Annals of Library and Information Studies

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VOLUME 56

NUMBER 3

SEPTEMBER 2009

 

 

ISSN: 0972-5423

 

CONTENTS

 

Research contributions in chemistry at the University of Burdwan: an analytical study

     Amitava Nandi and Amit Kumar Bandyopadhyay

 

141

Bibliometric analysis of literature on diabetes (1995-2004)

     G. Krishnamoorthy, J. Ramakrishnan and S. Devi

 

150

Productivity of scientists of Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB)

     Rekha Rani Varghese and Jinju S. Rajan

156

Indian scientific output as seen through Indian Science Abstracts   

     Suresh Kumar, K.C.Garg and Bharvi Dutt

163

The National Library of India must act fast

     Subhas C Biswas

169

Use of information resources in chemistry: a study of Mangalore University Library

     Pushpalatha K and T.Y. Mallaiah

 

175

Attitude of research scholars toward usage of electronic information resources: a survey of university libraries in Karnataka

     Vasappa Gowda and D. Shivalingaiah

 

184

Status of College of Education libraries in selected districts of Panjab: a survey 

     Bhanu Partap and Manoj K Joshi

 

192

Link analysis of Indian political partie’s web sites: a temporal comparison

     Bhaskar Mukherjee

201

 

 

 


Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 56, September 2009, pp.141-149

 

Research contributions in chemistry at the University of Burdwan:
an analytical study

Amitava Nandi1 and  Amit Kumar Bandyopadhyay2

 

1Assistant Librarian, The University of Burdwan, Central Library, Golapbag,  Burdwan – 713104, E-mail: anandi836@yahoo.com

2Professor,Department of Library and Information Science,The University of Burdwan, Golapbag, Burdwan- 713104,E-mail: amitkrb@yahoo.com

 

One hundred forty one theses submitted from Chemistry Department of the University of Burdwan during 1960-2000 and 979 articles produced based on them have been analysed for finding the trend of research, article productivity, choice of journals, authorship pattern and the position of the university in the state.  Highest number of theses (30) was submitted during 1986-1990 and 1991-1995. Highest number of papers (283) was published during 1991-1995. Maximum number of theses (58) was submitted in inorganic chemistry followed by nuclear and analytical chemistry (34). Rabindra Lal Dutta supervised highest number of theses (17). The most prolific author was A.K. Das with 82 papers, followed by G.S. De (54 papers) and R.L. Dutta (53 papers). About fifty three percent of the papers (522) are published in Indian journals. Other countries of preference for publishing papers are Netherlands (15.32%), UK (11.64%) and USA(10.01%).

 

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 56, September 2009, pp.150-155

 

 

Bibliometric analysis of literature on diabetes (1995 – 2004)

 

 G. Krishnamoorthy1, J. Ramakrishnan2 and S. Devi3

 

1University Librarian, Anna University Chennai , Chennai – 600 025.

2Deputy Librarian, Regional Medical Library, The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University,  Chennai – 600 032.

3Assistant Librarian, Regional Medical Library, The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University,  Chennai – 600 032.

 

     Bibliometric analysis of diabetes literature indexed the MEDLINE database for the period 1995-2004 shows that maximum number of records (13244) was during 2003, followed by 12690 in 2002 and 11061 in 2001. Relative Growth Rate (RGR) was found to be decreasing year wise.  The Doubling Time (Dt) was found to increase every year. Ranking of the journals based on the quantum of research output on diabetes during 1995-2004 shows that USA in the largest contributor of literature on diabetes research. The research productivity of diabetes conforms to Bradford’s Law of Scattering.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 56, September 2009, pp. 156-162

 

Productivity of scientists of Rajiv Gandhi Centre for
Biotechnology (RGCB): an analysis

Rekha Rani Varghese1 and Jinju S. Rajan2

 

1Lecturer, Department of Library and Information Science, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry, E-mail:rekha_tcr@yahoo.com

2MLISc Student, Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kerala, Trivandrum, E-mail: jinjusrajan@gmail.com

 

Analysis of 632 publications of RGCB scientists during 1995-2006 show that the publications of RGCB scientists include journal articles, conference papers, patents, book chapters and PhD guided. The year 2005-2006 with 112 articles (25.87 %) published is the most productive year in the case of journal articles.  The productivity of the scientists of RGCB shows substantial growth both quantitatively and qualitatively with the development of the institution

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 56, September 2009, pp. 163-168

 

 

Indian scientific output as seen through Indian Science Abstracts

 

Suresh Kumar, K.C. Garg and Bharvi Dutt

 

National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies

 Dr. K.S. Krishnan Marg, Pusa Gate, New Delhi 110 012

E-mail: garg_k_c@yahoo.co.in

 

Analysis of 18,224 papers published by 3439 institutions in 445 Indian science journals and abstracted by Indian Science Abstracts (ISA) during 2006 indicates that major publication output came from academic institutions followed by state agriculture universities and medical colleges. Among the state agriculture universities, Punjab Agriculture University ranked first followed by CCS Haryana Agriculture University.  The highest number of papers was published in the disciplines of agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry and fisheries followed by medical and veterinary sciences. The Indian publication output in 2006 has increased considerably as compared to a similar 1984 study.      

