Should those advocating Open Access (OA) publish ONLY in OA? #ethicaldilemma
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.
- Books are for use.
- Every reader his / her book.
- Every book its reader.
- Save the time of the reader.
- The library is a growing organism.
Based on this Five laws various variants were proposed!
- Libraries serve humanity.
- Respect all forms by which knowledge is communicated.
- Use technology intelligently to enhance service.
- Protect free access to knowledge.
- Honor the past and create the future.
In 2004 Alireza Noruzi in his paper “Application of Ranganathan’s Laws to the Web”
- Web resources are for use.
- Every user has his or her web resource.
- Every web resource its user.
- Save the time of the user.
- The Web is a growing organism
In 2008 Carol Simpson in her website posted
- Media are for use.
- Every patron his information.
- Every medium its user.
- Save the time of the patron.
- The library is a growing organism
In 2015 B Shadrach
- Knowledge is for use in ‘all’ forms
- Every citizen has the right to access ‘all’ knowledge
- Every piece of knowledge is for access by ‘all’ without discrimination of any kind
- Save the time of the ‘all’ knowledge seekers
- A library is one that evolves with time to achieve all of the above laws
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 www.facebook.com/Dr.Achala.Munigal/
- 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
- Directory of library professionals in Karnataka is published by Dr. Shivanna, R. Rtd. Dy. Librarian (Bangalore University). (Source: Thimmappa Neerkaje)
- Directory of Library and Information Science Teachers in India in print
- Directory at Librarydotcom
- IndiaLibraries Directory of Library & Information Science (LIS) Resource Persons
- IndiaLibraries Facebook group
- Inflibnet Vidwan Expert Database
- Resource Persons / Experts in Library and Information Science
Suggesting for prepare a Directory of
- LIS Departments in India
- LIS staff at all levels in India
- 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
- National Library
- Depository Library
- Public Library – Statewise
- District Library
- Central University
- LIS Department
- State University
- LIS Deparments
- Private Organisations
- LIS Departments – mostly Certificate and Diploma
- Special Libraries
- Government Organisation Libraries
- Military/Air/Naval/Police etc
- Reserach and Training Libraries
- Private Libraries
- Corporate Libraries
Directory of Library and Information Science Professionals by Dr Achala Munigal is licensed under aCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
- A Tough Lesson to Learn http://lj.libraryjournal.com/blogs/annoyedlibrarian/2016/05/19/a-tough-lesson-to-learn/
- Being a librarian now means also being at least a part-time social worker https://timeline.com/being-a-librarian-now-means-also-being-at-least-a-part-time-social-worker-f56c0c87da96#.51mer5te5
- Do you know your self-worth? at https://indialibraries.wordpress.com/2016/06/09/do-you-know-your-self-worth/
- Exploitation of Library Professionals in India https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/exploitation-library-professionals-india-harsh-mehan?trk=hp-feed-article-title-publish
- In Age of Google, Librarians Get Shelved http://www.wsj.com/articles/in-age-of-google-librarians-get-shelved-1452461659
- In the Age of Google, Law Librarians Manage Your Time, People, and Money http://www.geeklawblog.com/2016/01/in-age-of-google-law-librarians-manage.html
- Librarians are Doomed Again http://lj.libraryjournal.com/blogs/annoyedlibrarian/2016/01/14/librarians-are-doomed-again/
- Library Associations Need to Do Better By the Members https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/library-associations-need-do-better-members-kimberley-wilson?trk=hp-feed-article-title-comment
- My Professional Adventures https://achalamunigal.wordpress.com/2016/06/15/my-professional-adventures/
- The seven deadly sins of librarianship http://www.slideshare.net/jwebbery/the-seven-deadly-sins-of-librarianship-63552215?qid=67ad1d71-0608-420d-989c-a0abc435a2dd&v=&b=&from_search=1
- What can I do? https://indialibraries.wordpress.com/…/31/what-can-i-do/
- What type of Library Professional are you? https://indialibraries.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/what-type-of-library-professional-are-you/
- Young Learners Need Librarians Not Just Google http://www.forbes.com/2010/03/22/moran-librarian-skills-intelligent-investing-google.html
Interesting Articles on Library and Information Science by Dr Achala Munigal is licensed under aCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
A librarian friend was recruiting library staff for her library. She requested me to forward couple of ‘bright’ freshly minted LIS graduates. Since I am so active on various social media I have both recruiters and students approach me. I asked her what she required. Her criteria was simple:
- Well Dressed
- Communication Skills
- Soft Skills
- Social Media savvy but not addicted to smartphones
- Common Sense – given priority – over gold medals
I asked her if she needed trained LIS graduates working as ‘Trainees’ or ‘Apprentices’. She said it was not necessary as her company would be training these new recruits in their company ‘culture’. They infact preferred untrained hands as it was easier to teach them rather having trained people unlearning what they had already imbibed in previous environment!
