Volume 49, Issue 2






LIS User Education Courses in Agriculture Universities: An Analysis into Objectives and Reality


Discusses the LIS user education courses in eleven agriculture universities of India.  Objectives of such courses, duration and course contents are discussed based on the data available in the syllabi followed by the agriculture universities.  Concludes that introduction of such courses is an encouraging step towards user education.




Bibliometric Studies on African Trypanosomiasis Research Literature: A Review of Authorship Pattern

Compares author collaboration in the periodical literature of African Trypanosomiasis. The study was based on the literature abstracted in the 1990-2000 articles of Tropical Diseases Bulletin and Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Quarterly (TTQ) using the counting method.  It is found that both the annual rates and the cumulation of author collaboration for the period for each of the ten years was high although the figures obtained for 1992-1995 and 1998-2000 were higher than those for 1990-1991 and 1996-1997.  Concludes that though author collaboration exists in African Trypanosomiasis literature for the ten years studied, it is generally high but each year’s literature is dominated by multiple authorship, and in all, two and three authored papers were predominant.  The extent of collaboration was up to 11 authors per article, and this calls for more collaboration to extend the authorship beyond 11 authors per paper, as it is noted in other scientific disciplines.  The study has provided factual information in support of information services in the field of African Trypanosomiasis literature.


SINGH (S N) and GARG (B S)

Impact of Information Technology (Computers) on Biomedical Information Centres and Libraries (ICLs) in India: A Critical Evaluation


Biomedical information is critical to public health in general, and biomedical research and education in particular.  Although some progress has been made to improve the biomedical information centres and libraries (ICLs) in India with the help of information technology (IT), there remain ICLs where concept of modern IT does not exist.  Deals with the computer aspect in information technology.  Furthermore, aims at developing a model of Indian Biomedical Information system using computer technology, its relationship with ICLs, users and professionals.  Identifies Government of India (GOI) policies and programmes to promote and design IT based services.  The study deals with seven objectives.  Keeping these as main objectives, the research plan was drawn and multi-method approach employing field survey random sampling method and questionnaires as main instrument was adopted.  However, interviews and indirect studies of records were adopted for collection and analysis of relevant data to supplement the data collected through questionnaires, so t\as to enhance, strengthen its reliability and gather some additional information on specific aspect of computer and ICLs, which were not obtained through questionnaires and literature searches.  The conclusions speak of the future environment for biomedical librarians/information scientists/ information consultants, as existing services, resources provided to biomedical community are inadequate and insufficient to meet their demands.




Knowledge Management in the Tacit Dimension


Projects the concept of ‘Tacit Knowledge’.  Further discusses the types of tacit knowledge that exists in any organization and also outlines some of the steps that can be taken to manage this resource.  Also discusses some of the expert systems like KnowledgeMail and Groupware used for the management of this form of knowledge.