and will also be available in NIC cloud computing environment with hosting facility to Government libraries.

History


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 Informatics 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 the software:

Technology/Platform used

 Version

 Year

 DBMS

Visual Basic 6/ASP/HTML 1.0

2003

MS SQL Server 7
Visual Basic 6/ASP/HTML 2.0 2005 MS SQL Server 2000
VB.NET/ASP.NET 2.0 3.0 2007 MS SQL Server 2005
ASP.NET 4.0/AJAX/SilverLight

(*Under Development)

4.0 2014 MS SQL Server/PostGreSQL

System Requirements


For Stand-Alone Mode (All the Components to be installed on a Single PC):

    Hardware: P IV or above with backup device, Min 1 GB RAM, 40GB HDD

    OS: Windows XP(SP2)/Vista/win 7/8

    DBMS: MS SQL Server 2005/2008/R2/2012 (any Edition/express Edition is FREE and given with e-Granthalaya CD)

    Connectivity: LAN/Internet Connectivity

For Clietn-Server Mode:

    Server PC:

    Hardware: A Server Pc with Min 4GB RAM, 80GB HDD

    OS: Windows Client OS (Win 7/8) or Windows Server 2008/R2/2012 (Standard/Enterprise Edition)

    RDBMS: MS SQL Server 2005/2008/R2/2012 (Express Edition/Standard Edition/Any Other Edition)  

    Connectivity: LAN/Internet Connectivity

    BarCode Printer (Any Model/Make) with Barcode Reader

   

Software Components


e-Granthalaya 3.0 contains following components, some of these are installed in the Server PC while rest of these are installed in the Client PCs:

 

1. Database (MS SQL Server 2005/2008/R2/2012) - on Server PC (Windows xp/7/8/Server 2003/Server 2008/Latest)

2. Web OPAC - on Server PC

3. Data entry program (eG3 Client)- on client PCs

 

Distribution Policy


The software is provided at zero cost to the Government and Government Funded Organizations. The support is given by email/phone/vc/remote access, etc.  The on-site training, Data Entry, Maintenance, Migration, and dedicated support, etc are provided on Payment basis by the NICSI Emapnelment Agency. Government Libraries Hosting may also be done in NIC Server as per NIC hosting policy.

 

How to get the Software


 

The e-Granthalaya software can be get from any District/State Centres of NIC or from NIC Hqs, New Delhi by sending one official letter on letter head duly signed by Authority along with duly filled request form. The Request Form can be downloaded from here...

 

Features

  • Runs on Windows Platform Only (Win XP/vista/7/8/Server 2003/2008/2012)

  • Provides Local/LAN/WAN 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 of eG3 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)

  • 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.

 

Rolling Out Services

 

NIC has empanelled Three agencies under National Informatics Centre Services Inc (NICSI) - a public sector company under National Informatics Centre, DeITY, MCIT, Government of India. These agencies are selected based on Tender and empanelled for Rolling Out various Services of e-Granthalaya Software. These services includes Implementation of e-Granthalaya Software, on-site training, data entry, data migration and support services, etc The rates and Terms & conditions are listed in the pdf documents here.. 

Any organization who wish to avail rolling out services from any of the following agencies may contact either NIC/NICSI or any agency for implementing e-Granthalaya Software in their organizations as paid project. Payment has to be made to NICSI and then NICSI will release work order in favour of one Agency of your choice. Agency will do the job and will get completion certificate from users for getting payment from NICSI. e-Granthalaya team will provide technical support for software.

1. M/s. IAP Company Pvt Ltd, 3F Palam Traingle, Palam Vihar, Gurgaon - 122 017 (Haryana). Ph. 0124 - 4133500/4133555. http://www.iapcorp.com.

2. M/s/ Total IT Solutions Pvt Ltd, WZ 248, Plot No.7, Inder Puri, New Delhi-12. Ph. 011-25836316. Contact: Ms Puja Mitra (09350277031). puja@totalit.com 

NICSI may be contacted for getting Proforam Invoice: http://www.nicsi.nic.in Email: pi-nicsi@nic.in



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