Students please note what the companies are looking out for.
That 90% marks is not a prefferred ‘mandatory’ quality as it can be got by ‘learning by rote or mugging’ or copying! Very few students actually understand the concept and get the 90% and these individuals are always placed in lucrative jobs. But the rest who are ‘average’ have a problem in placements as they are huge in number and get ‘average’ placements.
So what is the ‘X’ factor that will land you a ‘coveted’ job?
Note the above factors mentioned in addition to constantly reading, searching and researching as well as updating oneself – on and with – the various tools and technologies available that can be implemented in personal and professional sphere.
Firstly populate your social profiles like LinkedIn, Facebook and Academia.edu. LinkedIn as its an online CV that is seen by most recruiters who may get in touch with you offering you a job seeing your skill set.
Do not overshare or undershare information. Do not opinionate on any particular issue – be it possitive or negative. Try to share ‘mostly’ subject related information interspersed with personal photos and hobbies. These profiles are checked by ‘most’ recruiters now-a-days. If you constantly post selfies and second to second iternarary of what you are eating and where you have been – it is taken as self obsession and considered negative as recruiters would assume you would do the same on the job wasting companies valuable time. If you do not post regularly then it is taken as you are anti-social.So moderation is the key!
So next time when you attend and interview for a job, please keep this in mind.
You are ofcourse shortlisted due to the CV you had submitted. So ensure to give a updated CV/Resume/Bio. Always carry extra set of CV. It has been observed that ‘most’ people inflate and exagerate in the resume about their skills. So interviewer sets up an interview to see if you display the skill set you mentioned on paper.
Emphasis is given to dressing well as it is the first thing someone notices when they see you by then they do not have access to your marksheet for confirmation. An article on Forbes says “Did you know it takes only three to five seconds for someone to form a first impression? ” (Source: 5 Tips To Create A Positive First Impression ) . If you dress well and make a good first impression then half your battle is won! Follow Formal dress code. In Indian context it includes Saree or Kurta Pyjama for women and Shirt and Trousers for Men. It is frowned upon in most ‘Indian’ institutions to wear skirt although trousers is acceptable for women. Tie and suit is looked on favourably on men. Dont wear informal dresses or footwear or heavy jewellery. Professional attire without heavily accesorising. Well groomed appearence is a must for all.
But there are thousand others who have smiliar CV, marks and are also well dressed into bargain.
What is that sets you apart from the competition?
When you enter the room where you are asked to sit till your turn comes.
Always remember – CCTVs are available in most offices and your entry and behaviour with fellow interviewees may be monitored to check candidates for leadership qualities or team working spirit. Display all your soft skills. Dont be too forceful or opinionated at the same time dont be mousy or hedge. Dont blend into the furniture. Most importantly dont stare at your smartphone or chat away giving secret smiles or play games! Try to have a confident demenour, interact with everyone, try to draw everyone into conversation, and dont take the spotlight all the time or talk about controversial issues like caste, politics, sex or religion.
Be ready before your turn comes. Switch off your mobile or put it in silent mode.
When your turn comes. Softly knock and wait for interviewer/interviewing panel to welcome you inside. If they do not invite you in….quietly go in.
Wish them as a group with a smile. Dont grin. If you know someone in the room use your perception and body language of that person in question if it is beneficial to acknowledge them…. as it can go both ways. Better still, wait for them to make the first move.
Wait for one of the interviewers to invite you to take your chair. If they dont, do not keep standing. After a second -say ‘May I’ and take a chair in the middle.
Do not thrust your CV or certificate in their face. Wait till you are asked and provide relevant document. Do not bunch all documents together and hand over to them.
Next criteria is communication. If you can talk as well as you dress, then you can chalk another mark towards landing the job!
