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Library Information Technology
Library Information Technology (LIT) at SOUL is focused on the maintenance of software, hardware, and support for SOUL system. LIT focuses on developing and managing digital collections and access tools, developing and supporting server-based technologies for the delivery of library services, maintaining SOUL's software, hardware as well as Integrated Library System. It provides frameworks and systems to federate distributed information resources.
Use of Computers
Library computers are provided for research and academic work. Priority is given to the O6U students, faculty, and staff for educational purposes.
Please limit your computer use to one hour per day. Guests younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Guest users may be asked to present an ID.
See Library staff for special research arrangements.
Computer Use Policy
Computers are made available to the SOUL users for purposes of research, instruction, and public service.
SOUL reserves the right to designate specific uses for individual computers. When there is high demand for using computers, time limits may be enforced; those not engaged in research or course-related activities may be asked to relinquish their computer to those needing use for research purposes.
SOUL supports the University's teaching, research, and clinical functions. SOUL' public computer equipment is provided to enable library users to access the collections and other information resources and services in support of curriculum and research needs. The following rules apply to use of computers within SOUL and supplement and interpret University-wide policies on use of computing resources http://
First priority for use of computers is accorded to 6 Oct University students, faculty, and staff.
Use of digital resources is a privilege that depends on individuals using the resources appropriately and in accordance with University policies. These laws and policies cover such areas as illegal access to computer systems, networks, and files, copyright, and harassment issues. http://
At times, the demand for library computer equipment exceeds availability. You are asked to be sensitive to the needs of others and limit equipment use during times of heavy demand. SOUL may take additional steps to regulate computer use, such as restricting email access or setting time limits etc.
Due to the public nature of SOUL, individuals should demonstrate respect for individuals’ rights to privacy and freedom from intimidation or harassment. You are asked to be sensitive to the fact that some on-screen images, sounds, or messages create an atmosphere of intimidation or harassment for others. SOUL may take steps to maintain an environment conducive to study and research.
Use of computer equipment for recreational purposes such as game playing deters others from using workstations for educational or research purposes, and otherwise makes SOUL less conducive to study. Library may intervene to ensure optimal access to computers for educational and research purposes.
We welcome the use of laptops and other personal computing devices in SOUL. Users may connect personal equipment only to the wireless network, or to ports designated for such use. Users may not unplug any Library’ equipment or cables for any reason. Use of personal equipment, such as extension, adaptor, or power cords must not pose a safety hazard for others.
SOUL's Digital Resources Area provides readers to use PCs. These PCs have access to all SOUL's electronic resources, the internet and Microsoft Office.
Printing facilities are available for a charge.
In order to use PCs in SOUL, readers are required to apply for a password for IT facilities. Accounts are available to all Library readers, whether or not they are members of the University.
PCs for accessing electronic resources are available in digital library rooms throughout SOUL.
Laptop computers may be used in SOUL provided that they are quiet in operation and do not disturb other readers. Users of such equipment may be required to work in specified areas or to stop using a computer if it constitutes a distraction to other readers.
Headphones are available on request from the Digital Resources Area Office for use in conjunction with multimedia resources.
Details of SOUL's assistive technology can be found on the 1
floor, room no.>>>> .
Digital Library (DL)
The Digital Library (DL) was formed from day one of SOUL inauguration to provide infrastructure for campus digital library collections. DL is a unit of SOUL, and is part of its Library Information Technology Division.
Policy on Access to Databases
Electronic databases for which SOUL pays a fee to vendors are restricted to our primary users. The databases have various licensing constraints; some are explicitly restricted to our primary users. Electronic access is not permitted to other users from outside of SOUL.
Data created in SOUL, e.g., electronic texts, image files, geographic and numerical data, and multi-media is made available to all users as copyright and licensing permit. Much of this value-added information has copyright restrictions and licensing constraints that restrict use to the primary users of SOUL.
SOUL provides circulation of paper based materials to all users, as identified in the SOUL circulation policy, accessible in all library locations.
SOUL team presents collections of information resources to support study and research.
Our collections include paper based resources such as books and journals and access to a vast range of online resources such as journals, articles, e-books and images.
SOUL provides IT facilities to enable readers to consult our electronic resources and catalogues, to make use of word-processing and spreadsheet software, and for general internet and e-mail access.
Most general facilities are concentrated in the Digital Resources Area but specialist reading rooms have access to additional resources appropriate to their area of interest. IT facilities, with the exception of wireless networking, are supported by SOUL's Informatics Department, who are able to provide assistance.
Where are the wireless hotspots in SOUL?
Wireless networking is available in SOUL in the main halls either on the first or the second floors
See the floor plan for locations.
Who can use the wireless network?
The wireless network available at SOUL is the wireless hot-spot facility run under the supervision of University Informatics Department. The service is available to all current staff and students of the University as well as visitors from outside the university. All users are welcome to use the wireless network. For this they will require a ticket which is issued on request.
How do I use the wireless network?
The Information Specialist provides instructions on how to connect to the wireless network.
Where can I get help?
This service is run, managed and supported by a specialized Company contracted with the University. Help and information about who to contact in case of difficulty is available at the IT Staff, on the 1
floor, room no . .
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