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Journal of Library and Information Science
Volume 34, Number 1, 2009

Information Needs of Policy Makers in Nigeria : The Case of Imo State Civil Service

Abstract: With the use of questionnaire, a study of the information needs of policy makers/senior civil servants in Imo State Nigeria was made. In this research, the work activities and information needs of the policy makers were identified and resources of government libraries were evaluated. It was discovered that the government libraries are not adequate in all aspects. They are not funded at all. The budgetary allocations are only on paper. The sources of information and factor affecting access to information needs were identified. Recommendations were made which include the fact that the answer to the provision and use of information lies in Information and Communication Technology ICT and the sooner the government invests heavily in this area, the better for the country's development.

LIS Department of Madhya Pradesh : Gearing up for the Information
Technology Onslaught

Abstract:The present study surveys the LIS Schools/Departments in the universities of Madhya Pradesh to assess how well they are prepared to impart IT oriented LIS education in order to produce competent Information Managers of tomorrow. Findings show that LIS schools are enthusiastic and gearing up to meet the IT onslaught but they are besieged by many constraints, like insufficient funds, lack of infrastructure and shortage of IT trained faculty, that need to be overcome before they can satisfactorily meet their goals.
Citation Analysis of Library and Information Science Journals

Abstract:This paper discusses the importance of citation analysis to study the nature
and characteristics of subject literature. Literature cited in six Library and Information Science (LIS) journals i.e. Journal of Librarianship and Information
Science, Aslib Proceedings, Journal of Information Science, The Library Quarterly, Library and Information Science Research and Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST) for the period of 2004 and 2005 were examined and analyzed to make a comparison among them. The citation pattern in LIS journal publications such as various categories of information sources cited, most frequently cited journals, authorship pattern, half- life of journals citations, journals self citation have been studied separately in each journal. The study reveals that journal articles are the most frequently cited information sources in all six journals followed by books and websites etc. The most frequently cited journals in LIS are JASIST followed by Journal of Documentation, Library and Information Science Research and the Scientometrics.Top

Wireless Authentication for Secured and Efficient Communication

Abstract: Wireless communications and the economic goods and services that utilize it have some special characteristics that have motivated specialized studies. The way wireless has been used in institutions and knowledge centers it needs to be authenticated for effective communication for its limited users. The paper deals with the authentication of wireless with different protocols related to the use in different places.

The Innovative Concept of Strategic Management in Library Science

Abstract: The changing environment of higher education and its future survival in India and around the world require universities to plan for the future and identify strategies to achieve their desired outcomes. The challenges and opportunities facing higher education are growing every year. There is a constant need to secure greater value from available resources to ensure long-term sustainability. Growth of participation in higher education, decrease in government funding, rapid growth in the Indian higher education export market, increased competition, pressure to generate new sources of income, globalization, stake holder demand for quality education, student diversity and changing patterns of participation, changing government policies, an ageing workforce and changes in world economy are some of the many challenges facing by the universities. These challenges require universities to have effective management information system to help track performance against their strategic plan. The world in which libraries have operated has changed dramatically in the last several decades. However, the advent of the World Wide Web and the shift of information resources to electronic format have resulted in a revolution in the ways that libraries are operated and how patrons are taught about library resources. The strategic plan developed should offer a pattern that integrates major goals, policies and actions of the institution into a cohesive whole. It should help allocate resources, capitalize on relative strengths and militate against weaknesses, etc. This paper details well defined strategic plans for the library to set a clear direction, allow looking at the strengths and weaknesses with the environment, and devoting resources to strengthen support in the core areas of teaching and research.
Status of Manuscripts in Indological Libraries of Madhya Pradesh

Abstract:The present study is based on 13 Indological libraries of Madhya Pradesh established between 1854 and 1998. It includes scope, objectives, importance, sources of data, and status of Indological libraries. Major findings are: Government Sanskrit College, Gwalior is the oldest Indological institution,
Scindia Oriental Research Institute; Ujjain has 18695 manuscripts in its collection, 4 (30.76%) Indological libraries have followed special conservation technique for preservation of rare manuscripts, while 3 (23.03%) has done microfilming for its collection. Only one institution has air-condition facility and 2 has copied its collection in CDs. Four Indological institution has not applied any preservation technique for conservation of its manuscripts.




