Information Storage & Retrieval Unit (ISRU)
The idea of transforming documentation activities into modern information services has been mooted by the ISI Library in 2004. Shri Arup Roychoudhury, the then in-charge of the Library duly proposed to reinstate the Documentation Unit as the Information Storage and Retrieval Unit (ISRU). Indeed he envisioned the admiring glances of its functions to advance the library practices in a better way. However, the formal recognition of ISRU had been channelized by the then Library-Chairman (Professor Dipankar Dasgupta) through a document namely Vision-2020. Even the deployment of an Assistant Librarian (Mrs. Bhomra Chatterjee) to plan out the functions of ISRU had been initiated with a futile attempt, as she was on the verge of her retirement. Since then, the Unit was in suppressed condition, perhaps due to a long gap in the Chief-Librarian position.
Ultimately, the Unit has become operative with the initiation of the newly appointed Chief Librarian & Head of the Library Division (Dr. Kishor Chandra Satpathy). It started functioning in January 2020 to accommodate newer service bouquets for the advancement of library practices in a modest way. It is, however, intended to integrate the functions of different Units with the ultimate goal of elevating how the Library services are managed and valued.
The Unit is supposed to grow with a great variety of demands from aspiring researchers of the Institute. Thus one can presume that it will have a far-reaching impact on the development of library services in the years to come.
This Unit is currently having only one full-time staff with no supporting hands. Though, a few have been deployed ‘as and when required’ basis; but, such a deployment is neither worthy nor practicable to boost the improvement of a newly established unit. However, the following works are initiated to kick off the functions of this Unit. Details of the job functions are yet to be defined. Nevertheless, a physical set-up with proper infrastructure is essential to gear up the functions of the Unit in a modest way. Primary, it was envisaged that the Unit would be enabled with the following personnel:
ISRU is currently working on retreiving, collecting and analysing the information based on the resarch data.
Currently, the following activities of the Unit would be a pleasure to the Library but extremely depends on the call of the day. We welcome your constructive opinions and suggestion toward improving the futuristic plans and other issues for the betterment of this Unit.