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Latest LIS Topics for Research

August 18, 2022
  1. Artificial Intelligence applications in Libraries
  2. Augmented Reality in Libraries
  3. Big Data in Libraries
  4. Small Data in Libraries
  5. Blockchain Applications in Libraries
  6. Cloud Libraries
  7. Cyber security in Libraries
  8. Developing APP in Libraries
  9. Digital Humanities
  10. Drones in Libraries
  11. Green Libraries
  12. Human Libraries
  13. Internet of Things (IOT) applications in Libraries
  14. MakerSpaces in Libraries
  15. Digital Maker Labs – 3D printers etc
  16. NFT in Libraries
  17. Smart Libraries
  18. Virtual Reality in Libraries

Note:

Please refer to my other blog post PhD Topics for LIS at https://achalamunigal.wordpress.com/2020/01/01/phd-topics-for-lis/

Scholars are more than welcome to get in touch with me if they want to discuss these topics further via email at AchalaMunigalRao@gmail.com.

I am not claiming to be expert on all the topics but can guide in certain topics; for the rest of topics I can suggest/direct student to goto experts in that area.

Please do let me know if I missed any topic. Feedback and suggestions requested at AchalaMunigalRao@gmail.com.

Dying to Talk

October 9, 2021

Was talking to a bereaved friend recently and decided to blog about it as there is widespread reluctance to discuss dying even though it’s as natural as birth. I personally feel, ending the silence on talking about death may diminish its terrors and help person prepare emotionally for their impending death and family to accept the loss of loved one and the resulting financial implications if any. One can explore Death Cafe a discussion group where strangers gather to discuss death. Exploring the topic of death or dying with strangers is usually easy to start with before attempting talking it out with family. Usually people do not talk about the topic as talking about death is very difficult, uncomfortable, awkward and upsetting for both dying person and the family, each with different reasons for wanting to talk or stay silent. Reasons vary on both sides for this lack of communication, some fear saying the wrong thing; some due to superstition believe that it may hasten death if it’s acknowledged; while some try to shield themselves from grief by actively ignoring it, hoping it would go away. But as the person approaches closer to death they become introspective but rarely discuss frankly their dying wishes with family/friends. Not to sound morbid but open conversations/discussion on death should be encouraged as this helps the dying person to prepare well while ensuring family is looked after without legal hassles and assists the surviving family come to terms with the event as their wishes too are equally important. Decisions are reached after numerous discussion over time rather than help tackle everything in one conversation. To do this a dying person can do the following:

  • Take professional help to prepare a written legal “Will” on a stamp paper rather than Oral Will and copy should be deposited with lawyer, executor or in a locker for safekeeping. Failure to prepare a will leaves decisions regarding your estate/property in the hands of judges or government officials leading to strife within family.
  • If there are any debts like outstanding loans from private individuals/institutions, banks etc., or in event the dying person has loaned any person any money that too should be recorded and supporting documents to be put in locker or safe place.
  • State your wishes clearly if you are handling business – singly or jointly and leave a letter of instruction on handling it.
  • If there is any movable and immovable property along with family heirlooms, jewelry, banking details, various investments, mutual funds, bonds etc., should be distributed/allocated to whosoever in the Will itself to avoid legal hassles to surviving kin and original/photocopy deposited in locker so surviving kin can access this information in one place along with duplicate keys to all lockers, houses etc., as well as passwords to online banking accounts, credit/debit cards, emails, social media accounts etc., can be recorded and placed along with other important documents like the Will.
  • Ensure that dependents (physically/mentally/terminally ill etc.) and/or parents, surviving spouse are well cared for by writing it in Will itself rather than bequeath all property in children’s name assuming they will take care of the grandparents, surviving parent or dependents.
  • Letter of instruction regarding pets can also be left.
  • If person has signed any organ donation forms then the papers should be filed along with Will and the family should be informed accordingly so they are emotionally prepared.
  • Children and/or surviving spouses should know about all important documents like property papers, bank papers, investment papers etc., and where they are stored in case there is no locker facility available. If the person is unmarried/divorced without children then the estate can be donated/gifted to relatives or non-profit organisations.
  • Letter of instruction regarding medical directives can be given especially like Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) or Do-Not-Attempt-Resuscitation (DNAR) instructions can be included in the will if the person so desires.
  • Leaving Against Medical Advice (LAMA) can be practiced by dying person if they so desire, as Passive Euthanasia provision can only be practiced if dying person is terminally ill in a vegetative state, as Active Euthanasia is illegal as it may lead to exploitation of elderly with property.
  • Letters of instruction stating the dying person’s wishes how they would like the final rites are to take place according to particular religion or spiritual beliefs; if it should be conducted in traditional way by burial or burning on pyre or in the modern way in crematorium or by donating their body to science.

Earlier on there were joint families in India and the final rites were performed by combined effort of closest kith and kin. But with modern day challenges like exponential growth of nuclear families in Tier I & Tier II cities, relocation due to work, travel etc., death can occur in location far away from home and its very challenging for surviving family to handle this emotional delicate sad event.

