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National Conference on Innovative Practices in Libraries: A Report

“Technology is a boon, not a bane for libraries”

ipl_blogDirector of Public Libraries Department Dr. Satishkumar S. Hosamani inaugurated the National Conference on Innovative Practices in Libraries organized by Tumkur University Library

“Libraries are at the threshold of change.  With the influence of technology, traditional libraries are transforming into digital libraries.  Libraries and library professionals remain relevant only if they embrace technology and adopt it in their services.” said Dr. Satishkumar Hosamani, Director, Department of Public Libraries.  He inaugurated the National Conference on Innovative Practices in Libraries organized by Tumkur University Library with sponsorship from Raja Rammohan Roy Library Foundation, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India.

Professor of Library and Information Science from Kuvempu University Dr. B S Biradar delivered the Keynote address and said “Due to the impact of technology, libraries are no more just storehouses of books.  There are ample opportunities for librarians to adopt innovative practices and deliver services.  Librarians should inculcate technological skills and initiate innovative services in libraries.  Library professionals should have a positive mindset towards technology.”

Vice Chancellor Prof. A H Rajasab remarked “This is the era of accessing information on mobile devices.  Librarians should not be stationary. They should be mobile.  They should take libraries to readers.  A true librarian is one who reads the pulse of readers and provides information accordingly.”

Registrar Evaluation Prof. D V Paramashivamurthy and President of Karnataka State College Librarians Association Mr. M N N Prasad released the Conference Proceedings.

More than 200 library professionals from across the country participated in the conference.  More than 30 papers were presented.  Conference Director Dr. B Ravivenkat and Organizing Secretary Kumara B expressed gratitude.

 

“ತಂತ್ರಜ್ಞಾನ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯಗಳಿಗೆ ಮಾರಕವಲ್ಲ ಪೂರಕ”

ತುಮಕೂರು ವಿವಿ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯವು ಏರ್ಪಡಿಸಿದ್ದ “ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ನಾವೀನ್ಯಪೂರ್ಣ ಪದ್ಧತಿಗಳು” ಎಂಬ ವಿಷಯದ ಕುರಿತ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನವನ್ನು ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯ ಇಲಾಖೆಯ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ಡಾ. ಸತೀಶ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಹೊಸಮನಿ ಉದ್ಘಾಟಿಸಿದರು

“ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯಗಳು ಇಂದು ಬದಲಾವಣೆಯ ಹೊಸ್ತಿಲಲ್ಲಿವೆ.  ತಂತ್ರಜ್ಞಾನದ ಪ್ರಭಾವದಿಂದ ಸಾಂಪ್ರದಾಯಿಕ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯಗಳು ಇಂದು ಡಿಜಿಟಲ್ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯಗಳಾಗಿ ಪರಿವರ್ತನೆಗೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಿವೆ.  ತಂತ್ರಜ್ಞಾನವನ್ನು ಒಪ್ಪಿಕೊಂಡು, ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯ ಸೇವೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಅಳವಡಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾತ್ರ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯಗಳು ಹಾಗೂ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯ ವೃತ್ತಿಪರರು ಇಂದಿನ ಜಗತ್ತಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಸ್ತುತರಾಗಲು ಸಾಧ್ಯ.” ಎಂದು ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯ ಇಲಾಖೆಯ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ಡಾ. ಸತೀಶ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಹೊಸಮನಿ  ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯಪಟ್ಟರು.

ತುಮಕೂರು ವಿವಿ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯವು ಭಾರತ ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿ ಇಲಾಖೆಯ ರಾಜಾರಾಂ ಮೋಹನ್ ರಾಯ್ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯ ಪ್ರತಿಷ್ಠಾನದ ಪ್ರಾಯೋಜಕತ್ವದಲ್ಲಿ  ಏರ್ಪಡಿಸಿದ್ದ “ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ನಾವೀನ್ಯಪೂರ್ಣ ಪದ್ಧತಿಗಳು” ಎಂಬ ವಿಷಯದ ಕುರಿತ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನವನ್ನು ಅವರು ಉದ್ಘಾಟಿಸಿದರು.

ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನದ ದಿಕ್ಸೂಚಿ ಭಾಷಣ ಮಾಡಿದ ಕುವೆಂಪು ವಿಶ್ವವಿದ್ಯಾನಿಲಯದ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯ ಮತ್ತು ಮಾಹಿತಿ ವಿಜ್ಞಾನ ವಿಭಾಗದ ಪ್ರಾಧ್ಯಾಪಕ ಡಾ. ಬಿ.ಎಸ್. ಬಿರಾದಾರ್, “ತಂತ್ರಜ್ಞಾನದ ಪರಿಣಾಮವಾಗಿ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯಗಳು ಇಂದು ಕೇವಲ ಪುಸ್ತಕಗಳ ಸಂಗ್ರಹಗಾರವಾಗಿ ಉಳಿದಿಲ್ಲ.  ಅನೇಕ ನಾವೀನ್ಯಪೂರ್ಣ ಪದ್ಧತಿಗಳನ್ನು ಅಳವಡಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಸೇವೆಗಳನ್ನು ಒದಗಿಸಲು ವಿಪುಲ ಅವಕಾಶಗಳಿವೆ.  ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯ ವೃತ್ತಿಪರರು ತಂತ್ರಜ್ಞಾನದ ಕೌಶಲ್ಯಗಳನ್ನು ಬೆಳೆಸಿಕೊಂಡು ನಾವೀನ್ಯಪೂರ್ಣ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ಸೇವೆಗಳನ್ನು ಒದಗಿಸಲು ಮುಂದಾಗಬೇಕು.  ತಂತ್ರಜ್ಞಾನವನ್ನು ಅಳವಡಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಪ್ರಮುಖವಾಗಿ ಬೇಕಾಗಿರುವುದು ಧನಾತ್ಮಕ ಮನೋಭಾವ ಹಾಗೂ ಕಲಿಕೆಯ ಪ್ರವೃತ್ತಿ.” ಎಂದು ಹೇಳಿದರು.

ವಿವಿ ಕುಲಪತಿ ಪ್ರೊ. ರಾಜಾಸಾಬ್ ಮಾತನಾಡಿ “ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯ ವೃತ್ತಿಪರರು ಸ್ಥಾವರರಾಗದೆ, ಜಂಗಮರಾಗಬೇಕು.  ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯಗಳನ್ನು ಓದುಗರೆಡೆಗೆ ಕೊಂಡೊಯ್ಯಬೇಕು.  ಓದುಗರ ನಾಡಿ ಮಿಡಿತವನ್ನು ಅರಿತು ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ತಕ್ಕಂತೆ ಮಾಹಿತಿಯನ್ನು ಒದಗಿಸುವವನೇ ನಿಜವಾದ ಗ್ರಂಥಪಾಲಕ. ” ಎಂದರು.

ವಿವಿಯ ಮೌಲ್ಯಮಾಪನ ಕುಲಸಚಿವ ಪ್ರೊ. ಡಿ. ವಿ ಪರಮಶಿವಮೂರ್ತಿ ಹಾಗೂ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ರಾಜ್ಯ ಕಾಲೇಜು ಗ್ರಂಥಪಾಲಕರ ಸಂಘದ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷ ಶ್ರೀ ಎಂ.ಎನ್.ಎನ್. ಪ್ರಸಾದ್ ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನದ ನಡಾವಳಿಗಳನ್ನು ಬಿಡುಗಡೆಗೊಳಿಸಿದರು.

ವಿವಿಧ ರಾಜ್ಯಗಳಿಂದ 200ಕ್ಕೂ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯ ವೃತ್ತಿಪರರು ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನದಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿದ್ದರು.  30ಕ್ಕೂ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಸಂಶೋಧನಾ ಪ್ರಬಂಧಗಳು ಮಂಡನೆಯಾದವು.  ಸಮ್ಮೇಳನದ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ವಿವಿ ಉಪಗ್ರಂಥಪಾಲಕ ಡಾ. ಬಿ. ರವಿವೆಂಕಟ್ ಹಾಗೂ ಸಂಘಟನಾ ಕಾರ್ಯದರ್ಶಿ ವಿವಿ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯದ ಸಹಾಯಕ ಗ್ರಂಥಪಾಲಕ ಕುಮಾರ.ಬಿ. ಧನ್ಯವಾದ ಸಮರ್ಪಿಸಿದರು.

Workshop on Reference Management Tools and e-resources

“Electronic information resources are inevitable for higher learning and research. The availability of e-resources has enhanced the pace and quality of research. Just as the health of an individual depends on the health of the heart, the quality of an educational institution depends on the quality of collection and services offered by its library” said Prof. M Venkateswarlu, Registrar of Tumkur University.

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He inaugurated the Workshop on Reference Management Tools and E-Resources for Faculty & Research Scholars organized by Tumkur University Library. “The initiatives such as this workshop organized by the University library will go a long way in enhancing the quality of learning and research in the University.” he said.

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Dr. V Gopakumar, Librarian, Goa University conducted workshop on the theme “Reference Management Tools”. One of the popular reference management tools “Mendeley” and the reference and citation management features in Microsoft Word were demonstrated.

