Hello from Ankara, Turkey. I’m writing this report on behalf of the Turkish Team. After a discussion among the team members, we decided to visit one of most important academic libraries in Turkey. It provide many interesting and web 2.0 services for users in addtion to its mobile information services. Let me introduce them to you…
Background information about the Middle East Technical University (METU ) Library
METU Library was first housed in a small room in the General Directorate of Retirement Fund’s building in Milli Müdafaa Street in Bakanlıklar, and was started to serve with a small collection in Architecture which was gifted by United Nations, in October 1956. The Library’s collection started growing thanks to donations of books from the British and USA governments. The Library moved to the current campus on 15 September 1963, and served in the Architecture Faculty’s building until the main Library building was completed.
METU Library has one of the largest collections in Turkey with it’s 406.591 books, 76.630 e-books, 173.767 bound periodicals, 1.249 journal subscriptions, 56.158 e-journal subscriptions, and 16.222 dissertations according to the indicators in 2009.
The book collection is arranged according to the Library of Congress Classification System, in which subjects are arranged alphabetically.Collections are predominantly in English but also in Turkish. All printed materials are on open access in the reading halls except dissertations, TSE standards, bound periodicals belonging 1989 and before, and the stacks collection.
Audio Visiual Collections
The Library has 2 halls with audio-visual hardware. Solmaz İzdemir Hall has 90 users capacity. There are TV, video, Divx player, slide machine and overhead projector in this room. This hall may be reserved by academic staff for the educational activities and by the students for student teams activities.
METU library offers two kind of circulation services. These are called Long Loan and Short Loan circulation services.
Long Loan: This service are offered for academicians, PhD and Master students and Becholar students. Within the scope of the long loan Academic staff and PhD students can borrow 25 books for 30 days; master’s students can borrow 20 books for 30 days; undergraduate students can borrow 15 books for 15 days; administrative staff can borrow 10 books for 30 days; retired staff can borrow 5 books for 30 days.
Short Loan: Academic/administrative staff and students of the Middle East Technical University may borrow materials from the Reserve Collection according to the type and the loan period of the source. Type “A” books are lent for 3 hours and overnight after 04:00 pm; type “C” books are lent for 3 days; type “D” books are lent for 7 days. PCMCA and USB Wi-Fi cards are only to be used in the Reserve Section for 3 hours. A maximum of 2 items are lent. Due dates are not renewed. Reserve items must be returned to the Reserve Desk.
Orientation & Instruction
Library tours are organized to introduce library services, rules, and facilities to the new students at the beginning of each academic year. Also, instruction programs are organized for the first year students to help them use the library resources effectively.
The purpose of these programs is to help users become proficient in library resources. With this aim, the Library carries out a program of instruction designed to introduce library collections, services and research strategies to students and faculty.
METU Library provides mobile services for digital natives and digital immigrants who use their smart phones or their tablet PCs. One of these services is mobile library web site of the Library. For this service, METU Library offers every services on this link: http://www.libanywhere.com/la/364
As another mobile service, we can see QR Codes in METU Library OPAC. When we searched the OPAC, they can be seen almost every catalog records (figure 1)
QR Codes also generated for METU Library’s mobile web site, you can see them below as well (figure 2).
Web 2.0 Services
METU Library also uses Social Media environments for announcements and prmoting information services via blogs, Facebook and Twitter accounts. Her are the links:
CNA (Call Number Application) Service
After QR Codes, another embeded service offered by METU Library is Call Number Application service. The aim of this service is to help users in terms of finding physical locations of available information resources in the collection. With this service users can see virtual shelf where needed information resource located before looking for the physical location of the resource (figure 3).
METU Library provides computer and internet facilities for users in addition to WiFi there are some computers for internet and OPAC use. Users can easily check which computer is available for them before coming to library by dint of the interactive Free PC application (figure 4)