Annals of Library and Information Studies

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VOLUME 55

NUMBER 4

DECEMBER 2008

 

 

ISSN: 0972-5423

 

CONTENTS

 

CD-ROM collection management and development of a web interface by using Winisis/Genisis at P K Kelkar Library, IIT

    R. Mishra, Rajesh Kumar and D.P. Tripathi

 

265

External users in an environmental research library

    S.N. Sinnarkar and Rajesh Kumar Lohiya

 

275

Electronic mail use in research collaboration: observations from a Nigerian University

    Wole Michael Olatokun

 

281

A bibliometric analysis on nanotechnology research

    Mohammad Nazim and Moin Ahmad

 

292

University library manpower in Kerala: an analysis

    Vijayakumar K.P.

 

300

Bibliographical literature on LIS marketing: a review

  Dinesh K. Gupta

 

308

Classification of keywords extracted from research articles published in science journals

    Bidyarthi Dutta, Krishnapada Majumder and B.K. Sen

 

317

 

 

 


Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 55, December 2008, pp. 265-274

 

 

CD-ROM collection management and development of a web interface  by using Winisis/Genisis at P K Kelkar Library, IIT Kanpur

 

R. Mishraa,  Rajesh Kumarb, D. P. Tripathic

aLibrarian, P. K. Kelkar Library, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur- 208 016( India)  E-mail: rmishra@iitk.ac.in

bSenior Library &  Information Assistant,  P. K. Kelkar Library, IIT Kanpur - 208 016( India)  E-mail: rajesh@iitk.ac.in

cSenior Library &  Information Assistant,  P. K. Kelkar Library, IIT Kanpur  - 208 016( India) E-mail: dprakash@iitk.ac.in

 

 

The advent of CD-ROM technology has made profound impact on library services with its unique features of large storage capacity and iterative search facility. The P K Kelkar Library of IIT Kanpur had started procuring CD-ROMs and other multimedia resources to overcome the ever growing need of space, as also to provide fast and iterative search facility to its user since 1990s. The purpose of this paper is to describe the processes involved  in managing  the CD-ROM collection  at P. K. Kelkar Library.The paper discusses the importance of CD-ROM in relation to de-stressing library collection. It outlines the planning and processes involved in organizing CD-ROM collection on shelves and development of a user interface through open-source software, i.e.  Winisis and GenisisWeb.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 55, December 2008, pp.275-280

 

 

External users in an environmental research library

 

S. N. Sinnarkara and Rajesh Kumar Lohiyab

 

aHead, Library and Documentation Division, National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nehru Marg, Nagpur- 440 020, E-mail: shreesinnnarkar@rediff.com

bLibrary and Documentation Division, National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nehru Marg, Nagpur-440 020, E-mail: rajeshlohiyaneeri@rediffmail.com

 

 

Libraries as knowledge resource centers have ushered in a new era of technological upsurge. Internet, digitization, consortium, e-journals and e-books, databases, Wi-Fi technology, RFID and many more have become the buzzwords of the day. Enhancing access to scholarly information is a major responsibility in research libraries which to a great extent is being addressed through application of information technology by the Libraries. Research libraries specialize in specific subjects and serve the primary users of the parent organization. All the same, the libraries have an obligation to serve external users also from time-to-time.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 55, December 2008, pp. 281-291

 

 

Electronic mail use in research collaboration: observations from a Nigerian University

 

 

Wole Michael Olatokun

 

Department of Library and Information Studies, Private mail Bag 0022, University of Botswana, Gaborone.Email:wole.olatokun@mopipi.ub.bw/woleabbeyolatokun@yahoo.co.uk

 

