All scholars and scientists and research students are on the look out for
good journals to publish their research findings. And in the last few years
many of them are looking for ‘open access’ journals so their publications
can reach a very large audience. There are shades of openness; some are
more open than others. To know more about it, please look up this handy
guide: http://www.plos.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/OAS_English_web.pdf.

Courtesy: PLOS


The library of forking paths

BUDHADITYA BHATTACHARYA. The Hindu, New Delhi, July 13, 2012

Art books should be read by a wider audience, say the people behind the Rang collective…

Comprising Chandan Gomes, Vicky Roy, Jyotsana Tripathi and Vinit Gupta, the centrepiece of the collective’s work is organising open library sessions where books and magazines on art and photography are displayed and read.

Read more here…

Courtesy: The Hindu

Things to check before adopting an Open Source LMS for your Library

Automation of basic house keeping operations is the first priority of most of the libraries. Lot of commercial and Open Source library automation systems available in the market and library professionals are more confused about how to choose right one. Libsys, Libsuit, SOUL are proprietary library management systems. Koha, Evergreen, PMB and Newgenlib are Open Source softwares. You need good home work before select any library automation system. Here are few things to remember before adopting Open Source library management system.

1. Assess your libraries needs,

2. Identify your resources – strengths and weaknesses (budget, staff, computers, etc.)

3. Visit the libraries using Open Source ILS and collect the feedback,

4. Attend Open Source software training programmes,

5. Open Source software has no trial version, you can download and install the original version of the software for evaluation,

6. Ensure the availability of standards (e.g. MARC, Z39.50, NCIP etc) which are essential for data exchange,

7. Select a software with active community members, it means development is fast,

8. Lot of Live CD’s are available to download and very helpful for learning purpose and installation,

9. Migration from proprietary legacy system is very painful, it depend on vendors willingness to give back your data.

There are no differences between features and functions of commercial and open source ILS. The fundamental difference is visible in the development process and distribution. Open Source library management systems offer full control over the software and data.

Being “Librarian 2.0”: It’s all in the attitude

By Helen Partridge

Published Dec 1, 2011 in the Newsletter Issue: Librarian 2.0 and Beyond — December 2011

A recent Australian study identified the skills and knowledge that library and information professionals require in the Web 2.0 world. Funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, the study involved 81 librarians participating in a series of focus groups. The study concluded that a so-called “Librarian 2.0” needs a complex mix of transferable skills, including teamwork, communication, business skills, lifelong learning and personal traits such as creativity, flexibility, adaptability and persistence. However, the study’s most interesting finding is that concepts like Web 2.0, Library 2.0 and Librarian 2.0 are “a watershed” for the Australian profession.

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Courtesy: Elsevier Library Connect

InfoPort: A Subject Gateway to Indian Electronic Resources

The InfoPort is designed and developed by the INFLIBNET Centre
to serve as a comprehensive gateway to all Indian scholarly content. The gateway open-ups the Indian scholarly content scattered over the Internet through an integrated interface that support search, browse and multiple listing. The resources covered in the infoPort are organized under ten major categories (000 to 999) accroding to the Dewey Decimal Classification. Resources in the InfoPort are also arranged alphabetically by subjects. The Info-Port is accessible at: