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'Al Qasimia University'
'Students’ happiness council'
Library

1.1          The Library and other resource facilities:

The Mission of the Library:

  The library’s role is to provide support for the academic courses and research activities of the Al Qasimia University. It is expected to acquire the relevant reference material and information sources, applying state-of-the-art librarian techniques in dispensing the available resources to its customers. The library staff shall keep abreast of the most recent techniques and practices in their field.

 

Rules of Library Usage:

  All customers are invited to make the best of this facility, while observing the rules therewith: 

1.     Maintaining absolute silence in the vicinity of the Library; barely whispering can be tolerated.

2.     Switching off or putting on silent mobile phones and similar gadgets.

3.     Abstention from eating or drinking inside the Library.

4.     Referring to the staff of the Library for any technical query or should any problem arise.

 

The services rendered by the Library:

  The Library shall see to it that customers are provided with apt and updated resources, relevant to the educative and research requirements of the university. The IT technicians of the Library shall be forthcoming with any assistance needed by the users. All services delivered by the Library are of the highest professional caliber. They include:

1.     Borrowing, retrieval and booking desired items.

2.     Guidance initiatives.

3.     Assistance to researchers.

4.     Procuring material from outside, possibly through exchange programs with other libraries, inside and outside the country.

5.     Updating customers with the current inventory.

6.     Instructing and training users of the Library.

 

 

The service of borrowing, retrieval and booking:

All these services are explicated in the Library’s catalogue and on the Library’s website.

 

4.1.1    Training of users:

A number of sessions shall be organized for the users throughout the academic year, including:

·        Basic sessions for freshmen and novel customers of the Library.

·        Advanced training sessions for seniors.

·        Specialist sessions upon demand, in accordance with the specific topic or the erudite study.

·        Special sessions about modern technology related to referencing, handling of the Library’s electronic bibliography, database and other similar facilities available at the Library.

 

4.1.2    The Periodicals:

The Library shall subscribe to a number of Arab and foreign prestigious periodicals and magazines which will be assigned to the appropriate shelves. The electronic catalogue shall include the titles of the magazines and periodicals, as well as their whereabouts within the Library. The website also bears all the necessary information about the periodicals.

 

4.1.3    The Audio-Visual Equipment:

The Library is supplied with various audio-visual gadgets that include resource material, such as compact discs and other computer-related items.  All these sources of information are accompanied by directives about how to use them. The main guide is the electronic bibliography.

 

4.1.4    The Electronic Database:

The Library provides access to a rich database that covers most of the requirements of academic and intellectual research. The information can be sought either through the title or topic.

 

4.1.5    How the Library fills in the gaps in its coffers:

The Library staff consult with the teaching instructors and lecturers about selecting textbooks and references to be added to the Library’s collection. The faculties shall declare their preferences on the form: “Application for new orders of books”, which is available on the Library’s website. It can be sent electronically to the Library. The teaching lecturers can also communicate directly with the Library official in charge of procurement, providing him with their requirements. The Library has adequate funds for buying and procuring whatever information sources needed by the university, as per its policies and rules.

 

 4.1.6  Patent Rights:

·        The rules pertaining to patent rights at Al Qasimia University are based upon the Law of Patent Rights followed by the UAE government. It covers the nuances and conditions of handling information resources at the Library.

·        All sources of information at the Library’s disposal are used for the multi purposes sanctioned by the Law. Electronic information is also accessed legally, following the payment of the necessary fees.

·        Any person who illegally downloads a piece of electronic information at the Library, or violates the patent rights thereof, shall be liable to legal responsibility.

 

4.1.7   Plagiarism 

Plagiarism occurs when somebody presents some material as his own, without footnoting or indicating that he has quoted it from somebody else. This type of fraudulence is manifested in various forms of forgery and hacking that are fraught with violation of patent rights. The Encyclopedia Britannica defines plagiarism as deliberate academic (mischievous) misconduct. Students therefore are required to indicate the source of the material they have borrowed,  highlight the references distinctly, show gratitude and recognition to the authorities from whom they borrowed, and indicate such material through parenthesis. Any illicit usage of passages, ideas, innovations or conclusions belonging to other people in an assignment or research paper, disregarding the above qualifications, is a blatant violation of patent rights which will lead to serious academic and legal consequences.

 

4.1.8    The policy of protecting the rights of the author and maintaining his other related rights:

Safeguarding the rights of the author at Al Qasimia University is based upon the UAE ‘Law of protecting the author and his related rights’, published on the official gazette as “Federal Law No: 7, for the year 2002”. The law covers all types of intellectual products and innovations, including all resources available at the Library: books, periodicals or audio-visual materials.

 

Printed Material:

          The patent rights law indicates what material can or cannot be copied or photocopied. The non-profit institutions, however, are exempted from this law, provided the material is intended for research, study or education, with the following qualifications:

·        Photocopied material shall not be used by any other person other than the one who carried out the photocopying; it should be only for the purposes of study, research or education.

·        The rules of photocopying which are in tandem with the patent rights law should be strictly observed.

·        No more than one chapter can be copied from each item; if bits and pieces are selected from any book for photocopying, they should not exceed 10% of the book.

·        Not more than one article can be photocopied from the same periodical at the same time.

·        Not more than one short story, or short essay or poem can be photocopied from the same literary work.

·        No photocopying can be carried out without presenting the ID documentation.

 

Exchange programs between libraries:

·        Al Qasimia  University Library has the right to reject any application for inter-library borrowing if it is in violation of the patent rights law.

·        Al Qasimia University Library has the right to conduct some photocopying of the information resources at its disposal for the purposes of learning and research, while abiding by patent rights.

·        The Library shall not be involved in any external borrowing process if it runs counter to the patent rights law.

 

 

Origin of non-printed material (electronic):

·        All electronic information resources at the Library are governed by the Licensing Agreement which is based upon the nonprofit concept of the university. Such material is only used for pedagogic, learning and research purposes. The material should be accessed through the mechanism prescribed by the Library, at specific terminals, through monitors and other equipment; access should be through the account number and password approved by the Library, if usage transcends the internal circuit of the university.

·        The Library can retain one copy only of the electronic material; i.e. on a CD, to be kept at the archives.

·        The Library has the right to lend such material to anybody, for nonprofit purposes.

 

4.1.9   Hard-and-softawre:

·        The library provides computers for its customers, together with the facilities of scanning, photocopying and printing.

The Library also provides research software for probing databases, with the help of the Library’s user catalogue.