DELNET has been in operation since January 1988 and was registered as a society in 1992. It was initially sponsored by the National Information System for Science and Technology (NISSAT), Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India and is currently being promoted by the National Informatics Centre, Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India and India International Centre,New Delhi.
DELNET has been established with the prime objective of promoting resource sharing among the libraries through the development of a network of libraries. It aims to collect, store, and disseminate information besides offering computerised services to users, to coordinate efforts for suitable collection development and also to reduce unnecessary duplication wherever possible.
1. DELNET Databases
a. Union Catalogue of Books
DELNET maintains an online union catalogue of books available in its member-libraries. This union catalogue is continuously updated and is growing in size. The information can be retrieved by author, title, subject, conference, series, etc. It has 50,50,078 bibliographic records. The request for inter-library loan can be placed through the online system.
b. Union List of Current Periodicals
DELNET has created union lists of current periodicals in science and technology, social sciences and humanities. This database is available online to DELNET users. It now lists 25,252 periodicals and is regularly updated and new titles are added annually. It is a major resource for Document Delivery Services.
c. Union Catalogue of Periodicals
DELNET maintains a union catalogue of periodicals, which contains full holdings data of the libraries. At present,the database contains 19,289 records.
d. Database of Periodical Articles
The database has details of articles which can be searched under the title, author, compiler, name of the periodical and subject. The database is being extensively utilised by the researchers and scholars. At the database contains 8,84,115 records.
e. CD-ROM database
A bibliographic database of CD-ROMs available with the member-libraries is being compiled. It has 2,281 records.
f. Union List Of Video Recordings
This is a database of cassettes available in DELNET member-libraries and has about 5,000 listings.
g. Union List Of Sound Recordings
This union list consists of audio cassette records available in member-libraries. This database has 748 records.
h. Database Of Urdu Manuscripts
A database of Urdu manuscripts available in Delhi libraries has been prepared and lists 210 manuscripts.
i. Database of Theses and Dissertations
A database of Theses and Dissertations submitted to Indian Universities has been started, which covers various subjects. The database has 44,304 records.
j. Indian Specialists’ Database: A Who’s Who
DELNET has created a database of Indian specialists which is available online to the members. This database now has 2,000 records and is growing.
k. Union List of Newspapers
The database has 70 records and contains information about the newspapers including title, name of the editor, published from, E-mail address and also the Web address of the INTERNET edition if available on the WWW.
l. DEVINSA Database
DEVINSA (Development Information Network for South Asia) is a special database on socio-economic issues. It has nearly 20,000 records of periodical articles, books and unpublished material on socio-economic issues.
m. Profile of Member-Libraries
A directory of member-libraries is available and contains information about them.
2. DELNET also provides access to
a. Cambridge Dictionaries online
b. Networked Library Of Theses and Dissertations
c. GISTNIC Databases
d. MEDLINE and other databases of NLM
e. U.S. Patents: Full Text
f. Full Text Medical Journals
g. Engineering and Technology E-Journals
h. Table of Cotents etc.
3. Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services
Books can be borrowed from member libraries through DELNET.
4. Retro Conversion
DELNET undertakes retro-conversion projects periodically.
5. Reference Services
DELNET maintains a referral centre which provides reference facilities to participating libraries. This also looks after the access to the central databases and provides prompt replies.
6. Professional Service / Training
DELNET arranges tutorials,workshops, lectures, and training programmes every year from time to time besides a National Convention on Library and Information Networking (NACLIN).
DELNET also offers online information:
Announcements of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and Library Science jobs globally. This information provides inputs to library and information professionals for improving their talent and professional expertise.
7. Technical Support
DELNET adopts the latest dependable technologies in information science. This helps libraries to get advice from DELNET to adopt technologies that emerge periodically. This saves expenses and time of the member-institutions.
Delnet offers technical support to member institutions in the selection of:
c. Communication Links
d. Database Creation and
e. Technical problems faced by libraries from time-to-time
Acess Delnet Online
DELNET can be reached at http://www.delnet.nic.in