JLIS abstracts



MANGLA (PB). Agricultural Libraries in India : An Overall View-Key Note Address 13,2; 1988;97-108

Traces the development in the field of agriculture, particularly after the country achieved independence. Discusses the outcome of the Green Revolution. Examines the developments in the field of agricultural education and establishment of various universities and institutions. Lays emphasis on the usefulness of agricultural universities. Discusses the role of agricultural libraries in the agricultural educational system. Suggests areas such as : Financial resources; National Information System in Agricultural Services; declaration of IARI Library as National Agricultural Library; Application of computers in library operations and services, etc.

MANGALA (PB). Manpower Development for Information Handling.4,2;1979;113-26

Mentions the importance of information as a vital natural resource and emphasises the need for ready access to it through various ways of information dissemination. Brings out the need for NATIS. Explains the need for manpower training for information handling and describes the different categories of personnel for this purpose. Gives details of a formal education and training programme. Briefly describes and comments on the training programme in India . Briefly mentions about the training programme in Pakistan , Bangladesh and Iran as well as Unesco's role in manpower development.

MANGLA (PB). Compilation of a relational thesaurus. Information Systems and Services in India : Trends and Prospects 14,2;1989;83-97

Highlights the developments in the field of library, documentation and information services in India after independence in 1947. Needs for information systems and services has been emphasised. The objectives and functions of National Information System in Science and Technology (NISSAT), INSDOC and DESIDOC have been discussed as also of the proposed information system viz. NISS and INFLIBNET. Mentions the emergence of certain non-bibliographic information systems such as NICNET and INDONET and concludes by pointing out the problems being faced by developing countries like India in this regard.

MANGLA (PB). Public Library Law in India.8,1;1983;1-24

Discusses the role of public libraries in programmes for development and national reconstruction. Puts forward the concept of a public library system. Makes out a case for library legislation in each State and Union Territory . Explains the essentials in library legislation. Illustrating from existing library laws in Indian States. Mentions steps to be undertaken towards the enactment of library legislation in those States and Union Territories , which do not have such legislation.

MANGLA (PB). Library Trends in the Developing Countries and Usefulness of the USSR System. 10,2;1985;110-21

Traces the origin and evolution of the concept of UAP and UAI, emphasising their importance and relevance in the present social, economic and political contexts of developed and developing countries. While touching upon the salient points of the main paper by Lesokhina, explains the need for developing a national policy for library and information services taking Soviet networking as a 'Model'. Stresses the need for systematizing the Book Publishing Programmes and also developing the computer technology and their use in Library and Information Services for the purpose of providing UAI to each individual in India . Highlights some of the major developments in library and information services in India .

MANGALA (PB). Contents of Courses at the Post Graduate Level. 5,2;1980;95-120 Mentions about the developments in library and information services in the country and highlights the developments in Library and Information Science education. Empahsises the need for introducing changes in the course contents to meet the changing and varied information needs of the users. Advocates for an integrated approach for Library Science & Information Science. Gives objectives and details of Library & information science courses at different levels. Emphasises the need for proper planning, exchange of teachers, course materials seminars in this context.


MANGALA (PB). Library Education in Developing Countries: Pertinent Issues. 5,1;1980; 1-31

Examines the need for library and information manpower and the role of library schools in this context. Discusses the pertinent issues with regard to (i) the levels of courses, (ii) the place of library schools in educational institutions, (iii) difficulties in developing higher education in L & IS, and (iv) the teaching staff requirements, in the developing countries.


MANGLA (PB) & VASHISHTH (CP). Library and information science education in India . 1,2;1976;127-60

Traces historical development of library and information science education from 1910 to date. Underlines the role of different agencies such as library associations, state governments, universities and a few individuals in initiating library and information science courses at different levels. Mentions the emerging pattern of library and information science education. Reviews the recommendations of various library science committees, seminars, conferences, workshops and conventions. Suggests norms for improvement in course contents at different levels, institution of M.Phil and Ph.D. programmes, duration of courses, methods of teaching and evaluation, entrance requirements and need for incentive scholarships, status of library and information science departments in different universities, accreditation of courses, and need to produce library and information science literature in regional languages.

MANGLA (PB). Concept of a National Library. 3,1;1978; 1-15

Points out the lack of a widely accepted definition of a national library. Mentions the seminars and conferences held so far to discus the concept of a national library. Discusses the impact of 'knowledge explosion' on the functions and organisation of a national library. Summarises its objectives and discuses functions which a national library should perform to achieve these objectives. Explains the position in India with reference to the National Library, Calcutta and other such libraries in the country. Emphasises the need for the appointment of a National Libraries Commission in order to plan the development of these libraries on proper lines.

