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F A Q 's for Members of the Consortium

Q.1: What is UGC-Infonet Digital Library Consortium?
Ans: UGC-Infonet Digital Library Consortium has been set up by the Chairman, UGC to promote the use of electronic databases and full text access to journals by the Research and academic community in the country

Q.2: Who gets benefit of UGC-Infonet Digital Library Consortium?
Ans: The Faculty, Research Scholars and Students of universities covered under UGC are the primary beneficiaries; however this scheme will be extended to colleges very soon. The scheme is likely to be open to other institutions of national importance  under its associate membership after signing MOU with UGC/INFLIBNET

Q.3: Who pays for E-subscription under UGC-Infonet Digital Library Consortium?
Ans: UGC  bears  the entire expenses for UGC funded universities for providing e-Journals access on behalf of participating universities.INFLIBNET Centre, An IUC of UGC  subscribes resources based on the recommendations of National Negotiating Committee set up by UGC.

Q.4: What is the subject coverage of UGC-Infonet Digital Library consortium?
Ans: Consortium covers all the disciplines viz. Pure Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities including Management and Languages.

Q.5: How does this consortium operate?
Ans: The universities have been funded for connectivity under UGC-Infonet and will have network connectivity. Individual university will then have unique IP address through which access is given by the publishers for which subscriptions made. However entire programme will be Administered, monitored and maintained by INFLIBNET Centre.

Q.6: Who decides the journals for subscription under consortium?
Ans: A list of journals and databases are compiled by INFLIBNET based on the requirement sent by the faculty through their libraries. Based on this requirement, National Negotiating Committee identifies the potential resources of scholarly nature time to time and recommend for subscription under UGC-Infonet.

Q. 7 Where can I get the list of journals / databases covered under the consortium?
Ans: The list of journals covered in the scheme is updated from time to time and is available on the INFLIBNET Centre.

How can I get the full text access to journals subscribed under UGC-Infonet consortium?
Ans: Full text Access to Journals can be had either directly visiting the publisher site or through the Bibliographic databases.Many of the
Bibliographic databases  will have facility to browse the publications or search as per your query.

How can I get the full text copy of the journals, which are not subscribed under UGC-Infonet E-Journals consortium?
Ans: Though many journals are being considered for subscription under consortium, copies of articles from many other titles which are not subscribed under the consortium may be obtained from any participating library through Document Delivery Service by sending the request.

Q.10: When can I expect to have access to Journals and Databases under UGC-Infonet?
Ans: The access to all these resources being subscribed are made available to 50 universities of PhaseI from 1st January 2004. However the activity started much earlier i.e. from October 1, 2003 when users started getting access to these resources on trial basis for three months.Since January 2005 universities of Phase II have started accesssing subscribes resources from January 2006 Phase III universities are given access on complimentry basis

Q.11: How long UGC-Infonet subscription would last?
Ans: Initially the resources subscribed under the UGC-Infonet subscription would be available for three years and will be reviewed after three years for its effectiveness before it can be extended further.


Q.12: Whom do I contact for more information on UGC-Infonet Digital Library consortium?
Ans: You may contact following officials from INFLIBNET for further details

Dr Jagdish Arora
An Inter University Centre of University Grants Commission,
Infocity Gandhinagar - 382007. Gujarat, INDIA.
Phone : 079- 23268201

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