The Jokomo / Yamada Library has a sitting capacity for 200 Client designed for conducive studying (research). It includes; individual reading carrels, group tables, comfortable easy chairs, and a newspaper and magazine reading area.
In addition Library Clients can research from the vast electronic databases it subscribes to (see eDatabases ), from outside the physical Library using hard-wired or wireless network connections. The following services are among those offered by the Library in support of students' and staff research. Information Literacy Skills training (see Library Services - Clients Training) is also a very important component of Research Services.
a. Information Access & Retrieval Services
In the current information environment, academic libraries are recognising that providing access to resources is a complex multi-dimensional phenomenon. To meet the needs of Clients, the Jokomo / Yamada Library uses Library of Congress Classification Scheme to organise its physical collections. The scheme brings related subject resources together and is also ideal for shelf browsing. However, as a first port of call, Clients should utilise the WebPAC service which the Library provides, to search for all information in the Library's collections. The WebPAC provide bibliographic details about an item including its access code (location), which are mostly call numbers or URLs. Through the Library's WebPAC, a single search connects one to the world of information instantly..
b. Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI)
Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI) refers to tools and resources used by the Library to keep a Client informed of resources on specified topics. SDI involves selecting from a flow of new documents, those of interest to individual or group of Library Clients. SDI also includes information already in the collection that the Library might deem necessary to individuals at that time for study or research purposes. This process may be thought of as the inverse of information retrieval.
c. Current Awareness Services (CAS)
A current awareness system alerts Library Clients, on a periodic basis, to the latest publications in their specified field(s) of interest, keeping one's research up-to-date. It involves making Library clients aware of new acquisitions available in the Library that may be of interest to them. The role of CAS is to: alert users to new books or journal resources received in the library (be it in print, electronic or multimedia format); alert users to the recent literature in a given subject; and provide non-bibliographic information, such as news on meetings, training courses and other events of interest to users. CAS is also provided through routing of journals and circulation of new arrival lists to Clients.