MANGLA (PB). IFLA and PAC. 16,1;1991;1-10

Gives detail about IFLA. Describes the activities and programmes of the Preservation and Conservation (PAC) Core Programme of the IFLA. Some of the details given deal with areas such as publications, audio-visual programmes, conferences and seminars and training. Activities of the Regional Centres are also described in brief.

MANGLA (PB). Role of the Public Library in Developing Countries with Particular Reference to Literacy. 9,1; 1984; 1-15

Discusses the characteristics of a developing country. The role of a public library in society has been emphasised particularly in the context of programmes of continuing education an information dissemination. Highlights the problems of mass illiteracy and bring out the most positive role which could be played by a public library as a follow up agency to help the neo-literate to remain literate. The need for Public Library System has been brought out and the usefulness of public library legislation in that context has been emphasised. Discusses the need for publication of suitable reading and other materials as well as professional manpower so as to make a Public Library as an important social agency. Describes the salient features of the public library situation in India .

MANGLA (PB). UNISIST: A world science information system. 1,1; 1976; 33-62 Discusses the factors for the need of a world science information system. Describes the earlier efforts, proposals, etc. in this regard and mentions the developments that have already taken place towards world cooperation in the transfer of scientific information. Given background of the ICSU/Unesco UNISIST project. Provides a summary of the principles and recommendations of the UNISIST programme as contained in the UNISIST Study Report. Describes the implementation aspects as well as the progress and the future plans for the fulfillment of the UNISIST programme.

MUJOO-MUNSHI (Usha) & VASHISHTH (CP). Recency of Citations. 18,1;1993; 25-31

The study was undertaken to find out the pattern of literature usage by Indian agricultural scientists. Identifies top ten journals based on the number of papers published by agricultural scientists during five years time and studies the citation pattern for the year 1990. Concludes that the general trend is to quote reference from the last decade (1980s) and earlier period. Points out that they have less exposure to the latest developments in their fields and have limited access to current awareness tools/services.

VASHISHTH (CP). An Overview of BBK-The Russian Library Classification. 22,1-2;1997;127-132

Traces the origin and growth of Bibliothecal Bibliographical Classification (BBK). Describes its structural organization and discusses its conceptual basis. Describes the mechanism for its revision and updating. Maps out the universe of subjects as obtainable in BBK and gives its salient features.

VASHISHTH (CP). 50 Years Landmark in Library Development in India . 24,1;1999;1-16

Presents a close look at the major trends in the field of Indian Librarianship during the last 50 years. Lists the noteworthy developments that have attracted the attention of the Government thereby setting numerous commissions and committees for speedy and proper growth of Library and Information resource centres. Makes a mention of trail blazing events that have occurred during the period under review. Studies in brief the provision of DBA and Libraries of national importance. Also presents some of the activities of India 's National Library.

VASHISHTH (CP). Advancement of Librarianship in India . 17,1;1992;102-15

Mentions about the rich tradition of learning and libraries. Gives names of early public libraries established during eighteenth century. Describes background leading to the establishment of the National Library (Calcutta), National Science Library, National Medical Library, National Agricultural Library and National Library for Blinds, Enumerates the names of national documentation centres. Discusses library/information infrastructure. Mentions about information services provided at the national level. Discusses the public library systems. Describes the role of professional associations at the national level. Briefly describes LIS education. Mentions about school libraries including library standards

MUJOO-MUNSHI (Usha) & VASHISTH (CP). Multimedia Document Management System. 20,1-2;1995;71-74

Multimedia is an emerging application technology embracing many computer disciplines. This paper deals in general with the multimedia document management system, its application and problems. In order to make practical use of multimedia document management system, it is necessary to address the problems and find appropriate solutions.

MISHRA (Sanjay) & VASHISHTH (CP). Attitudes Towards Resource Sharing and Networking. 23,2;1998;83-118

Paper presents the result of a survey conducted amongst library professionals working in ADINET, CALIBNET, DELNET and PUNENET to know their attitudes towards resource sharing and networking. Since Library professionals are key elements in any library organization, it has always been a matter of concern to have their positive attitude towards any innovation. The results show a moderately favourable attitude towards resource sharing and networking. Knowledge about networking and length of experience have been found to be affecting attitude of library professionals.

RIAHINIA (N) & VASHISHTH (CP). Central Libraries of the Universities of Ministry of Higher Education & Culture ( Iran ). 24,2;1999;93-107

Evaluates the planning policies of central libraries of the universities in the Ministry of Higher Education and Culture of Iran. There were 45 such (Appendix A) libraries who were served the questionnaires. Out of these 30 responded. The returns were analyzed. The research method employed is analytical survey which uses the instrument of questionnaire of data collection (Appendix B). The result shows that most of the libraries do not have independent explicit policies. In evaluation of the acquisition, human resources, space, budget, equipment, they were found far below the standards when compared with ACRL standards and other standards.

