NAICC – CENTRAL AGRICULTURE LIBRARY

National Agriculture Information and Communication Centre

NAICC SUB UNITS

Central Agriculture Library

Mission

To creating an agricultural knowledge society through the preservation of Library publications, encouraging the utilization of information and communication technology for an effective library service and Easy access of the DOA videos.

History of Central Agriculture Library

History
The Central Library of the Department of Agriculture at Gannoruwa is considered to be the oldest library in the field. The Botanical Garden was established in 1810 at Kiwi Gardens, Slave Street. The Central Library of the Department of Agriculture was also established at the same place. The first donation to the library was a collection of books on tropical vegetation. Alexander Moon was the first British librarian to grow a library of books during his tenure, acquiring a large number of books.

Other libraries in the field of agriculture such as the Tea, Rubber and Coconut Research Libraries and many other libraries including the Kantale Sugar Corporation were developed as a result of this library's collaborative program.

Printed Collection
Lending Collection8186
Short Term Reference Collection1402
Reference Collection581
Departmental Publications Collection770
Foreign Collection3477
Collection of Rare Books599
Map Books and Map Collection150
Administrative Reports 
Gazette Collection 
Thesis Collection115
Collection of Magazines50000
Special Collection 
General Guide
  • This library can be used by all the officers of the Department of Agriculture.
  • The officer who is entitled to the book acquisition facility should submit the relevant application with the recommendation of the head of the relevant institution.
  • Officers using the library should submit their National Identity Card or the Identity Card of the Department.
  • Officers are asked to keep their luggage at the counter and enter their names and other details in the register.
  • Three books will be issued to each reader for a period of 30 days. No further books will be issued until the borrowed books are returned.
  • A fine of Rs. 5 / = per day for a book that does not return on time and will be notified to the Director General of Agriculture after one month.
  • If there is no subsequent response, the books will be deducted from the officer's salary by 25% of the current price and as a departmental tax.

 

 

History of Central Agriculture Library

History

The Central Agriculture Library of the Department of Agriculture is the oldest Agricultural Library in Sri Lanka, as it was established in 1810, when a Botanical Garden named ‘Kew’ was opened in Slave Island, Colombo by the British Governor. In 1813, the Garden and the Library were moved to in Uggalboda, Kalutara and the library was moved again when Department of Agriculture was established in 1912 at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya. Later, the library was shifted to Gannoruwa, present location in 1971. It is functioned under the Horticulture Research and Development Institute, Gannoruwa.

In 2017 this library was hand over to the National Agriculture Information and Communication Centre, Gannoruwa with the mission to Creating an agricultural knowledge society through the preservation of Library publications, encouraging the utilization of information and communication technology for an effective library service and Easy access of the DOA videos.

At present, the library  hold nearly 75,000 publications comprising 10,900 text books, 10,000 other collection books. It also has over 40,000 journals issues under more than 800 journal titles  related to Agronomy, Genetics and Plant breeding, Soil and plant Nutrition, Plant Pathology, Entomology, Plant Tissue Culture and Cell Culture, Post Harvest Technology, Agricultural Economics and Microbiology. DOA Library established links with other foreign agricultural research institutions such as, FAO, SAARC, ICRISAT, MAFF, SAIC, IFDC, JIRCAS, IRRI & CABI etc.

Traditional libraries are still handling largely printed materials that are expensive and bulky. Information seekers are no longer satisfied with only printed materials. They want to supplement the printed information with more dynamic electronic resources and therefore, demands for digital information are increasing.

This digital library will provide clearly enhanced services to the user of the library by improving the availability of useful information and the speed of access and delivery. The advantages of digital information libraries include nearly unlimited storage space at a much lower cost, no physical boundary, round the clock availability, multiple access, enhanced information retrieval, preservation for some print material and universal accessibility. This will facilitate the user through access to large amounts of information wherever they are and whenever they need it, support multimedia content along with text, user-friendly interface, advanced search and retrieval and integration with other digital libraries.

In 2017 December Central Agriculture Library and national Science Foundation entered into an agreement to implement the National Digitization Project. Which will ensure the easy, quick and enhanced on-line access to DOA Publications.  All these digital files are secured in the NSF repository server and these materials are available at doa.nsf.ac.lk website.

NAICC Sub Units

Central Agriculture Library

Mission

To creating an agricultural knowledge society through the preservation of Library publications, encouraging the utilization of information and communication technology for an effective library service and Easy access of the DOA videos.

 

Modal Title

History

The Central Agriculture Library of the Department of Agriculture is the oldest Agricultural Library in Sri Lanka, as it was established in 1810, when a Botanical Garden named ‘Kew’ was opened in Slave Island, Colombo by the British Governor. In 1813, the Garden and the Library were moved to in Uggalboda, Kalutara and the library was moved again when Department of Agriculture was established in 1912 at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya. Later, the library was shifted to Gannoruwa, present location in 1971. It is functioned under the Horticulture Research and Development Institute, Gannoruwa.

