Volume 49, Issue 4





            Barcoding of  Library Documents : Planning, Techniques and Tools


Barcoding though relatively an old technology,  is one of the important steps in library automation and is still not widely used in libraries in India. This paper discusses the benefits of barcode technology and gives guidelines for selecting the hardware/softwares highlighting the features of scanners and printers.


The paper also gives guidelines for retrospective conversion, which becomes the core issue in any library with a very large collection. Some tips necessary for software customization have also been provided. This paper is a case study based on the barcoding and retrospective conversion project undertaken at IGIDR Library, Mumbai, India.



DUTTA (B),  DAS (A K) and SEN (B K)

            A Comparative Study of Citation Patterns among Eight Scholarly

            Journals Published by National Institute of Science

            Communication and Information Resources


The study covers 2800 citations appended to 152 articles published in 2001 in eight scholarly journals published by National Institute of Science Communication & Information Resources. In all, 7426 authors are figuring in the citations. On average, there are 18 citations per article and 3 authors per citation. The high percentage of multi-authored citations clearly indicates the dominance of team research in the concerned fields. On average, journal articles account for about 79 percent of the citations. Monographs rank second with a tally of about 12 per cent. Indian Journal of Marine Science receives high percentage of journal self-citation compared to others whereas Indian Journal of Chemistry Section B receives high percentage of author self-citation compared to others. Indian citations received by all journals figure only 10% on average.




            Methods of Teaching Library and Information Science : An Empirical 



Due to increasing impact of information technology on libraries and information centres, our traditional method of teaching and curricula has become outdated. Most LIS departments have changed their curricula but their method of teaching remain unchanged. In this scenario right teaching methods is the need of the hour. The basic theme of the present paper is to discuss the methods for teaching library and information science. Also highlights the knowledge and skills required for future library and information science professionals.



VERMA (R K)                                                                                                   

            Measuring Quality Management Level with Reference to ISO 9000

            and TQM for Special Libraries in India


The main objective of the study is to assess the impact of six factors viz., status of library; size of LIS units; sector of organization (administrative control); type of organization (major fields of activities); resources; and quality awareness level (as independent variables) on Quality Management Level (QML) of special libraries in India. The QML is represented by nine key activities of libraries viz., Commitment by management/leadership; Education & Training; Services standards; Processes standards; Customers’ survey; Quality manuals; suggestion/feedback systems; Quality circles; and Individual ethics for management and learning treated as dependent variables. In the study, the empirical data was collected through a questionnaire from  a sample population of special libraries in India. A TQM based approach was followed by using modified form of European Quality Model. Presents the findings on QML and its variations among special libraries in India and establishes knowledge on associative patterns between QML and six factors.  The results of the survey reveal that for proper performance measurement of LIS sector, QML depends upon a TQM oriented instrument. Concludes that QML is closely associated with innovation and reorganization process rather than streamlining and securing routine functions and processes which would be a conservative approach for successful Quality Management in libraries.



A  Select Bibliography on Digital Object Identifier