At a point of time when family is grieving, it is challenging for them to arrange logistics and haggle with vendors to get things done in funeral preparations. There is no time to cry or say final goodbyes by person handling funeral as he/she busy in sourcing materials as per religious customs, ensuring to follow community rituals, booking of vehicles to transport family and Hearse vans to transport the physical remains, finding priests, identifying traditional/electrical cremation centers, prayer halls, shraadh services, catering etc. The person also has to take decision if the organs are harvestable and contact organizations if deceased/family have expressed their intention to donate or if deceased signed up for organ donation. If physical remains to be stored in mobile freezer boxes in case it was an unforeseen/sudden occurrence with/without any health problems, till family arrives. At times there is domestic and international repatriation of human remains which have to be got back to choice of place of deceased or their family. Ensuring all the paper work is done for during/after funeral like reporting in various places like government birth & deaths, places of work, pension office, banks etc., takes its toll on the person handling funeral.

Now-a-days people are getting more self sufficient and do not want to burden their family, friends and neighbors with task of their funeral arrangement especially as today’s generation have no prior experience to organize such an events as last rites, with their limited knowledge of rituals to be conducted and the arising post funeral duties. An organized option with personalized solutions for professional end-to-end funeral management services is sought. Varanasi based Kashimoksha and another Kashimoksha; Ahmedabad based Mokshshil, Mumbai based Indian Funeral Services (IFS), Rajkot based Shradhanjali, Anthyesti in Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune, Varanasi etc., are options one can check. Reason to opt for funeral management vary like death can strike anytime and surviving family consists of ill, children or illiterate or old spouses are left to handle everything especially since most of their contemporaries have already passed away and dependence to carry out rituals is limited, their children are abroad and cannot return home to carry out the final rites, or live in big cities where neighbors are not known etc.

Modern problems require modern solutions. To ensure that funeral is appropriately and professionally conducted with dignity it requires and ensuring to fulfil the deceased requirements and their family wishes there are options available provided the dying person or family is knowledgeable of these existing options. There are Pre-Book/Pre-Paid Funeral plans with Funeral Management Services. There are also Burial Insurance also called Funeral Insurance or Final Expense Insurance, an insurance plan for the funerals as well as Funeral Bonds that helps set aside money to cover eventual funeral costs. All options should be explored to pick the right solution to your predicament.

Discussion should also include what surviving family can do incase of event and how to get relevant documents like a Family Certificate/Legal Heir Certificate/Surviving Member Certificate/Succession Certificate etc., which will help in transferring of property including houses, patta of land, house tax, electricity connection, telephone connection, bank account, insurance if survivor not mentioned etc., especially if dying person has two families or is a central and state government servant where this certificate helps to get family pension, and for getting appointment on compassionate grounds.

There are other unorthodox options one can exercise where ashes can be made into organic biodegradable burial pods/pots/capsules by Italy based Capsula Mundi, USA based Cremation Solutions makes keepsakes like personalized crystal jewelry, glass encasements/urns, sculptures & art made from ashes and Elysium Space launches ashes into space, UK based And Vinyly presses ashes into vinyl records, Parting Stone solidifies remains into smooth stones etc.

All this is possible only when one discusses about death and its aftermath.

Note: I am not endorsing any person or institution or business I have mentioned in my article. It is also not legal advice, please use discretion while following it!

Walk the talk

July 2, 2021

I have realized that those who give lectures on Open Access and Open Source, and those who advocate Open Access do not always use all Open Software in personal and professional life or publish in Open Access Journals. I have listed out a few pointers to all those who say that they support OA. Lets do it in right way!

  • Walk the talk
  • Donate if possible
  • Always use Open Source Software instead of Proprietary Software
  • Publish only in Open Access Journals
  • Archive in National & Institutional Repositories.
  • Spread the word

Note: Yes, even I give lot of lectures on OA and I am trying to ensure to identify Open Access journals for publishing all my articles in the future. Although still need to learn Linux.

Library Networks

January 16, 2021

Calcutta Library Network (CALIBNET) 1986
Developing Library Network (DELNET) 1988
Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET) 1991
Bombay Library Network (BONET) 1992
Pune Library Network (PUNENET) 1992
Madras Library Network (MALIBNET) 1993
Ahmedabad Library Network (ADINET) – Advance Information Network of Libraries in Gujarat 1994
Mysore Library Network (MYLIBNET) 1994
Bangalore Academic Library Network (BALNET) 1995
Management Libraries Network (MANLIBNET) 1998
Indore Library Network (INDOLIBNET)

West Bengal Public Library Network

PhD Topics for LIS

January 1, 2020

I have students who wish to do PhD approach me for selection of topics. I always think the selection should depend on the students interests rather than the supervisors interests!

 

But unfortunately most students either have no clue and want the supervisor to choose and handhold them throughout the PhD; while others want to choose PhD topic on easy topics which have been beaten to death like User Study/Digital Library – that too within their local area/state.

 

There are inumerable topics that can be explored in LIS. I have tried my best to list most of them under various heads.

