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VOLUME 56

NUMBER 1

MARCH 2009

 

 

ISSN: 0972-5423

 

            CONTENTS

 

Universe of knowledge from a new angle

    B. K. Sen

 

7

Management of employee expectations, performance and satisfaction in university library: an empirical study

    T. Y. Mallaiah

 

13

Scientometric analysis of area-wise publications in the field of structural engineering: a case study of SERC, India

    S. Maheswaran, R. D. Sathish Kumar and K.R. Sridharan

 

22

Research publication trend among scientists of Central Potato Research Institute: A bibliometric study

    Rakesh Mani Sharma

 

29

Farmers information needs in rural Manipur: an assessment

    L. Shanta Meitei and Th. Purnima Devi

 

35

Library and information science research in SAARC and ASEAN countries as reflected through LISA

    Swapan Kumar Patra and Prakash Chand

 

41

Use of internet based e-resources at Manipur University: a survey

    R.K. Joteen Singh, Th. Madhuri Devib and Arup Raychaudhuryc

 

52

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 56, March 2009, pp. 7-12

 

 

Universe of Knowledge from a new angel

 

B K Sen

 

80 Shivalik Apartments, Alaknanda, New Delhi – 110019, E-mail: bksen@airtelbroadband.in

 

Describes the characteristics of universe of knowledge composed of segments, space and time; and the characteristics of segments composed of objects, actions, space and time. Discusses the concept ‘subject’ and provides a definition of the same. As not much work has been done in this field, scholars are urged to explore the further.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 56, March 2009, pp.13-21

 

 

Management of employee expectations, performance and satisfaction in university library: an empirical study

 

T. Y. Mallaiah

 

Deputy Librarian, Mangalore University Library, Mangalagangothri-574 199 (DK), Mangalore, Karnataka

E-mail: mallaiahty@yahoo.com

 

This study unfolds major implications for performance management systems and process in university libraries. The study is mainly based on the primary data collected from the professionals working in 15 university libraries (regular and deemed) of Karnataka State with the help of a pre-tested, structured, comprehensive, postal questionnaire. The respondents include professionals and semiprofessionals working in various university libraries in Karnataka. The total population considered for the current study was 218 library professionals and semi-professionals distributed across the 15 university libraries and 188 respondents submitted their filled-in questionnaire, which accounts for a response rate of 86.24%. Hence, the information, opinions, perceptions and attitudes of these library professionals were collected and analyzed. The key issues addressed in this study include: perceived importance and perceived performance of workplace attributes, performance appraisal, issues considered during appraisal, knowledge and competence of employee performance by the appraiser, opinion on performance appraisal system, suggestions to improve, respondents’ views about frequent disturbance at work, and overall satisfaction. This paper reports on the views and perceptions of university library professionals in Karnataka in respect of their job, job environment and organization in addition to identifying and analyzing the key individual, work and organizational characteristics influencing their performance expectations and job satisfaction. It is hoped that this paper will help library administrators in managing library personnel both effectively and efficiently.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 56, March 2009, pp. 22-28

 

 

Scientometric analysis of area-wise publications in the field of structural engineering: a case study of SERC, India

 

S. Maheswaran, R. D. Sathish Kumar and K.R. Sridharan

 

aScientist, Information Division, Structural Engineering Research Centre, CSIR Campus, Taramani, Chennai -600113,

 Email: smahes@sercm.org

bInformation Officer, Information Division, Structural Engineering Research Centre, CSIR Campus, Taramani, Chennai -600113,

Email: rdskumar@sercm.org

cHead & Deputy Director, Information Division, Structural Engineering Research Centre, CSIR Campus, Taramani,

Chennai -600113, Email: krs@sercm.org

 

The study is based on the research publications generated by Structural Engineering Research Centre (SERC) during the years 2002-2006. The data was collected from the Annual Reports of SERC and analyzed based on Impact factor. The Impact Factor (IF) was examined with the help of Science Citation Index provided by Journal Citation Report (JCR IF). This analysis highlights yearly output, publications in national and international journals, number of papers in SCI and non-SCI journals, Normalized Impact Factor (NIF) per paper, number of papers in the proceedings of national and international conferences / workshops / seminars / symposia etc., category-wise distribution of papers in different NIF ranges, the proportion of high NIF papers and papers above the average NIF. This study reveals the area-wise impact of the research conducted by the Centre in particular.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 56, March 2009, pp. 29-34

 

 

Research publication trend among scientists of Central Potato Research Institute: A bibliometric study

 

Rakesh Mani Sharma

 

Technical Officer (Library & Documentation), Central Potato Research Institute, Shimla-171001 H.P.