Do not mumble or speak in a very loud voice. Both are off-putting! Speak in a modulated strong voice.
Dont give mono syllable answers or meander into a lengthy description! Be precise and answer to the point!
Dont lie. If you dont know something accept it. You can always tell that you will check it up later.
Check acceptable body language on youtube and practice it. Dont twist or wring hands nor shift in chair as it displays nervousness.
Things to prepare in advance to be able to answer to the interviewer questions
- Check their website indepth and monitor their social media posts
- Check the library webpage and orient with collection and various services already being provided and library management software implemented.
- Be well informed about current events – local, National and International. Read newspaper; watch news on TV update via news apps on mobile
- Know all journals that are relevant to the institution. Example its Engineering /Medical College or Defence institution – then arm yourself with related ‘popular’ journal titles.
- Become a member in various LIS Associaton of Local/National/International repute. Know latest developments in your feild. Know the list of LIS journals available. Incase there is a librarian/faculty on the panel.
Questions you may want to ask
- Is there a written agreement?
- Most important – find out the notice period! If notice period can be paid back?
- Will they keep your certificates with them?
- Can you get time to join as you have to serve notice period in the earlier job?
- What is the salary? Dont accept a job with very low salary that is not cominsurate with your qualifications and experience
- How many deductions?
- What are the additional perks?
- Is there accomodation?
- Is tea/lunch included?
- Is there a transport?
- What are the timings? Is there a shift system? Dont agree to extend timings of library without understanding implications…request time to study situation before making a commitment!
- What is the reporting structure?
- Who is the head?
- How many Library staff are there?
- How many are working in same position?
- How many support staff are available in library?
- What is the leave scenario? How many casual and medical leaves?
- Location of job?
- Budget of library?
- Ask by when they would get back to you?
Note: Do not ask all the questions in stacco mode shooting one off after another! Ask these questions depending on how the interview is progressing. ‘Most’ of these questions may not be relevant for government job.
Preffered LIS related skills and knowledge on various tools
- Library Management Software
- Reference Management Software
- Social Media Monitoring Skills
- Knowledge of Apps
- Institutional Repository
- Open Resources
- IPR & Copyright
Remember that nobody will ask you
- Practically write a catalogue card
- Give a number to a specific book orally without DDC. (Ofcourse a broad number may be asked)
Mostly questions asked are
- Tell us about yourself. Dont tell your life history. In few short sentences sum up your qualifications, work experiences and various notable contributions that are relevant to job at hand.
- 5 laws of library science? Its relevance in current scenario.
- What is difference between Online Library, Virtual Library, Digital Library? Or are they synonomous?
- What is WWW and Web and Internet? What is the similarity or difference?
- How will you increase footfalls in library? How will you increase reading habit?
- What library management softwares you are aware of? Talk about Open Access Library Management Softwares. Management loves it if you can save them money!
- Can you digitise the library? What hardware or software are used?
- How many books lost is acceptable in a library by its administration? Give ratio.
- What library services can you extend? Give a couple of innovative ideas.
- How can you generate money in a library?
- Which social tools can you implement in library?
- Why did you leave your previous job? Dont badmouth your previous employer however justified you feel.
Once the interview is done. Thank all the members on the panel and take leave closing the door quietly behind without banging it.
If you do not get a call. You can always call them up to check status. But dont hound them for information or seem desperate.
Incase they connect with you for second round with the HR. Always remember to bargain for the best possible salary keeping your personal situation in mind but do not demean the profession by accepting a low salary for the fear the job may go to someone else. If you take a low salary it will impact not only you but LIS professionals everywhere – even those who are yet to enter the profession. Let us all unite and take a oath that we will fight for competitive salaries and designations that fit our qualifications and experience.
For Jobs Check out following links
- IndiaLibraries https://www.facebook.com/groups/LISJobScholarshipTrainingAdmission/
- Indian Librarian https://theindianlibrarian.blogspot.in/p/lis-jobs.html
- LIS Portal http://lisportal.com/
- Library Soup http://library-soup.blogspot.com/
- LIS Links http://www.lislinks.com
For checking out sample resumes https://www.facebook.com/groups/CurriculumVitae.CV.Resume.BioOfLISProfessionals/
Please Note: The links listed here are culled out for information only and are not endorsement.
All the best to all those who are attending interview. Hoping this post will be helpful to you. You can connect with me at AchalaMunigalRao@gmail.com
Criteria Recruiters look for in LIS graduates! by Dr Achala Munigal is licensed under aCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
A friend and me got chatting and the topic turned around the syllabus of Library and Information Science Discipline. She was mentioning that the syllabus was outdated and that LIS departments are not equipping students with what is actually required on the job. She was lamenting about abundant LIS graduates with no proper employbility skill set. She was derisive of LIS faculty STILL teaching Cataloging, Sears Subject Heading, Univeral Decimal Classification (UDC), Colon Classification (CC) etc as most of the libraries are following Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC).
For the uninitiated, Colon Classification (CC) published in 1933 is the first faceted or analytico-synthetic library classification developed by Padmashri S R Ranganathan, who is known as Father of Library Science in India. The name CC comes from use of colon (:) to separate the facets Personality, Matter, Energy, Space, Time (PMEST).
Colon Classification was designed from 1924 to 1928 and was first published in 1933 by the Madras Library Association. 6th edition was the last one to be published when Ranganathan was alive. Ranganathan published a preview of the proposed 7th edition in 1969 but sadly passed away in 1972 before 7th edition was published. The work of revision of scheme was undertaken by Ranganathans associates under Sarada Ranganathan Endowment for Library Science (SRELS) and revised 7th edition was brought out in 1987 but unfortunately its not a complete edition and has no index! Colon Classification is published by SRELS, Ess Ess Publications, Concept Publishing Co providing text online, 6th Edition of Colon Classification Full Text on KrishiKosh
If interested one can check out an example of CC at L’International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO) website.
I for one immediately protested on hearing the suggestion for blanket ban on above listed topics. I responded that I was sure faculty is doing a tremendous job in difficult situation surrounding them with indifferent administration; unsupportive UGC/government policies; lackadaisical students and nonchalant working professionals blaming them. Although, I agreed with her partially and told her as much. I always feel that all the above subjects overview should be provided, so that students know history and various classification systems and that in-depth practicals. Practical exams were not ‘practical’ (pun intended) as where would they apply she asked?
I support teaching CC for following reasons
- Because an Indian had introduced it to the world and we as librarians from India should be proud of it! We should ensure that CC is not lost in obscurity in sands of time!
- Jobs are available (National and International libraries following CC)
- Another reason provided by Dr I R N Goudar is its application in the Internet era!
On hearing this she demanded to know where CC was implemented and how many jobs were available.
I knew only a couple of libraries that implemented CC as S R Ranganathan had worked in these places – initially as University Librarian at Madras University (1924-1944) followed by Banaras Hindu University where he worked as librarian and professor of Library Science (1945–47) and later again as Professor of Library Science in University of Delhi (1947–55) so had implemented CC in all those libraries.
I Googled to find if there is any list of libraries implementing CC was available online but unfortunately did not come across one! We as library professionals are taught to document our information and make it available. We always do it in work sphere but have never applied it in the Library Science field by listing various aspects of it and making it available online for reference and posterity.
So I posted on IndiaLibraries WhatsApp group and the members responded immediately and listed out the following Libraries in India which follow the CC. Once this blog was posted came across numerous other suggestions which I have incorporated into the compiled list.
The following Libraries are still using CC:
- Banaras Hindu University Library, Varanasi (Source: Dr Lata Suresh, Director – Knowledge Resource Centre, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, Gurgaon)
- CFTRI Library, Mysore (Source: Dr I R N Goudar)
- Deccan College, Library, Pune (Source: Dr Achala Munigal)
- Delhi University Library, Delhi (Source: Mr Anoop Bisht)
- Gujarat Vidhyapeet Library, Ahmedabad (Source: Mrs Geeta Gadhavi, HoD DLIS Gujarat University, Gujarat)
- Karnataka University Library, Dharwad (Source: Dr B Ramesha, Professor, DLISc Bangalore University, Bangalore)
- Madras University Library, Chennai (Source: Dr Krishnaswamy)
- National Aeronautical Library, Bangalore (Source: Mr Ashok Babu, Former Librarian ASL, DRDO)
- Podar College Library, Dadar (Source: Dr Jyoti Bhabal)
- Punjab University Library, Patiala (Source: Dr Prabhjot Sandhu)
- Ruia College Library, Mumbai (Source: Mr Himanshu Aggarwal)
- S P Pune Univesity Library, Pune (Source: Ms Durga)
- Sanskrit University Library, Jaipur (Source: Mr Umesh Sharma)
- Savitribai Pule University Library (Source: Mr Satish Naikar)
- State Central Library, Thiruvananthapuram (Source: Mr Thushanth T. L. Librarian Gr 2 State Central Library, Kerala)
- University of Kerala Library, Thiruvananthapuram (Source: Mr Thushanth T. L. Librarian Gr 2 State Central Library, Kerala)
The following Libraries followed CC but moving to other classification Systems!
