Annals of Library and Information Studies

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VOLUME 53

NUMBER 3

SEPTEMBER 2006

 

 

ISSN: 0972-5423

 

CONTENTS

 

Indian Journal of Environmental Protection: A study of citation pattern

B S Biradar

 

109-113

Scientometric profile of Indian science as seen through Science Citation Index

K C Garg, B Dutt and Suresh Kumar

 

114-125

Constraints for evaluation of acquisition operations and supplier performance using LibSys

Sujata Mandal and V K J Jeevan

 

126-133

Restructuring LIS user education courses in universities of agricultural sciences: A study

Neena Singh

 

134-142

Role of UGC in manpower development in the field of library and information science in India

Th. Purnima Devi and Kh. Surchand Singh

 

143-148

Pattern of content selection: An explorative study of local dailies in Manipur

K Sangeeta and T K Chakrabarty

 

149-157

Information requirements of career seekers: an analysis of the levels of requirements on the basis of qualifications

Dineshan Koovakkai and V Jalaja

 

158-165

Book Review

Management, Marketing and Promotion of Library Services: Based on statistics analysis and evaluation, edited by Trine Kolderup Flaten (IFLA Publications 120/121), munich: K.G. Saur, 2006, 464 pages, ISBN-13:978-598-21848-4

166-167

 


 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 53, September 2006, pp 109-113

 

Indian Journal of Environmental Protection: A study of citation pattern

 

B S Biradar

 

Present study is based on the references appended to the articles published in Indian Journal of Environmental Protection volumes. 14, 19 and 24 published in the years 1994, 1999 and 2004 respectively. Study highlights the authorship trend and collaborative research in environmental science during 1994, 1999 and 2004. The study found that team research is preferred in the field of environmental science rather than solo research. The degree of collaboration varies from year to year and is found to be 0.78 to 0.95. The overall degree of collaboration is calculated and found to be 0.85. The study also found that on an average 11.595 references are referred to by each article. Major contribution is made by universities (31.622%) followed by colleges (24.054%) and research institutions (23.784%). It is also observed that the proportion of single authored papers have decreased from 20.290% in the year 1994 to 4.762% in 2004.

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 53, September 2006, pp. 114-125

 

Scientometric profile of Indian science as seen through Science Citation Index

 

K C Garg, B Dutt and Suresh Kumar

 

An analysis of 11067 papers published by Indian scientists and indexed by Science Citation Index (SCI) CD-ROM for the year 1997 indicates that academic institutions (universities and colleges) are the major contributors to the scientific publications output. Major contribution came from 29 institutions, which contributed about 45% of the total Indian scientific output. Based on the values of different impact indicators (normalized impact per paper, publication effective index and relative quality index) TIFR outperforms all other institutions on different impact indicators. Fifty seven percent of the output is concentrated in physical sciences, chemical and medical sciences. Indian scientists widely publish their findings in journals published from the scientifically advanced countries of the West. Based on these values of the Normalized Impact Factor (NIF), it is observed that about two-third of the total papers have appeared in low and medium NIF journals.

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 53, September 2006, pp. 126-133

 

Constraints for evaluation of acquisition operations and supplier performance using LibSys

 

Sujata Mandal and V K J Jeevan

 

The objective of this paper is to discuss the constraints faced while evaluating the book acquisition system at the Central Library of Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur using reporting options offered by the library automation package, LibSys. The study examines how the Acquisition Section of the Central Library, IIT Kharagpur meets the expectation of its users and suppliers using parameters such as time involved for ordering, accessioning for making payment. The Section is also interested in assessing the performance of its different suppliers considering the percentage of books supplied and the time required to supply them. Since the evaluation is to be conducted in a time bound manner, it has been decided not to use the manual registers to collect the required data considering the time involved in scanning and analyzing manual data. Only option left out is to use the LibSys that facilitates data outputting through its different reports. This paper discusses the constraints faced while collecting data and proposes the need for `customer specific' report options in commercial software packages. The paper also highlights the importance of suitable provisions in automation packages for evaluating the performance of different sections of library and its various stake holders.

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 53, September 2006, pp. 134-142

 

Restructuring LIS user education courses in universities of agricultural sciences: A study

 

Neena Singh

 

Discusses LIS course content followed by 17 universities of agricultural sciences in the country. Analyses the suitability of these courses in achieving the objectives laid down and evaluates the course content in changing context and the need for restructuring the course curricula in present context. Suggests a separate one credit course on LIS user education and a separate course on technical writing.

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 53, September 2006, pp. 143-148

 

Role of UGC in manpower development in the field of library and information science in India

 

Th. Purnima Devi and Kh. Surchand Singh

 

Defines the term `manpower', and `development' from the management and general point of view. Also discusses the training-development continuum and their fitness at the various levels of the organisation. Explains the importance of manpower in the context of libraries especially the university libraries. Further, highlights the various aspects for development of library manpower in today's fast changing environment. Finally analyses reports of various committees set up by the UGC in respect to libraries; and their implication upon the manpower development of libraries.

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 53, September 2006, pp. 149-157

 

Pattern of content selection: An explorative study of local dailies in Manipur

 

K Sangeeta and T K Chakrabarty

 

Local dailies play an important role in disseminating information pertaining to the various communities of the society at the regional or state level. The present paper aims at examining the contents and coverage of news items in major local dailies published in the state of Manipur. With the help of statistical tools, an attempt has been made to explore and identify the pattern of the contents such as the headlines, articles and letters to the editor published in the newspapers.

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 53, September 2006, pp. 158-164

 

Information requirements of career seekers: an analysis of the levels of requirements on the basis of qualifications

 

Dineshan Koovakkai and V Jalaja

 

Career seekers need information at various stages of their career search. The present study aims at understanding whether career seekers having different levels of qualifications differ `significantly in the levels of requirement for information resources and services. The study was conducted on a sample of 1039 career seekers in Kerala who make use of different types of libraries. The data were collected using questionnaire method. To find out the level of significance p-value is calculated. The result of the study shows that the career seekers with different levels of qualifications differ in the levels of requirement in half of the cases taken for the study. The requirement level is higher among those who have postgraduate degree.