E-mail: librarycpri@yahoo.com, rakeshcpri@hotmail.com

 

A total of 2603 research articles published by the scientists of Central Potato Research Institute (CPRI) during 1991 to 2007 were collected by scanning of annual reports and Journal of the Indian Potato Association. Majority of the scientists preferred to publish research papers in joint authorship (82.67%) having 0.82 degree of collaboration. Study further shows no uniform pattern of literature growth but factors like fund availability, scientists’ recruitment and their availability, and years that had special occasions like conferences, seminars etc. have impact over scientific productivity of the scientists during the period under review.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 56, March 2009, pp. 35-40

 

 

Farmers information needs in rural Manipur: an assessment

 

L. Shanta Meiteia and Th. Purnima Devib

 

aLibrary Assistant, College of Agricultural Engineering & Post Harvest Technology, (Central Agricultural University),

Ranipool, Gangtok – 737 135, Sikkim. E-mail: shanta_lairen@yahoo.co.in

bReader, Department of Library and Information Science, Manipur University, Canchipur, Imphal-795 003, Manipur,

E-mail: puni_thoidingjam@yahoo.co.in

 

Attempts to find out the information needs of the persons engaged in the agricultural activities particularly farmers community in the rural areas of Manipur. Data on farmers information needs were collected by using pre-tested semi structured questionnaire and data processed and analyzed through Minitab-software. The paper highlights the channels of getting information by rural farmers’ community in order to fulfill their information needs. The observations of the present study have also revealed that rural farmers community need a variety of information but the required information for their day to day agricultural activities are unmet. Considerable work and efforts are needed for imparting information support for sustainable agricultural development with the application of emerging information and communication technologies for information oriented and socio-economic empowerment of the rural farming community.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 56, March 2009, pp. 41-51

 

 

Library and information science research in SAARC and ASEAN countries as reflected through LISA

 

Swapan Kumar Patra1 & Prakash Chand2

 

1 Center for Studies in Science Policy, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi - 110067,.

Email: skpatra@gmail.com

2 Corresponding Author, Head, National Science Library (NSL) and Coordinator CSIR e-Journals Consortium, 14 Satsang Vihar Marg, New Delhi-110067, Email : prakashc@niscair.res.in

 

Member countries of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) and ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) have long history of LIS (Library and Information Science) education and research. This study compares LIS research output in member countries of these two associations, using LISA (Library and Information Science Abstracts) data. The study focuses on the pattern of literature growth, core journals, authorship pattern and research trends. Finds that SAARC countries are ahead of ASEAN members. India is leading in LIS among SAARC countries and Singapore among ASEAN countries. As per LISA, both groups have marginal contribution in international journals and therefore, core journals are of Asian origin only. The results of study call for more collaboration among the member countries of SAARC and ASEAN. It also identifies the need for formulation and implementation of information policy similar to that of Singapore among member nations of both the regional associations.

 

 

Annals of Library and Information Studies

Vol. 56, March 2009, pp.52-57

 

 

Use of internet based e-resources at Manipur University: a survey

R.K. Joteen Singha, Th. Madhuri Devib and Arup Raychaudhuryc

 

aInformation Scientist, Manipur University Library, Canchipur, Imphal - 795003 , joteenrk@yahoo.com           

bReader and Head of Department, Department of Library and Information Science, Manipur University,

Canchipur, Imphal - 795003  

cDeputy Librarian, Central Library, Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta

 

Describes a survey on the use of the electronic information focusing on the Internet services by the users of Manipur University Library. Also examines the utilization, purpose, difficulties and satisfaction level of users about Internet based e-resource services provided by the library. Finds that low speed internet access, erratic power supply and lack of required full text journals are problems with regard to the use of internet based e-resource