This was announced at the session of YSU Library Council, which took place on March 19. The Council was established in July 2013 by the order of the Rector of Yerevan State University. The composition of the Council and the charter has already been approved. Chairman of the Council is YSU Rector Aram Simonyan, and the members are YSU vice-rectors, heads of departments, director of library, heads of divisions, faculty representatives, two representatives of the library staff, as well as Student Council and Student Scientific Society.
At the beginning of the meeting YSU Rector Aram Simonyan presented the mission and objectives of the Library Council. Then Director of YSU Library Yeznik Mirzoyan presented YSU Library Development Concept and the affairs within its process. By the way, the concept was adopted in 2007. In connection with the changes in the requirements of time, several members proposed to revise the concept. After the revision some provisions of the concept can be reflected in the Strategic Development Plan of Yerevan State University in 2015-2020.
Among the issues discussed was the question of the expansion of the electronic library. Each faculty submits to the library its list of literature, which should be digitized in order to make it more accessible to students. According to the Director of the Library Yeznik Mirzoyan, 70% of these orders have already been fulfilled - 1600 books and 2600 articles are now digitized.
The system “Aleph”, used in library, was also discussed. It provides the electronic library catalog. It was noted that the introduction of the system “Koga” is currently being discussed. This system will make easier service of the library.
A proposal was made to speed up a little the process of providing students with the reader and student cards. From now on the process of issuing the cards will begin before and not after the first year students pay the tuition fee. The purpose of this is to make the library funds available for students as soon as it is possible, and the rules of library use for non-university readers will be revised.
YSU Student Council Chairman Raffi Karamyan said the students often do not find the necessary books at the library. In response to this Yeznik Mirzoyan said that taking into account the limited financial resources the staff tries to develop the culture of using the reading halls that will provide with an opportunity not to purchase a large amount of books, but to meet the demands of students.
Another way is the use of digitized books. By the way, the electronic resources are available on the computers connected to the university network in Yerevan and Ijevan Branch.