DSpace Workshop at SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai

IMG-20150327-WA0035“Punyanagari”, March 27, 2015 (supplement)


Brazilian citation scheme outed



Thomson Reuters suspends journals from its rankings for ‘citation stacking’:

Mauricio Rocha-e-Silva thought that he had spotted an easy way to raise the profiles of Brazilian journals. From 2009, he and several other editors published articles containing hundreds of references to papers in each others’ journals — in order, he says, to elevate the journals’ impact factors…

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Commonwealth Professional Fellowship for Dr. Suresh Jange

Dear Friends,

I am very happy to inform you all that my close friend Dr. Suresh Jange , Deputy Librarian, Virtual Learning Resource Centre & Digital Library, Gulbarga University, Gulbarga, (Karnataka State) has been awarded the prestigious Commonwealth Professional Fellowship-2013.  The duration of the fellowship is for 3 months from 22nd September, 2013 to 22nd December, 2013. He was nominated for this award by  University of East London (UEL), Library and Learning Services, London, UK .

SJDr. Suresh Jange is quite popular among the LIS professionals  in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region and has been a dynamic leader who has contributed immensely  to the Library and Information Science field with his innovative services to the user community and research aptitude.  He is also instrumental in modernizing the library activities in the Gulbarga University Library particularly the Virtual Learning Resource Centre & Digital Library. He has received many national and international awards including IFLA-ALP.  As part of academic activities, he has traveled many countries and presented papers in the international conferences.

Let us join hands to congratulate Dr. Suresh Jange for his achievement.

E-libraries to be set up in Haryana villages

The Haryana government is planning to set up e-libraries in 50 villages of Sirsa district at the cost of Rs. 1 crore.

The e-libraries will be set up under the Backward Regions Grant Fund Scheme of the Haryana government.

While stating this on Monday, a spokesperson of Sirsa district administration said that the work of setting up e-libraries in these villages would soon commence and it would be completed by the end of August.

He said that sub-divisional officer (Ellenabad) Prabhjot Singh has been appointed as nodal officer for the work. He would be in contact with different companies through advertisement and other mediums.

He said that computers will be linked with internet in every e-library so that the readers can read various books and magazines and check encyclopedia.

In villages that are near the Punjab and Haryana border,1,000 books in Hindi, Punjabi and English would be kept in these e-libraries.

The e-libraries that are near Rajasthan border would have Hindi and English books.

Apart from this, audio-video CDs and DVDs would be available in every e-library, he added.

The spokesperson said that digital material related to science, mathematics, geography and other subjects  would also be made available in these e-libraries.

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Report: Library Value in the Developing World

‘Library Value in the Developing World’ reports that developing country librarians are beginning to recognize the importance of appraising their value for research and teaching staff. Librarians noted that whilst they receive positive feedback about the resource collections they provide, there is limited awareness of how librarians can better support research and teaching staff beyond traditional parameters. Outlined in the report are examples of best practice from the case study institutions, along with considerations on how working relations between academic libraries and stakeholders can be enhanced.

The full report can be accessed here.

International Jrnl. of Digital Libraries & Knowledge Management (IJDLKM)

Dear Colleagues,
We would like to invite you to submit manuscripts of your original papers, for possible publication in International Journal of Digital Libraries and Knowledge Management (IJDLKM), which publishes top-level work from all areas related to Digital libraries and knowledge management also covers wide spectrum of allied research areas. All submissions should be made electronically to the Editor-in-chief through: (EIC:
More information on the journal and the publishing process can be obtained at:
The International Journal of Digital Libraries and Knowledge Management (IJDLKM) is an international journal. The Journal is aimed at advancing the theory and practice of acquisition, definition, organization, management, and dissemination of digital information via global networking. It emphasizes issues in digital information production, management, and use; highspeed networks and connectivity; interoperability and seamless integration of information, people, profiles, tasks, and needs; security and privacy of individuals and effective business processes.
Submission: Authors are requested to submit their papers electronically to with mention journal title (IJDLKM ) in subject line.
Author benefits:
The benefits of publishing in International Journal of Digital Libraries and Knowledge Management (IJDLKM), includes:
• Fast publication times: your paper will appear online as soon as it is ready, in advance of print version (review time of paper is 3-4 weeks)
• Excellent editorial standards
• Access free on-line issue of journal for one year
• A rigorous, fast and constructive peer review process
•All abstracts and full text available free on-line to all main universities/institutions worldwide ensures promotion to the widest possible audience.
We shall be glad to receive your technical contributions at your earliest convenience.
Please publicize this journal amongst your colleagues for possible contribution and subscription.
With kind regards,
International Journal of Digital Libraries and Knowledge Management (IJDLKM)

Editorial Board Member
Dr. Vaishali Khaparde,
Dept. of Library and Information Science,
Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University,
Aurangabad, Maharashtra,


Refresher Course at University of Mysore

Dear Colleagues,

Wish you happy and prosperous new year.