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 56, September 2009, pp.169-174

 

The National Library of India must act fast

Subhas C Biswas

 

337 Hauz Khas Apartments, New Delhi 110016, E-mail: subhas.biswas@gmail.com

 

Continuous downhill slide of the National Library [of India] over the last sixty years or so and the main causes of it are identified.  This has to be stopped by initiating a few positive steps that are to be taken by the stakeholders immediately so as to allow it back on the rails.  The two recently produced documents: NKC-WGL recommendations (2006) and NACONAL, 2006 on Indian library services, with proposals of its future role and growth pattern are critically examined.  Some significant moves taken by the management of the British Library (national library of England) during this period to cater to the needs of its vast users are referred, as examples.  Proposen some specific actions to be taken by the Government of India, National Library Advisory Board, senior management and the professional organizations of librarians, viz. implementing the National Library Act, 1976 (with some modification); make an immediate move to fill up the sanctioned posts of senior professionals and Director; conduct a comprehensive survey of the users and their present and future requirements; revise the Delivery of Books Act 1954,56; merger of CRL with the National Library and take initiative with full responsibility for creating the Digital Library of India.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 56, September 2009, pp.175-183

 

 

Use of information resources in chemistry: a study of Mangalore
University Library

 

Pushpalatha K1 and T.Y.Mallaiah2

 

1Library Assistant, Mangalore University Library, Mangalagangothri- 574 199 (DK), Mangalore,
Karnataka, E-mail: pushpalathaas@yahoo.com

2Deputy Librarian, Mangalore University Library, Mangalagangothri- 574 199 (DK), Mangalore,
Karnataka, E-mail:mallaiahty@yahoo.com

 

Through a questionnaire survey, data collected from 138 users from the Department of Chemistry, Mangalore University revealed that majority of the users visit the library to borrow books, to consult periodicals and browse UGC INFONET journals. OPAC and the assistance of the library staff are the primary means to locate information. The library resources in chemistry are current and useful but the periodicals both primary and secondary are inadequate. Concludes that various findings of the present study serve as guiding principles in developing need based collection and provide effective services to the users’ community of the department of chemistry of the Mangalore University in particular and paves the way for conducting similar studies in other disciplines.

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 56, September 2009, pp.184-191

 

Attitude of research scholars towards usage of electronic information resources:
a survey of university libraries in Karnataka

 

Vasappa Gowda1 and D. Shivalingaiah2

 

1Selection Grade Librarian, Besant Evening College, Mangalore, Karnakaka, E-mail: vasgowda@yahoo.co.in

2Professor, Department of Library and Information Science, Mangalore University, Mangalagangothri, Karnataka, E-mail: d_shivaling@yahoo.com

 

Questionnaire method was employed to gather data from researchers of humanities, social science and science disciplines in six universities in Karnataka. Responses received from 845 research scholars shows that in general the research scholars prefer print resources and there exists significant differences in the preference of print and electronic resources among various disciplines. Identifies the gaps in the need and availability of electronic resources like online journals and databases in the  university libraries. Reveals that the electronic resources have created a positive hope among the research community in searching the information.

 

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 56, September 2009, pp.192-200

 

Status of College of Education libraries in selected districts of Punjab: a survey


Bhanu Partap1 and Manoj K Joshi2

 

1Librarian, The ICFAI National College, Mohabbewala, Subhash Nagar, Dehradun- 248 002

2Reader, Department of Library and Information Science, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra- 136 119

 

A questionnaire based survey on the status of twenty College of Education libraries in three selected districts of Punjab reveals that the staff strength in the libraries was insufficient and that only  about 40% of the libraries had computers. Concludes that the College of Education studied need to strengthen their libraries so as to achieve the objectives and goals of the colleges.

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 56, September 2009, pp.201-212

 

Link analysis of Indian political parties web sites: a temporal comparison

 

Bhaskar Mukherjee

 

Assistant Professor, Department of Library & Information Science, Banaras Hindu University,
Varanasi, Email: mukherjee.bhaskar@gmail.com

                                                                                                                                    

Applying webometric techniques to national political party’s web sites, the present study is an attempt to judge the popularity of internet and to measure whether internet can be used as a tool in Indian political context. Using Google, Yahoo and Alexa as a tool of measurement, the study measures the popularity of political party’s web sites by analyzing links and using Wayback machine. The study compares the party’s present web site with its earlier view. The results indicate that  political parties in India are using internet as one of the viable tools for campaign and internet can be used as a supplementary tool for measuring popularity