Annals of Library and Information Studies

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VOLUME 55

NUMBER 3

SEPTEMBER 2008

 

 

ISSN: 0972-5423

 

CONTENTS

 

Information awareness through effective information support system to stop superstitious practices.

    Biswanath Giri

 

169

The Press and Registration of Books Act and the bibliographic control of Bengali publications

Dibyendu Paul

 

176

Growth and impact of research output of University of Mysore, 1996-2006: a case study Mallinath Kumbar

    B. M. Gupta and S. M. Dhawan

 

185

Information sources in academic law libraries in India

    Soumen Mallik and B. K. Sen

 

196

Mapping of social sciences in the Colon Classification

    M. P. Satija

 

204

Open access scholarly publishing in library and information science

    Bhaskar Mukherjee

 

212

Science awareness through public libraries in India

   V. K. J. Jeevan

 

224

Use of electronic information sources at the College of Fisheries, Mangalore, India

    Sujatha H. R. and Mahesh V Mudhol

 

234

Electronic access of individual papers in economics: a study

    Asha. B

 

246

 

 

 


Annals of Library and Information Studies 
Vol. 55, September 2008, pp. 169-175

 

Information awareness through effective information support system to
stop superstitious practices

biswanath Giri

 

Senior Assistant, Establishment Section, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, Email: biswanath_giri@yahoo.co.in

 

Explores newspaper reports regarding crimes developed out of superstitions and the motives behind those crimes.  Newspaper reports were analysed to draw quantitative statistics of collected data.  Shows that untested presuppositions not only challenge the development of society but also raise serious debate regarding the prevailing callousness in eradicating unwanted criminal activities under the shadow of superstition.  Suggestions have been made to check unwanted deaths and other crimes over innocents with the spreading of scientific temperament and rationality among semiliterate.  A model of effective information support system has also been incorporated in this paper, which can gradually eradicate the untested preconceptions.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies 
Vol. 55, September 2008, pp. 176-184

 

The Press and Registration of Books Act and the bibliographic
control of Bengali publications

 

Dibyendu Paul

 

Lecturer, Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kalyani, Kalyani-741235, Nadia,
West Bengal, E-mail: dibyendu.kly@gmail.com

 

 

Deals with the role of legal deposit law particularly the Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867 and its resultant current bibliographies in bibliographic control of Bengali publications. Issues of comprehensiveness of coverage and currency of inclusion of titles and the publishers’ participation in terms of compliance of the provisions of the Act under study are dealt with by means of quantitative analysis of bibliographic records of latest available five annual volumes of the said bibliographies. The results of a survey of regional publishers, exposing their perceptions about the Act and the bibliographies are also reported. Concludes that the resultant bibliography of the said Act should be able to serve the business interest of the publishers in terms of promotion of their titles to sustain the direct flow of bibliographic information into the system of bibliographic control of any level

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies 
Vol. 55, September 2008, pp. 185-195

 

Growth and impact of research output of University of Mysore,
1996-2006: A case study

 

Mallinath Kumbara, B.M. Guptab and S.M. Dhawanc

aReader, Department of Library & Information Science, University of Mysore, Manasagangotri, Mysore 570 006

bScientist G, National Institute of Science, Technology & Development Studies, New Delhi 110 012

c114, Dayanand Vihar, New Delhi – 110 092, Email: smdhawan@yahoo.com

 

Describes the growth, contribution and impact of research carried out by the scientists of University of Mysore in science and technology. Indicate the patterns of communications of university scientists and studies the extent of concentration and scattering of their research output in different journals. Analyses the strong and weak areas of university research, their growth rate and impact in terms of average citations received. Also studies the output and impact of research under different existing subject departments of the university. Analyses the international collaborative share of research output at the overall level as well as across various subjects, indicating also the major countries involved in international collaboration. Describes the share and characteristics of select highly cited papers and the top productive authors

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies 
Vol. 55, September 2008, pp. 196-203

 

Information sources in academic law libraries in India

Soumen Mallika and B.K.Senb

 

aProfessional Library Assistant, Law Library, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Kashmere Gate, Delhi-110006

Email: soumen_insdoc@rediffmail.com

b80, Shivalik Apartments, Alaknanda, New Delhi-110019, Email: bksen@airtelmail.in

 

Deals with basic role played by libraries of Indian academic law institutes and available basic information sources for resource building. Printed resources have been found to be specialized whereas online information resources are dynamic as they cover wide range of legal information. A webpage based study of the libraries of top twenty Indian academic legal institutes shows that more than half of the Indian premier academic legal institutes do not provide any information regarding their online information resources and thus this may be assumed that they hardly have any online information resource. Eight of the India’s top twenty academic legal institutes have well described libraries on the web with a variety of online resources which may be considered as shift change of libraries from printed information resource building to digital information dependency.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies 
Vol. 55, September 2008, pp. 204-211

 

Mapping of social sciences in the Colon Classification

M.P. Satija

Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar – 143005, Email: satija_mp@yahoo.com

 

