Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Librarianship is a noble profession.

--- On Tue, 14/7/09, librarian Dr krishna <4867348992493532226@mail.orkut.com> wrote:

From: librarian Dr krishna <4867348992493532226@mail.orkut.com>
Subject: orkut - N K C REPORT BY SAM PATRODA
To: "Librarian@LIS" <noreply-orkut@google.com>
Date: Tuesday, 14 July, 2009, 7:56 AM


Dear Mr. Prime Minister,
Public libraries play a pivotal role in dissemination

of knowledge. In your inaugural address for the

National Knowledge Commission on 2nd August

2005, you had recognized public libraries as an

extremely important element of the foundation

of a knowledge economy. Following up from this,

the NKC has consulted extensively with diverse

stakeholders. As part of this process, we also

constituted a Working Group of experts and

professionals. Their names are listed at the

end of this letter. There is a widespread

agreement that there is an urgent need for reform

in the Libraries and Information Services (LIS) sector.

Several initiatives in this regard have already been

taken by the Government. Our recommendations

for formulating strategies in the LIS sector are as follows:

1.0 Set up a National Commission on

Libraries: A permanent, independent and

financially autonomous National Commission

on Libraries should be eventually set up by the

Central Government as a statutory body to address

all the information and learning needs of the citizens

of India. To launch the process in mission mode, a

National Mission on Libraries should be set up

immediately, for a period of three years. The

Mission should subsequently be converted into

a Permanent Commission. Further details

regarding the role of the proposed National

Mission/ Commission on Libraries are at Annexure 1.

2.0 Prepare a National Census of all Libraries:

A national census of all libraries should be

prepared by undertaking a nation-wide survey.

Collection of census data on libraries would

provide baseline data for planning. The Task

Force that has been set up by the Department

of Culture for this purpose should be given financial

and administrative support to implement this activity

and complete the survey on a priority basis (within

one year). Survey of user needs and reading habits

should be periodic at the national level as part of the

National Sample Survey.

3.0 Revamp LIS Education, Training and Research facilities:

The propo

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Librarianship is a noble profession.

--- On Tue, 14/7/09, gayathri@nls.ac.in <gayathri@nls.ac.in> wrote:

From: gayathri@nls.ac.in <gayathri@nls.ac.in>
Subject: [LIS-Forum] Post Graduate Diploma in Application of Open Source Software in Library (PGDAOSSL)
To: LIS-Forum@ncsi.iisc.ernet.in
Date: Tuesday, 14 July, 2009, 10:40 AM

Hello all,

     There are many Open Source softwares that have dominated the
University and Library Services today.

     For Example, Open Office, Dspace, NewGenlib, Moodle, Brihaspati
(Virtual Classroom softwares), Drupal, Zope, Joomla (CMS) are the
common packages found in most of the Institutions.

     As UGC is itself promoting the use of OpenSource, cutting cost, etc.,
most of the autonomous institutions are favouring Open Source.

      Many a times, it is the Librarians who has to upload relevant
content to the respected Softwares.  It is always better that
Librarians are trained in understanding the Operating System and
respective softwares, so that they are independent in handling many
of the common errors in their day today activities.

      Ofcourse, Skilled Teachers,infrastructure are an issue. Now
reasonably good Laptops are available which can be used for
experimenting purpose.

      I strongly support, that, Diploma in Open Source is a added feather
to the curriculum.

Information Scientist
National Law School of India University
Bangalore 560 072.

> If one considers 'Librarian as a Teacher', then learning as many software
> as possible is always welcome.  Libraries which are the test beds for such
> software can always pass on the knowledge to the needy.  The option of
> learing OSS, specialising in one or more, should be left to the
> individuals.
> Therefore, I personally feel, the idea of starting such a programme seems
> to be good. However, its feasibility and long sustainability, considering
> the availability of experts/faculty members, infra-structure and the cost
> ( course fee ) involved, need to be closely looked at.
> Finally, when there can be post-graduate diplomas in networking, computer
> application, etc, for librarians, offered in distance mode with more
> emphasis on theory, why not a full-time course for OSS as suggested by
> Mr.Barman ?. I very appreciate the intent and its usefulness.
> For the benefit of all the professionals in the country, it is ideal to
> have such a programme in at least 4-5 major cities.  Institutions like
> INFLIBNET, NCSI, DRTC, ISIM, INSDOC [NISCAIR], etc., can make significant
> contributions  to this venture.
> thanks,
>        Dr.G.K.Manjunath
>        Chief Librarian
>        Indira Gandhi Inst of Development Research
>        Film City Road
>        Santosh Nagar
>        Goregaon(East )
>        MUMBAI - 400 065
>                     Phone:    022-28416528
> On Fri, 10 Jul 2009, Prof. N. Laxman Rao. wrote:
>> helo
>> i wnt to express my doubts abt this course. do u wnt to make librarians
>> or teachers? if it is teacher he may be interested to know many
>> software, so tht he can teach. but a librarian applies only one software
>> for automation or one software for digital library and so on. the use of
>> such software can be learnt in 2 weeks. then wht the librarians will do
>> by learning use of many softwares. these softwares do get updated, and
>> without using is it possible to keep track of updates?  newer and newer
>> sofwares are coming at fast rate? hw long u will update ur syllabus.
>> there are problems with OSS too. In India we donot hav usergroups to
>> sort out the problems,. we have seen till today professional frnds do
>> not know wht is CDS/ISIS, and they think it is Library management
>> software? many schools teach the same till now. we need to replace the
>> CDS/ISIS with one of the best OSS and make the student a master so tht
>> he can use it and also keep track of the developments.
>> i think tht this program is not advisable, ad i am surprised with the
>> idea. there are many library professionals at every corner of this
>> country, who can teach KOHA, D Space, Green stone etc. butmake the
>> program much more useful and let the students do not get taken for a
>> ride. all the best for the [proposed program with best wishes
>> Prof. N.LAXMAN RAO, 
>> UGC- EMERITUS PROFESSOR,  Dept of Library & Information Science,
>> Osmania University, HYDERABAD- 500 007 (INDIA)
>> President, Association of British Scholars (Hyderabad Chapter)
>> +91-9246547599 (Mobile)
>> e:mail-- naglaxman@yahoo.com OR naglaxman@gmail.com
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Fw: [LIS-Forum] NewgenLib


--- On Mon, 20/7/09, sk riajuddin <riajuddin@gmail.com> wrote:

From: sk riajuddin <riajuddin@gmail.com>
Subject: [LIS-Forum] NewgenLib
To: LIS-Forum@ncsi.iisc.ernet.in
Date: Monday, 20 July, 2009, 9:08 AM

Dear All,
I am glad to inform all the forum member that Royal Thimphu College,the first private college in Bhutan having 2000 title have digitized the Library through NewgenLib software.
With regards--
Sk Riajuddin
Royal Thimphu College

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