Archive for February, 2015

Top Twitter Users in India

February 20, 2015
S No User ID Tweets as on 21 Feb 2015
1 IndiaLibraries @IndiaLibraries 7291
2 Kalyani Bansode ‏ @full2nautanki 4996
3 Md Sohail  @sohailmlis 4125
4 Manpreet Kaur @manniangel 3676
5 Anil Mishra  @ICTinLIS 3385
6 K. S. Abraham  @Bibliophile4lyf 3264
7 Sukhdev Singh  @esukhdev 2960
8 Achala Munigal @ DrAchalaMunigal 2524
9 Dr Vyasamoorthy  @vyasamoorthy 1740
10 Anil Mishra  @eanilkmishra 1470
11 IBLibraries @IBLibraries 1457
12 LbnRaj  @lotus5673 1385
13 Sri Badan Barman  @badanbarman 1211
14 Tara Singh Danu ‏ @ltarasd 1058
15 Srinivasa Rao Lingam  @CnivasCool 824
16 Dr.Rupak Chakravarty @imrupak 747
17 Chetan Hegde  @chetanhegdem 664
18 Vimal  @vimal0212 539
19 IMLIBIN@libinkumar2012 336
S No User ID Followers as on 21 Feb 2015
1 IBLibraries @IBLibraries 832
2 Sukhdev Singh  @esukhdev 703
3 LbnRaj  @lotus5673 500
4 Dr Vyasamoorthy  @vyasamoorthy 417
5 K. S. Abraham  @Bibliophile4lyf 404
6 Bhojaraju Gunjal  @BhojarajuGunjal 387
7 Kalyani Bansode ‏ @full2nautanki 384
8 Vimal  @vimal0212 360
9 Md Sohail  @sohailmlis 350
10 Anil Mishra  @ICTinLIS 347
11 Shafay Zafar  @mszaffar 327
12 Shalini Urs  @ShaliniUrs 254
13 Achala Munigal @ DrAchalaMunigal 240
14 Vasumathi Sriganesh  @vasusri 194
15 Sri Badan Barman  @badanbarman 191
16 Chetan Hegde  @chetanhegdem 183
17 Susmita Chakraborty @susmita_kolkata 143
18 Srinivasa Rao Lingam  @CnivasCool 137
19 Nikesh N ‏ @nikeshn 111

Librarians from India using Whatsapp!

February 20, 2015

Librarians have always learnt to use the latest Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) as well as mobile tools available in the market and utilised them

  • to benefit their members
  • in their workplace with their teams
  • for professional development

One of the most used mobile app is Whatsapp; that Librarians in India are utilising. There are many Library and Information Science (LIS) groups on Whatsapp and the alphabetical listing is

  1. Academic Library (Created on 9/12/2014)
  2. Caliber 2015 (Created on 10/31/2014)
  3. Dream Librarian (Created on 10/16/2013) – Oldest Group
  4. IndiaLibraries (Created on 8/11/2014)
  5. IndiaLibraries Students (Created on 21/2/2015)
  6. Library Group (Created on 1/27/2015)
  7. LIS Friends (Created on 10/3/2014)
  8. LIS Professional (Created on 1/9/2014)
  9. Telangana Librarians (Created on 11/27/2014)

I cannot share their numbers due to security and privacy issues. But I would like to thank all the group admins who are running these groups for the benefit of LIS community.

Like every technology Whatsapp too has advantages and disadvantages ….


  1. Instant information sharing
  2. Instant connecting with other members
  3. Issues can be discussed and clarity sought
  4. All members can discuss and give their suggestions
  5. Use of emoticons instead of writing long winded answers
  6. Use the ‘MUTE’ option when busy and do not want to be disturbed.


  1. Buy a smartphone (expensive investment for some) with the whatsapp installed.
  2. Connects only with other people – having a smartphone with whatsapp installed.
  3. Keep recharging Internet time on mobile.
  4. Addictive and can turn a person to compulsively check mobile at all times and in all places. It can become a time wasting pastime if unchecked.
  5. Groups are not listed in one place and hence unsearchable. One cannot join a group unless one is aware of the mobile number of group admin.
  6. Maximum of 100 members can be added in one group!
  7. Duplication of members is seen – Most groups have similar member list.
  8. Only number is displayed and not name. Name reflects only when keyed in profile or saved in contacts list.
  9. Most members do not contribute to the discussion but are silent observers

Guidelines (Do’s and Dont’s) of how to conduct one self as a member on Whatsapp groups …..


  1. Information that is relevant to LIS is to be posted.
  2. Information Sharing and Knowledge Exchange is encouraged. General awareness information and Infotainment is welcome….but not forwarded messages
  3. BREVITY is a MUST! But meaning should not be lost in the process.
  4. Language for communication is English.
  5. Regional Languages/International Languages welcome but only if accompanied by English translation!
  6. Videos should be accompanied by one line description so that other members can decide if they would like to check it out or not!
  7. Just a occasional hello (atleast once a week) from every member or a selfie or a picture of the workplace of member most welcome!
  8. Do remember that what ever is posted online – can be forwarded, shared, stored and retrieved. Messages surface when we least expect and out of context! So be careful of your opinions and how you put them forth!


  1. Do not post ‘very long’ messages. Nobody has time and patience to scroll down long messages.
  2. Do not spam. Occasional reminder is welcome. If one is marketing ones Seminar/Conference/Workshop    For Example write “Last Day/Two Days/Three Days….to submit Camera Ready Paper” More details at URL.
  3. Do not be rude or abrupt in conversations. Constructive criticism. It is expected that all members respect other members opinions even if they do not agree with it.
  4. Do not make spelling mistakes
  5. Do not ‘coin’ your own abbreviations of words – follow standards
  6. Do not be silent spectator. Try to participate in discussion.
  7. Do not send messages on Whatsapp between 10pm to 6am. (I need to actually practice what I preach! )
  8. Do not change group icon or logo or picture posted by the group admin without informing.
  9. Do not share the group admins mobile number without taking consent first due to privacy issues.
  10. Do not post in regional language unless the group is a regional group.

Group Admins

  1. Monitor to see that group members are posting relevant information or ensure that you steer them in right direction.
  2. Give warning to members who do not follow group rules. If the member persist then he/she can be removed.
  3. Appreciate the active members and Encourage the non-active members to share.
  4. Post topics for discussion
  5. Do not remove group members without advance warning.

Please write to me at incase you are aware of any other whatsapp group that I have not included in this list!

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