 

Libraries

 

  • Archive & Museum
    • Chained
    • Manuscripts
    • Materials for Display of historical value
  • Traditional Library
    • Houses Print Material
    • Manual Processes
  • Computerised Library
    • Library Automation Software
    • Intitutional Repositories
    • Computerised processes
      • E-Library
      • Digital Library
      • Electronic Library
      • Virtual Library
      • Second Life Library

 

 

  • Government
    • Central Government
    • State Government
  • Academic Libraries
    • PreSchool/Montesorie
    • School
      • International
        • International Baccalaurate (IB)
        • Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)
          • International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
          • General Certificate of Education Advanced Level certificate (GCE A level)
      • Central
        • Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE – Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE)/Indian School Certificate (ISC))
        • Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)
          • Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV)
          • Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas
        • National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS)
      • State Board
        • Secondary School Certificate (SSC)
        • Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC)
        • Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSC)
        • Gurukul
          • SC girls
          • SC boys
          • ST girls
          • ST boys
          • BC girls
          • BC boys
          • Minorities girls
          • Minorities boys
      • Private
    • College
      • Government College
      • Affiliated College
      • Private College
    • University
      • Central Libraries
      • State Libraries
      • Deemed Libraries
      • Private Libraries
    • Technical Education Libraries
    • Distance Education
    • Online Education
      • MOODLE
      • MOOC
  • Public Libraries
    • National
    • Central
    • State
    • District
    • Mandal
  • Other
    • Hybrid
    • Private Collection Library
    • Corporate
      • Industrial
      • Manufacturing
      • Small Scale Industry
      • Large Scale Industry
      • Multinational Companies
      • Startups
      • Enterpreneurs
    • Pilanthropy
        • Private Individual
        • NGO
        • Charity/Trust
        • Association
        • Industry
  • Special Libraries
    • Archives & Museums
      • Manuscript
      • Materials for Display of historical value
    • Special Groups
      • Women
        • Widows
        • Working
        • Homemakers
        • Prostitues
        • Children of Prostitutes
        • Small Scale Industry
        • Women Enterprenuers
      • Children
        • For Children
        • By Children
      • Persons with Disability – Viklang/Divyang
        • Blind
          • Marrakesh Treaty
        • Deaf
        • Mute
        • Dyslexic
      • LGBTQ+
      • Seniors/Old/Elderly/Geriatric
    • Agricultural Libraries
    • Animal Husbandry Libraries
      • Dairy
      • Poultry
      • Aquaculture
        • Fisheries
      • Insect farming – Honeybee
      • Wildlife
    • Engineering Libraries
      • IT
      • Mechanical
      • Civil
      • Electronics
      • Electrical
    • Medical Libraries
      • For Doctors/Nurses/Paramedical staff
      • For Patients/Family/Attenders/Caregivers
      • Infirm and Home-bound Patients
      • Dental Libraries
      • Veternarian Libraries
    • Law Libraries
      • Judicial Libraries
      • Incarcerated/Detained/Prision Libraries
        • Male
        • Female
        • Female with Children
        • LGBTQ+
    • Media Libraries
      • Newspaper
      • Radio
      • TV
    • Defense/Defence/Military
      • Air
      • Navy
      • Military
      • BSF
      • Para Military
      • Defense Research
    • Diplomatic
      • Foreign Mission in India
      • Indian Mission in Foreign
    • Travel
      • Air
        • Inside Airport
        • Inside Flight
      • Railways
        • Inside Train
        • On Platform
        • Inside Metro
        • Metro Station
      • Inside Ship
      • Bus Stop
      • Inside Auto
    • Remote Locations – Outreach
      • Forest
      • Valleys
      • Mountains
      • Lakes
      • Islands
      • Deserts
    • Underprivileged & Poor
      • Urban Slums
      • Rural Slums
      • Homeless
      • Beggars
      • Destitute
    •  Downtrodden
      • Dalit
      • Tribals
      • Nomads
    • Addictions
      • Opoids
      • Drugs
      • Smoking
      • Drinking
    • Unemployed
    • Self Employed
    • Migrants
      • Immigrants
      • Emigrants,
      • Refugees
    • Small/Little Libraries
      • Tree Libraries
      • Bird House Libraries
    • Mobile Libraries
        • Walking
        • Donkey
        • Horse
        • Camel
        • Bullock cart
        • Elephant
        • Bicycle
        • Scooter
        • Van
        • Bus
        • Boat
        • Ship
    • Other Library
      • Green Libraries
      • Crowdsource Library
      • Seed Library
      • Vending Library
      • Baking Library – Cake Pans etc
      • Nature Exploring Kit – magnifying lens, nets
      • Fishing Rod Library
      • Animal Library for Anxiety and Depression
        • Cat
        • Dog

 

Regular Topics

  • User Studies/User Opinion/User Satisfaction
  • Effectiveness of Services
  • Library services
  • Collection Development
  • Preservation and Conservation – Manuscripts/Rare materials/Print materials/Electronic materials
  • Computerisation/Library Automation Softwares
  • Barriers
  • Reading Habits

 

Current Topics

  • Disaster Management
  • Open Source Softwares (OSS)
  • Open Access (OA) Resources
  • Consortium – Journals
  • Online Databases
  • Library Legislation
  • Emergin Information and Communication Technologies
  • E-Learning/MOOCs/Open Learning/Moodles
  • LIS Education and Curriculum
  • Networking – LAN, WAN, MAN
  • Plagiarism – Turnitin/iThenticate/Urkund/Drillbit – Comparision
  • RFID

Out of the Box Topics

  • Drones
  • Small Data/Big Data
  • Developing APP
  • Assesment of Service quality
  • Human Libraries