Prof. Ravishankar, Professor, Educational Consultant, Informatics India Ltd. demonstrated the use of e-resource gateway J-Gate and explained the search strategies which can be used to make J-Gate search more effective and relevant. Teachers, research scholars and students of Tumkur University participated in the Workshop. Workshop convener and Deputy Librarian of Tumkur University Library Dr. Ravivenkat proposed thanks.

 

ಉತ್ತಮ ಸಂಶೋಧನೆಗೆ ವಿದ್ಯುನ್ಮಾನ ಸಂಪನ್ಮೂಲ ನಿರ್ವಹಣೆಯ ಜ್ಞಾನ ಅನಿವಾರ್ಯ: ಪ್ರೊ. ವೆಂಕಟೇಶ್ವರಲು

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“ಇಂದಿನ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ಯುಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಪನ್ಮೂಲಗಳು ವಿದ್ಯುನ್ಮಾನ ರೂಪದಲ್ಲಿ ಲಭ್ಯವಿರುವುದರಿಂದ ಸಂಶೋಧನೆಯ ಗುಣಮಟ್ಟವನ್ನು ಹೆಚ್ಚಿಸಲು ಸಾಧ್ಯವಿದೆ. ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯಗಳು ಯಾವುದೇ ಶಿಕ್ಷಣ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯ ಹೃದಯವಿದ್ದಂತೆ. ಹೇಗೆ ಮನುಷ್ಯನ ಆರೋಗ್ಯವು ಹೃದಯದ ಆರೋಗ್ಯದ ಮೇಲೆ ಅವಲಂಬಿತವಾಗಿದೆಯೋ, ಹಾಗೆಯೇ ಒಂದು ಶಿಕ್ಷಣ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯ ಗುಣಮಟ್ಟವು ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯಗಳ ಗುಣಮಟ್ಟದ ಮೇಲೆ ಅವಲಂಬಿತವಾಗಿದೆ.” ಎಂದು ತುಮಕೂರು ವಿವಿ ಕುಲಸಚಿವ ಪ್ರೊ. ಎಂ. ವೆಂಕಟೇಶ್ವರಲು ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯಪಟ್ಟರು.

 

ತುಮಕೂರು ವಿವಿ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯವು ಆಯೋಜಿಸಿದ್ದ ಪರಾಮರ್ಶನ ನಿರ್ವಹಣಾ ಸಾಧನಗಳು ಹಾಗೂ ವಿದ್ಯುನ್ಮಾನ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ಸಂಪನ್ಮೂಲಗಳು ಎಂಬ ವಿಷಯದ ಕುರಿತಾದ ಕಾರ್ಯಾಗಾರವನ್ನು ಅವರು ಉದ್ಘಾಟಿಸಿದರು. ಬೋಧಕರ, ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳ ಹಾಗೂ ಸಂಶೋಧನಾರ್ಥಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಗುಣಮಟ್ಟವನ್ನು ಹೆಚ್ಚಿಸುವಲ್ಲಿ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯಗಳ ಪಾತ್ರ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ಮಹತ್ತ್ವದ್ದು. ಈ ನಿಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ತುಮಕೂರು ವಿವಿ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯವು ಆಯೋಜಿಸಿರುವ ಕಾರ್ಯಾಗಾರವು ಅತ್ಯುಪಯುಕ್ತ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮವಾಗಿದೆ ಎಂದರು.

 

ಗೋವಾ ವಿಶ್ವವಿದ್ಯಾನಿಲಯದ ಗ್ರಂಥಪಾಲಕ ಡಾ. ವಿ. ಗೋಪಕುಮಾರ್ ಪರಾಮರ್ಶನ ನಿರ್ವಹಣಾ ಸಾಧನಗಳನ್ನು ಕುರಿತು ಕಾರ್ಯಾಗಾರವನ್ನು ನಡೆಸಿದರು. ಕಾರ್ಯಾಗಾರದಲ್ಲಿ ‘ಮೆಂಡೆಲೆ’ ಪರಾಮರ್ಶನ ನಿರ್ವಹಣಾ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಪ್ರಮುಖ ಸೌಲಭ್ಯಗಳು ಹಾಗೂ ಮೈಕ್ರೊಸಾಫ್ಟ್ ವರ್ಡ್ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶದಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಪರಾಮರ್ಶನ ಸೌಲಭ್ಯಗಳ ಕುರಿತು ವಿಸ್ತೃತವಾಗಿ ಪ್ರಾತ್ಯಕ್ಷಿಕೆಯನ್ನು ಅವರು ನೀಡಿದರು.

