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 had actively acquired library materials including CD-ROM databases to build its collection. CAIS started providing library services and facilities to users especially to 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 for cataloging purpose before migrating to VTLS in July 1995. The system enables users to have access to the collection via our Online Public Access Catalog, Easy PAC. In 1995, the Centre purchased CDNET, a CD-ROM Networking System to enable all networked users to have access to the CDROM databases available in the Centre.

In March 2005 CAIS had 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 automate daily activities in the areas of security, materials processing, self check-in and check-out as well as inventory control. Extended Modules consists 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 operation in the new building. The impressive new building, with an area of about 22,600 square metres, 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, and 24-hour rooms.

CAIS Medical

CAIS had reached another milestone in November 2002 when CAIS Medical 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. With an area of around 6500 sq.ft. it could accommodate up to 200 patrons at a time, 2 Computer Laboratories with 60 PCs and a shelving area that could hold 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 CAIS Medical. 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. The CAIS Medical can accommodate up to 100 sitting capacity.


MOVING FORWARD

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 Centre 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, an online public access catalog. 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.

In an effort to fulfill the ever-increasing and challenging information needs of users, CAIS has subscribed to online databases related to programmes offered by the University. 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. All of the centres electronic resources are accessible remotely by users.

The Library Management System being user-friendly has served as a onestop access to all services and facilities provided by CAIS from 2005 until 2014. In January 2015, in order to better support users in their information searching by providing them with enhanced search capabilities, CAIS has acquired and implemented a web scale discovery service (WSDS) called CAIS OneSearch, a preharvested central index coupled with a richly featured discovery layer providing a single search across CAIS local, open access and subscribed collections. Even though CAIS OneSearch has replaced CAIS WebOPAC, users can still check and update their own record, their loan status as well as fine accrued via the Library system. 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.

As part of its commitment towards providing quality services, the Centre’s key process such as purchasing, serials, subscriptions, cataloguing, loan services and inter library loan is certified to MS ISO 9001:2015.

CAIS Integrated Learning Facilities (ILF) Sibu

In 2007 a Resource Room was established at the Integrated Learning Facilities in Sibu to provide information resources for the medical students 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. It can accommodate about 213 seats at any one time.