WHAT IS E-PUSTAKALAYA? +
E-Pustakalaya is an education-focused digital library containing full-text documents, images, videos and audio files that can be accessed through an intranet or the internet.E-Pustakalaya users can read books, view videos, learn through interactive activites and listen to audio clips. E-Pustakalaya holds collections in Nepali, English and other languages of Nepal.
WHAT FEATURES DOES E-PUSTAKALAYA HAVE? +
E-Pustakalaya has four powerful features that make it easy for the user to access books, documents, videos, audio files, and images:
Browsing capability: The user can browse through the seven major sections looking for items she likes, or she can also browse by author, subject, date and keyword.
Searching capability: If the user knows the specifics about the item she is looking for (e.g., exact title or author), she can look for that item using the library search facility.
Linking capability: If the user finds an item she is looking for and wants to find similar items (e.g., by the same author), she can list those items with a single click.
Filtering capability: The user can filter the item listings (obtained from the above three procedures) according to author.
HOW DO I USE THE BROWSE, LINK AND SEARCH FEATURE OF THE LIBRARY? +
- When you click on any of the main sections, you will see a page with the sub-sections for that section. For example, if you want to see what is available under Nepali children's literature, first click on the “Sahiyta” section. In the page that shows up, you will see a number of subsections, one of which is “Nepali Baal Sahiya”. Now clicking on the “Nepali Baal Sahiya” link will display all the materials in that sub-section. The displayed list will include the title and author of each item in the collection. This list is analogous to the collections of books you see arranged in the book shelves of physical libraries.
- Now “pull out” the book you want to read by clicking on the book title. For example, if you want to look at the book “Ko Thulo” by Srijan Sharma, just click on the displayed link to this book. You will see a new page displaying details about the book—details you would find in the first couple of pages of a physical book (e.g., title, author(s), publication date, publisher etc.).
- In order to actually open the book and read it, you will need to click on the link to the pdf file displayed under “ Click here to Read/Download”. Depending on your browser configuration, the link will ask you to either save/open the file or automatically open the file in a new browser window.In case you choose to save the file, then you will have to go into the folder where you have saved it, and click on the file within that folder which will open the book with a PDF reading software (such as Adobe Reader for PCs). In case you choose to open the file directly, then you can save it onto your computer after it has been opened.
- At any point while the user is browsing through E-Pustakalaya, if she wants to go to any of the seven main sections, she can do so directly by simply clicking on the links for these sections on the categories bar right above the content area.
Browsing through the seven main sections:
Using the link feature:
Once you have gotten to step a (ii) described above, and want to browse through all the books by Srijana Sharma just click on the “Srijana Sharma” displayed in the author field. This will take you to a new page with a list of books written, illustrated or edited by Srijana Sharma.
Using the search feature:
If you want to look for a specific item rather than just browse through the library sections,.say you want to search for a book entitled “putaliko bihe”, enter the title of the book (or the partial title) in the rectangular search field on the left corner of the top most navigation bar. Then click on the “search” button. This will lead you to the search results page, which displays complete or partial results in a list with descending search relevance. In order to obtain detailed information about the book, you can click on your chosen book. Then you can proceed to open the book as explained in step a (iii). Note: If you have more detailed information about the item and want to enter that information to make the search more targeted, you can click on the “Advanced Search” button next to the search field and proceed to fill the empty fields that show up.
WHY CAN'T I SET UP A COLLECTION MYSELF? +
The permissions to create collections within Pustakalaya communities are currently quite limited. However, please contact Pustakalaya Administrator to discuss this issue. It is very possible that you could be granted this right.
WHAT IS A FEEDBACK FORM? HOW DO I USE IT? +
Link to the feedback form is titled “feedback” and is situated on the left side of the navigation bar. The feedback form allows you to post comments, queries or suggestions to Pustakalaya coordinators who will appropriately respond to them. All categories marked with asterisks (*) are mandatory. You do not have to be a registered user to use the feedback form.
WHAT ARE THE MAJOR SECTIONS? +
There are seven major sections in E-Pustakalaya:
- Literature – This section includes Nepali and English literature categorized by language and age group. In the future, we also intend to add literature in other Nepali languages and to add filtering by genre and other characteristics.
Art – This section includes books and materials on different art forms,
movements and artists,
along with a diverse array of hands on material that will be very useful for children
engage in arts and
crafts activities that are at the same time educational.
Course-related materials – This section includes public
school textbooks, as
well as supplementary reading material by subject and grade, along with subject and
Reference materials – This section currently contains a Nepali
encyclopedias (in particular, the School Wikipedia), atlases, maps, as well as
documents. This section is
particularly relevant to those users seeking material for research projects or general
information on topics of a
Teaching support materials – This section includes material such as
the national school
curriculum, teaching manuals, teacher training materials, readings on educational
and links to peer-interaction sites all intended to aid teachers in making lesson plans
overall foundation of knowledge.
Newspapers and magazines – This section includes links to key Nepali
Other educational materials – This section has educational
material that is
not curriculum based. It includes awareness building and advocacy related materials on a
range of topics such
as health and environment, youth development, civic education and disaster preparedness.
These sections are analogous to the different sections you see in physical libraries.
user can enter any of
these sections and browse through the collections just like you browse through the book
collections displayed in the
shelves of a physical library.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT SECTIONS I SEE ON THE E-PUSTAKALAYA HOME PAGE? +
The E-Pustakaalya home page is divided into four quadrants:
The E-Pustakaalya home page is divided into four quadrants:
- On the left lie links for the seven main sections of the library listed earlier. Each of the seven main sections has a number of sub-sections that can be viewed after entering that section. Users can browse through the collections (i.e., see a listing of the materials) in each of these sections and subsections to look for materials they want.
- The box on the right— read more — includes a link that allows users to browse through the library collections according to the latest additions. In addition to this, there are direct links to the Maps, Video, School Wikipedia and Nepali Dictionary pages; as well as to the latest version of E-Paath, OLE Nepal’s educational activities package.
- At the top of the home page is the search bar, which contains the search and advanced search options. If users know the specifics of the item they are looking for (e.g., part of the title or author name), they can search for that item directly by entering a word or a string of words in the rectangular search field and hitting the enter key. (or alternatively, they can click on the magnifying glass icon). If There is a button right next to the search bar that enables users to conduct an advanced search..
- The fourth section is the navigation bar right below the search bar. This bar contains a link on the far left that allows users to log on to E-Pustakalaya with their registered usernames. On the right, there is a link called “home page” that redirects users to the home page. Next to this is a link titled 'feedback' which takes users to the feedback form. On the far right is the help button that directs users to this users’ guide.
HOW DO I RETURN TO THE E-PUSTAKALAYA HOME PAGE FROM ANOTHER PAGE? +
Whenever you are in another page, you can return to the home page by clicking on the “Home” icon that appears in the top right hand area of the navigation bar at the top of the page.
WHY SHOULD I BECOME A REGISTERED USER? +
Becoming a registered user will allow you to have your own My Pustakalaya page, which will contain books that you have selected. In addition to this, you will also be able to use the bookmarking facility. By doing so, you can “bookmark” any book you choose, include it in your page, and thus create a personalized library of your favourite books (upto 25). Additionally, being a registered user will eventually allow you to make submissions to the library.
WHAT IS E-PAATH? +
E-Paath is an educational software developed by OLE-Nepal that includes lesson plans, classroom activities, and exercises that are meant to supplement the national curriculum. There are activities continuously being added, so please check for our latest activities.