Gulbarga University VC appreciated Dr. Suresh Jange

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Prof E. T. Puattaiah, Vice Chancellor, Gulbarga University and Dr. R. B. Gaddagimath, University Librarian, Gulbarga University appreciating Dr. Suresh Jange on his selection of Commonwealth Professional Fellowship, UK on 21st August, 2013.


Librarian gets fellowship



Special Correspondent: The Hindu, August 21, 2013

Suresh Jange, Deputy Librarian, Virtual Learning Resource Centre and Digital Library, Gulbarga University, has been awarded Commonwealth Professional Fellowship-2013.

Dr. Jange is the first library professional in a State university to get the prestigious fellowship….more

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.

3 days national workshop on “Open Source Software: A Tool to Manage Research Outputs

3 days national workshop on “Open Source Software: A Tool to Manage Research Outputs” on 23-25 September 2013 to be held at Birla Institute of Technology – Mesra, Ranchi, Jharkhand.

Registration, food, accommodation will be free during the workshop period only but TA/DA will not be provided.
This workshop will create awareness among the participants on availability of various open source software to build their own digital library to archive/mange their research output. The program will also focus to develop competitive skills and techniques for social scientist/ scholars/librarians to design and develop their personal digital library.

The workshop is limited to 30 participants, so we will accept the application on first cum first basis, along with the professional background.  The last date to receive the filled registration form is 1st September 2013.

for more details you can contact:

Dr (Mrs) NutanJohry,,  Ph. 011-23073438
Workshop Director 0651-2276675
Mr. Debojyoti Nath, 09470162180,
Mr. Amitabh Kumar Manglam, 09470943275, amitabh.manglam@

RDM Workshop: Module3-Data Management Plan (DMP)

I attended the third Research Data Management (RDM) workshop Module3 on Data Management Plan today. In the second workshop module2 we were asked to evaluate some of the RDM projects of some UK universities. I got Leeds University to evaluate their RDM project which I discussed in the workshop.  There was a presentation on How to Develop a Data Management and Sharing Plan by Sarah Jones from Digital Curation Centre (DCC).  She explained in her presentation the benefits of having a plan for the effective data management.  Several research funders ask for data plans as part of grant proposals.  We were asked to study following each one of the six core themes of the DCC Checklist for a Data Management Plan and give our opinion.

  1. Data Types, Formats, Standards, and Capture Methods
  2. Ethics and Intellectual Property
  3. Access, Data Sharing and Reuse
  4. Short-Term Storage and Data Management
  5. Deposit and Long-Term Preservation
  6. Resourcing

We also discussed two case studies of Data Management Plan of University of Bristol and Arts & Humanities Research Council.

In the afternoon myself and my fellow colleague Henry  had a separate session with Sarah Jones and Stephen Grace and discussed about how RDM project can be initiated at our respective institute for the benefits of the students and faculty.


CILIP Evening Lecture Series on Records Research in the Digital Age

I attended a talk on 19th March, 2013 on “Reminder to book for our March event- Swimming in Data: Records Research in the Digital Age”, by Caroline Kimbell, Head of Licensing at The National Archives in Kew. CILIP had arranged this talk under its Evening Lecture Series at The Square, 26 Tolmers Square, London.

Ms. Caroline spoke on how a decade of mass-scale digitisation of primary sources from Kew are changing the way history is studied.  Over the last 10 years, the digitisation of large collections of historical material has opened up a new way of seeing the past. Since the first international collaborative project on cities in World War One, the tools and resources now available to historians have led to increasingly scientific approaches to the study of history. When masses of information, far more than could be read, digested and interpreted by one human scholar, are visible in digital form, patterns and trends appear on a macro-scale.

Taking examples from projects using National Archives resources, this talk argued that the invention of digital analysis has done for historic research what the invention of the telescope did for astronomy – adding a fascinating new dimension to the appreciation of the past.

My special thanks to Anna Jablkowska, Honourary Treasurer, CILIP for informing me about this event and sending me the online link to register for the event.

John Rylands Library of University of Manchester

We visited John Rylands Library of University of Manchester on 13th March, 2013 while returning to London. The John Rylands Library is a late-Victorian neo-Gothic building on Deansgate in Manchester, England. The library, which opened to the public in 1900, was founded by Enriqueta Augustina Rylands in memory of her husband, John Rylands. The John Rylands Library and the library of the University of Manchester merged in July 1972 into the John Rylands University Library of Manchester. Special collections built up by both libraries were progressively concentrated in the Deansgate building.

The special collections, believed to be among the largest in the United Kingdom, include medieval illuminated manuscripts and examples of early European printing, including a Gutenberg Bible, the second largest collection of printing by William Caxton, and the most extensive collection of the editions of the Aldine Press of Venice. The Rylands Library Papyrus P52 is believed to be the earliest extant New Testament text. The library holds personal papers and letters of notable figures, among them Elizabeth Gaskell and John Dalton.

The architectural style is primarily neo-Gothic with elements of Arts and Crafts Movement in the ornate and imposing gatehouse facing Deansgate which dominates the surrounding streetscape. The library, granted Grade I listed status in 1994, is maintained by the University of Manchester and open for library readers and visitors.

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Annual General Meeting (AGM) of CILIP in London 2013

I got an opportunity to attend the Annual General Meetings (AGMs) of CILIP as well as the International Library and Information Group (ILIG) on13th February, 2013 at CILIP headquarters at Ridgmount Street, London. The two AGMs were followed by a talk on “Inspiring Information Professionals” by Annie Mauger, Chief Executive of CILIP. Light refreshments were served before the AGMs which was sponsored by Vaughan Whibley in recognition of his 40 years of service to the CILIP in London Branch and its predecessor.

I consider this opportunity to attend these CILIP meetings as unique one. The fellowship offered the unique and exciting opportunity not only to attend these meetings but also to share our professional experiences.

At CILIP AGM Meeting

At CILIP AGM Meeting

While welcoming the committee members, Peter Beauchamp, President, CILIP in London, expressed that the CILIP, London is working hard to support the activities of CILIP and encourage the members for active participation. Honourary Treasurer Anna Jablkowska presented the statement of accounts for 2012. ILIG is the International Library and Information Group of CILIP whose aims are to raise international issues concerning the profession, contribute to the development of library and information services internationally, foster networking, linking and general cooperation at the international level. ILIG Informals evening meetings are great opportunity for the international library professionals to share their experiences.

In her speech, Annie Mauger urged the committee members not to just expect what CILIP can do to inspire information professionals but also try to think what information professionals can do to inspire the community. She also suggested that don’t just think of users in your library but think about library in your users life. As part of global activity she shared her experience of participating in the last year’s IFLA congress at Helsinki, Finland. During the question and answer session, I suggested the committee members that since every year the commonwealth fellows from LIS field visit UK and they can actively participate in CILIP programme and promote international librarianship.

My special thanks to Anna Jablkowska, Honourary Treasurer, CILIP for informing me about this event and sending me the online link to register for the event. My sincere thanks are due to CILIP and its committee members for giving me an opportunity to be part of this meeting and interact with the members.