 

ಇನ್ಫಾರ್ಮ್ಯಾಟಿಕ್ಸ್ ಇಂಡಿಯಾ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯ ಶೈಕ್ಷಣಿಕ ಸಮಾಲೋಚಕ ಪ್ರೊ. ರವಿಶಂಕರ್ ವಿದ್ಯುನ್ಮಾನ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ಸಂಪನ್ಮೂಲಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ವಿವರಿಸಿ, ಜೆ-ಗೇಟ್ ನಿಯತಕಾಲಿಕೆಗಳ ಸಂಗ್ರಹಗಾರವನ್ನು ಶೋಧಿಸುವ ತಂತ್ರಗಳು ಹಾಗೂ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ಪಡೆಯುವ ವಿಧಾನಗಳ ಕುರಿತು ಪ್ರಾತ್ಯಕ್ಷಿಕೆಯನ್ನು ನೀಡಿದರು.

ತುಮಕೂರು ವಿವಿಯ ಬೋಧಕರು, ಸಂಶೋಧನಾರ್ಥಿಗಳು ಹಾಗೂ ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳು ಕಾರ್ಯಾಗಾರದಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿದ್ದರು. ಕಾರ್ಯಾಗಾರದ ಸಂಚಾಲಕರಾದ ತುಮಕೂರು ವಿವಿ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯದ ಉಪಗ್ರಂಥಪಾಲಕ ಡಾ. ಬಿ. ರವಿವೆಂಕಟ್ ಧನ್ಯವಾದ ಸಮರ್ಪಿಸಿದರು.

What font should I choose for my thesis?: a Thesis Whisperer article

An article “What font should I choose for my thesis?” written by Dr. Janene Carey has been published today on The Thesis Whisperer blog.  This is a sensible article, I feel, for the simple reason that this question haunts many (almost all) researchers. 🙂

Carey has succinctly penned down her arguments on choosing the typeface for thesis.  Readability and legibility should be the key considerations.  The font Constantia for text and Calibri for headings is what seems recommended.  A nice article.

Full article at http://thesiswhisperer.com/2016/03/30/what-font-should-i-choose-for-my-thesis/

Thanks Thesis Whisperer and Dr. Janene Carey.

 

Installation of WordPress: Infographic

Today, I made my first infographic on How to Install WordPress.  I used Piktochart.  Piktochart is free and provides a handful of templates to create infographics.  Infographics can be saved in low and medium resolution PNG or JPG.  However, high resolution images, PDF saving need “LEVELING UP”, which means these are premium features.

Try it out 🙂

Here’s my infographic.

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Saturday Mirror-3: Special Lecture by Dr. Francis Jayakanth

ಈ ಟಿಪ್ಪಣಿಯ ಕನ್ನಡ ಆವೃತ್ತಿಯು ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಶ್ ಆವೃತ್ತಿಯ ನಂತರ ಲಭ್ಯವಿದೆ.

“The use of intellectual output by most countries of the world including India is miniscule.” said Dr. Francis Jayakanth, Librarian, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIM-B). He delivered a lecture on Saturday, 19th March 2016 on “Institutional Repository as a Digital Library Service” as part of “Saturday Mirror” Special Lecture Series organized by the Department of Studies & Research in Library and Information Science, Tumkur University.

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A common perception about digital library is that it is just a collection of digital documents. However, even a huge collection of digital documents does not become a digital library unless it is supported by the methods of search, access and retrieval. A digital library will have a focused purpose and therefore, documents are carefully selected, deposited, described, indexes are built and methods of search, access and retrieval and well-defined. It is to be noted that digital library and online library catalogue are not the same. Their purposes are different.

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The scope of digital libraries is not just confined to education and research. Health information, culture and heritage related knowledge have been successfully preserved in digital libraries. Library of Congress “Ancient Manuscripts from the Desert Libraries of Timbuktu”, Kalasampada digital library of Indian cultural heritage are noteworthy examples in this regard.

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Digital libraries have limitations too. Technological obsolescence, hardware cost and digital rights management pose serious challenges to digital libraries. “The onus of tackling these challenges and making intellectual wealth available to the masses lies on libraries.” he opined.

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 Getting together…

Students, research scholars, teachers of the Department, university library staff were present on the occasion.

Department of Library and Information Science has been holding “Saturday Mirror” special lecture series on one of the Saturdays every month. This is the third in the series. The first and second lectures had been delivered by Mr. Ananda Byrappa and Dr. Harinarayana N S respectively.