Suggested

  • SRR
    • Colon Classification – Creating Index, Libraries using CC
    • 5 laws variats
    • Mobile Bullockart Libraries
  • Tagore
    • Chalantika
  • Maharaj Sayajirao Gaikwad
  • Iyyanki Venkata Ramanayya or Ayyanki Venkata Ramanaiah
    • Boat Libraries
  • Kalaprapoorna’ Paturi Nagabhushanam
  • Gadicherla Harisarvottama Rao
  • Vattikota Alwarswamy
  • Kodati Narayana Rao
  • Dewey
    • DDC
  • UDC
  • Comparision of CC/DDC/UDC
  • Ulrich
  • Web Ontologies
  • Folksnomy
  • QR Codes
  • Identifies – ORCID, ISSN, ISBN etc
  • Library Depositories
  • Library Acts
  • Newspaper Act
  • Copyright in India
  • Patent in India
  • Geographical Indicator – GI for India
  • Fair Use in India
  • Creative Commons
  • Public Domain
  • Plant varities in India
  • Bibliometrics/Scientometrics/Webometrics
  • Philanthropy in Libraries
  • Ethics
  • Professionalism/Competency Development
  • Social Media
    • Privacy and Security on Social Media
    • Facebook
    • LinkedIn
    • Twitter
    • Instagram
    • WhatsApp
  • Fake News/Hoax/Manipulation/Propaganda
  • Discussion groups
  • Listserves
  • Forwards/Chain messages
  • Library Products
  • Information Literarcy
  • ISO
  • Benchmarking
  • Library Financial Administration/Management
  • Library Anxiety
  • Occupational Perceptions of Librarians
  • Community Information Centers
  • Urban Libraries Vs Rural Libraries
  • Metropolitan Libraries Vs Suburban Libraries
  • Library Outreach
  • Outsourcing Library activities and services
  • The press and registeration of books act, 1867
      • Vernacular Press Act (1878)
      • Press Act of 1910
  • Space Management
  • Capacity Planning
  • Library Personnel
  • Library Architecture
  • Centralisation/DeCentralisation
  • Reference Management Softwares
  • Digital Humanities
  • Predatory Publishers/Journals
  • Metrics- Impact Factor/Altmetrics
  • Library Security Management
  • Scholarly Communication
  • Metadata
  • Indexing
  • Abstracting
  • Tourism
    • Library tourism
    • Mapping
      • Public Libraries
      • University Libraries
      • Depository Libraries

 

 

Scholars who want to do research should research at Shodhgangotri at https://shodhgangotri.inflibnet.ac.in/ to know research in progress and Shodhganga at https://shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in/ to know research completed and published. They can also see trends in research in their respective disciplines in open repositories like https://oatd.org/ etc

 

To finalise topic

  • See all LIS topics and identify topic of interest
  • Read journal articles related to topic of interest
  • Read books on topic of interest
  • Discuss with peers/other scholars
  • Connect on various social media groups to know what is current areas of interest to do research
  • See what is current demand in the industry
  • Take advice of industry specialists and experts in the topic
  • Take advice of all faculty
  • See which faculty specialises in which topic – if choice of supervisor possible
  • Finally take advice of supervisor

 

Knowledge of the following most necessary for all research scholars or students wanting to purse further research

  • Current Hot Topics in their discipline
  • Searching and Researching using Library resources-Books/Journals/Databases/Google/Open Resources
  • Repositories/Arxiv/Thesis and Dissertations
  • Structure of Synopsis/Proposal/Thesis/Dissertation/Project/Journal paper
  • Literature Review
  • Data Collection
  • Citation style (APA style for LIS)
  • Reference Management Softwares
  • Predatory Publishers/Journals
  • Research Methods and Methodology
  • Use for various ICT tools/technologies/devices

Mandatory knowledge of

  • Capitalisation
  • Spellings (use autocorrect)
  • Indenting paragraphs

Note: Lack of Copywriting skills, Punctuation, Syntax, Semantics, Grammar knowledge can be overlooked

 

Note: Scholars are more than welcome to get in touch with me if they want to discuss these topics further via email at AchalaMunigalRao@gmail.com.

I am not claiming to be expert on all the topics but can guide in certain topics; for the rest of topics I can suggest/direct student to goto experts in that area.

Please do let me know if I missed any topic. Feedback and suggestions requested at AchalaMunigalRao@gmail.com.

Destroying of Libraries leads to Nation Collapsing!

July 27, 2019

Came across petition https://www.change.org/p/mhrd-nep-given-less-importance-to-libraries-and-library-staff?recruiter=606239939&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=abi_gmail&utm_campaign=address_book&utm_term=psf_combo_share_initial&recruited_by_id=b0402400-8aeb-11e6-8185-a5c6c6d819be

I have signed it!

Requesting all LIS professionals to sign it and forward it to others.

If you want to destroy a nation without war just stop stressing on the importance of libraries and appointing library staff to safeguard the resources for future generations; which in turn impacts the education system and effectively stops development of the nation! The more the libraries flourish…the more the nation flourishes!

