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Subject gateways are becoming one of the most commonly used media for effective and efficient delivery of information as it not only offers information about library resources and services, but also provides all the open access resources such as
  *Author for correspondence SRELS Journal of Information Management,   Vol 56(3), June 2019, p. 140-143 ISSN (Print): 0972-2467 ISSN (Online): 0976-2477  DOI: 10.17821/srels/2019/v56i3/145092 Abstract Subject gateways are becoming one of the most commonly used media for effective and eficient delivery of information as it not only offers information about library resources and services, but also provides all the open access resources such as electronic books, electronic journals, online databases, online dictionary, encyclopedia, bibliography, software, etc. The Cybrary – Open Access Subject gateway proposal brings together all open access e-resources at one place so that the students, research scholars and faculty members may make optimum use of them. The building of a strong subject gateway for Library is needed in the present scenario as a tool which is useful for all users. Keywords:  Cybrary, Electronic Resources, Open Access Resources, Subject Gateway Proposal and Model for Designing a Cybrary - With Reference to Fr. Moseslibrary, Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, Kerala Richa Tripathi 1  and Vijesh Vijayan 2* 1 JECRC University, Jaipur - 303905, Rajasthan, India; 2 Rajagiri Business School, Kochi - 682039, Kerala, India; 1. Introduction With the rapid growth o inormation in all disciplines and significant increase in the volume o research there exists a need to identiy, organize and provide high quality inormation rom around the web. Te main objectives are: • To meet the growing demand to access knowledge objects rom anywhere at any time; • To nd reliable and comprehensive information in  just a single click. • Increased uncertainty over who will handle the task o preserving archived digital inormation rom Scholarly/ Research materials. When preparing a Detailed Project Proposal (DPR), it was noticed that a good amount o scholarly communications are generated rom the different departments o any institution. It is also observed that there is no compilation o such publications at a central location and there is a need to develop some tool to have collection at one place.All this led to this detailed proposal, “Proposal and Model or Designing Cybrary: Open Access Subject gateway”. 2. Open Access E -Resources Open Access reers to resources that are reely available or viewing and/or use. Open Access is not the same as Public Domain, and most Open Access creators do retain their copyrights. Open access can be applied to all orms o published research output, including peer-reviewed and non peer-reviewed academic journal articles, conerence papers, theses, book chapters, and monographs. “Open access resources are those materials on the world wide web that their creators make available for use without access restriction” Ochs and Saylor (2004)   thus the OARS are not confined to scholarly community only, even though its driving orce and primary purpose is academic and research communication. OARs can broadly be categorized as:1. Open Access Journals (OAJ), 2. Open Access Institutional Repositories (OAIR), and 3. Open Access Sofware.  Richa Tripathi and Vijesh Vijayan 141 SRELS Journal of Information Management   | Vol 56(3) | June 2019 3. Subject Gateway  Subject gateways are Internet- based services designed to help users locate high quality inormation available on the Internet. ey are typically, databases which describe Internet resources and oer hyperlinks to the resources (Eldho, 2015) 1 .Subject gateways are online service that provides searchable and browsable catalogues of the Internet based resources. Subject gateway is an organized collection o resources on a given subject along with a retrieval mechanism. Tis essentially means that the scope o the search domain is well dened and limited to a subject. In the simplest orm, the resources may be made available as a structured hyper linked directory as followed by some o the search engine sites that offer directory services. Subject gateways offer an alternative to the internet search engines and web directories. Te content o a gateway is selected through some orm o human input, normally a critical evaluation by inormation proessional or subject expert. 