Library of “Aldent” University (UAL), set up in two campuses, in first Km of highway Tirana – Durrës and at building in “Dibra Street”. It has an area of about 500 m2 and a considerable number of reading posts (80 of them) in the service of university students and academic staff. There is also a modern infrastructure with very good working conditions.
In the library there are about 13 500 volumes of books and magazines, of which 10 000 volumes at the library in the CentralCampus and 3500 at the library in the building of the “Dibra Street.” About 60% of all books are medical books. Some of them belong to dental sciences and its branches as Restorative Dentistry, Periodontology, Endodontic, Orthodontics, Pediatric dentistry, Oral Surgery and Dental Implantology. Other books belong to medical sciences such as pharmacology, general medicine as well as human anatomy, physiology and medical microbiology, cardiology, hematology, gastro-enterology, endocrinology, urology, obstetrics and gynecology, neurological and psychiatry, surgery, anesthesiology, etc. In the library there are books of other fields such as philosophy, psychology, social science, historical and economic, natural sciences (physics, chemistry, biology, microbiology, etc., mainly textbooks for medical students), technical sciences, information technology, methods for teaching foreign languages, manual how to write an essay or a thesis, literature etc. Library also enables students and staff to use a small number of encyclopedias and dictionaries. Magazines, publications mainly after year 2000, are entirely medical and treat different problems in this area as well as those of public health, bioethics, pharmacology, cardiology, oncology, neurology, gynecology, pediatrics, gastroenterology, dentistry, various therapies through diet medical, psychoanalysis, physical exercise, the suggestion etc.
In UAL’s library there are about 2500 English books, published in recent years, entirely for medical use by staff and students of the university. These volumes are treatises and manuals on service and nursing care in general, but also for nursing care and service in special branches of medicine such as pediatrics, geriatrics, surgery, neurology, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, etc. Some of these books deal with problems of physiotherapy and treatment of various diseases through diet, psychoanalysis, the suggestion, etc.
In the library halls there are also 11 computers connected to the Internet available to academic staff and students to get the information they want online. Books and magazines are shelved systematically according to 10 branches of science (from 0 to 9), and within the branch have been sorted by the first three letters of the surname of the author or title deeds, when they have no author. They are equipped with inventory number that goes in a progressive order. The library is open funds and readers have the opportunity to receive information directly from the shelves of books. Library materials (books and magazines) are working according to international standards of library processing as ISBD (International Standard of Bibliographic Description), ACR2 (American Cataloging Rules 2), UDC (Classification Decimal Universal) and thesaurus or subject titles table. The library is automated. Books are recorded in an electronic catalog according to a program (turbosoft.me:802) that operates on the intranet, but can also move to the Internet, enabling exchange information with other libraries of the country abroad. Since cataloging is done according to international rules, the conversion of bibliographic data in the future in a more advanced program is completely possible. From the computer connected to the network in Central Campus or buildings in “Dibra Street”, the academicstaff and students can use online catalog OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) to obtain information about library funding. Seeking material can be done with the title, subtitle, author, keywords, publishing houses etc.
The library worker which is qualified and with extensive experience in the field of library science, processes and records in an electronic catalog all the library materials. She serves and lends books under a regulation adopted by the Governing Board of the University and these books are recorded on reader’s cards. These cards are administered by the library. University’s policy is to further enrich the library with purchases or donations. Our goal is to connect online with other universities’ libraries at home and abroad.
In our close plans is the implementation of a program for the circulation of borrowed library materials, which will be realized in cooperation with the Department of Information Technology.
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