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VOLUME 56

NUMBER 2

JUNE 2009

 

 

ISSN: 0972-5423

 

CONTENTS

 

Use of information sources and services in library of  Agriculture science college, Shimoga: a case study

    B.S. Biradar, P. Dharani Kumar and Y. Mahesh  

 

63

Websites of universities in Tamil Nadu: a webometric study   

    R. Jeyshankar and B. Ramesh Babu

 

69

Foreign authored contributions to India science periodicals

    K.C. Garg and Suresh Kumar

 

80

Growth and impact of research output of Government Medical College & Hospital, Chandigarh: a case study

    Adarsh Bala and B. M. Gupta

 

86

Lotka’s law and authorship distribution in nutrition research in Bangladesh

    S.M. Zabed Ahmed and Md. Anisur Rahman

 

95

Use of reference sources in university libraries of Karnataka: a study

    Adithya Kumari. H and V.G. Talawar

 

103

Citation analysis of dissertations submitted to the Department of Animal Science, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

    Wole Michael Olatokun and Olayinka Makinde

 

117

Development of an information storage and retrieval system at a university library: a case study

    Bashir Ahmad and Nazir Ahmad Bhat

 

129

 

 

 


Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 56, June 2009, pp. 63-68

 

 

Usage of information sources and services in library of Agriculture Science College of Shimoga: a case study

 

B.S. Biradar1, P. Dharani Kumar2, Y. Mahesh3

 

1Professor and Chairman, Department of Library and Information Science, Kuvempu University, Jnana Sahyadri, Shankaragatta-577451, Shimoga, Karnataka, E-mail: bsbiradar53@rediffmail.com

2Lecturer, Department of Library and Information Science, Kuvempu University, Jnana Sahyadri, Shankaragatta-577451, Shimoga, Karnataka, E-mail :dharani_mlis@rediffmail.com

3Project Student, Department of Library and Information Science, Kuvempu University, Jnana Sahyadri, Shankaragatta-577451, Shimoga, Karnataka, E-mail Mahesh.y213@gmail.com

 

Survey of 101(84.16%) students Agriculture Science College, Shimoga to study the frequency, purpose of visit to the library and the usefulness of agriculture science periodicals reveal that 77.22% of respondents visit library everyday. About eighty eight percent students visit library to read journals and magazines followed by visits to borrow books (87.12%). It was found that large number of users use books followed by periodicals. As far as usefulness of periodicals is concerned users opined that The Indian Journal of Agriculture Science (62.92%) and Karnataka Journal of Agriculture Science (60.67%) are the most useful journals. Concludes that emphasis need to be given for subscribing online periodicals through e-consortia.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 56, June 2009, pp.69-79

 

 

 

Websites of universities in Tamil Nadu:  a webometric study

R. Jeyshankar and B. Ramesh Babu

 

Lecturer, Department of Library and Information Science, Alagappa University, Karaikkudi, Tamil Nadu, E-mail: jeyshankar71@yahoo.com

Professor, Department of Information Science, University of Madras, Chennai 600 005, E-mail:beeraka52@yahoo.com

 

Examines and explores through a webometric study the websites of 45 universities in Tamil Nadu comprising of 27 state and 18 private universities. Identifies the domain systems of the websites; analyses the number of web pages and link pages, and calculates the simple Web Impact Factor (WIF), self link Web Impact Factor and external Web Impact factor of the University websites in Tamil Nadu and ranks the websites as per the WIF.  This study reflect that some universities in Tamil Nadu  have higher number of web pages but correspondingly their link pages are very small in number and websites fall behind in their simple, self link and  external link web impact factor.

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 56, June 2009, pp. 80-85

 

 

 

Foreign authored contributions to Indian science periodicals

 

K.C.Garg1 and Suresh Kumar2

 

1Scientist, National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS),  Dr. K.S. Krishnan Marg (Pusa Gate), New Delhi 110 012, E-mail: gargkc@nistads.res.in

2Technical Officer, National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS),  Dr. K.S. Krishnan Marg (Pusa Gate), New Delhi 110 012

 

 

Examination of 2450 papers published by foreign authors in 284 Indian science journals from 1311 institutions spread over 102 countries indicates that Asian countries are the largest contributors to these journals. Turkey, USA, Iran, China and Nigeria contributed to about 48% of the total foreign-authored publications. Most of the prolific institutions are situated in Turkey and Iran. The largest numbers of contributions are in the discipline of medicine followed by chemistry and material science. The proportion of foreign authored contributions to Indian science journals has witnessed a three-fold increase in 2006 as compared to July 1982 - June 1984.

