I – CENTRE – INFORMATION CENTRE
A “center designed specifically for storing, processing, and retrieving information for dissemination at regular intervals, on demand or selectively, according to the needs of users. These are public information resource centres or repositories of public knowledge. Examples include archives, museums, libraries and art galleries.
A College or University necessarily has an I-Centre, the ultimate aim which is the supply and distribution of information mainly centering on a library and other outlets. This facilitates the availability and accessibility of all the materials that a student needs in order to do research, become more educated, empower him/herself, or simply be entertained. The explosion in published output, the sharp increase in bibliographic access of literature through online and off-line databases on CDs decreasing library budgets along with high cost of published output have made it virtually impossible for libraries and documentation/ information centers to fulfill information needs of their primary clientele. Under such squeezing situation the best option left with the libraries is to optimize the output and utilize their resources through extensive sharing and networking.
In view of the above, the traditional concept of ownership in collection development is gradually being replaced by access to information and knowledge without regard to location and format. It is, essentially, a pooling of resources, a cooperative undertaking for increased capability, greater user satisfaction and economy of effort.
A “network” is, essentially, an interconnected group or system. A library and information network is, therefore, a group of libraries or information centres that are interconnected or linked for the purpose of resource sharing. In modern times, a library network can bridge the digital divide and play a major role in developing appropriate content, managing content for dissemination, improving access to resources, contributing the growth of trained manpower and so on.
In the last few centuries, libraries and information centers have entered another era; many libraries are taking steps to reach out to other Libraries in the learning community in order to tackle the ever increasing needs of their users and to provide quality service. The ultimate goal of information/library networks is to interlink information resources in a metropolitan area, so that those users could access information irrespective of its location, format, medium, language, and script.
MMC Library is the centre of the I-Centre. However the college has visualized the I-Centre in such way that her students will have access to all possible means of information sharing outlets. Hence we have envisioned the following dreamy project and concretized most of it for the benefit and betterment of our students. Hence we moved the entire Library facility to the basement of the Main Block namely, Chavara Block. Accordingly, have planned and visualized the following dimensions of the I-Centre for the enhancement of the students.