A study of 102 research collaborators, conducted using semi-structured questionnaire revealed that the research collaborators employed e-mail for daily communication, file/document exchange, dissemination of results, and data collection. Widespread use of e-mail, its timeliness and cost-effectiveness were the main motivating factors. Also demonstrates that research collaborators’ publication activities were greatly enhanced by their use of e-mail. Benefits derived from e-mail use include its flexibility, ensuring easy linkage with peers and colleagues, ease of file/document exchange, privacy and confidentiality of information, and its distance friendliness. Irregular power supply was the major constraint against e-mail use in research collaboration. Findings revealed that job position was the highest significant factor that contributed to e-mail usage, while motivations for using e-mail, benefits of e-mail, and e-mail usage collectively contributed to the productivity of the research collaborators. Concludes that e-mail use in research collaboration at the University of Ibadan contributed to the productivity of research collaborators and the benefits of e-mail use in research collaboration outweigh the constraints.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 55, December 2008, pp. 292-299

 

 

A bibliometric analysis on nanotechnology research

 

Mohammad Nazima and Moin Ahmadb

 

aAssistant Librarian, Central Library, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi-221005, E-mail- nazim@sify.com

 

bAssistant Librarian, Central Library, Integral University, Lucknow- 226026

 

This study examines the scientific output in the field of ‘nanotechnology’, the aim being to offer an overview of research trends in this field and characterize its most important aspects such as growth of literature, authorship pattern, most productive journals, authors, countries, etc.  A total of 2675 articles for the period of 1991-2006 were collected from Web of Science (WoS), especially via the Science Citation Index. The various analyses focus on the presentation of publications, frequencies and percentages. Authorship pattern and core journals were examined using Lotka’s law and Bradford’s law of scattering respectively. The yearly analysis shows that there is a rapid growth of nanotechnology research from the beginning of 21st century. When applying Bradford’s law of scattering with respect to the identification of core journals, three concentric zones were defined with the ratio of 32:149:639, which are partially in accordance with the Bradford’s distribution. With respect to the author productivity through the application of Lotka’s law it was observed that the values obtained were widely different from the real values.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 55, December 2008, pp. 300-307

 

 

University library manpower in Kerala: an analysis

 

Vijayakumar K P

 

Reader, Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram – 695 034, E-mail: kpvijayakumar@teacher.com

 

 

Analyses the size and structure of the professional and non-professional manpower in the five university libraries of Kerala. It examines the staff pattern, categorisation of manpower and their salary scales, qualifications prescribed for each category, general and professional qualifications possessed by them and present strength of professional and non-professional manpower. It also suggests urgent measures to be taken to rectify the anomalies in the present situation.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 55, December 2008, pp. 308-316

 

 

Bibliographical literature on LIS marketing: a review

 

Dinesh K. Gupta

 

Associate Professor & Head, Department of Library and Information Science, V M Open University, Kota-324010, E-mail: dineshkg@sancharnet.in

 

Bibliographies are important source of information for researchers and practitioners. Bibliographies available on marketing of library and information services have been counted and analyzed. Select bibliographies, annotated bibliographies, webliographies and literature review have been included. These have been evaluated and useful evaluation criteria and ranking has been made to help readers in selecting appropriate bibliographies for use/ consult.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 55, December 2008, pp. 317-333

 

 

Classification of keywords extracted from research articles published in science journals

 

 

Bidyarthi Duttaa, Krishnapada Majumderb and B.K.Senc

 

aLibrarian, St. Xavier’s College, 30, Park Street, Kolkata 700016

bHead, Department of Library & information Science, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700032

c80, Shivalik Apartments, Alaknanda, New Delhi 110019

 

This paper is based on an analytical study of 335 keywords extracted from titles and abstracts of 70 research articles, taking ten from each year starting from 2000 to 2006, in decreasing order of relevance, on the subject fermi liquid, which is a specific subject under the broad area of condensed matter physics. The research articles have been collected from the bibliographic database of INSPEC. The keywords are indexed to critically examine their physical structure that is composed of three fundamental kernels, viz. keyphrase, modulator and qualifier. The keyphrase reflects the central concept, which is usually post-coordinated by the modulator to amend the central concept in accordance with the relevant context. The qualifier comes after the modulator to describe the particular state of the central concept and/or amended concept. The keywords are further classified in 16 classes on the basis of the four parameters, viz., associativeness, chronological appearance, frequency of occurrence and category. The taxonomy of keywords will enable to analyze research trend of a subject and to identify potential research areas of a subject.