Defines knowledge as sum total of ideas, emotions, beliefs, and experiences conserved by the society. Enumerates its properties as being social, ever growing, multidimensional and fragmentary. Explains in brief social epistemology. Lists the growth of knowledge by specialization, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary modes. Views classifications as impermanent maps of knowledge which change with society and time. Explains the four principles of the mapping of knowledge as given by D W Langridge, namely, ideological, social purpose, taxonomic, and disciplinary. Defines the field and scope of social sciences and briefly introduces the Colon Classification, its method, structure and kind of subjects therein. Further outlines and critically evaluates the order of basic subjects as divided in to major disciplines of sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Lastly it dwells minutely on the order of social sciences main classes, namely, education, geography, history, political science, economics, sociology and law. Ranganathan claimed this order to be of increasing artificiality of their laws. Refutes Ranganathan’s concept of artificiality of social laws. This paper by analysis argues the order of CC-6(1960) main classes to be of serial dependency as given by August Comte and already practiced by the Library of Congress Classification.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies 
Vol. 55, September 2008, pp. 212-223

 

Open access scholarly publishing in library and information science

Bhaskar Mukherjee

Lecturer, Department of Library & Information Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi,
E-mail: mukherjee.bhaskar@gmail.com

 

Investigates the trend of open access journals publishing in the field of library and information science in terms of language, top-level-domain, country and time. Using authoritative print as well as online directories, the study identifies 124 e-journals in the field of LIS that are accessible freely, either partially or fully, on the Web. Of these, 12 titles have ceased their publication and remaining 112 titles are presently accessible freely on the Web. Analysis of the 112 e-journals shows that English is the most widely used language of LIS scholarly publishing. Most of these OA journals are originating either from academic or organizational domain and developed countries like USA and UK are publishing most of the OA journals. Concludes that there is a need for taking initiatives to publish qualitative open access journals from the less-developed countries.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies 
Vol. 55, September 2008, pp. 224-233

 

Science awareness through public libraries in India

 

V K J Jeevan

Deputy Librarian, Indira Gandhi National Open University, Maidan Garhi, New Delhi 110068, Email: vkjj@rediffmail.com

 

Identifies the important activities public libraries must initiate to sustain the science communication initiatives. Some of the problems in spreading science awareness in the country are also identified. Concludes that in addition to the science awareness initiatives from government institutions, NGOs, science clubs, by involving public libraries in the people’s science information dissemination network will enhance the science awareness activities.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies 
Vol. 55, September 2008, pp. 234-245

 

 

Use of electronic information sources at the College of Fisheries, Mangalore, India

Sujatha H Ra and Mahesh V Mudholb

aLibrarian, Sri Venkataramana Swamy College, Bantwal-574211, Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka State,
E-mail: hrsujatha@yahoo.com

bReader, Department of Library & Information Science, Mangalagangotri, Mangalore-574199

 

Examines the use of electronic information sources (EIS) by the teachers/scientists, research scholars and postgraduate students in the College of Fisheries, Mangalore. A survey was administered among the academic community along with observations and informal interviews at the College of Fisheries, Mangalore.  Demonstrates and elaborates the various aspects of EIS use such as frequency and purpose of EIS use, frequently used EIS, methods of learning to use EIS, benefits of EIS use, constraints faced in the use of EIS and the satisfaction level of users in the use of EIS. Suggestions have been given to strengthen the existing electronic information sources and services and to maximize the use of EIS among the fisheries institution academic community.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 55, June 2008, pp.145-152

 

Use of web based sources in scholarly electronic journals in the field of library and information science: a citation analysis

 

Veena R. Bhata and B.T. Sampath Kumarb

 

aExecutive - IT Services, Indian School of Business, Gachibowli , Hyderabad-500 032, India Email: veenarbhat@rediffmail.com

bLecturer, Department of Library and Information Science, Kuvempu University, Shimoga, Karnataka, Email: sampathbt_2001@rediffmail.com

 

Citation analysis of research articles from scholarly electronic journals in the field of library and information science published during the years 2000 to 2006 shows that 81.49% of articles published during the period have web references. Out of 25,730 references, 56.54 % of references are print journal references and 43.52% of them are web references.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies 
Vol. 55, September 2008, pp. 246-258

 

Electronic access of individual papers in economics: a study

Asha. B

Assistant Librarian, University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, E-mail: cskimg@yahoo.com

 

Examines the electronic access (read) of individual research papers in economics selected randomly from the Repec data base. Finds similarities and differences in the measure of central tendency and dispersion of two type of reads viz abstract read and full text read of papers by calculating the rate of read, standard deviation and coefficient of variation. Results indicate topic-wise difference both in the number of abstract read and full text read. Finds a very high positive correlation between the monthly abstract read and full text read, also obtains the regression equation.  Derives a ratio connecting the per month abstract read, full text read and citation. Indicate that full text read is a subset of abstract read. Finds that a more read paper is not correspondingly well cited. Searches for a best-fit relationship between the full text read and citations, and obtains a tenth degree polynomial but with coefficient of determination being 0.42 only.  Concludes that citation is not parameterized by read. Suggests the need of a social network analysis to identify the parameters of citations.