An integrated e-platform for sharing networked library and information resources nationwide across ODL system
NODLINET is an IGNOU program envisaged with the aim of providing faculty and students in the open and distance learning (ODL) community the means to access and share networked library resources online. NODLINET is conceived as an important information support system to IGNOU and other ODL institutions for delivering quality of education at par with conventional educational community, and as a means to reach the unreached. Given these goals, NODLINET network has since been established as an integrated e-platform that holds the potential to offer seamless access to distributed library resources, and to offer information services that seek to enhance the visibility of shared resources as well as help promote their usage. NODLINET has sought to incorporate advanced information and communication technologies for the purpose of integrating all libraries within the ambit of ODL system in the country, into a network.
NODLINET has been conceptualised as a planned IGNOU activity in continuation to activities planned under System Development Programme for ODL system. This network is broad-based, involving participation of all institutions under the ODL system, like the State Open Universities (SOUs), Distance Education Institutes (DEIs) of conventional universities, National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), and IGNOU and its centres across the nation. This technology platform is planned to provide access to e-resources published as e-books/ e-journals/ e-databases distributed across all ODL libraries. In addition, it will seek to create digitized contents of all relevant learning material and other library material/ resources but unique to target beneficiaries. Besides, NODLINET plans to provide accredited standards and guidelines for the establishment and up-gradation of distance learning libraries in terms of facilities needed to set-up library automation, building digital libraries, strengthening library collections, and provide broadband connectivity in targeted libraries for Internet access, etc.