Doctrine of Fair Use and Library Services

Abstract:The paper discusses the provisions available in the Copyright Act in reference to library services. The paper discusses the copyright related issues in Indian context and how a library professional can render services to their user without violating the copyright, it also covers the copyright related issue in digital environment. Keeping in mind the provisions in the act and judicial decisions of various courts, librarian can enhance the awareness of fair use concept of the act among their users.

Application of Information and Communication Technology for Resources
Sharing and Networking in Indian Libraries

Abstract:The paper highlights the role of ICT in library & information centres and focusing on information flow and resource sharing. The various platforms for information flow and resource sharing through networking, consortia, open access & open source initiatives, sub ject gate way and dis cus sion fo rums, listserv, internet fo rum, or mes sage board along with their as pects and ad van tages are dis cussed. Net work ing sys tems at var i ous lev els such as global, na tional, state and lo cal are play ing a vi tal role among li brar ies. There are many net works, con sor tiums & open ac cess por tals through li brar ies reap ing the ben e fits of ICT. The con straints of ICT and net work ing es pe cially in re spect of in fra struc ture, staff sup port and fi nan cial as pects are ex plained and dis cussed with re spect to Indian con text. The most es sen tial fea tures of lead ing In dian con sor tiums, net works, open ac cess ini tia tives, in sti tu tions en gaged in in for ma tion shar ing are briefly high lighted.




Book Review

Hu, Holly and Breivold, Scott, Eds: Electronic Resources Management in Libraries: Research and Practice. Hershly. PA:Information Science Reference
(an imprint of IGI Global),2008. xxii,416 p.ISBN-13:97-1-59904- 891-8
(A4 size;hb) E-ISBN: 987-1-59904-892-5.

Electronic Resource Management Systems (ERMS) have vitally influenced libraries and their users. These include web resources, digital database, full text resources from aggregators or bibliographic databases from publisher, OPACs, E-Books, E-Journals, and many more. Gradual shift to electronic resource has changed the library operations, organizational planning and uses. New environment demands new core competencies and roles of electronic resource librarians. The book provides comprehensive coverage of theories, methods, challenges, research and practices connected with the electronic resources in libraries. Divided into five sections the book has twenty one chapters written by thirty two experts well versed in the field. Broadly these sections are: Historic overview, workflow management, copyright and licensing, working with electronic resources, and lastly the various ERMs. It can serve a practical guide which supports strategic planning, operational policies and procedures, workflow and organizational structure and given an overview of the latest development in electronic resource management standards such as- SUSHI and COUNTER, and Import of Web 2.0 and library 2.0 applications. It strikes a balance between providing background and practical information for operations and technique, and also provides a peep into the future. It is a panorama of management and operational issues thrown up by electronic resources.

Among the other topics, there is a nice survey of standards relevant for ERM system which describes and explains the important existing standards and provides useful ideas for future improvement. It is an authoritative coverage of cutting edge topics in e-collections management.Each chapter of this bi-columns book begins with an abstract. Text has been divided into sections with feature headings and has a well-summarized conclusion. Each chapter is fully referenced.It will be useful for library and information science students, teachers, practitioners and researchers. Those working in the fields of database design, data mining, data warehousing, internet and web technologies will find in it many rewarding readings.

Though its index is scanty in relation to its vast coverage of the field, it has been compensated by two tables of contents - the other provides a brief abstract of each chapter. Apart from the print edition, it is also available as e-book with perpetual access for US$270. While combo of print and e-book is offered at US$360.
By Dr. K.P. Singh.