Librarians of India have to unite instead of demarcating themselves under various library associations atleast now! Lend your voices to the movement. Get more representation about libraries and contribution of library staff into National Education Policy (NEP) 2019. The more you get into groupism and want to grab limelight for yourselves and your coterie the more the profession will be ignored on the national platform and we will not find representation. Try to unite and work towards professionalism and for the profession.

VOTE FOR ME AS COUNCIL MEMBER-SOUTH ZONE IN ILA ASSOCIATION ELECTIONS 2019 – 2022

February 20, 2019

Hello Dear LIS Professionals (Contesting & Voting),

 

ILA has uploaded final list of Contestants for the ILA Election 2019 – 2022 on 19 Jan 2019 at https://www.ilaindia.net/images/pdf/FINAL-ILA-NOTICE-CONTESTENTS.pdf

 

I don’t know how many noticed this…..that there are no Women Contestants in the top slots of President, Vice President, General Secretary etc….only a couple of women as council members!

 

On questioning, many people opined – that women have not come forward and submitted their nominations!

 

But I know for a fact that a couple women professionals have sent their nominations – but were disqualified on various grounds!

 

Where are the reasons mentioned – on what grounds were they disqualified? NOBODY IS QUESTIONING THIS!

 

Since the date for nominations is already done! I urge you to vote for the right candidate – irrespective of gender or panel they belong to!

 

We want leadership who seeks balance in gender representation…. works for the profession and professionals!

 

If you agree with me – KINDLY VOTE! Don’t let your vote go waste!  PLEASE ENSURE THAT POSTAL BALLOT IS SENT VIA REGISTERED POST – SO THAT THERE IS PROOF – WHICH CAN BE VALIDATED SHOULD OCCASION ARISE!

 

Even my name figures on the list…this time! SO VOTE FOR ME AS COUNCIL MEMBER-SOUTH ZONE!  Please note that I am not part of any panel and standing as independent candidate as I believe that – if I WIN – I will be able to work more effectively and able to question current team too – so effectively work for association members and profession 🙂

 

Why should you vote me – you may ask!  Please read below to be convinced to vote for me.

If I am elected as Council Member – South Zone, I will support ILA Council by working as team member towards development of profession and try to address problems/issues faced by LIS professionals…better transparency in all endeavors and more importantly communicate using website and various social media what contributions were made during said term. Push towards chapters in various states and ensure standardization in policies on various issues. Work towards increasing members from South, improve women representation in LIS associations & updating member database. Monitor social media if given responsibility. I will also be the voice & conscience – if need be.

 

Please find my short bio with clickable links:

I am Dr (Ms) Achala Munigal, Asst. Prof. (LIS)/Asst. Librarian working in UCS, Osmania University (OU) with 20+ years experience. Education qualifications include BLISc, MLISc, MA (Philo.), PhD (LIS) from OU. Got JRF/NET-LIS (1996). Completed UGC-MRP in 2012. Completed MOOC on Copyright from Harvard  CopyX& Coursera; Basics of APA Style etc.; & now preparing Citation Styles MOOC. PhD Supervisor for 5 Scholars. Course-writer for few units for BRAOU. Co-Director for 2 ICSSR-SRC courses. Resource person – College of Air Warfare (CAW), UGC-HRDC (earlier ASC) of OU, JNTU (H), MAANU in Hyd & Gujarat University (GU); ICSSR-SRC; DLISc of OU, KU, BRAOU & GU. Authored 1 & edited 1 international book; written 3 chapters; 5 journal & 11 conference proceedings articles. Best article IASLIC-2016. Mention on Wikipedia – 5 laws variants. Convener for various Seminars/Conferences/Workshops. I am also Life member of various Library Associations like ILA, IASLIC, MANLIBNET, SALIS, BOSLA, APLA, ALSD, TSLA etc.

 

I have written an article “Suggested code of ethics and professional conduct for library and information science professionals in India” at http://nopr.niscair.res.in/bitstream/123456789/44216/1/ALIS%2065%281%29%2070-76.pdf which I hope elected ILA will adopt

 

I had written a post LIS Associations Elections – Demand by Members! at https://achalamunigal.wordpress.com/2018/12/11/2262/ where I suggested that EVERY ASSOCIATION MEMBER DEMAND – THAT ALL CONTESTING CANDIDATES SHOULD PUT IN A AGENDA/MANIFESTO – TO HELP MAKE RIGHT CHOICE TO REPRESENT MEMBER FOR TERM 2019-2022! Many have congratulated me on blogging about this and creating awareness.  Im glad to note that professionals have adopted and shared their manifestos this time.

 

I would also like to thank each and every LIS professional who posted on various social media & chat groups that they have never received ballot till date! And guess what – Many people have posted that they have received ballot this time due to their advocacy! Even I have got ballot today. I will be voting for the first time – since I became a member!

 

SO EVERYONE REMEMBER – CHANGE CAN BE GOT! You only have to stand united and DEMAND!

Hoping that more women come forward next time and send nominations for ILA elections and every other LIS Association election.

 

I request all to read my blog post regarding ILA elections at https://achalamunigal.wordpress.com/ and  give your suggestions and feedback on blog or via email to AchalaMunigalRao@gmail.com

 

Kindly share and re-share my message with like-minded professionals.

 

Best wishes to all the contestants. May the best person WIN and LEAD US!