- Connemara Public Library, Chennai moving to DDC (Mr Ashok Babu, Former Librarian ASL, DRDO)
The following Libraries Worldwide using CC
- Museo Friulano di Scienze Naturali, Italy catalogued by Carlo Bianchini (Source: Claudio Gnoli, Librarian Science and Technology Library, University of Pavia, Italy)
Following Department(s) of Library Science in India – Stopped Teaching CC
- DLIS, Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth (Source: Dr Priyamwada Shouche-Joshi, Joshi-Bedekar College, Thane(W))
- DLIS, University of Pune (Source: Dr Priyamwada Shouche-Joshi, Joshi-Bedekar College, Thane(W))
- DLIS, Osmania University (Source: Dr Achala Munigal)
Following Department(s) of Library Science in India – Still Teaching CC Theory Only
- DLIS, University of Mysore, Mysore (Source: Dr Shalini Urs)
Following Department(s) of Library Science in India – Still Teaching CC Theory & Practicals
- DLIS, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur (Source: Dr Achala Munigal)
List of dedicated knowledgeable and skilled professionals or expert panel who can advice on CC: Name with Email id.
For those of you interested in knowing more about CC
- Devika P. Madalli and A.R.D. Prasad: Vyasa: a knowledge representation system for automatic management of analytico-synthetic system. (Website not working)
- Khanna, J.K. Colon Classification. New Delhi, India: Ess Ess Publications, 1986.
- Kumar, P.S.G. Introduction to Colon Classification, Edition 7. Nagpur, India: Dattsons, 1987.
- Parkhi, R.S. Decimal Classification and Colon Classification in Perspective. New York: Asia Publishing House, 1964.
- Raju, A.A.N. Decimal Universal Decimal & Colon Classification. Delhi, India: Ajanta Publications, 1984.
- Ranganathan, S.R. Colon Classification. Madras, India: Madras Library Association, 1933.
- Taylor, Arlene G. Wynar’s Introduction to Cataloging and Classification. 9th ed. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2000.
Note: Request you all to email me at AchalaMunigalRao@gmail.com
- contribute an entry to this listing.
- bring any discrepancy to my notice
Libraries in India following Colon Classification by Dr Achala Munigal is licensed under aCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Dr Achala Munigal
Asst. Prof. (LIS)/Asst. Librarian
NERTU, Osmania University, Hyderabad, Telangana State
Academics and Researchers should have presence on various social media to develop an online presence which is very necessary now-a-days. Just writing papers and publishing is not enough. Online presence on various social media is ‘almost’ mandatory.
- Quantity and Quality of Publications
- Keynote Address and Invited papers
- Publishing Peer Reviewed Papers in National/International Journals
- Paper Presentation in National/International Conferences
- Abstracts in National/International Conference Proceedings
- Accepted but Unpublished Conference Papers in National and International Conferences
- Articles in various print and electronic media National and International
- Lectures at various platforms for external audience National and International
- Included in Syllabus National and International
- Institutional Repositories: Preprint and Post Print
- Cited in Research Reports, White papers, Policy Documents etc
- Impact Factor
- Traditional:A to Z Impact Factors http://files.figshare.com/1067961/56_impacts_preprint_5_26_13.pdf
- Altmetrics: Seen, Acknowledged, Mentioned, Praised/Trashed, Positive/Negative Comments, Recomended, Forwarded, Downloaded on various Social Media
Various Social Tools that can be used
- Social Tool: Facebook
- Professional Tool: LinkedIn
- Academic, Research, Collaborative Tool
- Google Scholar
- Research ID
- Impact Measurement Tool: Klout
- Collaboration Sites: Mendeley
- Resource Sharing Tools:
- Blogging: WordPress
- Microblog: Twitter
- Image: Flickr
- Video: YouTube
- Sound: SoundCoud
- Presentation: Slideshare
- Multimedia Presentation: Prezi (14 days free)
- Book Marking: Delicious
- Website: About.com
- Share and re-share links
- Link to various directories
- Have patience – building followers takes time
Which Social Media Should an Academic populate to develop an online presence as a researcher? by Dr Achala Munigal is licensed under aCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
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While writing an article on Library and Information Science Journals published in India I was faced with terminology problem for defining periodicity/frequency of issues. Tried Googling but did not get clarity…Infact ended up getting more confused.