VASHISHTH (CP). Sri Venkateshwara University Library: A Survey in Retrospect. 4,1; 1979; 77-93

Traces the growth and development of SVU Library from its very inception. Describes pattern of governance, organizational structure and financial administration. Examines the strength of library manpower and describes the various readers' services provided by the Library

MUJOO-MUNSHI (Usha). ROMs & WORMs : Optimal Solution for Archival Storage. 17,2;1992;191-97

Mentions that no library can have an adequate collection in real terms to cater to the needs of its clientele. Points out that individual libraries are becoming less and less self-sufficient. Discusses five media choices for the data storage/recording, such as paper, magnetic media, CD-Rom, Erasable optical disks and WORM. Mentions equipment costs and problems relating to technology adaptation. Critically examines the applications of optical storage for the purpose of mass storage.

MUJOO-MUNSHI (USHA) Infrastructure for Information Processing and Dissemination Work.25,1;2000;59-69

The development in information technological products and their subsequent application for processing and disseminating information easily and interactively have made it not only possible for the organization to buy, install and use such products, but have also necessitated their use by organization, if they have to remain in business. Throws light on the various aspects of information technology (IT) infrastructure that can be used for information processing and dissemination work. Such an infrastructure can to a great extent enhance the efficiency, effectiveness of services and also the output of an organization. It also discusses at length the newer Internet infrastructure and briefly discusses their applications. While concluding, the need for IT application in day-to-day functioning of the libraries and information centres has been focused on. Besides, some breathtaking predictions by experts have also been highlighted.

MUJOO-MUNSHI (Usha). Information Superhighway-Indian Scenario with Special Reference to Content Creation. 24,1;1999;17-37

The present and anticipated scenario of Internet penetration and usage in India has been focused on. The reasons for the growth of Internet and WWW in the sub-continent have been given. Various attempts regarding boosting of the IT culture, infrastructure development for making substantial progress in bringing India into super information highway by the beginning of 21st century being made at the Governmental level and by some other agencies have been highlighted. Content creation in electronic format is one of the important components of the knowledge century. In order to meet the information needs of the potential users of the information hunger society in the changing information seeking patterns of users in this electronic environment, a number of initiatives have been taken for content creation and development of content industry. While concluding, it points out that India has initiated several strategies for its active participation to provide the most sophistical internet communication to people at rural level, yet some catching up in various areas is to be done to have a strong foothold in the global communication revolution. It states that the efforts being made at various levels are going to place the sub-continent gracefully on the world map of cyberspace.

MUJOO-MUNSHI (Usha). Information Technology Training for Library and Information Science Professionals: Some Perspectives. 22,1-2;1997;36-46

Explains the importance of Information Technology (IT) today. Discusses the developments that are taking place in the libraries with the application of IT. Examines the aims and objectives and need for IT training for Library and Information Science (L&IS) professionals. Provides the essential elements of such a training. Emphasizes the need to change the IT curriculum of L&IS schools. Highlights the changing information seeking patterns under the present scenario and the need to meet such changes in academic, public and special libraries.

MUJOO-MUNSHI (Usha). Library and Information Science (LIS) Education Scenario: Past, Present and Future, with Special Reference to Reinventing the Curriculum for 21st Century. 21,1;1996;41-76

Deals with Library and Information Science (LIS) education in general while focusing on LIS curriculum in particular. An attempt has been made to give worldwide scenario highlighting past, present and the possible future, as we enter the new millennium with special reference to India . Some problems of the Asia and the pacific region have been highlighted, while suggestions to improve further the LIS education in the country have also been made.

MUJOO-MUNSHI (Usha). INTERNET-A Global Information Network. 23,2;1998;130-49

The Internet has become a decisive factor in distancing the competition and its power is growing. The most significant recent development enabling the creation of global information resources and worldwide computer based inter personal communication are the incredible growth of the Internet and the success of WWW. The remarkable development of the Internet during the past few years is the result of an 'Information revolution'. The availability and growth of the Internet offers students, teachers and researchers in fact everyone who explores it the opportunity to find information and data from all over the world. In India the penetration of Internet is abysmally low compared to other countries, with more and more is abysmally low compared to other countries, with more and more innovative features being added, the Internet will be all the more entangling the world community in days to come.

MISHRA (Sanjaya). Organisational and Attitudinal Factors in Library Network Development: A Literature Review. 23,1;1998;20-38

Presents a review of literature on organisational and attitudinal factors in the library network development. Broadly divided into two parts under organisational issues and attitudinal issues. The review discusses, studies related to planning organisation, structure, governance, funding, communication and delivery, evaluation, and administration of library networks. In the psychological issues, studies related to attitude, effect of knowledge and networking problems have been included. The review of literature shows, most of the literature available in the focus area of the paper are experiential and opinion based rather than empirical or research based.