IT Centre

The Library provides IT facilities to enable readers to consult our electronic resources, catalogues, and image collections, to make use of word-processing and spreadsheet software, and for general internet and e-mail access.

During semeter IT Facilities are open 7 days a week and open monday to friday during semester break.


Most general facilities are concentrated in the IT Centre with 39 computers.


PCs

The Library's IT Centre provides a dedicated room in which users can use PCs. These PCs have access to all the Library's electronic resources, the internet and Microsoft office.
NOTE: PC workstations shut down 15 minutes before library closing time.


Saving your work

All workstations have USB ports and floppy drives (1.4mb). In addition, you may save your work to your own External Drive


Printing

In addition, you may save your work to your Printing. Printouts are charged RM0.10 per A4 black & white. (refer Printing Facilities)


Scanning

Scanner is provided at no cost.


Training venue

A 39 PC training lab with LCD projector provides a formal training venue within the IT Centre. At non-peak times, the venue may be booked for appropriate classes of students, and academic and administrative staff courses.

  • Reference and information services are provided by all the libraries in the system.
  • Enquiries may be made in person, over the telephone, by fax, and through email.
  • The library also maintains Reference Desks manned by competent staff to assist users with their information needs at every level of the library.
  • Students and staffs will be taught search strategies in information retrieval. This is one of the way to help them retrieve from printed and electronic sources, and to evaluate information from the sources.
  • Students and staffs will also be shown how to access and search the electronic databases such as the online journals.
  • The Information Services Department consists of friendly Librarians who provide expert help in finding information, both in PTAR and on the Internet.
  • The Librarians will assist users in using the reference collection such as books, online catalogue, computerized databases, and web pages.
  • The Librarians also assist with any type of information need such as class research assignments.

In this information age, it is essential to be information literate, that is to know how to find the right information at the right time, how to evaluate the information and use it effectively. These are the skills which will enable individuals to solve problems, think critically and make informed decisions. Such skills are not only required to help students through their university studies but these are life-long skills that will enable individuals to take an active part in today’s information rich society. The Library conducts information skills workshops to hone information seeking skills of students. This course will incorporate:

  • How information is organized
  • How to look for information
  • How to evaluate information
  • How to document sources (Referencing / Citation)

Students are taught how to use library resources, access the Library’s OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue) and how to search electronic databases to obtain information from online journals as well as how to search the Internet effectively. To learn to use information ethically and avoid accusations of plagiarism, students are also taught to document sources of information.

  • The program is a way to help new students/users familiarize themselves with the layout, regulations, types of services and facilities offered by PTAR.
  • The Library Orientation Programmes are conducted at the beginning of every new semester.
  • New students/users are briefed on the services and facilities offered by the library followed by a tour of the library.
  • They will also be introduced to the types of materials in the library such as books, journals, theses & dissertations, and conference proceedings.
  • Faculties are invited to use this service as well as to recommend this free service to their students and staffs.
 

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