Bi-weekly and Semi-weekly is the same – periodicity being twice a week as per Google featured snippets. Biweekly means once every two weeks or twice a week! How is once every two weeks (1 issue in 15days) and twice a week is (2 issues in 7days) same?
So requested a couple of senior LIS professionals (Dr A L Moorthy & Dr P Divakar) who kindly explained and made it clear! Sharing the same with followers of my blog!
The ‘frequency of publication’ varies from country to country, perhaps depending on British English or American English.
Commonwealth Countries (like Australia, New Zealand, India) generally follow the British English. In India bi-weekly means twice a week but in North America bi-weekly is once in 2 weeks. (Example: Indian Railway Time table, a bi-weekly train runs two times in a week)
It is observed that America dominates the scholarly environment, hence American conventions and definitions on terms like periodicity/frequency will be followed as is given below:
|1.||d||Daily||once per day||365/12|
|2.||i||——–||three times per week||156/12|
|3.||c||Semi-Weekly||two times per week (‘half of a week’)||104/12|
|4.||w||Weekly||once per week||52/12|
|5.||j||——–||three times per month||36/12
|6.||e||Bi-Weekly||every two weeks||26/12
|7.||s||Semi-Monthly = Fortnight||two times per month (‘half of a month’)||24/12|
|8.||m||Monthly||once per month||12/12|
|9.||b||Bi-Monthly||every two months||6/12|
|10.||q||Quarterly||four times per year||4/12|
|11.||t||——–||three times per year||3/12|
|12.||f||Semi-Annual = Bi-Annual||two times per year (‘half of a year’)||2/12|
|13.||a||Annual||once per year||1/12|
|14.||g||Biennial||every two years||1/24|
|15.||h||Triennial||every three years||1/36|
|16.||z||——–||KNOWN: other frequencies (quadrennial – every four years, quinquennial – every five years, etc.)||1/48, 1/60 etc|
|17.||k||Irregular||known to be so (no determinable frequency)|
|18.||u||——–||UNKNOWN other frequencies|
Request all LIS professionals to read it and get in touch with me at AchalaMunigalRao@gmail.com if there is any discrepency found.
- Dr P Divakar Former Librarian, CCMB, Hyd
- Dr A L Moorthy, Former Director-DESIDOC & Chief Consultant (Inf Sci), BrahMos Aerospace, Hyd
Terminology Alert: Periodicity/Frequency of Issues in Journals by Dr Achala Munigal is licensed under aCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
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Read the article “Library Associations Need to Do Better By the Members” by Kimberley Wilson at https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/library-associations-need-do-better-members-kimberley-wilson?trk=hp-feed-article-title-comment where she says “I think it’s time we as a profession use the power of the membership dues check and demand that the people who are supposed to be serving us start producing material that will actually help us”
Since I have already paid “Lifetime Memberships” in following library associations…What else can I do ………as I don’t have the power of “Membership Due” at my disposal!
- Indian Library Association, India (ILA) SL-5415
- Academy of Library Science and Documentation, Hyderabad, India (ALSD)
- Andhra Pradesh Library Association (APLA) 1354
- Indian Association of Special Libraries and Information Centres (IASLIC) 3757-L[Z1]
- Bombay Science Librarians Association (BOSLA)
- Management Libraries Network (MANLIBNET) MLN\L\372
- Society for Advancement of Library and Information Science (SALIS) http://autolib-india.net/salis/members.php
- Telangana Library Association (TSLA) LM13
I remembered an adventure I had undertaken after reading the above post which I would like to share….
I wanted to be the change I sought.
