JLIS abstracts



KRISHAN KUMAR & VYAS (SD). Classification Practice in Delhi University College Libraries. 4,1;1979; 41-76

The study is based on information collected through a questionnaire circulated among 66 librarians of colleges (out of whom 65 responded) during October 1976 to October 1977. Enumerates the various schemes of classification adopted by college libraries. Describes modifications carried out in the schemes. Discusses the problems faced in classifying the documents. Enumerates the subjects which are in urgent need of revision in Colon Classification, Dewey Decimal Classification and Universal Decimal Classification. Describes the extent of satisfaction achieved on the part of college librarians regarding schemes of classification being used by them. Discusses the future of Colon Classification and Dewey Decimal Classification schemes in India .


KRISHAN KUMAR. Historical Roots of Ranganathan's Colon Classification (Edition I) 17,1;1992;71-81

Describes S R Ranganathan's contribution to library and information science in general. Mentions about his library education at London and influence of W.C Berwick Sayers. Describes the seeds of Colon Classification, edition 1 (CC 1). Discusses the salient features of CC1. Brings out the indebtedness of Ranganathan to Melvil Dewey. Describes the influence of UDC on CC. Discusses the growth and development of the concept of 'categories'. Mentions the influences of W Hulme , W. S. Biscoe and others. Concludes that he possessed an amazing degree of ingenuity to apply old ideas in such a way so as to look distinctive and original .

KRISHAN KUMAR & SINGH (SP). From Information Society to Knowledge Based Society. 25,2;2000;103-11

Describes the emergence of knowledge-based society. Mentions the various indicators of the knowledge-based society. Discusses the aims of knowledge-based organizations. Relates the emergence of knowledge management as new areas of knowledge. Describes the role of knowledge manager and the various activities carried out by him. Lays emphasis on knowledge compatible culture. Describes the implications for information professionals and librarians in the changing environment. Concludes that in the twenty-first century, only knowledge organizations are the fittest for survival.


KRISHAN KUMAR & SINGH (SP). Dewey Decimal Classification (Edition 21): A Review. 23,2;1998;119-29

Describes the availability of DDC21 in two formats. Enumerates the related tools. Discusses the organization of the scheme, major changes, editorial process and cooperation as a basis. Describes changes in standard subdivisions, use of faceted approach, change in terminology, user convenience, use of information technology and use of scheme. Mentions some of the weaknesses in the system along with suggestions for improvement. Concludes that the system has not only survived but is now pulsating with new dynamism.


KRISHAN KUMAR. Progress in Library Classification,1951-75. 1,1; 1975; 81-107 Describes the major developments and trends with special reference to the contributions made by CRG ( London ) and DRTC ( Bangalore .) Mentions automatically constructed classifications. Considers the impact of development in other areas of library classification. Enumerates areas for research. Provides broad generalizations regarding different aspect of library classification.


KRISHAN KUMAR. Research in Library History: A Few Suggestions. 21,1;1996;35-40

States that the libraries came into being to serve the needs of the society right from its evolution. Hence the research in the history of libraries needs to be based on social, political, economic factors. Points out the neglect of archival materials in the study of Library History. Emphasises the use of scientific method in the study of Library History. Suggests topics of research in the subject. Concludes with the emphasis on the need of research in Library History.


KRISHAN KUMAR & SARDANA (JS). Research at Doctoral Level in Library and Information Science in Indian Library Schools. 2,2;1977; 119-38

Examines the need for research at Doctoral level in Library and Information Science (L & IS). Discusses objectives, duration and content. Suggests minimum qualifications for admission to Ph.D. Makes out a case for carrying out research in library science in universities. Discusses the broad areas for research, emphasizing those of special concern to Indian situation. Suggests the application of latest techniques in research methodology. Examines various impediments to research. Surveys on-going research and gives suggestions relating to supervisors, pleads for exchange of teachers, provision of adequate financial resources and coordination of research. Appendix provides broadly classified list of on-going research topics.


KRISHAN KUMAR. Challenges of Twenty-First Century and Library Education. 22,1-2;1997;29-35

Mentions the impact of Information technology on library profession. Points out that library schools and libraries should face the challenges of future together. Mentions the criteria for the success of a library school. Describes the learning resources including Internet that are available to students today. Discusses the parallels between Internet and university research libraries. Mentions the use of packaged information products and teaching aids. Points out the need for critical faculty to use learning resources effectively. Mentions likely trends in near future in the employment of library professionals. Concludes that technology is a tool, which needs to be used wisely as a means to achieve the goals.