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 56, June 2009, pp. 86-94

 

 

Growth and impact of research output of Government Medical College & Hospital, Chandigarh: a case study

 

Adarsh Bala and B.M.Gupta

 

Assistant Librarian, Government Medical College and Hospital, Central Library, Sector 32, Chandigarh, E-mail: adarshsanjeev@yahoo.co.in

Emeritus Scientist, National Institute of Science, Technology & Development Studies, New Delhi 110 012, E-mail: bmgupta1@gmail.com

 

Analyzes the research activities of the Government Medical College & Hospital (GMCH), Chandigarh, as reflected in its 16 years (1992-2007) of 754 publications output covered in Scopus international multidisciplinary bibliographical database. Focuses on publication growth characteristics, format and media of communication, research impact and quality, patterns of research collaboration, broad and narrow areas of research focus and characteristics of its high productive authors and cited papers. Finds that GMCH stands at 9th rank in research output, 13th in average citation per paper and 12th in h-index among the top 15 medical colleges of the country. GMCH has recorded an annual publication growth rate of 19.79% and impact as measured by average citation per paper as 0.89. Out of its 27 departments, only 7 departments scored higher average impact factor than the average impact factor of papers of total medical college. Although 55.97% of its total papers received one or more citations, but only 14 of its papers received 16 and above citations. Only 2.3% of its total papers involve international collaboration.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 56, June 2009, pp. 95-102

 

 

 

 

Lotka’s law and authorship distribution in nutrition research of Bangladesh

 

S. M. Zabed Ahmed1 and Md. Anisur Rahman2

 

1Professor, Department of Information Science and Library Management, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh and Visiting Researcher (Asia Fellows Award), Institute of East Asian Studies, Thammasat University at Rangsit, Pathum Thani-12121, Thailand  Email: smzahmed@yahoo.com

2Head, Library and Information Division, Northern University Bangladesh, Dhaka-1215, Bangladesh             

      Email: anis.lisbd@gmail.com

 

This paper examines the validity of Lotka’s law to authorship distribution in the field of nutrition research of Bangladesh. A list of periodical articles on various aspects of nutrition research of Bangladesh published during 1972-2006 was compiled for analysis.  Using “full productivity” of authorship, a total of 998 personal author names was identified. Lotka’s law was tested using both generalized and modified forms and Kolmogorov-Smirnov goodness-of-fit tests were applied. The results suggest that author productivity distribution predicted in Lotka’s generalized inverse square law is not applicable to nutrition research of Bangladesh. Using least-squares excluding high productive authors and maximum likelihood methods, Lotka’s law is found to be applicable to nutrition research of Bangladesh.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 56, June 2009, pp. 103-116

 

 

 

Use of reference sources in university libraries of Karnataka: a study

 

Adithya Kumari H

 

Senior Scale Lecturer, Department of Studies in Library & Information Science, University of Mysore. E-mail: adithyakumarih@rediffmail.com

V.G. Talawar

Professor, Department of Studies in Library & Information Science & Vice Chancellor, University of Mysore

 

Investigates the use of reference sources i.e. bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, directories, yearbooks & almanacs, geographical sources and handbooks through a questionnaire-based survey of use of reference sources in seven university libraries of Karnataka. Results show an upward interest in reference sources among the users in university libraries. Among them dictionaries and encyclopedias are the most used reference sources and geographical sources and directories are used less. Factors that may affect the use of reference sources are also discussed.

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 56, June 2009, pp.117-128

 

 

 

Citation analysis of dissertations submitted to the Department of Animal Science, University Of Ibadan, Nigeria

 

Wole Michael Olatokun1 and Olayinka Makinde2

 

1Department of Library and Information Studies, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Email: woleabbeyolatokun@yahoo.co.uk

2Africa Regional Centre for Information Science (ARCIS), University of Ibadan, Nigeria

 

Citations in master’s degree dissertations submitted to the Department of Animal science, University of Ibadan, Nigeria during the period 2000-2007 were analysed for finding possible relationships between citing, cited articles and authors. Frequency and percentage distributions (presented in charts, tables, and graphs) and measures of central tendency were used to analyse data. Findings showed that journals were the most utilized reference materials in the dissertations. Also, poultry nutrition works had the highest number of dissertations followed by agricultural biochemistry and nutrition. The lowest number of dissertations was from forage production and management and monogastric nutrition with just two dissertations each. The findings from this study could serve as a user study with implications for both collection development and user services design in libraries. Future studies could focus on ascertaining the implications of collection of reference materials to project and article referencing, instruction in classes and outreach.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 56, June 2009, pp.129-135

 

 

 

Development of an information storage and retrieval system at a university library: a case study

Bashir Ahmad1 and Nazir Ahmad Bhat2

 

Head, Library Services, Central Library, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir, Shalimar, Srinagar, E-mail: bashirahmad555@gmail.com

Assistant Librarian, Central Library, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir, Shalimar, Srinagar

 

Discuses the design and development of a database created for storage and retrieval of information about individual journal articles published in about 138 Indian and foreign current journals, 28455 journal issues existing in the back files section and full text of 356 theses available in electronic format at the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir (SKUASTK). The database of books is managed through SOUL software and CD-ROM abstract databases running on WinSPIRS has been linked with this IS&RS. Entire IS&RS is being successfully run on LAN of the university. The IS&RS has been developed on MS Access platform with Visual Basic as front end. The IS&RS system consists of four modules viz: data entry, search, report, and administration-cum-monitoring. The database has been placed on the campus network and is running smoothly with encouraging operational results and interoperability with other databases.