I thought that getting elected on one of the national bodies will give me a voice that can be used effectively to give representation to underrepresented south india LIS professionals, Women LIS professionals on a national platform. I am passionate about my profession and wanted to contribute. Surprisingly, ‘everyone’ dissuaded me and told me that “MOST” Library Association elections are rigged. It is already prior decided by few “Movers and Shakers” of the profession and elections are an ‘eye wash’. But I wanted to check out for myself instead of depending on others opinions and experiences. So I requested my teacher Prof. S Sudarshan Rao (Retd) DLIS, OU and the then Vice President South of ILA who was encouraged and nominated me and Prof V VishwaMohan current HoD DLIS, OU who was also my guide for PhD to second the proposal for nominating me as council member. I filed my papers via email to Prof K. G. Vaidya The Election Officer, ILA 2016-2019 KGVaidya1932@gmail.com at Fri, Dec 4, 2015 at 1:44 PM as given below and mailed my papers by speedpost by India Goverment postal system as the last date for submission was 15th December 2015. As all of you may have noted there was still ample time.
Please check the dates of various emails sent between me on 8 Dec 2015 and Prof Vaidya confirming receipt of hard copy of nomination received from him on 15 Dec 2015!
When I checked the website http://www.ilaindia.net/2015_Election/Valid%20Nominations_ila_election_2016-2019.pdf found Announcement of Final Valid Nominations – 31 December 2015!! Which I assume, if the final election result also…..My name was not included….
So I emailed Prof Vaidya who is election officer.
I also made a follow up call, he informed that my nomination form came in late hence was rejected! When I forwarded his (Prof Vaidya) confirmation email back to him – there was no response. During our conversation he adviced me to wait for couple of days and then connect with the Prof Shokeen as earlier President and Prof Husain as Current President for more details. But I thought that waiting couple of days would ‘dilute’ the issue so immediately written an email (noting their emails from their official website) – screen shot given below ….but no response from either Prof Shokeen or Prof Husain.
I want to point out that this is not a case of “sour grapes”! I wish all the best to the current ILA members.
And why am I raising my voice at such a late date?
Earlier I did not want to “cause any unnecessary ripples” by whistleblowing …..but of late realised that “ripples” are most necessary to bring about change! Because I think that “every drop makes an ocean”. Every protest made – will ignite a thought and encourage discussion and bring about change! Change I seek – Change you seek – Change we all seek!! I think that there may have been others like me, whose nominations were rejected on ‘filmsy’ causes and the rest of the members were ‘displayed’ as ‘elected unopposed”! Hoping that this post will generate lot of discussion on the transparency of various library associations, their elections, how they work, and their contributions to the profession!
Questions raised by me
“How transparent was the election 2016-2019 of Indian Library Association?” Can they give us statistics as to how many members voted and what was the voting process? I understand that my nomination to stand ‘may’ have been rejected! But why did I not get a letter stating the ‘reason’ for rejection? Can ILA provide me a copy if they did indeed send the letter on grounds I was rejected from their records? Also curious to know if “rejected nominees” don’t get to vote? How come I as a member did not get to vote? There was no email or post stating the process to members! How many members of ILA are there in Hyderabad, Telangana State? Almost all the people I know in Hyderabad, mentioned that they did not vote! So who voted?
Waiting for the Past President/Current President or any of the ‘unanimously’ elected council members to respond!
LIS professionals following my blog may wonder if I would like to contest again…Im like sure “Why not”? But after writing this blog, I am sure that what remaining ‘chance’ I had in contesting in ILA or any other library associations are put to ‘permanent rest’! As I am sure none of the LIS association would want such a vocal person who is able to speak her mind on board and question their mode of working!
But I am a positive person and still hoping to contribute to the profession in a meaningful way …so still exploring various available avenues ! Check out my facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Dr.Achala.Munigal/ where I post all the lectures I have taken as resource person till date. I tweet to 374 followers on twitter at https://twitter.com/DrAchalaMunigal and 1024 followers on IBLibraries at https://twitter.com/IBLibraries. Do check out my LinkedIn profile at http://in.linkedin.com/in/DrAchalaMunigal and feel free to connect with me on it. I have recently completed CopyrightX online course from Harvard https://www2.harvardx.harvard.edu/certificates/copyrightx16spring/7b7f989afe/certificate.pdf. I have also done Copyright for Educators & Librarians https://www.coursera.org/account/accomplishments/verify/HL8AUQ2N82TU and Copyright for Multimedia https://www.coursera.org/account/accomplishments/certificate/LCDPDDDFSHST
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