 

Regards,

Achala Munigal

https://www.linkedin.com/in/DrAchalaMunigal/

 

Open Request Letter to Election Officer, ILA – 2019-2022

February 8, 2019
To
Dr. Sarabjeet Singh Pawar,
Election Officer, ILA – 2019-2022
House No. 461, Phase—6,
Mohali-160055,
Chandigarh
E-mail- pawar6140@gmail.com
Mob: 9876716867
 
Sub: Non receipt of the Ballot papers for ILA election for the term 2019-2022
 
Sir,
 
This is to inform you that I am a Life member and my membership number SL-5415. I have not received the Ballot papers for ILA election for the term 2019-2022. As per your website the dispatch of Ballot papers is from 5 Feb to 11 Feb 2019. Today is already 8th and I have not received.
 
Hoping you will ensure that I get to vote this term. My address is given below to where you are supposed to send my ballot papers.
 
Regards
Dr Achala Munigal
<Address>

All the Best to all contesting candidates for ILA Election 2019 – 2022

January 22, 2019

Hello Dear LIS Professional Friends (Contesting and Voting),

ILA has uploaded final list of Contestants for the ILA Election 2019 – 2022 on 19 Jan 2019

Best wishes to all the contestants. May the best person WIN! Because once the person(s) wins there will be host of expectations from fellow professional members and responsibilities that the “Winning ILA Team” needs to shoulder.

Even my name figures on the list…this time! SO VOTE FOR ME AS COUNCIL MEMBER-SOUTH ZONE!  I am not part of any panel and standing as independent candidate as I believe that – if I WIN – I will be able to work effectively and able to question current team too – so effectively work for association members and profession 🙂

Why should you vote me – you may ask! Please read below to be convinced to vote for me.

If I am elected as Council Member – South Zone, I will support ILA Council by working as team member towards development of profession and try to address problems/issues faced by LIS professionals…better transparency in all endeavors and more importantly communicate using website and various social media what contributions were made during said term. Push towards chapters in various states and ensure standardization in policies on various issues. Work towards increasing members from South, improve women representation in LIS associations & updating member database. Monitor social media if given responsibility. I will also be the voice & conscience – if need be.

Please find my Curriculum-vitae given below as desired in 10 sentences:

I am Dr (Ms) Achala Munigal, Asst. Prof. (LIS)/Asst. Librarian working in UCS, Osmania University (OU) with 20+ years experience. Education qualifications include BLISc, MLISc, MA (Philo.), PhD (LIS) from OU. Got JRF/NET-LIS (1996). Completed UGC-MRP in 2012. Completed MOOC on Copyright from Harvard & Coursera; Basics of APA Style etc.; & now preparing Citation Styles MOOC. PhD Supervisor for 5 Scholars. Course-writer for few units for BRAOU. Co-Director for 2 ICSSR-SRC courses. Resource person – College of Air Warfare (CAW), UGC-HRDC (earlier ASC) of OU, JNTU (H), MAANU in Hyd & Gujarat University (GU); ICSSR-SRC; DLISc of OU, KU, BRAOU & GU. Authored 1 & edited 1 international book; written 3 chapters; 5 journal & 11 conference proceedings articles. Best article IASLIC-2016. Convener for various Seminars/Conferences/Workshops.

In addition to the above – I am also Life member of various Library Associations like ILA, IASLIC, MANLIBNET, SALIS, BOSLA, APLA, ALSD, TSLA etc. I am also on ICSSR-SRC Web Team member 2017, Member Committee on Digitization Section of the ICSSR-SRC 2018, Member Open Access India’s Working Group, South Zone Convenor Open Access India, ADINET Consultant Advisor 2016-, Altmetrics Ambassador 2015-, DOAJ Associate Editor Volunteer 2015–2016, International Librarians Network (ILN) Country Coordinator  2013-2014. I was awarded a Roll of Honour – Contribution Award for making much appreciated ‘above and beyond’ efforts towards sustained process development, business growth and for sharing knowledge and expertise with team members from the Deloitte leadership while at Deloitte. Visited countries including Australia, Kenya, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Tanzania, Singapore, & Bahrain. I am an avid networker and connect with people on various social media.  I am passionate about giving back to the community and volunteer on many LIS related projects.

Please check what happened in ILA elections 2016-2019 on my blog “My Professional Adventures” at https://achalamunigal.wordpress.com/2016/06/15/my-professional-adventures/ Dear Prof K. G. Vaidya who was the then election officer had confirmed via email that he had received my ballot via email and Indian post within stipulated time and then seen on website that – unanimously ILA Team 2016-2019 was elected! Why my application was rejected was never communicated to me or on website! No transparency at all!

So this time around….I blogged my nomination at My Professional Adventures – Part II at https://achalamunigal.wordpress.com/2018/12/26/my-professional-adventures-part-ii/ and sent my nomination papers via email and Indian Post to the current election officer Dr. Sarabjeet Singh Pawar, Election Officer, ILA – 2019-2022.

In my other post “LIS Associations Elections – Demand by Members!” at https://achalamunigal.wordpress.com/2018/12/11/2262/ I have blogged that contesting members do not have an agenda or election manifesto. So on what grounds are candidates contesting??? And on what grounds are the members electing???

