Unpad should be proud of its library. With all the limitations and drawbacks, library management of UNPAD managed by Center of Scientific Information Resource and Library (CISRAL) - UNPAD become one of the libraries were selected to be visited by students and lecturers from Fakulti of Pengurusan Maklumat - Pengurusan Perpustakaan dan Maklumat - Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Shah Alam, Selangor - Malaysia, on tuesday (30/3).
Chief of the delegation who is also a lecture in the faculty, Mrs. Rafidah Bt. Abdul Aziz, explained that the visit aims to conduct comparative studies and sharing knowledge about the management of library, especially related to digital library.
"Based on our observations through the website of UNPAD (http://www.unpad.ac.id), we consider that UNPAD has a good digital library management. For that, we hope to conduct a comparative study and get lots of information about the library management. If there are new things we could get here, may be we can apply in our university.", she explained.
The delegation consisted of 31 final year students and 4 lecturers had been accepted by the Director of CISRAL - Unpad, Prof. Dr. Hj. Nurpilihan Bafdal, Ir., MSc. in her working room. On occasion, Prof. Nurpilihan express appreciation for the guests. "I hope in the future we can work together in particular relating to the management of library.", she said.
Prof. Nurpilihan explained to the delegation about the profile and its supporting facilities. Not only that, he also practised the use of digital library facilities. He also asked them for trying to access some e-books and e-journals. "We work closely with several vendors in procurements of e-books and e-journals. In addition, we also got an e-book and e-journal collection from goverment and private (HM Sampoerna company).", she explained.
She also explained the facility of Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) owned by CISRAL - Unpad. The facility is the work of IT teams of UNPAD. "I work with IT teams of five people. So we do not need to expense higher cost for software development, even the results are more satisfied.".
In addition to exposure from UNPAD, the student representative of UiTM also explained about the facility of digital library they have. The lecture also said that the facility not only assist students and faculty to get information from online sources (e-book, e-journal), but also for the administration affairs of the library.
"In UiTM, students who wish to extend the period of loaning book does not need to come directly to the library. It is enough by accessing the online system.", explained the lecturer, Mrs. Rafidah.