Vikram Sarabhai Library has added special facilities for the visually challenged users in order to assist them in accessing library resources.
The facilities include the JAWS Talking Software, Keyboard and SARA CE Book Scanner.
JAWS (Job Access With Speech) converts your computer into a talking computer. It reads out all the matter that is on the computer's screen through your computer's speakers/ headphones, thus enabling a visually challenged person to use the computer independently and work on all MS Windows applications.
SARA CE, a Stand Alone Instant Text Reader is a scanning and reading device. It is a simple text reading machine for those who are not comfortable with computers but still need to read printed books and materials. All that the user needs to do is simply place the text on the unit and SARA CE instantly reads out the contents aloud in a clear Indian accent voice and even magnifies the text, object, diagram, picture to be viewed.
JAWS and SARA CE have been installed on the first two computers at the e-resource lab of the library. Users can make use of the same and in case of any assistance, please contact the library staff.
For more information about the system please check the below link and videos:
Vikram Sarabhai Library primarily is a very critical resource for the students as well as the faculty alike. I as a faculty mainly use the library mostly for my research activities especially for the journal articles that I need to access. Most of the journal articles that I need for my research activities are generally available from the library. For very few cases where the journal articles are not subscribed by the library, I find the staff members very eager to procure them very promptly through the services like inter library loan facility. Apart from that, I often use the library facilities for reference books for the courses that I teach. In very few instances where the books that I am looking for are not available, the library is very prompt in procuring them for me. In particular, I would like to commend the very dedicated team of staff members who are supporting this library. For any paper that I need for my research, they are very prompt in procuring them from other sources if they are not available.
"...The best part of the library is you get what you want and that you get pretty quickly than you expected..." - (more)
I think the best part of this library is you get what you want and that you get quickly than you expected sometimes. Suppose if you are looking for a new book just send one line email and you get it quickly or may be in a three - four days' time and it's not just an information storehouse it's just the way the library shares the information across every stakeholders of the institute. Like for example, if a data is added they arrange a detailed seminar about the data, how to access the data at the same time they share if a new book is arrived and not only they keep on sharing the list of books but the contents of the book. Now it gives a feeling all the time to look around the message that we are receiving from the library and you really feel like at least in a day once you visit the library and this has happened not just because it is a reputed institute library. This is all possible because of a set of people who oversee it, they are extremely good, they are competent, they are always smiling, they are always there to help you out. You go and ask I want this they are ready to help you.
"...I think we have a wonderful library staff who are highly professional, they are highly courteous..." - (more)
Overall, I do not feel shy to say that we have one of the best libraries.
"..Vikram Sarabhai Library is one of the most conducive places for doing research.." - (more)
Mr. Aashish Argade
Mr. Aashish Argade, IIM Ahmedabad
The Vikram Sarabhai Library has a special place in the campus and in the life of students here. There are three important aspects or parameters for a library. Vikram Sarabhai Library is one of the most conducive places for doing research. Second is the regular library service. As far as my knowledge goes, the library has more than 2 Lakh titles and several copies of each of the titles so you never fall short of accessing or finding a certain book. The third most important and crucial aspect that links up the whole thing is the staff. The staff at Vikram Sarabhai Library is not just knowledgeable; they are very helpful and very cooperative. In terms of professionalism, I would definitely rate them at least 9.8 on 10 if not 10 on 10.
"..Vikram Sarabhai Library has something for everyone that is the best part of the library.." - (more)
Mr. Saneesh Edacherian
Mr. Saneesh Edacherian, IIM Ahmedabad
Vikram Sarabhai Library has something for everyone that is the best part of the library. The staff create a conducive environment for you to do research or gain knowledge. How innovative Vikram Sarabhai Library is, thinking ahead of time, the Library has bring in Kindle Lending because in the future it will be more about digital access, e-library so now itself the Vikram Sarabhai Library is moving towards digital lending.
"...everyone here enjoys reading using the many facilities that the VSL has for every generation..." - (more)
Harsh Vardhan Bisht
FABM , IIM Ahmedabad
Harsh Vardhan Bisht, FABM , IIM Ahmedabad
The best aspect of IIMA community is that everyone here enjoys reading using the many facilities that the VSL has for every generation. The staff is highly dedicated to operate VSL for 24x7. The absolute best thing is the online catalog and the option to hold a book thereafter. The latest books added to the shelf are also notified regularly keeping in mind the interest of the reader.
The IIMA community is lucky to have VSL.
...kind of facilities Library provides really encourage students to come and read... - (more)
ABM, IIM Ahmedabad
Naresh Kumar, ABM, IIM Ahmedabad
The kind of facilities Library provides really encourage students to come and read. I appreciate the initiatives like provision of putting a request to purchase any book, theme based display of books, the intimation of new arrivals and provision of finding books on basis of frequency of issuing. The whole library staff is very cordial. I really appreciate the Institute for extending such a facility.
The Vikram Sarabhai Library (VSL) is named after Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, world renowned physicist and founding Director of IIMA. It was set up in 1962 and is one of the best management libraries in Asia. The library is open 24x7. Our mission is to facilitate convenient and user friendly access to current, global and relevant information by identifying, acquiring, organizing and retrieving information in various formats (print & non print) to serve the information needs of the academic fraternity of IIMA to meet their teaching, research, consulting, training and learning requirements.