I am happy to inform you that the Refresher Course in LIS will be held from 9th January 2013 organised by the UGC-Academic Staff College, University of Mysore, Mysore and the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Mysore, Mysore.  The theme of the RC is “Repositioning Library Services in the Social Networking Environment”.  Those who have already submitted their applications may contact The UGC-Academic College (0821-2419319) during the office hours.  Please note that there has been a overwhelming response for the course.  Interested may hurry-up to confirm their participation soon.

With regards,

N.S. Harinarayana
Department of Library and Information Science
University of Mysore, Manasagangotri
Mysore 570 006
Off. Ph: (0821) 2419393

Procedure and criteria for declaration of UGC NET result to be held on 30 Dec.2012



The Test will consist of three papers. All the three papers will consist of only objective type questions and will be held on 30th December, 2012 (SUNDAY) in two separate sessions as under:




Number of Question


First I 100 60 out of which 50 question to be attempted 1¼ Hours (09.30 A.M. to 10.45 A.M.)
First II 100 50 questions all are compulsory 1¼ Hours (10.45 A.M. to 12.00 NOON)
Second III 150 75 questions all are compulsory 2 ½ Hours (01.30 P.M. to 4.00 P.M.)

Paper-I shall be of general nature, intended to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate. Sixty (60) multiple choice questions of two marks each will be given, out of which the candidate would be required to answer any fifty (50). In the event of the candidate attempting more than fifty questions, the first fifty questions attempted by the candidate would be evaluated.

Paper-II shall consist of 50 objective type compulsory questions based on the subject selected by the candidate. Each question will carry 2 marks.

Paper-III will consist of 75 objective type compulsory questions from the subject selected by the candidate. Each question will carry 2 marks. All questions of Paper-II and Paper-III will be compulsory, covering entire syllabus (including all electives, without options).

The candidate will have to mark the responses for questions of Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper-III on the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) sheet provided along with the Test Booklet.

The detailed instructions for filling up the OMR Sheet will be uploaded on UGC website ( or ) in the last week of November, 2012. It may noted that instructions to candidates will not be sent to the candidate by post.

This will comprise of following steps:
Step I:
Minimum marks to be obtained in NET for considering a candidate for the award of JRF and eligibility for lectureship:

The candidates are required to obtain following minimum marks separately in Paper-I, Paper-II and Paper-III as given below:

CATEGORY Minimum Marks (%) to be obtained
GENERAL 40 (40%) 40 (40%) 75 (50 %)
OBC(Non-creamy layer) 35 (35%) 35 (35%) 67.5 (45 %) rounded off to 68
PWD/SC/ST 35 (35%) 35 (35%) 60 (40 %)

Step II:
Amongst those candidates who have cleared step I, a merit list will be prepared subject-wise and category-wise using the aggregate marks of all the three papers secured by such candidates.

Step III:
Top 15% candidates (for each subject and category), from the merit list mentioned under step II, will be declared NET qualified for eligibility for lectureship only.

Step IV:
A separate merit list for the award of JRF will be prepared from amongst the NET qualified candidates figuring in the merit list prepared under step III.

It may be noted that the above qualifying criteria decided by UGC is final and binding.


For Persons with Disability (Visually Challenged candidates) thirty minutes’ extra time shall be provided separately for paper-I and Paper-II. For paper-III, forty five minutes’ extra time shall be provided. They will also be provided the services of a scribe who would be a graduate in a subject other than that of the candidate. Those Persons with Disability (Physically Challenged) candidates who are not in a position to write in their own hand-writing can also avail these services by making prior request (at least one week before the date of UGC-NET) in writing to the Co-ordinator of the NET Coordinating University. Extra time and facility of scribe would not be provided to other Persons with Disability (Physically Challenged) candidates.


Syllabus of Test: All questions of Paper-II and Paper-III will be compulsory, covering entire syllabus (including all electives, without options). Syllabi for all NET subjects can be downloaded from the UGC Website and are also available in the libraries of all Indian Universities. UGC will not send the syllabus to individual candidates.


In case of any discrepancy found in the English and Hindi versions, the questions in English version shall be taken as final.

Google launches Dead Sea scrolls library

JERUSALEM: Israeli authorities say they have put 5,000 fragments of the ancient Dead Sea scrolls online in a partnership with Google.

The digital library launched on Tuesday, with important texts like the Book of Deuteronomy, which includes the Ten Commandments, and a portion of the first chapter of the Book of Genesis, dated to the first century BC.
It is part of a broader attempt by the custodians of the celebrated manuscripts – who were once criticized for allowing them to be monopolized by small circles of scholars – to make them broadly available.
Shuka Dorman, director of the Israel Antiquities Authority says: “Now, everyone can touch the stroll on-screen around the globe,” says
Last year, Google also partnered with the Israel Museum to put five scrolls online.
Source | Times of India | 19 December 2012