CENTRE FOR ACADEMIC INFORMATION SERVICES

BACKGROUNDS

The Centre for Academic Information Services (CAIS), Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) was established in early 1993 and began its operation in May 1993. The Centre has actively acquired library materials including CD-ROM databases to build its collection. CAIS started providing library services and facilities to users especially the pioneer batch of students and academics at Jalan Taman Budaya, Kuching before moving to Kota Samarahan in early 1994. The Centre acquired Micro-VTLS (Virginia Tech Library System) in August 1994 mainly for cataloging and online catalog before migrating to VTLS in July 1995. Users were then able to have access to the collection via our Online Public Access Catalog Easy PAC. In 1995, the Centre acquired CDNET, a CD-ROM Networking System to enable all networked users to have access to the CD-ROM databases available in the Centre.

CAIS Medical

Year 2002 also marked another milestone for CAIS. In November, the Medical Library was set up at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Science's new building at Lot 77, Jalan Tun Ahmad Zaidi Adruce, Kuching to support the Faculty's teaching, learning and research activities. It occupies an estimated area of 6500 sq.ft. that can accommodate about 200 patrons, 2 Computer Laboratories for 60 seats and a shelving area that can take up to 80,000 volumes of books and journals.

In May 2014 the Faculty moved to its permanent building in the Main Campus together with the medical library. The brand new CAIS Medical is located on the ground floor and the first floor of an estimated area of 404 sq.m. within the Faculty’s building. It can accommodate up to 100 sitting capacity.


MOVING FORWARD

In March 2005 CAIS has migrated to a new Integrated Library System, which consists of 3 main subsystems i.e. Library management system Millennium, Materials Flow Management System and Extended Modules .The Materials Flow Management System supports and automates daily activities in the areas of security, materials processing, self check-in and check-out as well as inventory control. Extended Modules consist of Smart Library Skills, Smart Reference Desk, Academic Forum and Visitor Tracking .The Integrated Library System was activated on 22 June 2005 and subsequently opened to patrons on 4 July 2005.

On 6 February 2006, CAIS officially started its operation in the new building. The impressive new building, with an area of about 22,600 square meters, spreads over 5 floors. It is a contemporary building specially designed to be one of the pull centers in the campus. The Centre offers a variety of services and facilities such as a big exhibition area, an auditorium, seminar rooms, discussion rooms, computer laboratories, carrel rooms, media room, 24-hour reading room as well as chill-out rooms.

CAIS functions as the Knowledge Centre for the university. The Centre supports directly and contributes to the success of the academic programmes. CAIS’s strategic location enables students and academics easy access to the Centre. The IT infrastructure enables the Center to function as an integrated user-oriented Centre for the acquisition, processing and dissemination of information and knowledge. CAIS has been building up its bibliographic database thus enabling users to access the Centre's collection through CAIS OneSearch. Besides the bibliographic database, CAIS together with the other public university libraries have embarked on a few projects to develop online databases such as the Malaysian Theses Online, the Malaysian Gateway to Internet Resources, the Serials Online, the University Repository as well as the National Union Catalog.

With the availability of the Campus Wide-Area Network, users can access the system not only from within the Centre's building but also remotely. In an effort to fulfill the ever-increasing and challenging information needs of users, CAIS has subscribed to online databases in related subjects. In addition to printed materials and e-books, CAIS has subscribed to a growing number of e-journals to further enhance the accessibility of information and knowledge.

The Library Management System being user-friendly serves as a one-stop access point to all services and facilities provided by CAIS. Users can access our CAIS OneSearch at http://www.cais.unimas.my/. Users can check and update their own record, their loan status as well as fine accrued. For resource development, users can suggest materials to be acquired by filling up the Online Suggestion Box. For materials not found in the Centre or out of print, patrons can fill up the Online Interloan & Document Delivery Service Form. CAIS also provides Online Patron Registration Form to enable outside communities to apply as external members.

Being awarded Best Counter Services by the University in 2009 and MS ISO 9001:2008 Quality Certification by SIRIM QAS in 2011 has shown the Centre’s commitments towards providing quality services.

CAIS ILF SIBU

In 2007 a Resource Room was established at the Integrated Learning Facilities in Sibu to provide information resources for medical students who are doing their clinical postings. With a floor area of around 200 sq.meter, it can accommodate about 5000 volumes of reference materials, 50 seats and a computer laboratory that can accommodate 15 workstations.

CAIS Pre University Studies

CAIS Pre University Studies, located at UNIMAS East Campus was established in 2010 to support the learning and teaching needs of students and staff of the Pre University Studies