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Journal of Library and Information Science
Volume 33, Number 1& 2, 2008


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Use of College Library by Teachers & Students of Academic Colleges in Faridkot City of Punjab State

Abstract:The information technology has influenced all walks of life and the library is no exception in this age of Information Technology. The present study examines the use of college libraries by teachers and students in this age of Information Technology. A well structured questionnaire was distributed among 90 teachers and 90 students (30 teachers and 30 students from each college) to find out the use of college library services and resources. The present study demonstrates and elaborates the various aspects of library use such as, frequency of library use, purposes for which the library is used, use of library services and resources, problems faced by the users, Influence of modern Information Technology on libraries and satisfaction level of users with library facilities provided in the colleges under study. Suggestions have been given to make the service more beneficial for the academic community of the colleges.
Bibliometric Study of Social Science Research in India

Abstract:This paper seeks to provide current indicators on social science research in India for measuring the organizations’ progress in social science research. It uses 10 years publication data on randomly selected organizations as drawn from CSA database for the period of 1998 to 2007. This study examines organizations’ performance on various measures as publications share in the world research output, research in core Indian and international journals, geographical distribution of publications.
Management of Press Clipping in the Parliament Library of India - A Case Study

Abstract:This article is basically a case study and an efforts towards efining and explaining the workflow, working and usage of press clipping section of parliament library. How the press clippings are selected, processed, maintained and accessible is the core focal point of discussion of this article, with a note on digitization of clippings in a networked nvironment.
Use of Information Sources by the Farmers of Sagar District (M.P.) : A Survey

Abstract:The study aims to find out the various channels and sources through which information relating to agriculture is obtained by the farmers. The methodology used is questionnaire-based survey .The sources of information for the farmers have been grouped into three main categories namely personal contact, group contact and mass contact. The findings show that information disseminated through personal contact is found to be most effective among the farmers. Elder/Family members form the important source of information under personal contact categories. In group contact as source, maximum farmers use minikit as the most important source and it is found from the analysis that Radio and Television are the two powerful channels of the agricultural information in mass contact categories used by the farmers. Both these channels of information are very popular among the farmers as the source of entertainment as well as a source of agriculture information.
Legislation for the Libraries in the Internet Era

Abstract:In 1850, the Public Library Act was adapted by the British parliament, which became most important landmark in the history of library legislation in the world. Dr. S. R Rangnathan was the pioneer and architect of the library legislation in India. He drafted first model public library bill in 1930. The state of Tamil Nadu was the first to adopt the Library Act in 1948, which was followed by many other states. So far 15 states have enacted the Public Library Act. Still there are 13 Indian states and 7 union territories without library legislation. The Public Libraries have not grown and developed as they were expected at the time of enactment of laws. This highlights the necessity of Public Library legislation and for systematic progress and growth of public libraries. The central Govt. has to take initiative and provide the much needed motivation. Highlights the necessity of establishment and spreading of rural Public Libraries in each and every village. Highlights the importance of computerization of libraries and networking among themselves for sharing the resources for the benefit of users. Discusses the lack of commitment on the part of govt., lack of finance, infrastructure and need for library legislation. Highlights the need for proper financial support and backing from govt. Discusses the importance of internet and its usefulness in the activities and services offered by the library. Attempt has been made to highlight the importance of efficient library services to be rendered by Public Libraries when there is stiff competition from internet.
Use of College Libraries by Teachers :The Case of Andhra Pradesh

Abstract:Libraries in academic institutions exist to support learning and research requirements of the users, and the main function of these libraries is to provide services required by the users at their fullest satisfaction. This paper presents the findings of a study that explores the use of college libraries and their resources by teachers, their level of collaboration with their college librarian, and the problems faced by them in using these libraries. It also assesses the extent of teacher’s satisfaction regarding collection, timings and library staff co-operation in finding the information.
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Legal Information System in Digital Age

Abstract:This article emphasizes the need of Legal Information System in digital era and information services, process of legal text retrieval: search file, search strategies of legal metadata; search strategies include the construction of a search request with the use of Boolean operator. Problems of synonyms and homonyms are also covered in this article. A part from this, legal information services in modern era are also discussed, such as online and offline databases. In addition to this, benefits of offline Legal databases are elaborated in the end.
An Experiential Study of Restoration of the Lost Glory :The Ratan Tata Library (RTL) at the Delhi School of Economics