In 2017 this library was hand over to the National Agriculture Information and Communication Centre, Gannoruwa with the mission to Creating an agricultural knowledge society through the preservation of Library publications, encouraging the utilization of information and communication technology for an effective library service and Easy access of the DOA videos.

At present, the library  hold nearly 75,000 publications comprising 10,900 text books, 10,000 other collection books. It also has over 40,000 journals issues under more than 800 journal titles  related to Agronomy, Genetics and Plant breeding, Soil and plant Nutrition, Plant Pathology, Entomology, Plant Tissue Culture and Cell Culture, Post Harvest Technology, Agricultural Economics and Microbiology. DOA Library established links with other foreign agricultural research institutions such as, FAO, SAARC, ICRISAT, MAFF, SAIC, IFDC, JIRCAS, IRRI & CABI etc.

Traditional libraries are still handling largely printed materials that are expensive and bulky. Information seekers are no longer satisfied with only printed materials. They want to supplement the printed information with more dynamic electronic resources and therefore, demands for digital information are increasing.

This digital library will provide clearly enhanced services to the user of the library by improving the availability of useful information and the speed of access and delivery. The advantages of digital information libraries include nearly unlimited storage space at a much lower cost, no physical boundary, round the clock availability, multiple access, enhanced information retrieval, preservation for some print material and universal accessibility. This will facilitate the user through access to large amounts of information wherever they are and whenever they need it, support multimedia content along with text, user-friendly interface, advanced search and retrieval and integration with other digital libraries.

In 2017 December Central Agriculture Library and national Science Foundation entered into an agreement to implement the National Digitization Project. Which will ensure the easy, quick and enhanced on-line access to DOA Publications.  All these digital files are secured in the NSF repository server and these materials are available at doa.nsf.ac.lk website.

General Guide
  • This library can be used by all the officers of the Department of Agriculture.
  • The officer who is entitled to the book acquisition facility should submit the relevant application with the recommendation of the head of the relevant institution.
  • Officers using the library should submit their National Identity Card or the Identity Card of the Department.
  • Officers are asked to keep their luggage at the counter and enter their names and other details in the register.
  • Three books will be issued to each reader for a period of 30 days. No further books will be issued until the borrowed books are returned.
  • A fine of Rs. 5 / = per day for a book that does not return on time and will be notified to the Director General of Agriculture after one month.
  • If there is no subsequent response, the books will be deducted from the officer's salary by 25% of the current price and as a departmental tax.

 

 

Objectives

  • To strengthen the DOA library with IT based information management through digitizing the DOA Publications presently at the library.

  • To upgrade Central Agriculture Library of DOA as the main repository of all important agriculture technology information toward the central information unit of the DOA under the Information and Communication Centre.

  • To establish and maintain on line information systems to benefit stakeholders in agriculture.

  • To ensure effective information collecting, processing and sharing mechanism (documents, statistical data, electronic images, videos, etc.)

  • To ensure preserving the all historically important printed materials.

  • To  ensure  the dissemination of  quick and relevant Agriculture technologies  and  information to the farmers through video programs by on line digitized video library.

Physical Library

  • 75,000 publications comprising 10,900 text books, 10,000 other collection books.
  • Over 40,000 journals issues under more than 800 journal titles
  • Agronomy, Genetics and Plant breeding, Soil and plant Nutrition, Plant Pathology, Entomology, Plant Tissue Culture and Cell Culture, Post Harvest Technology, Agricultural Economics and Microbiology.

Digital Library
  • This digital library will provide clearly enhanced services to the user of the library by improving the availability of useful information and the speed of access and delivery.
  • This will facilitate the user through access to large amounts of information wherever they are and whenever they need it, support multimedia content along with text, user-friendly interface, advanced search and retrieval and integration with other digital libraries.

Services

  1. Reader Services
  2. Reference Services
  3. Digital library services through Intranet and Internet
  4. Maintain an on-line video library
  5. Printing, Scanning and Copying Services
  6. Current Awareness Services
  7. Literature Survey
  8. Inter Library Loan Services
  9. Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI)
  10. Audio/Visual Service
  11. Online Services – doa.nsf.ac.lk
  1. Maintain Research Management Information System

Head of the Central Agriculture Library

Mrs. I.S.M. Haleemdeen

Deputy Director (Information & Communication – Head Quarters) – Acting

Head of the Central Agriculture Library
Mrs. I.S.M. Haleemdeen

Deputy Director (Information & Communication – Head Quarters) – Acting

Mrs. N.A.M. Goonawardana
Agriculture Instructor
Mrs. D.R.G. Damayanthi
Librarian
Mr. W.A.M.M.C.B. Atapattu
Development Officer

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