Annals of Library and Information Studies

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VOLUME 53

NUMBER 4

DECEMBER 2006

 

 

ISSN: 0972-5423

         

CONTENTS

        Information needs of scientists and engineers in electronic environment: A case study of Indian exploration and production industry

173

      Gayatri Mahapatra

 

 

Influence of Internet on library and information centres of National Institutes of Technology in India

184

       Suresh Jange and Lalitha K. Sami

 

Dedication pages: A Study

198

        Susanta Koley and B K Sen

 

Nobel Laureate Anthony J Leggett: A scientometric portrait

203

        Mallikarjun Angadi, M M Koganuramath, B S Kademani, B S kumbar, Suresh Jange

 

 

 

Information searching habits of Internet users: A users’ study of Banaras Hindu University

213

       Mohd Nazima and Snajiv Sarafb

 

 

 

Library and information science research in India: A bibliometric study

219

        Swapan Kumar Patra and Prakash Chand

 

 

 

Periodical literature on library and information science education: A bibliometric study

224

        Rekha Mittal, Arti Sharma and Gian Singh

 

 

Vol 54, Dec 2006, pp 173-183

Information needs of scientists and engineers in electronic environment: A case study of Indian exploration and production industry

 

Gayatri Mahapatra

 

Information is the key element for any kind of research and development. With the introduction of computers and other telecommunication facilities, information is now available to the scientists in a variety of formats. The study explores the habit of use of documents and the library by the scientists, engineers and technologists of Indian petroleum industry in the electronic era. It attempts to correlate the need of information with the habits of using of library. Concludes that information needs and habit of library use of scientists and technologists are related to their rank in the organization. The online access services, offline digital sources and Internet services are the most popular library services in upcoming electronic culture. With the emerging needs and increased fascination of scientific and engineering work groups for handling and use of electronic information resources, the information centres and libraries are expected to acclimatize with the inherent pressing needs of changed mindset of users.


Vol 54, Dec 2006, pp 184-197

Influence of Internet on library and information centres of National Institutes of Technology in India

 

Suresh Jange and Lalitha K.Sami

 

The Internet has been described as the gateway to a world of seemingly inexhaustible information resources and a valuable information tool to the library and information centres that supplements existing library resources. The paper attempts to understand and evaluate the use of the Internet as an information source by libraries of National Institutes of Technology in India and aims to determine the utilization of Internet in library activities and services, search methods employed, problems encountered and associated factors.


Vol 54, Dec 2006, pp 198-202

Dedication pages: A Study

 

Susanta Koley and B K Sen

 

Bibliometric studies with dedication pages are hard to come by. Hence, this study was taken up to find out types of dedicatees, dedication pattern, trend of dedication, chronological distribution of dedications, subject-wise distribution of dedications and reasons of dedications. Some of the findings are quite interesting. Parents top the list among dedicatees, followed by spouses, teachers, children, friends, students, and so on. It is also to be noted that some authors of religious books have dedicated their books to gods, goddesses and saints. The country, countrymen, martyrs and leaders have also figured in the dedication pages of some books penned by patriots. Some practitioners and teachers of medicine have dedicated their books to patients whom possibly they could not forget because of their untimely death or some other reason.


Vol 54, Dec 2006, pp 203-212

Nobel Laureate Anthony J Leggett: A scientometric portrait

 

Mallikarjun Angadi, M M Koganuramath, B S Kademani, B D Kumbar, Suresh Jange

 

This paper attempts to analyse the publication productivity of Anthony J. Leggett, the 2003  Nobel Prize winner in physics.  His contributions  peaked in 1987, 1994, and 1998 with 10 papers each.  He had 194 publications during  1964 – 2004 in domains like Superfluid 3He (65), Foundations of Quantum Mechanics (36), Dissipative Quantum Systems (24), Atomic Alkali Gases (18), and Miscellaneous (51) which were analysed  for authorship pattern with his   70 collaborators.  Most active collaborators with Anthony J Leggett were: A. Garg with six papers and  A. O. MCaldeira, D. M. Ginsberg, D. J. Vanharlingen , F. Sols, S. Takagi and D. A. Wollman with five papers each. His productivity coefficient was 0.60 which clearly indicates that his productivity increased after 50 percentile age. The highest degree of collaboration (1) for Anthony J. Leggett was found during 1964, 1971 and 1983.  Journals have been the most preferred channel of communication, where as many as 139 papers out of 194 have been published. The core journals publishing his papers were: Phys. Rev. Lett. (42), Phys. Rev. B (9), J. Low Temp. Phys. (8), Phys. Rev. A (7), Ann. Phys. (6), Foundations of physics (6), J. Phys.(5), Prog. Theor. Phys. (5), and Rev. Mod. Phys. (5). Publication density was 3.02 and publication concentration was 3.59.


Vol 54, Dec 2006, pp 213-218

Information searching habits of Internet users: A users’ study of Banaras Hindu University

 

Mohd Nazima and Sanjiv Sarafb

 

The study reports the results of a survey conducted at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) to determine the extent to which Internet users are aware and make use of the Internet. Efforts are on to find the information searching habits of Internet users. Data were collected using a questionnaire and follow-up interviews with the Internet users of three institutes and six faculties. Results show that all respondents are using Internet because of quality information they got through the Internet. Majority of respondents use Internet for research work because the university library has provided access to a large number of databases and online journals. Fifty percent of respondents search information through the search engines, whereas thirty-five percent prefer to go through the specific website/URL. Google and Altavista are more widely used search engines compared to others due to their wide coverage and user-friendly interface. About seventy percent of respondents prefer to take print out before making use of Internet material as compared to those who prefer online or CD. Thirty-five percent of respondents believe that Internet is most useful because they find valuable information all the time. It has also been observed that slow speed, high Internet charges, lack of training and lack of organized information are some of the factors that affect the use of Internet. Presents recommendations to improve the use of Internet, including a well planned Internet literacy program and preparation of subject gateways.


Vol 54, Dec 2006, pp 219-223

Library and information science research in India: A bibliometric study

Swapan Kumar Patra and Prakash Chand

The paper presents a bibliometric study of library and information science research literature emanating from India based on the data abstracted in Library and Information Science Abstracts (LISA). Standard bibliometric techniques are employed to analyse the collected data and accordingly get indicators. Bradford’s law of scattering is used to identify core journals of library and information science wherein Indian authors publish their research output. To understand the productivity pattern of authors, Lotka’s Law has been applied. The identified core journals are mostly published from India. Indian authors’ contribution in‘ international journals is very low. A list of authors who have published 10 and more papers during 1967-2004 is drawn and presented. Such authors are 37 (1.35%) in number and authors with single publication have major share (74.63%). The author’s productivity pattern is in conformity to Lotka’s law.


Vol 54, Dec 2006, pp 224-229

Periodical literature on library and information science education: A bibliometric study

 

Rekha Mittal, Arti Sharma and Gian Singh

 

The study presents an analysis of 536 papers published on library and information science education during the period 1995 to 2004. The productivity of authors and core periodicals have been determined using Lotka’s and Bradford’s law. Literature growth, country-wise distribution of papers and language pattern have also been studied. Literature growth in this area of LIS has been found to be negative. Most of the papers have been contributed by single authors (72.8%) and two authors (20.69%) and 72 % of literature is published in 72 journals.