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“ಭಾರತವನ್ನೂ ಒಳಗೊಂಡಂತೆ ವಿಶ್ವದ ಬಹುತೇಕ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರಗಳ ಬೌದ್ಧಿಕ ಸಂಪತ್ತಿನ ಬಳಕೆಯ ಪ್ರಮಾಣ ಸಾಗರದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೆಲವು ಹನಿಗಳನ್ನು ಮಾತ್ರ ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಂಡಂತಿದೆ.  ಬೌದ್ಧಿಕ ಸಂಪತ್ತನ್ನು ಕ್ರೋಢೀಕರಿಸಿ, ಪರಿಷ್ಕರಿಸಿ, ಜನರಿಗೆ ತಲುಪಿಸುವಲ್ಲಿ ಡಿಜಿಟಲ್ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯಗಳ ಪಾತ್ರ ಮಹತ್ತರವಾದದ್ದು.” ಎಂದು ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನ ಇಂಡಿಯನ್ ಇನ್ಸ್ಟಿಟ್ಯೂಟ್ ಆಫ್ ಮ್ಯಾನೇಜ್ಮೆಂಟ್ನ ಗ್ರಂಥಪಾಲಕ ಡಾ. ಫ್ರಾನ್ಸಿಸ್ ಜಯಕಾಂತ್ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯಪಟ್ಟರು.  ತುಮಕೂರು ವಿವಿಯ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯ ಮತ್ತು ಮಾಹಿತಿ ವಿಜ್ಞಾನ ವಿಭಾಗವು ಆಯೋಜಿಸಿದ್ದ “ಸ್ಯಾಟರ್ಡೇ ಮಿರರ್” ಉಪನ್ಯಾಸ ಸರಣಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಶನಿವಾರ, ೧೯ ಮಾರ್ಚ್ ೨೦೧೬ರಂದು ಮೂರನೆಯ ಉಪನ್ಯಾಸ ನೀಡಿದ ಫ್ರಾನ್ಸಿಸ್ “ಸಾಂಸ್ಥಿಕ ಗ್ರಂಥಭಂಡಾರಗಳ ರೂಪದಲ್ಲಿ ಡಿಜಿಟಲ್ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯ ಸೇವೆಗಳು” ಎಂಬ ವಿಷಯದ ಕುರಿತು ಸಂವಾದ ನಡೆಸಿದರು.

 
ಡಿಜಿಟಲ್ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯಗಳೆಂದರೆ ಕೇವಲ ಡಿಜಿಟಲ್ ದಾಖಲೆಗಳ ಸಂಗ್ರಹ ಎಂಬ ಸೀಮಿತ ಪರಿಕಲ್ಪನೆ ಇದೆ.  ಆದರೆ, ಎಲ್ಲ ಡಿಜಿಟಲ್ ದಾಖಲೆಗಳನ್ನು ಕೇವಲ ಸಂಗ್ರಹಿಸಿ, ಒಂದೆಡೆ ಇಟ್ಟಲ್ಲಿ ಅದು ಡಿಜಿಟಲ್ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯ ಆಗಲಾರದು.  ಒಂದು ಪ್ರಮುಖ ಉದ್ದೇಶಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಬಹು ಜಾಗ್ರತೆಯಿಂದ ಆಯ್ಕೆ ಮಾಡಿದ ದಾಖಲೆಗಳನ್ನು ಕ್ರೋಢೀಕರಿಸಿ, ಸೂಕ್ತ ತಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ಬಳಸಿ ಪರಿಷ್ಕರಿಸಿ, ಸೂಚಿಗಳನ್ನು ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಪಡಿಸಿ, ಶೋಧನೆಗೆ ಅನುವು ಮಾಡಿಕೊಟ್ಟಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾತ್ರ ಅದು ನಿಜವಾದ ಡಿಜಿಟಲ್ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯ ಎನಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತದೆ.  ಡಿಜಿಟಲ್ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯಗಳು ಹಾಗೂ ಆನ್ಲೈನ್ ಗ್ರಂಥಸೂಚಿಗಳ ನಡುವೆ ವ್ಯತ್ಯಾಸಗಳಿದ್ದು, ಎರಡರ ಉದ್ದೇಶ ಭಿನ್ನವಾದುದು ಎಂದು ತಿಳಿಸಿದರು.

 
ಡಿಜಿಟಲ್ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯಗಳ ಬಳಕೆಯ ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿ ಕೇವಲ ಶಿಕ್ಷಣ ಮತ್ತು ಸಂಶೋಧನಾ ರಂಗಕ್ಕೆ ಮಾತ್ರ ಸೀಮಿತವಾಗಿಲ್ಲ. ಆರೋಗ್ಯ ಮಾಹಿತಿ, ಸಂಸ್ಕೃತಿ, ಪರಂಪರೆಗೆ ಸಂಬಂಧಿಸಿದ ಅಪರೂಪದ ಜ್ಞಾನವನ್ನು ಸಂರಕ್ಷಿಸುವಲ್ಲಿಯೂ ಇವು ಪ್ರಮುಖ ಮಾತ್ರ ವಹಿಸಿವೆ.  ಆಫ್ರಿಕಾದ ಟಿಂಬಕ್ಟು ಪ್ರದೇಶದ ಪ್ರಾಚೀನ ಹಸ್ತಪ್ರತಿಗಳನ್ನು ಸಂರಕ್ಷಿಸಿರುವ ಡಿಜಿಟಲ್ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯ, ಭಾರತದ ಶ್ರೀಮಂತ ಸಾಂಸ್ಕೃತಿಕ ಪರಂಪರೆಯ ಮಾಹಿತಿಯನ್ನೊಳಗೊಂಡ ಕಲಾಸಂಪದ ಡಿಜಿಟಲ್ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯ ಈ ನಿಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಉತ್ತಮ ಉದಾಹರಣೆಗಳಾಗಿವೆ ಎಂದರು.