SARDANA (JL) & KRISHAN KUMAR. M.Phil. In Library and Information Science: Some Suggestions. 5,2;1980; 121-32

Examines needs and usefulness of research in Library and Information Science. Describes objectives, duration, content etc. of research at M.Phil. Suggests areas for research with special reference to Indian conditions. Makes out a case for carrying out research in Library schools in universities. Makes out a case for the provision of adequate financial assistance for researchers and organisations including sabbatical leave, fellowships, etc. for individuals. Suggests coordination of research and pleads for exchange of teachers among various departments in India and other advanced countries.

KRISHAN KUMAR. National Library of Medicine ( USA ). 3,1;1978; 23-37

Traces the development of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) of the National Institutes of Health, US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Describes the nature of collections; scheme of classification and rules for cataloguing; library catalogues compiled; microfilming; and services. Enumerates the bibliographies produced at NLM. Discuses the computerized systems for stroage and retrieval of references developed at NLM such as MEDLARS (MEDical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System) and MEDLINE (MEDLARS on LINE). Describes activities of different divisions such as National Medical Audiovisual Centre. Toxicology Information programme and Lister Hill National Center . Mentions the network arrangement for sharing resources. Describes the role at international level and as a pioneer in the application of library technology.

KRISHAN KUMAR. Distinctive Contribution of Ranganathan to Library Classification. 17,2;1992;115-27

Points out that Dr S R Ranganathan was truly a great scholar, who made rich contribution to different aspects of library and information science, but is better known for his work in the field of library classification. Discusses the distinctive contribution to classification such as normative principles, three plane model of work, freely faceted classification (involving facet analysis and synthetic principle), postulation approach, fundamental categories and certain notational devices like sector device, group notation device, emptying digit device and seminal mnemonic device. Regards these as seminal ideas forming basis of his theory of library classification. Considers seventh edition of Colon Classification as best example of application of these ideas.

SARDANA (JL). Social Science Documentation in India . 2,1;1977; 51-68

Describes the factors responsible for the neglect of social sciences research in India . Traces the growth and development of social sciences, with particular reference to indicators such as volume of publications, social scientists manpower. Discusses the functions of Social Sciences Documentation Centre. Examines critically the activities of the Centre.

SINGH (SP). Evaluation of Collection and Services Provided by IIT Libraries: User's Point of View. 19,1;1994;1-18

IITs have now been accepted as the centres of excellence for teaching, training and research in the fields of science, technology, engineering and other allied areas, including social sciences and humanities. Library of these institutions aim to further the goals of their parent organization. They also aim to fulfill the academic and research needs of their user group. Therefore, these institutes are spending huge amount on their libraries by acquiring specialized collection of documents required and used by their users and to provide different types of services needed by them.

SINGH (SP). Survey of Indian Institute of Technology Library, Chennai. 20,1-2;1995;1-33

A survey was conducted at IIT Library, Madras . Data was gathered through 3 questionnaires (2 for the librarians and one for the users). Users covered included post-graduate students, research scholars and teachers. Mentions briefly the origin and set up of IIT and its Library. Describes various aspects like working hours physical facilities, membership, loan privileges, purpose and frequency of visit to the library. Discusses collection development including acquisition, growth, organization, use and adequacy. Explains user awareness of various library services and their usefulness covers book bank service, media resource facility, computer application, governance, finance and staff. Provides users' over all evaluation and suggestions about physical facilities, collection and its organization, services and attitude of library staff. Gives librarian's suggestions for improvement and future plans.

SINGH (SP). Internet and the Role of Libraries. 25,1;2000;26-37

Internet is the most revolutionary development in the field of Information Science. It has opened up new opportunities for the information professionals to meet the growing challenges being faced by them under the fast changing scenario. The paper traces the history of 'Internet' and its entry into Indian Library Culture. It emphasizes the need and importance of adopting the 'Internet' by libraries in India to expand the information base and to meet the ever-growing demands of their users. Provides information about important Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in India . Discusses the service being offered by Internet in libraries in India .

SINGH (SP). Optical Storage Media: A Viable Alternative to Online Searching. 22,1-2;1997;16-28

Discusses the need for the change of library tools and technique under the changing environment. Describes the role of optical storage media i.e CD ROM, its capacity capability and limitations. Provides a comparison of CD ROM with online as a viable and economic alternative to online search service. Explains the application of CD ROM databases in libraries for different kinds of jobs like works, indexes and abstracts and document delivery, etc. Examines the use of CD ROMs in selected libraries of Delhi .