eGranary

About the E-Library

This Digital Library – also known as “The Internet in a Box” – provides more than 35 millions of digital educational resources. This technology is deployed through a process of mirroring electronic content and delivering them to intranet web servers inside partner institutions. This digital library delivers electronic educational materials instantly over new or existing local area networks where all the connected workstations can access the library materials though installed software or simply any web browser. If the library is deployed through a wireless local area network, every Wi-Fi enabled computer device including mobile phones will have complete secured access to the e-library materials. The system is deployed through a technology that allows unlimited number of computers to access the content-rich e-library simultaneously. In cases where the institution is comprised of several distinct campuses in different locations that are separated by large physical distances, wireless computer networks could be used to connect all the campuses to the a single e-library server. Unlike the conventional library system, this e-library can be open for 24 hours every day.

The e-library has a built-in proxy and search engine that emulates the Internet experience. It includes built-in tools for subscribers to upload local materials.

The e-library also has built-in packages that allow users to create and edit unlimited Web sites. This feature makes it possible for lecturers to maintain custom websites within the network where they can organize and personalize their lecturing content and use it as a means of interaction with their students. A staff member can recommend educational materials to students and link them to their custom websites within the e-library network system.

This e-library has been deployed to over 600 schools, clinics, and universities in USA, Africa, Nigeria, India, Bangladesh, Haiti and other locations. The project aims to expand its installations to thousands of schools, hospitals, libraries and universities around the globe.

The project developers have worked with more than 4,500 people across the world, providing specialized information and communication technology training. They have got people-centered approach focusing on collaboration with partners to always meet their objectives and provide institutions with customized content and curriculum to serve their specific needs.

Objectives of the solution

The objectives of this solution include:

  • To provide a 24/7 Digital Library system for easy access of information for students and the entire library community.
  • Develop a mechanism for information collection, storage, and reservation of all documents and other formats of data for future use. This is to be facilitated by abstracting, indexing and classifying information resources for database production both in electronic, print format and microform for users.
  • To strengthen ICTs used to support access to research information within the college.
  • To strengthen the national research output publication mechanisms of journals and online publications systems.

Basic Importance of E-library to E-learning

  1. With e-Learning we become productive, resourceful and reliant
  2. With e-Library we gain quality education through sourcing from resources of several authors and institutions
  3. e-Library provide more advance and updated information in any discipline
  4. E-Learning provides feedback mechanism that is essential for e-governance
  5. E-Library is the magic portal to e-learning through which we expand our horizon, enhance our knowledge, enable and empower ourselves

The E-library Content

The e-library contains more than 50,000 books, 500 journals, and 2,500 Web sites and CD-ROMs that can be browsed and searched just like the Internet. The e-library also includes multi-media resources such as sound files, instructional videos, and educational software.

Permission has been received from over 800 authors and publishers to include their materials on the e-library and more resources are continually added by the Project Team.

This Digital Library is not just a supplement to existing library infrastructure – for most institutions it enhances library infrastructure dramatically, often multiplying a university’s collection by powers of ten. Subscribers have reported that 95 percent of their information needs can be fulfilled with this e-library alone. When the Digital Library is put into a server and connected to the institution’s local area network (LAN), every computer in the institution becomes an information access point. Resources on the e-library can be accessed instantaneously, at speeds up to 5,000 faster than the institution’s Internet connection.

Embedded Web 2.0

Web 2.0 feature has been embedded into the e-library system to allow users create custom websites that are hosted in the e-library server with no additional cost. The purpose of this package is to create a web page platform of interaction between a lecturer and his/her student and share selected or recommended educational materials. The websites can be designed to look like any conventional site where links to specific e-library materials can be created and lecturers could use this platform to upload additional educational resources for their students.

Web 2.0 describes web sites that use technology beyond the static pages of earlier web sites. Although Web 2.0 suggests a new version of the World Wide Web, it does not refer to an update to any technical specification, but rather to cumulative changes in the way web pages are made and used. A Web 2.0 site may allow users to interact and collaborate with each other in a social media dialogue as creators of user-generated content in a virtual community, in contrast to websites where people are limited to the passive viewing of content.

External USB eGranaryExternalPackage

What it is: A portable, stand-alone version of the eGranary Digital Library
What’s included?

  • An external 6TB USB Hard Drive
  • The eGranary Digital Library: millions of educational resources
  • Proxy server, search and update-processing software to install on the host computer
  • Typically used in a standalone mode, can be accessible by a computer to which it is connected or integrated into a server.
  • Email/Web/phone-based technical support
  • Free OS system upgrades via FTP
  • One-year antivirus license

 

ApplianceServer

  • New eGranary Appliance Server

What it is: our Internet in a Box™ solution for institutions that wish to make the eGranary Digital Library available to users on a pre-existing LAN or as a stand-alone unit.

What’s included?

  • A new Intel Core i3 eGranary Appliance Server with 16 GB RAM and 1TB OS hard disk
  • The eGranary Digital Library: millions of educational resources on a 6TB hard drive
  • Proxy server, search and update-processing software to install on the host computer
  • Email/Web/phone-based technical support
  • Free OS system upgrades via FTP
  • One-year antivirus license