 
ಡಿಜಿಟಲ್ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯಗಳಿಗೂ ಕೆಲವು ಮಿತಿಗಳಿವೆ.  ತಂತ್ರಜ್ಞಾನವು ಬೆಳೆಯುತ್ತಿರುವ ವೇಗ, ಯಂತ್ರಾಂಶ ವೆಚ್ಚ, ಡಿಜಿಟಲ್ ಹಕ್ಕು ನಿರ್ವಹಣೆ ಮುಂತಾದ ಸವಾಲುಗಳು ನಮ್ಮ ಮುಂದಿವೆ.  ಅವುಗಳನ್ನು ಸಮರ್ಥವಾಗಿ ನಿರ್ವಹಿಸಿ, ಡಿಜಿಟಲ್ ರೂಪದಲ್ಲಿ ದೇಶದ, ವಿಶ್ವದ ಬೌದ್ಧಿಕ ಸಂಪತ್ತನ್ನು ಒದಗಿಸುವ ಹೊಣೆ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯಗಳ ಮೇಲಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಸಂದೇಶ ನೀಡಿದರು.

 
ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯ ಮತ್ತು ಮಾಹಿತಿ ವಿಜ್ಞಾನ ವಿಭಾಗದ ಬೋಧಕರು, ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿಗಳು, ಸಂಶೋಧನಾರ್ಥಿಗಳು, ವಿವಿ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯ ಸಿಬ್ಬಂದಿ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ರಮದಲ್ಲಿ ಹಾಜರಿದ್ದರು.  ವಿವಿಯ ಗ್ರಂಥಾಲಯ ಮತ್ತು ಮಾಹಿತಿ ವಿಜ್ಞಾನ ವಿಭಾಗವು “ಸ್ಯಾಟರ್ಡೇ ಮಿರರ್” ಎಂಬ ಶೀರ್ಷಿಕೆಯಡಿ ಪ್ರತಿ ತಿಂಗಳ ಒಂದು ಶನಿವಾರದಂದು ವಿಶೇಷ ಉಪನ್ಯಾಸವನ್ನು ನಡೆಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದು, ಇದು ಈ ಸರಣಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮೂರನೆಯ ವಿಶೇಷ ಉಪನ್ಯಾಸವಾಗಿದೆ. ಮೊದಲನೆಯ ಉಪನ್ಯಾಸವನ್ನು ಶ್ರೀ ಆನಂದ ಭೈರಪ್ಪ ಹಾಗೂ ಎರಡನೆಯ ಉಪನ್ಯಾಸವನ್ನು ಡಾ. ಹರಿನಾರಾಯಣ. ಎನ್. ಎಸ್. ಅವರು ನೀಡಿದ್ದರು.

How to make reading a regular habit: lecture delivered on 17th March

I delivered a lecture on “How to make reading a regular habit” on 17th March at Government First Grade College, HSR Layout, Bengaluru.

This Huge statue of Hanuman welcomed me at the entrance of HSR Layout

What an enthusiasm among students! The lecture was bilingual, i.e., in Kannada as well as in English.  I found it very unique for the simple reason that the entire event was organized and managed by the students, which is very rare to find in a college running undergraduate courses.

Hosting the event, invocation, welcome, proposing thanks, photography, hospitality – everything was managed by students.  Kudos to the Principal, teaching and non-teaching staff of this college who have nurtured the students’ skills.

Watching the introductory remarks by a student

The objective of the lecture was to make students appreciate the benefits of reading and understand its importance in life.  I drew out the differences between data, information, knowledge and wisdom.  Reading is a complex congnitive process and a means of language acquisition.

Principal Dr. Vidya S Naik welcomed me

I shared my ideas on the types of reading:

  • Academic or research-oriented reading
  • Recreational Reading
  • Factual reading (reading for information or facts)

Lecture starts off

People who are more inclined towards academic or research-oriented reading are more likely to find careers in Science, Technology, Education.  Those inclined towards recreational reading are likely to be more creative and imaginative and hence, seek such fields as Arts, Cinema, Literature.  Persons with inclination towards factual reading tend to fare well in Statistics, Surveying, Journalism, Media, Commerce, Marketing, and Diplomacy.