Abstract:The RTL is about 60 years old. It has earned its reputation as one of the best libraries in India due to its rich collection in the field of Social Sciences. Users visit the RTL not only from different states of India, but from other countries of the world also. It was found that during the last two decades, the system of the RTL has deteriorated a lot due to which regular users stopped visiting it. By giving attention, the present University administration tried to restore its glory in the academic community. Efforts have been made to put it at par with any best library of the country by streamlining its activities, collection development, physical infrastructure, computerization etc. Attention has also been given to change the mindsets of the staff by motivating them and also giving them opportunities to promote and learn in the changed working environment due to the impact of Information Communication Technology. An effort has been made to cover all such areas where the Administration has found gross human negligence and provided corrective measures and inputs for the betterment of the services.
Electronic Journals : Access Modes & Archival Issues

Abstract:E-Journals are bringing further added dimensions to the librarianship. The new service has a vast potential of providing quality service. Access to e-journals have enormous benefits to the subscribers but managing the complexities and archiving issues regarding back volumes pose major challenges to libraries, publishers and all other involved players. The present paper discusses the access modes and archival issues regarding e-journals.
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Book Review

Rokade, S.M. Agriculture Education and Libraries in India. New Delhi : Essential Books, 2009, 296 Pages, Price : Rs. 995 including postal charges.
Dr. S.M.Rokade’s book ‘Agriculture Education and Libraries in India’ makes the author an exact man who authoritatively penned pep book for agricultural and library and information science students. The book unveils with a quote from Atharva Veda’s chapter 12 followed by inspiring snap of great humanitarian, Baba Amte who himself envisaged workers’ university in the country. The book is embellished with Dr. M.S.Swaminathan’s foreword. After Independence in 1947, the first education commission headed by Dr. S.Radhakrishnan recommended the establishment of rural universities which later on led to the birth of agriculture universities. The first which was founded at Pantnagar in Uttarkhand in 1958 and the year 2008 is being celebrated the 50th anniversary of Agricultural University Movement in our country. Today a scientific way of farming is required and even school syllabi need to have incurred agriculture science. A holistic system of agricultural education should include con-current attention to education, research and extension education. It can be learnt well from the practical wisdom and experience of farm women and men who derive their knowledge from practical field work. The author has rightly complied invaluable information on both agricultural education, libraries in India and information system. The book divided into three segments such as agriculture education in India, agricultural university libraries in India and agricultural information system. The first part of the book Agriculture Education in India comprises development of agriculture science in India, agriculture education, changing scenario of agricultural teaching, agricultural research and extension education in India and fourth deans committee on agricultural education in India. The second part Agricultural University Libraries in India comprises development of agricultural university libraries in India ICAR research institute libraries in India role of agricultural universities and ICAR institute libraries in agricultural education, research and extension education in India users needs and services of library, need for use. of modem information technology techniques in agricultural university and ICAR institute libraries.
The third part Agricultural Information system comprises agricultural resources information system (ARIS), and agricultural research information
system with agricultural research personnel information system ARPIS, ARFIS, ARLIS, ARMIS and ARIS. This is a timely publication since there is concern now about the stagnation in agriculture progress. Bapuji, around 75 years ago propagated that Indian agriculture will progress only when the divorce between brain and brawn or intellect and labour is ended. Brain and brawn can be married only if our young farm graduates take to agriculture as a career. When Gandhiji’s propagation seems faltering, the book stands as survivor to boost those youngsters who are akin to cling agriculture as a profession.
The book is quite useful publication the academic staff, scientists, professionals in library and information science, agriculture and allied sciences as a text and reference book. The book could be substantiated fruitful to the advanced students of a graduate and post graduate in majoring “Agriculture Information System” (M.L.I.Sc) and also as a reference book to the the users of all faculties and students who aspire for competitive examinations.
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Agriculture Universities in the country, Dr. Rokade’s book should be read and used for revamping and revitalizing our agricultural education. A book written meticulously with great prowess by a man who always loved to be among books (Librarian) is to be chewed and digested. By S.P.Deshpande