The application, already available for Android systems and in process for iOS, offers a novel way of knowing and using the bibliographic resources of the National University. As of today, the students of the National University will be able to carry, literally, the catalog of nine libraries in their pocket, thanks to the application Libraries UNAM.
Developed by the General Directorate of Libraries (DGB), the app, already available for Android systems and in process for iOS, offers a novel way to access bibliographic resources, such as catalogs of books and theses, said Elsa Ramírez Leyva, owner of the DGB.
For the moment, with this tool you can access the collection of the Central Library; to the Faculty of Economics; to three of the General Directorate of Computing and Information and Communication Technologies (in Ciudad Universitaria, in the Mascarones Center, and Monterrey); and the Joint Library of Earth Sciences (which includes four campuses), which offer a catalog of more than one million bibliographic records. The rest of the libraries will be incorporated.
Every day, the users of the Library and Information System of the UNAM (SIBIUNAM) demand cutting-edge information services, and with this application, they will optimize their search, he emphasized.
Miguel Ángel Jiménez Bernal, deputy director of Computing of the DGB, commented that the application can be used by academics and students of this house of studies, and by the public in general. "It's been an arduous job that took about nine months due to the complexity of the system."
By offering search services, consulting, auto-loan, online renewal, user registration, and password recovery, it is expected to enhance the use of information resources of the University.
"This will allow encouraging the consultation of printed collections through home loans. Everything is synchronized with the library system so that the user searches for books and can take them home, "he concluded.