Annals of Library and Information Studies

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VOLUME 54

NUMBER 3

SEPTEMBER 2007

 

 

ISSN: 0972-5423

 

CONTENTS

 

Research output of faculties of plant sciences in central universities of India:

A bibliometric study

   R Sevukan, M Nagarajan and Jaideep Sharma                                                     129

 

 

Automated bibliographic record capturing from web OPAC and online
bibliographic database for library cataloguing in LibSys

   P. Rajendiran, Y. S. Parihar, Arati U Deshpande                                                 140

 

Library automation software packages in India: A study of the cataloguing modules
of Alice for Windows, Libsys and Virtua

   Shabahat Husain and Mehtab Alam Ansari                                                                               146

 

A quantitative analysis of the spices literature in India

   P. Senthil Kumaran and A. Amudhavalli                                                               152

 

Information resources on agricultural economics: A study with special reference

to Kerala

   R. Raman Nair                                                                                                     158

 

Media resources collection organization and management– An Overview (CEC Media Library-As an example)

         Jayaja Krishnan                                                                                                                               168


Annals of Library and Information Studies 
Vol. 54, September 2007, pp. 129-139

Research output of faculties of plant sciences in central universities of India: A bibliometric study

 

R Sevukan, M Nagarajan and Jaideep Sharma

 

Research output in plant sciences of the faculties in central universities of India has been analysed bibliometrically. The study analyses a total of 348 bibliographic records of plant sciences retrieved from ISI Science Citation Index – Expanded (SCIE) for a period of 10 years from 1997 to 2006. The output of plant sciences literature has been analysed by year, document type, authorship pattern, and collaboration pattern at different levels viz., international, national, and local. The laws of Bradford and Lotka have also been tested. Results of the study reveal that: i) the plant sciences literature has grown steadily during the study period except for 1997 and 2002; ii) articles play a predominant source of publications of plant sciences literature; iii) the plant sciences research in central universities of India is fairly collaborative; and iv) the productivity of authors fits Lotka’s distribution while scattering of journal articles does not fit into Bradford’s distribution.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies 
Vol. 54, September, pp. 140-145

Automated bibliographic record capturing from web OPAC and online bibliographic database for library cataloguing in LibSys

 

P. Rajendiran, Y. S. Parihar, Arati U Deshpande

 

This article presents a method for capturing bibliographic information from collections of Web OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue) and online bibliographic databases for library cataloguing. The bibliographic record for document(s) to be acquired or catalogued are searched in the Web OPAC or online bibliographic databases that provides machine-readable or tagged records. If an identical bibliographic record is found against the search query, those record(s) are downloaded in a file for local use. The records copied in the file are transferred to local machine’s appropriate directory/path, as an input file for data import.  The LibSys 5 (Release 5.0) - Library Automation Software, module for bibliographic data import was executed, and the cataloguing data for document(s) has been captured. By adopting this method, libraries can create error free, standardized catalogue also saves the time of cataloguer, and reduces the costs.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies
Vol. 54, September, pp. 146-151

Library automation software packages in India: A study of the cataloguing modules of Alice for Windows, Libsys and Virtua

 

Shabahat Husain and Mehtab Alam Ansari

 

Introduction of computers in libraries has immensely enhanced the effectiveness of library services including efficient organization and retrieval of information activities. Since the application of information technology in libraries, one of the greatest challenges before the library managers is the selection of a good library automation software package which can cater to the needs of a particular library.  In India, library automation process started in the last decade of the previous century. Many Indian as well as foreign software companies had entered into the market. Nevertheless, only a couple of library automation software packages gained success in making their presence felt into Indian market. The present article discusses the salient features of cataloguing module of three such packages, namely, Alice for Windows, Libsys and Virtua and their acceptability in a developing nation. 

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies 
Vol. 54, September 2007, pp.152-157

 

A quantitative analysis of the spices literature in India

P. Senthil Kumaran and A. Amudhavalli

Analyses the quantitative literature on spices for the period 1968 to 2002 with respect to Asia and India using HORT-CD database. Identifies the distribution of spices literature by categories of spices, forms of publications, core journals, prime authors and institutions. Reveals that India dominates research and development activities on spices in the Asian continent and Indian Institute of Spices Research is a significant contributor whose scientists top the list of prolific authors.

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies 
Vol. 54, September, pp. 158-167

Information resources on agricultural economics:
A study with special reference to Kerala

R. Raman Nair

 

Opines that scientific planning for agricultural development to overcome backwardness is very important for India. Speedy and sustainable agricultural development is tied closely to effective planning which in turn rests heavily on information available for the process. Information specifically related to this area is classified under agricultural economics. This makes information systems on agricultural economics very crucial in the context of increasing requirements for food grains as well as globalization. Examines the coverage of agricultural economics, nature of information on the area, and the importance of technical and marketing information to managers, farmers and other stakeholders to take maximum advantage of the WTO Regime.  Examines in detail the resources of information units of organizations dealing with agricultural economics in the region and the provisions for resource-sharing between them.  Reveals that information resources available collectively are sufficient, but that at individual institutions are not adequate, full or reliable. Recommends a resource sharing programme for institutions concerned with agricultural economics.

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies 
Vol. 54, September, pp.168-170

 

Media resources collection organization and management– An Overview (CEC Media Library-As an example)

 

Jayaja  Krishnan

 

Provides an overview of the organization and management of Media Resources Collection in Media Libraries with example of how it is organized at Media Library of the Consortium for Educational Communication (CEC), New Delhi. It informs the readers how the applications and convergence of Information Communication Technologies (ICT) helps in distribution and dissemination of knowledge resources in a converged environment. The advancements and developments in ICT have made possible information access and retrieval much faster in present times.