Digital Initiatives at Aga Khan University
Libraries reflect the vision of a distributed and flexible technology
infrastructure that enhances access, manipulation, storage,
distribution, and integration of information and services throughout
eCommons@AKU is a digital archive
offering access to the research, scholarly output and publications of
the Aga Khan University. The objective is to preserve, promote and
provide access to the University's research and publications under one
umbrella, in full text wherever possible.
Being a part of digital world, AKU has
planned to shift to electronic resources where possible. Faculty of
Health Sciences and Institute for Educational Development Libraries at
Karachi have taken initiative with the support of Higher Education
Commission (HEC) of Pakistan. We are subscribing to 25 databases through
HEC, whereas eight databases are being subscribed by AKU in its own
capacity. The total number of journals accessible from AKU Karachi
campus is 12,000. Apart from e-journals, we are subscribing to 25,000
e-books which are accessible through campus-wide network. Apart from
online databases, FHS Karachi library is subscribing to 307
international journals. Users can access to most of these journals from
campus-wide network, while some of them are password protected. List of
these journals is available at AKU Intranet.
The Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) Library,
Karachi is also maintaining a bibliographic database of medical
literature of Pakistan with the name of AKUMEDLIT. This database is
available on AKU Intranet that covers all issues of journals approved by
the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) as well as non-approved
journals which are published regularly or irregularly and received by
the FHS Library, Karachi. The database is updated regularly. AKUMEDLIT
is providing maximum assistance to our faculty, researchers and students
looking for the local literature for writing their research papers,
theses and dissertations etc.
AKU libraries in East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania
and Uganda) are also part of this shift and are subscribing to a number
of electronic databases. Some of the initiatives include Health
Internetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) and the Programme
for Enhancement of Research Information (PERI).
The Faculty of Health Sciences Library,
Nairobi has developed Information Literacy Module, and has been offering
it as an examinable course with Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME)
and non-examinable with Advanced Nursing Studies (ANS). The same module
is being exercised in ANS/PGME in Tanzania and Uganda.
acquisition of digital technology, the Audio Visual – Learning Resource Centre
(AV-LRC), Karachi records various videos and some of these include lectures of
distinguished professors in the field of medicine.
AV-LRC has also moved from analogue to digital photography, and
state-of-the-art digital cameras, e.g. Nikon D800 and D810, Canon 6D and D750
are being used for this purpose. All photography is being done now in tiff,
jpeg or raw format.