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Annals of Library and Information Studies

 

ISSN : 0972-5423    
Volume  50

NUMBER  2

June  2003

 

 

 

CONTENTS

 

 

Research Productivity of Tibor Braun : An Analytical Chemist-cum-Scientometrician

KALYANE (V L) and SEN (B K)

47

 

 

Job Prospects in Library & Information Science: A Study of Vacancies Notified in the ‘Employment News’ from 1998 to 2001

JEEVAN (V K J)

62

 

 

Information Access in Libraries

MANJUNATHA (K) and SHIVALINGAIAH (D)

85

 

 

Information Society, Information Systems and National Development : A Conceptual Approach

MANGLA (P B)

91

 

 

Book Review

99

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol 50, June 2003, pp 47-61

 

 

Research Productivity of Tibor Braun :
An Analytical Chemist-cum-Scientometrician

KALYANE (v l) and SEN (B K)

 

Researches on ‘eminent individual scientist’ as a unit of information generation has opened up diversified vistas in understanding the process of R&D innovation communications. Quantitative documentation on Tibor Braun encompasses his papers (single-authored 40; and multi-authored 140) during 1954-1995. Productivity coefficient is 0.78. Tibor Braun had 80 collaborators of which Schubert, Glanzel, Zsindely and Farag were the most active.  Author productivity in the research group of Tibor Braun follows the trend of Lotka’s Law. He had used 49 channels of communication to disseminate the results of his research of which Scientometrics (33 papers) tops the list followed by Anal Chim Acta (21 papers). The publication concentration is 10.2 and publication density 3.7. His core areas of work among others related to: foam, analytical chemistry, citation analysis, bibliographic indicators, cold fusion, research impact, chromatography, etc.

 

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol 50, June 2003, pp 62-84

 

 

Job Prospects in Library & Information Science:
A Study of Vacancies Notified in the ‘Employment News’
from 1998 to 2001

 JEEVAN (V K J)

 

The printed weekly issues of ‘Employment News’ for 1998 to 2001 are analysed in this study to assess the job opportunities in the library and information science profession. The data gathered is presented in 25 tables and analyzed to reflect the major employers - the central/state governments and/or its allied institutions and the private sector; nature of job whether it is permanent, deputation or temporary; reservation trends; state in which the job is advertised; essential (academic as well as professional) and desirable qualifications; prior experience; and the prominent employers and categories of jobs. To a graduate who is looking for a suitable professional outlet, library and information science is thriving as a potential job prospect. This assumption is countered in this paper by making few suggestions regarding what is to be done by all concerned, be it the student, employer, or professional bodies. Though the data used in the study is limited, it reflects the significant trends from a major stream for professional employment, the central government and its autonomous and research institutions. However, more of such studies on data gathered from national and regional newspapers and job portals are required to verify the results of this study and to assess the true picture of employment trends in the discipline.                                    

 

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol 50, June 2003, pp 85-90

 

 

Information Access in Libraries

MANJUNATHA (K) and SHIVALINGAIAH (D)

 

The current information landscape is experiencing tremendous growth of information both in print and electronic media. Overlapping types and formats of information presents the ambiguity about the future of traditional text-based publishing. Open access for global information from a remote place is present day’s necessity. The current technology not only empowers users with wider choices for seeking information but also necessitates them to possess technical skills to access information in electronic media. Developing countries are faced with many technological inadequacies. Libraries need to understand the dynamics of service delivery in IT driven world and need to strike a balance between print and electronic resources. In this article the authors discuss information formats and types, information access process and problems of information access in developing countries.  An Information Access Model integrating print and electronic resources is also proposed.