A SUGGESTION TO ALL CONTESTING CANDIDATES – TO PUT IN A AGENDA ON WHAT THEY PLAN TO DO IN THE TERM 2019-2022. WE AS MEMBERS WILL READ IT AND THEN VOTE FOR BEST CANDIDATE! “NONE OF THE ABOVE”, or NOTA  OPTION SHOULD ALSO BE PROVIDED IN BALLOT – I THINK! 

It is not going to be like the previous ILA Teams

  1. They either did not contribute
  2. They contributed but on minor not major issues
  3. They contributed on major issues but did not share their contributions!

Any or all of the above reasons led to the dissatisfaction & disillusionment amongst LIS professionals in India! MANY HAVE POSTED ON VARIOUS SOCIAL MEDIA THAT THEY NEVER GOT BALLOT FROM ANY LIS ASSOCIATION TILL DATE!

Problems Plaguing LIS Association Elections – not only ILA but every other LIS Association in India.

  1. Retired professionals are treating LIS Association seats like Emeritus-ship! Once they are retired – they settle down in some association position (irrespective of what it is!). I respect the experience of the retired professionals and strongly believe that they can still contribute as advisors/mentors to current team but not as a incumbent holding a position! So I believe that only working people should contest for all posts.
  2. Most of the previous “unanimous” or otherwise elected LIS Associations are being run as “Fiefdoms”. How many ballots sent vs how many returned – transparency not available! Newer blood is not given a chance; as experienced professionals do not want to let go of their hold as they move from one position to other (After being Vice President for a term – they don’t aspire for higher position to be President; they don’t mind being a Council Member as long as they hold a post!) Why? What are the perks of being in an Association??? Anyone in the know-how – please message me AchalaMunigalRao@gmail.com. 2017-19 ILA  Number of elected members in ILA: Total 35 (Including 1 President, 6 Vice Presidents, 1 General Secretary, 1 Secretary, 6 Council Members, 17 Council Members Open, 3 Institutional Members) and 2017-19 IASLIC  Number of elected members in IASLIC: Total 60  ( Including Office bearers 13, Individual Governing Body Members 21, Individual Governing Body Members 20, Institutional Governing Body Members 6). DO WE REALLY NEED SO MANY TO REPRESENT US???? Scale down please!!! Associated costs would go down!!
    The perks I know of

    • You will be given travel allowance. But are all the members treated equally and given the travel allowance??? I will blog about this later!
    • You will be included as expert or resource person on various boards. Barter system works I hear – that why we see the same person called as resource person on variety of topics (which he/she may not be an expert in!). I have practically seen a resource person carrying the same set of “dated” PPT slides to every session for past few years droning or spewing same bilge!
    • CAN SOMEONE GIVE ME A CONCRETE EXAMPLE OF HOW MANY MAXIMUM YEARS WAS A LIS PROFESSIONAL IN AN ASSOCIATION IN VARIOUS POSITIONS! CURIOUS!
  3. Most of the previous elected LIS Association members were “reticent” and one never got to know their views or opinions on any topic of consequence (Latest one being a non-LIS taking on mantle at INFLIBNET).  LIS professionals who are “Doers” should be identified and trained so that they can taken on the mantel in future if elected. “Talkers” and “Thinkers” are also necessary but not as elected members!
  4. There is no major WOMEN representation in any zone…especially at top positions! Women Professionals need to wake up and take their place….as nobody will give it to you! I think there should be 50% representation rather than the 33%! Women please write to me your interest in participating in LIS association for the next term 🙂 Lets prepare ourselves!
  5. There are no National LIS Association in India which are truly representational! ILA is north based, IASLIC is Kolkatta based and IATLIS is for teaching faculty! Most LIS Associations are having majority of members from NORTH – there are no major representations from EAST, WEST, SOUTH! I suggest to have one National LIS Association and various State Chapters so that everyone will have representation and a voice. Every region has its inherent problems and require someone to represent them on right platform.
  6. LIS Associations do not use Information and Communication Tools, Technologies and Devices. They still use archaic methods of communication. When Social Media, Mobile Technology and Web Technology is available; continue to use Snail mail for reasons best known to them! I suggest that members should be able to edit their information online and be able to make changes and vote online; an option can be provided to those who want to opt in for other means of communication. Example: Newletters are still being printed and posted! Opt in for print or email can be made available instead of mass printing and sending to all! Introduce and maintain social media accounts and regularly monitor it!
  7. Conferences and Awards are the only events done on regular basis! Every LIS Association is conducting Conferences/Seminars/Workshops as if in competition with other LIS Associations in India. Sometimes the topics are rehash of every other topic that has already been conducted! Every LIS Association are awarding best faculty/librarian without giving transparency in selection process! Cronyism is being cited as being rampant in selection process! A Few are being awarded to just keep them quiet I hear and others as a barter system (you award me one now and it will be later on returned on another ocassion)!But important issues are never discussed!

WHAT ARE THE OTHER PROFESSIONAL ISSUES THAT LIS ASSOCIATION IN INDIA CAN HELP RESOLVE?

There are host of issues plaguing LIS professionals- listed few below! Why are they not addressed by any LIS association?

