NTRMEDNET consortium was started in July, 2008 with a group of teaching institutions affiliated to Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences. It was started with a vision to improve the quality of education and research in all the affiliated medical colleges through enhanced access to the high quality medical literature. Its main goal is to provide greater access to information at a minimum cost, which is cost-effective. The Consortium has successfully accomplished the task of developing an E-journal consortium and a resource-sharing model that network the health science colleges in the State of Andhra Pradesh, India.
The consortium started with 43 members in 2008 and reached to 401 colleges in 2015. There is remarkable increase in the E-resources subscribed by the consortium in number as well as quality of the journals. The consortium subscribes to all specialties in Modern Medicine, Dental, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Medical Lab Technology and Indian Systems of Medicine with peer reviewed journals like The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Nursing journal etc.
For the year 2015, the Consortium is also providing the Elsevier - "Clinical Learning-a digital resource of clinical and practical skills for undergraduate medical curriculum with more than 350 modules. Journal Data Base of Proquest Medical Complete & EBSCO, which cover Medical, Dental, Nursing, Physiotherapy, etc.
For the First time Gateway facility is being launched to all the Teaching Faculty and Students of Affiliated colleges & Hospitals under the association of Dr.N.T.R.University of Health Sciences., which enables to increase the usage of accessing Academic material in their mobiles and Laptops for better access of academic content.
The consortium conducts periodical hands on trainings, seminars, workshops, demonstrations by the publishers in the member colleges to impart knowledge and expertise in accessing E-journals and E-books.
The Digital Library has joined Electronic Resources in Medicine (ERMED) consortium hosted by National Medical Library, New Delhi, India and is also the member of Information Network (INFONET) consortium of UGC. Articles not only from the journals of ERMED and INFONET but also from the other data bases are being sent to the students and faculty of affiliated colleges on request. Peer reviewed articles and other medical related articles are also being sent to the members from time to time to promote research activities in the member colleges.
The website www.ntrmednet.edu.in of NTRMEDNET Consortium & Digital Library was launched. The website gives the details of all the resources of NTRMEDNET Consortium & Digital Library. In the website in addition to the holdings of the Consortium, open access journals and other related information to Medical Sciences, Library and Information Science blogs which help the librarians to acquire knowledge in latest trends in Information Technology are hosted and are being uploaded regularly.
With all these successful years of experience, NTRMEDNET Consortium is marching towards expanding its resource base and access facility to the rest of the Health Science Institutions in the state as a non-profit initiative, to promote educational and research activities.
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