Archive for February, 2016

Library and Information Science (LIS) Courses

February 16, 2016


I have listed out LIS related courses that are available

  • online as well as regular courses
  • free as well as paid courses


LIS Related

  1. Certificate Programme on Digital Libraries (CPDL) Vardhaman Mavaveer Open University, Kota
  2. WebJunction has many LIS related courses
  3. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services
  4. New on the Job eCourse/eBook bundle by Hilda Weisburg

LIS Leadership

  1. Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians


  1. Health Librarianship Essentials

Social Media

  1. SLA KMKS104. Networking and Social Media: Technology Enable Knowledge Sharing
  2. 23 Mobile Things

Research Methodology 

  1. Online Course on Research Methodology
  2. AuthorAID Online Course in Research Writing from INASP


  1. WIPO Courses
  2. CopyrightX from Harvard Law School
  3. Copyright for Educators & Librarians
  4. Copyright for Multimedia


Digital Literacy

  1. Alison – Digital Literacy and IT Skills


Alison – Understanding Advanced Search using Google Search Course

Daniel Russell – Power Searching with Google


If anyone has come across any other LIS related courses please email details to me at so that I can update this list.




Online Courses on Intellectual Property and Copyright

February 16, 2016

Online Courses on Intellectual Property and Copyright for LIS Professionals.

1. WIPO Courses

  • DL-001 Primer on Intellectual Property
  • DL-201 Copyright and Related Rights
  • DL-203 Intellectual Property, Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions
  • DL-301 Patents
  • DL-302 Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications
  • DL-317 Arbitration and Mediation Procedure under the WIPO Rules
  • DL-318 Patent Information SearchDL-320 Basics of Patent Drafting
  • DL-450 Intellectual Property Management

2. CopyrightX from Harvard Law School

3. Coursera


If anyone has come across any other LIS related courses please email details to me at so that I can update this list.


Is the image you are using in your ppt copyrighted?

February 4, 2016


It is almost mandatory for Faculty now-a-days need to create presentations for their class. Most of the students feel bored if they are fed data, statistics and reports on a daily basis. To make the class interesting faculty use images, as a picture is worth a thousand words. And most of these images are downloaded directly from the Internet. It is assumed that online content and images that are already available on Internet and shared by many on social media can be used. The images that are easy to find, access and download can easily be copied can be used for personal purpose or reposted. What most do not realise is that even though images are online on Internet they are not free to use as they are copyrighted!

So, How can one know if the image is copyrighted or not?

  • See the source of the image. Know terminology and signs displayed by protected image when its copyrighted.
  • Research – Check the visual at  Can I Use that Picture – The Terms, Laws and Ethics for using Copyrighted Images
  • Just ask the person who displayed image if he is the creator and take permission. Sometimes the owner displaying that image may have knowingly/unknowingly be using copyrighted image from some other source/creator without permission. So Ask and clarify and take permission in written.
  • Check if image can be reused under “Fair Use”and does not infringe on the copyright owners rights.
  • Create your own images. It more easier to create and use own images.


Free Tools to help in searching

  1. Google Images
  2. Goto Google Search and search for sites specializing in free, or freely licensed images like Flickr
  3. Goto Google Advanced Search option and check the last option “usage rights” and filter by licence
  4. Please check if its in public domain
  5. Find licensed content using
  6. If its from WikiMedia Commons


Paid Tools to help in searching

  1. Image Libraries like Getty Images

Note: Please connect with Achala at before reposting, translating as this article is copyrighted!


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Is the image you are using in your ppt copyrighted?by Dr Achala Munigal is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.


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Why we do not have a ‘Culture of Documentation’ in India ?

February 3, 2016
A couple of observations.
We do not have a culture of documentation in India. Although we are librarians and our primary responsibility is to document – we do not! We limit ourselves to documenting work related material only at work place. We do not take the social responsibility and venture to document – social topics relevant to libraries.
If we want to access material or source it, often we are unable to. When we check any journals, academic websites, government websites – we are unable to get articles specific to India, statistics and status of any given topic.
For example: When I want to check on “Disasters in Libraries in India” came across many articles on Disaster in Libraries from Indian authors – but these authors have given examples or cited disasters from other countries (mostly USA – probably because they document and have posted information online for all to access easily). I have come across only 4 articles and 1 thesis on Shodganga that is related to Disasters in Libraries in India with examples of disasters from India..
I had written one article “Disaster Management in University Libraries in India: A Case Study of Osmania University Main Library from Telangana State” for IASLIC Conference held at Gujarat in 2015. Another important source of information is newspapers. I could only check articles from newspapers that were posted online. But I could not access many other articles that were not posted online as I did not have any known connections (librarians) at media libraries. I did request a couple of media librarians after Googling their email id and left messages to them on LinkedIn and Facebook – there was no response. It is not a blame game here. I am only highlighting that there was no response. There may be myriad reasons for their non response like their emails may have changed or they may have been busy at their workplace and could not respond. But an email stating the same would have been highly appreciated. There is one recent group on Facebook on Disasters in Libraries
Another example: There are so many seminars/conferences/workshops being conducted all over India. No LIS Association/LIS Department is documenting. UGC only may document those seminars/conferences/workshops they fund. But this information is not displayed anywhere on the website. What about the rest? There is practically no authentic exhaustive repository or website/blog listing out all the proceedings published in seminars/conferences conducted in India. There is one good initiative is Indian Conference-Abstracting Database (ICon-AD) but even that does not have exhaustive listing.
Yet another example: If articles in newspapers like recent ones written by Mr K Sudhakar Goud and J Deepthi Nandan Reddy are not properly archived for posterity, they would be lost to time and information overload.
There should be some kind of website, blog, online newsletter to archive all articles related to libraries in Telangana. Someone should take it up…maybe ILA, IASLIC on national level…and TSLA and ALSD on State level! I cant as my interests lie elsewhere like Social Media, Scholarly Communication, Plagiarism, Open Access etc. But I am always open to participating and helping with my limited skills and capacity.
Dr Achala Munigal

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