  • Recruitment – current vacancies!
  • Salary anomalies!
  • Designations
  • Courses are not standardised!
  • Are LIS Associations having a ethics and professional conduct policy? Why is it not listed on IFLA? There was an attempt JOCLAI made – but no substantial outcome! Why?
  • Is there a complete list of LIS Departments – Teaching faculty and working professionals in India in State/Central/private/deemed universities under which stream/discipline in one place?
  • Is there a complete list of LIS Associations in India in one place?
  • Is there a complete list of LIS journals published in print and online in India and World in one place? How many are commercial/subscribed or open access or hybrid? Is there a white list or black list (predatory)?
  • There is no directory of LIS professionals – who are working, retired, without jobs etc

This time the existing ILA members and other LIS professionals who are not ILA members of ILA have finally woken up from deep slumber and have become a vocal lot! Which is a positive sign. I urge non-members reading this post to become members of national and state associations immediately and start demanding benefits of being member of the association!

LASTLY – Remember this is not a political election! Kindly respect all professionals (retired, senior and junior) and use civil and professional language while communicating on all media. Everyone has a right to put across their view – India is a democracy! Respect the view and the person even if it differs with yours! Let’s agree to disagree!!

If there is any feedback you can leave it here

Kindly note: These are my opinions and others have freedom to agree and disagree.

Best,

Achala Munigal

AchalaMunigalRao@gmail.com

 

 

My Professional Adventures – Part II

December 26, 2018

Dear All who are following my blog and previous post “My Professional Adventures” at https://achalamunigal.wordpress.com/2016/06/15/my-professional-adventures/

I, Dr (Ms) Achala Munigal with ILA Life membership number SL-5415 submitted nomination papers along with Curriculum vitae of 10 lines as desired; for post of Council Member-South for ILA election for the term 2019-2022.

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Please find my Curriculum-vitae given below as desired in 10 sentences:

I am Dr (Ms) Achala Munigal, Asst. Prof. (LIS)/Asst. Librarian working in UCS, Osmania University (OU) with 20+ years experience. Education qualifications include BLISc, MLISc, MA (Philo.), PhD (LIS) from OU. Got JRF/NET-LIS (1996). Completed UGC-MRP in 2012. Completed MOOC on Copyright from Harvard & Coursera; Basics of APA Style etc.; & now preparing Citation Styles MOOC. PhD Supervisor for 5 Scholars. Course-writer for few units for BRAOU. Co-Director for 2 ICSSR-SRC courses. Resource person – College of Air Warfare (CAW), UGC-HRDC (earlier ASC) of OU, JNTU (H), MAANU in Hyd & Gujarat University (GU); ICSSR-SRC; DLISc of OU, KU, BRAOU & GU. Authored 1 & edited 1 international book; 3 chapters; 5 journal & 11 conference proceedings articles. Best article IASLIC-2016. Convener for various Seminars/Conferences/Workshops. I volunteer on  LIS related projects.

 

In addition to the above – I am also Life member of various Library Associations like ILA, IASLIC, MANLIBNET, SALIS, BOSLA, APLA, ALSD, TSLA etc. I am also on ICSSR-SRC Web Team member 2017, Member Committee on Digitization Section of the ICSSR-SRC 2018, Member Open Access India’s Working Group, South Zone Convenor Open Access India, ADINET Consultant Advisor 2016-, Altmetrics Ambassador 2015-, DOAJ Associate Editor Volunteer 2015–2016, International Librarians Network (ILN) Country Coordinator Dec 2013-2014. I was awarded a Roll of Honour – Contribution Award for making much appreciated ‘above and beyond’ efforts towards sustained process development, business growth and for sharing knowledge and expertise with team members from the Deloitte leadership while at Deloitte. Visited countries including Australia, Kenya, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Tanzania, Singapore, & Bahrain. I am an avid networker and connect with people on various social media.  I am passionate about giving back to the community and volunteer on many LIS related projects.

 

If I am elected as Council Member – South, I will support ILA Council by working as team member towards development of profession and issues faced by professionals. Work towards increasing members from South & updating member database. Monitor social media if given responsibility. I will also be the voice & conscience – if need be.

 

I have sent my nomination form to Dr. Sarabjeet Singh Pawar, Election Officer, ILA – 2019-2022  via email to pawar6140@gmail.com with CC to ila@ilaindia.net on Dec 27, 2018, 2:11 AM.

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I have sent my nomination Dr. Sarabjeet Singh Pawar, Election Officer, ILA – 2019-2022  to address House No. 461, Phase—6, Mohali-160055,Chandigarh as mentioned on their website https://ilaindia.net/images/pdf/election-notification.pdf via India Post on 22 Dec 2018. Proof given below.

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I am hoping the Election Officer Dr. Sarabjeet Singh Pawar for 2019-2022  will respond via email and post that he has received my nomination papers within time and will not repeat the injustice what Prof K. G. Vaidya The Election Officer for 2016-2019 had done! I have recorded my experiences with proof at “My Professional Adventures” at https://achalamunigal.wordpress.com/2016/06/15/my-professional-adventures/

Kindly also read my views “LIS Associations Elections – Demand by Members!”at https://achalamunigal.wordpress.com/2018/12/11/2262/

You can get in touch with me at AchalaMunigalRao@gmail.com


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