Interaction goes on…

Thanks to the Principal Dr. Vidya S. Naik and Librarian Ms. Nirmala for the opportunity.

5Dr. Vidya in her summarizing remarks

It is important to detect one’s inner reading inclinations early in life in order to find a befitting and successful career.  It is possible to make reading a regular habit only when one considers it as a basic need next only to air, water, food, clothing and shelter. The different cognitive domains of the mind, viz., knowledge, experience, intuition, intelligence, and logic blend better to give ‘wisdom’.  Reading makes a person wise.

I concluded saying that the role of libraries in promoting reading is pivotal.  The ultimate aim of libraries is to make people wise.  Means are many, but the end is one.

How to use Rich Text Formatting in Facebook

This article is also available as a Note on my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/notes/rupesh-kumar/how-to-use-rich-text-in-facebook/10209037846448154

In order to use rich text formatting (bold, italic, mono, link) in Facebook, the text should be posted as a Note instead of a Post.  To add a note, do as follows:

Go to your Facebook Profile Page. Under More menu, go to Manage Sections.

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The list of Sections will be displayed.  Check Notes and click Save.

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Now, access Notes under More menu on the Profile Page. Go to More > Notes on Profile Page

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On the Notes page, click Add Note button.

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The Note composing window will open.  You can give a title to the note, select any typed text and apply bold, italic, mono and link effects. Images can be added and image captions can be given.

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A Note can be saved or published.  FB has autosave option too.

Happy RTF-ing on FB 🙂

 

Saturday Mirror-2: Special Lecture by Dr. Harinarayana N S

“Referencing is an integral part of academic writing.  But it has also been the most neglected part of academic writing.  Academia has to take note of the significance of referencing and act more responsibly.” said Dr. Harinarayana N S, Associate Professor of Library and Information Science, University of Mysore, Mysuru.  He delivered a special lecture on “Plagiarism and Referencing” on Saturday, 27th February 2016 as part of “Saturday Mirror” Special Lecture Series organized by the Department of Studies and Research in Library and Information Science, Tumkur University.  The lecture was the second in the series.

Sat_Mirror_2_1Dr. Keshava welcoming Dr. Harinarayana

Excerpts from the Lecture

Referencing: a panacea for desisting Plagiarism

The academic spectrum today, is plagued by Plagiarism.  There is a dire need to inculcate ethical writing practices among academics and researchers.  In the academic and research framework, referencing practices can act as a panacea for desisting Plagiarism.

Citation Vs. Reference

It is quite surprising that, not just laymen, but even academics tend to use the terms ‘citation’ and ‘reference’ synonymously.  However, they are not the same.  One has to understand the subtle difference between these terms and use them judiciously.  A reference indicates the works consulted for academic writing.  It is an acknowledgement given to the sources which have been consulted whereas a citation is an acknowledgement received.

Sat_Mirror_2_2Dr. Harinarayana…in action

Referencing is significant for several reasons.  In order to support one’s arguments and give a factual basis to one’s work; protect oneself against the charges of plagiarism; and to allow the reader to locate the materials consulted, references are the key.

Dr. Harinarayana meticulously drew out the difference between ‘long quotes’ and ‘short quotes’ with sufficient examples on how to use them in academic writing.  The audience were also enlightened on the distinction between ‘phrasing’ and ‘paraphrasing’.

Citation Styles

Citation Styles have evolved over time.  Today, there are thousands of different citation styles, each having its significance and use in designated disciplines.   The American Psychological Association (APA) Style has found wider use in Social and Behavioural Sciences while Modern Language Association (MLA) Style is widely used in Humanities.  It is quite astonishing to note that on one hand there are attempts to standardize the citation styles, but on the other, every publisher is coming out with a different citation style to use in their journals.

Sat_Mirror_2_3A lighter moment…

Demarcating the different systems of in-text citation, Dr. Harinarayana illustrated the use of Name-Date Style, Consecutive Numbering Style and Recurrent Numbering Style.

Zotero

“Thanks to technology, a researcher’s life has been made simpler with the emergence of several reference management software, both commercial and open source.” Dr. Harinarayana remarked.  He illustrated the use of Zotero reference management utility to automatically extract the bibliographic data from the scholarly papers and use them dynamically in writing papers.  The different functionalities of the Zotero Plugin for Mozilla Firefox and Zotero Plugin for Microsoft Word were demonstrated.

Sat_Mirror_2_4Dr. B T Sampath Kumar presenting a memento

The lecture was followed by an interaction by the audience.  Dr. Harinarayana addressed each question ably and patiently.  Dr. B T Sampath Kumar, Chairman of the Department introduced the resource person and welcomed him.  Ms. Hemavathi B N, Assistant Professor reiterated the purpose of the special lecture series and proposed the note of thanks.

