Archive for July, 2016

Who owns copyright in OA articles published in Journals?

July 25, 2016

Why are authors required to sign copyright forms and submit to OA publishers?

Who owns copyright in OA articles published in OA Journals


Yes I’m a librarian……

July 22, 2016

Behind ever individual who is educated……
Is me, a librarian……


Stocking the library after perceiving user needs is

Is me, a librarian……

Utilising print documents, electronic media, Internet, social tools for benefit of all

Is me, a librarian……

Connecting with every social savvy ones on the social media…using computers and apps on mobile

Is me, a librarian……


Be it Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities or Arts

Librarians are necessary in every discipline and are available everywhere…at all levels….
Exploring the imagination of a child in kindergarten with stories…

Is me, a librarian……

Catering to the confused teen(s) by providing what they wants even before they articulate it (by providing novels on vampires, wolves, half bloods, shape shifters, magicians, sorcerer, demigods, mutants novels and murder mysteries…nothing normal…all paranormal) in the library…

Is me, a librarian……

Extending spaces to the ignored shy ones and making them feel wanted…

Is me, a librarian……

Creating noisy spaces for those loud rambunctious ones for discussion away from the quiet spaces in library for the serious ones……

Is me, a librarian……

Catering to the geeks and the nerds

Is me, a librarian……

Teaching all those teachers,
Is me, a librarian……

Supporting all those researchers

Is me, a librarian……

Every academic venture undertaken….is supported by me….a librarian

After all the academic study and research if a person needs to relax….books and information on distressing, hobbies, self help is provided by me …a librarian.



Spending time in public library with geriatrics …ignored by their family, relatives

Is me, a librarian………..

Providing not only information but a chat and smile

Is me, a librarian……


Curating and archiving material for posterity in museums

Is me, a librarian……

Providing data and statistics for every manager in the corporate…and top brass everywhere

Is me, a librarian……


Providing research material and support in all those special libraries

Is me, a librarian………..

Behind every engineer building wonderful things…

Is me, a librarian……

With every doctor treating patients (literally in evidence based practice and figuratively)

Is me, a librarian……

Behind every medicine made in pharma

Is me, a librarian……

Calculating with every accountant

Is me, a librarian……

Behind every code written for a software and every component manufacture in hardware

Is me, a librarian……

Behind that geologist excavating the earth….
Is me, a librarian……
Above in space with those astronomers…

Is me, a librarian……
On the road walking with common man….and driving with professionals from various professions …

Is me, a librarian……

Below in the submarine or torpedo accelerating towards target….

Is me, a librarian……

For strategic and tactical decision making….support material is provided to intelligence and military (police/army/navy/airforce)

Is me, a librarian……
For every successful satellite and a missile launched in space….

Is me, a librarian……


Behind progress of the country

Is me, a librarian……

I am a cog in the wheel along with other cogs contributing and supporting decision made at every level….
For every decision that matters…..librarians are the support system….


They say behind every successful man is a woman…

I say ‘behind every successful person is a library….and a librarian!’

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Do we need to Walk the Talk?

July 21, 2016

Should those advocating  Open Access (OA) publish ONLY in OA? #ethicaldilemma

Five Laws of Library Science and its variants!

July 5, 2016

In 1931 Siyali Ramamrita Ranganathan proposed his ‘Five Laws of Library Science’. Full text is available at Hathi Trust Digital Library under Rights: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives. 

  1. Books are for use.
  2. Every reader his / her book.
  3. Every book its reader.
  4. Save the time of the reader.
  5. The library is a growing organism.


Based on this Five laws various variants were proposed!

In 1998 Michael Gorman in his book “Our Singular StrengthsOur Singular Strengths

  1. Libraries serve humanity.
  2. Respect all forms by which knowledge is communicated.
  3. Use technology intelligently to enhance service.
  4. Protect free access to knowledge.
  5. Honor the past and create the future.



In 2004 Alireza Noruzi in his paper “Application of Ranganathan’s Laws to the Web

  1. Web resources are for use.
  2. Every user has his or her web resource.
  3. Every web resource its user.
  4. Save the time of the user.
  5. The Web is a growing organism


In 2008 Carol Simpson in her website posted

  1. Media are for use.
  2. Every patron his information.
  3. Every medium its user.
  4. Save the time of the patron.
  5. The library is a growing organism


In 2015 B Shadrach

  1. Knowledge is for use in ‘all’ forms
  2. Every citizen has the right to access ‘all’ knowledge
  3. Every piece of knowledge is for access by ‘all’ without discrimination of any kind
  4. Save the time of the ‘all’ knowledge seekers
  5. A library is one that evolves with time to achieve all of the above laws

Directory of Library and Information Science Professionals

July 1, 2016

I have got an email asking me to include my details in “Directory of Library and Information Science Teachers in India” ! In the email/google form a “Teacher” is defined as a person who actively involved in teaching to the students to fulfill the need of a course / program that forms a part of their opted certificate / diploma / bachelor degree / master degree / research level programme in Library and Information Science.

Since I am a working librarian assigned the designation of Asst. Prof. (LIS), I am not eligble to be included in that particular directory! Although I did take a couple of sessions in DLIS, OU & GU and in various UGC HRDC …that does not matter I suppose….. Im not eligible! Details of sessions I have taken are at

Anyway – since I got the link – was curious to know what details were included. On reviewing questions came across – Category of Caste! wonder why that particular option was included???
The following criteria which I think is important should be included in the above directory
1. Faculty specialise/expert in!
2. If they are working in Central/State/Quasi/Private?
3. Social Media presence for the Department/Library and also for librarians is not included
4. The following combination of people are also not included – retd librarians ‘still’ working as faculty/guest faculty, working librarians working as external/guest faculty!
I remember that I came across many other such efforts on preparing LIS Directories:
  1. Prof. A A N Raju, Former Head DLIS, OU H No C-10-63 Ghokle Nagar Ramathapur Hyd 500 013 also had undertaken to bring out Directory in Print
  2. Directory of library professionals in Karnataka is published by Dr. Shivanna, R. Rtd. Dy. Librarian (Bangalore University). (Source: Thimmappa Neerkaje)
  3. Directory of Library and Information Science Teachers in India in print
  4. Directory at Librarydotcom 
  5. IndiaLibraries Directory of Library & Information Science (LIS) Resource Persons 
  6. IndiaLibraries Facebook group 
  7. Inflibnet Vidwan Expert Database 
  8. Resource Persons / Experts in Library and Information Science
Why dont all LIS professional integrate their directory and make it into one directory that has current information of all LIS professionals in India at all levels?
Are any of the ‘numerous’ LIS Associations paying attention?
Probably one library association can take this up! Infact if all the Associations contribute their membership listing – a proper directory can be made!
There is no one single source to get information/statistics on how many libraries (National, Depository, Public/District, University, Corporate, Private) in India. I think only ADINET lists all libraries in Gujarat (2079). But efforts of rest of states not known!

Suggesting for prepare a Directory of 

  • LIS Departments in India
  • LIS staff at all levels in India
  • Librarians
  • LIS Faculty – which you already are preparing! I suggest you also include another feild – of what they specialise/expert in!
  • LIS Resource Persons – with specialisations (include faculty and working librarians) – which organisers of conferences can refer to
There is not a single place where LIS journals are listed. How many are open access and how many subscribed/commerical. One-day workshop on Wikipedia organised by Department of Library and Information Science (DLISc) and Research and Training Unit for Navigational Electronics (NERTU) Library, Osmania University (OU) in collaboration with Telugu Wikipedians, Centre for Internet Access to knowledge (CIS A2K) and Wikimedia India on 11 January 2016 at NERTU Conference Hall and the page List of LIS Journals in India was a collaborative output of that day!
There is no single place where we can get information on how many LIS conferences/seminars/workshops were conducted in India till date. The proceedings are also not housed in one place for reference! Although ICON-AD is doing a commendable contribution.
Wonder what all the Library Associations in India are doing!
Suggested Format: List out all LIS departments, libraries and library staff working under them at all levels.



  • National Library
  • Depository Library
  • Museum/Archives
  • Public Library – Statewise
  • District Library
  • Central University
    • LIS Department
    • Libraries
  • State University
    • LIS Deparments
    • Libraries
  • Private Organisations
    • LIS Departments – mostly Certificate and Diploma

Other Libraries

  • Special Libraries
    • Government Organisation Libraries
    • Military/Air/Naval/Police etc
    • Reserach and Training Libraries
  • Private Libraries
  • Corporate Libraries


Suggested: Crowdsource
If anyone is preparing any directories like the above, I can volunteer to populate all the information I know or come across in my spare time! You can get in touch with me at
To know more about me you can check out
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