4. Cybrary In a simple sense, Cybrary means a collection of online reference material accessible online. It is a web - based collection o online databases o scholarly reerence material. Cybrary - Open Access subject gateway is a web application tool intended or scholars/teachers and students who require various resources or teaching and learning such as e-books, e-journals, thesis and useful website addresses etc. Te Fr. Moses Library decided to aim at a “Cybrary” - a “virtual library” in a “wired institution” - which integrates state o the art inormation technology with traditional services. Te cybrary concept - a blend of cyber- and library   - has much in common with the hybrid library - a library in which access to a range o different inormation resources (printed and electronic, local and remote) is seamless, so that people use the resources which best suit their needs rather than those which are simply more easily available. (Pinfield, 1998) Te cybrary is “a combination o real and virtual inormation resources, physical acilities and cyberspace and service delivery in person and online ” (Schmidt, 2002).Beore this can happen, the user needs a ront end that can access inormation in a variety o databases which are widely distributed and can contain a variety o inormation in different ormats (Knight, 1997). erefore, a key component of the Cybrary was to be a unified integrated Web interace to all Library collections and services. In India some examples of cybrary are:• Social Science Cyber Library, AMU - https://www. • Banarus Hindu University Cyber Library - http://inter 5. Objectives of the Proposal Te main objective is to design and develop a Cybrary - An open access subject gateway at Fr. Moses Library, Rajagiri College o Social Sciences, Kalamassery, Kerala. Te ollowing are the specific objectives: To create a web application tool useful to all in need o subject related inormation providing access to high quality open access resources via a single portal. 6. Why RCSS Cybrary – The need for Open Access Subject Gateway at RCSS It has been noticed that a signicant amount of scholarly communications are generated rom different departments o Rajagiri College o Social Sciences. A Subject Gateway:Serves as an Open Access platorm; • Increases the visibility and prestige of an institution;• Provides access to open access learning and teaching resources or specific courses; • Assuming that a signicant amount of content is de -posited, subject gateways can lead to cost savings in the long run; • e tasks in developing and running such a facility include: Regular uploading o data on to the reposito-ry; • Continuous scrutiny, review and evaluation of re -sources; • Removing dead links;• Frequent discussions with faculty and scholars to keep a tab on focus areas; and• Identication of and inclusion of new and relevant open access resources.RCSS Cybrary Open Access Subject gateway contains information on online union catalogues of books, theses and serial publications. Web-links are provided to various National Libraries, open access resources o variety o  SRELS Journal of Information Management   | Vol 56(3) | June 2019 142 Proposal and Model for Designing a Cybrary....... subjects and databases. Te said gateway is accessible through Internet and it is very useful to students, sta, researchers and general public and libraries o the various organizations.Te RCSS Cybrary Subject Gateway is an open gateway providing access to sources that meet the inormation needs o users. 7. The Cybrary RCSS Cybrary - Digital Knowledge Repository is intended or scholars/teachers and students o the college. Tere are 3 levels o users in the System: • Admin,• Departments, and• Users. Te Admin has the privilege to view and veriy the details entered by the various Departments and can delete the details i necessary. Te Admin can also view the messages sent to him by various users. e Departments can enter details of e-books, e-journals, Sofware, theses and useul website addresses. Tey can also search the details and delete the entered details. e Users can search, view and download the details as per requirement and can contact the Cybrarian by sending messages.Subject gateways are important tools in higher and technical education or providing access to electronic resources. In the system described here all the information is verified by experts beore and afer uploading it. Beore uploading, it will be checked by the subject experts of the concerned departments and aferwards admin will be  veriying its contents as per the user requirements. Tis Graphical Representation of the System  Richa Tripathi and Vijesh Vijayan 143 SRELS Journal of Information Management   | Vol 56(3) | June 2019 dual verication process makes the repository highly reliable and useul. Any data which is obsolete will be immediately deleted by the admin. Aer checking the messages rom the users, admin directs the subject experts to make necessary changes in the process of uploading inormation. Tis satisfies the user requirements in a precise and explicit manner. Tis attracts more users to make maximum use of the gateway. e future plan is to make the system accessible using hand held devices and support RSS fields. 8. Conclusion In the age of information explosion, especially when there is an inormation overload, satisying users’ inormation needs in a simple, personalized and efficient way is becoming a challenge for Library and Information Centers. Just subscribing to online sources does not serve the purpose until and unless the users are inormed about them so as to ensure ull utilization o such resources. Te budget at the disposal o libraries is limited and the demand for information is increasing. Hence, such subject gateways are important. 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