The students, research scholars, teachers and LIS professionals witnessed the event.

eGyankosh reactivated

eGyankosh, a national digital repository of open and distance learning resources developed by Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) had earlier been taken off due to copyright issues (as was informed by the site itself!).  It has recently been relaunched.

eGyankosh is an invaluable resource for higher education enthusiasts since IGNOU is known for maintaining high standards in its content.  The course materials and videos related to all the courses run by IGNOU are available on eGyankosh. One may access this huge repository just by registering.

Log on to eGyankosh at http://egyankosh.ac.in/

Saturday Mirror: Special Lecture Series inaugurated

Department of Studies and Research in Library and Information Science, Tumkur University reverberated with the word ‘innovation‘ on Saturday, 30th January 2016.  “Saturday Mirror”, the special lecture series was inaugurated by Mr. Ananda T. Byrappa, Global Leader, John F Welch Technology Centre, GE, Bengaluru.

1Mr. Ananda T Byrappa inaugurating the event

Saturday Mirror

The Department has organized a series of special lectures by eminent LIS professionals to help students keep abreast with the trends and developments in Library and Information Science.  The lectures will be held on Saturdays and each lecture is intended to reflect the trends and happenings in the field of Library and Information Science.  Hence the name “Saturday Mirror”.

0It’s me, delivering the introductory remarks

Innovation

Delivering the inaugural lecture on “Innovation in Information World: Insights for LIS Professionals”, Mr. Ananda said “Innovation is the driving force for changing the society.  But, Passion is the driving force behind innovation.  Whatever you do, do it passionately!”  Citing the examples of two technologies – Cellphone and Google, he delineated the role of innovation in bringing changes in the society.

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Mr. Ananda, in his very captivating style, narrated the story of Cellphone and Google.

The first cellular phone, introduced in 1973, was too costly and unaffordable to most people.  The only functionality it had was making a phone call.  In a span of 30 years, the cell phone industry has taken the world by storm.  However, this change was not easy.  A great deal of innovation has gone in.  Cellphones have constantly been the subject of innovation.  Modern cellphones are not just for making phone calls.  They have messaging, radio, camera, GPS and a plethora of applications!  Today, life without cellphones is unimaginable.  The innovation in cellphone industry was so powerful and dominating that it pushed several ‘dedicated technology producers’ such as camera manufacturers into the days of penury. That’s the power of innovation!

While it took three decades for cellphone to change the way we communicate, there’s another ‘technology’ which has done pretty much the same in half the time as much.  In 1998, Sergey Brin and Larry Page published a research paper titled “The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine”.  Nobody, at that time, had even imagined that this technology would become the most dominating technology in a span of 15 years! Google did it! With constant innovation, an umbrella of user-friendly services, it has gobbled up whatsoever little competition it faced.

Take-a-seat and Drone

Innovation is not just confined to information and communication technology.  People are innovating anything and everything with their creativity and for their convenience.  He cited “take-a-seat” and book-delivering drone as the instances of innovation.

“Take-a-seat” is a smart chair technology developed by Jelte Van Geest.  The smart chair, upon swiping the library membership card, follows the user wherever she/he goes.  These self-chargeable chairs also arrange themselves in a group to create a ‘lecture hall’ appearance when a lecture organizer needs them.  True to its name, this is “take-a-seat” technology, meaning that the user takes the seat wherever she/he goes.  A video of the same is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Dgaz6NIUFk.

Speaking of the role of ‘start-ups’ in innovation, Mr. Ananda said Start-ups have more scope for innovation.  A video of an Australian start-up which has designed a drone which delivers books to designated locations using GPS technology enthralled the audience.  Deliberating on the affordability of technology, ‘Raspberri Pi’, the low-cost, tiny computer, developed for the purpose of learning, got a special mention.

Taking lessons from innovations happening around, information professionals may emulate the same in their arena.  The fact that the information services revolve around the three aspects – Content, Community, and Services, is indisputable.  But, it does matter how we innovate in them.  Mr. Ananda drew up a model innovation path for information professionals:

– Visualizing library as a platform to innovate
– Monetization of services
– Mobility of content
– Being futuristic

The lecture was followed by an interaction by the audience.  Dr. B T Sampath Kumar, Chairman of the Department introduced the speaker and welcomed him.  Rupesh Kumar, Assistant Professor, apprised the audience on the objectives of the special lecture series.  Dr. Keshava, Associate Professor, proposed the vote of thanks and honoured the speaker.

The lecture was attended by the students, research scholars, teachers and library staff of the University and constituent colleges.

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