International and Comparative Librarianship
DEDICATED TO PIONEERS INCLUDING:
S. R. Ranganathan, P. N. Kaula, R. N. Sharma, J. F. Harvey, D. J. Foskett, J. P. Danton, M. M. Jackson, etc.
This Blogosphere has a slant towards India [a.k.a Indica, Indo, South-Asian, Oriental, Bharat, Hindustan, Asian-Indian (not American Indian)].
A publisher sues librarian blogger for millions
India Today, Rohan Venkataramakrishnan: "Last week University of Colorado librarian Jeffrey Beall was threatened with a billion dollar lawsuit and three years in prison all because he annoyed a publishing company.
Academic publisher sues librarian blogger for millions, by Ariel Bogle, Melville House
On the same Open Source / Open Access shelf:
Blogger better be a billionaire, says 'open access' publisher lawsuit, OMICS offended by 'Beall's List'
By Richard Chirgwin, Science
Cautiously Open to Open Science, by Gretchen Goldman, The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)
Of Predators and Public Health | Peer to Peer Review. By Kevin L. Smith, Library Journal (author's limited rights in an open access world)
Mathematicians Aim To Take Publishers Out of Publishing, Soulskill
Asking Authors to Buy 'Memberships' for Open Access, By Jennifer Howard Chronicle of Higher Education -- Extract: Jason Hoyt thinks scientific publishing can be faster, sleeker, and a whole lot cheaper. The Stanford-trained geneticist is a fan of open-access journals, which make scholarly articles freely available online rather than put them behind paywalls. But he argues that having authors shoulder big publishing fees—a popular model for open access—burdens researchers with costs that are too high, often thousands of dollars per article...
So much writing, is anyone reading? By Suntosh Pillay, Thought Leader
India's OMICS Publishing Group threatens scholarly critic with $1 billion lawsuit, jail time Cory Doctorow
Beall's blog, 'Scholarly Open Access' is popular for its comprehensive list of journals and publishers who engage in practices that he believes are predatory. " continue reading: Send Section 66A bullies home
Labels: open access, open source, Publishers
Profiles of top universities of India
Note: These universities in India are found in the following linnks (ranked or listed on some unknown criteria)
India's top 50 universities - | Photo (in pictures) | India Today |
TOP 50 UNIVERSITIES IN INDIA 2010 -- Source: India Today magazine (May 2010)
On the same shelf:
Shodhganga at INFLIBNET -- TheShodhganga@INFLIBNET Centre provides a platform for research students to deposit their Ph.D. theses and make it available to the entire scholarly community in open access. The repository has the ability to capture, index, store, disseminate and preserve ETDs submitted by the researchers.
M S University's H M library ranked among top 25 -- Prashant Rupera, TNN | Apr 29, 2013, Times of India
Why students need the right to copy
April 26, 2013
The lawsuit by publishers seeking to stop Delhi University from distributing photocopied course packs goes against the spirit of education for all. continue reading
Labels: academic libraries, copyright, Publishers
Librarians should make this investment in themselves: Thoughts from Carl Grant
Ps. This is not my selection, but I strongly recommed the following (titles), and continue reading comments @ Thoughts from Carl Grant
-- info courtesy: Stephen's Lighthouse
: “You’ll be a better librarian after making this investment in yourself. You owe it to yourself and to our profession.”
Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne
The Filter Bubble by Eli Pariser.
The Atlas of New Librarianship by David Lankes.
Expect More by David Lankes.
Labels: Continuing education, Librarians, Professional development
British Library sets out to archive the Web
But the British Library is going to try.
centuries the library has kept a copy of every book, pamphlet, magazine
and newspaper published in Britain. Starting Saturday, it will also be
bound to record every British website, e-book, online newsletter and
blog in a bid to preserve the nation's "digital memory."
that's not a big enough task, the library also has to make this digital
archive available to future researchers — come time, tide or
... "Stuff out there on the Web is ephemeral," said Lucie Burgess, the
library's head of content strategy. "The average life of a web page is
only 75 days, because websites change, the contents get taken down.
... Like reference collections around the world, the British Library has
been attempting to archive the Web for years in a piecemeal way and has
collected about 10,000 sites. Until now, though, it has had to get
permission from website owners before taking a snapshot of their pages.
Tenner says keeping up with technology is only one challenge the
project faces. Another is the inherently unstable nature of the Web.
Information constantly mutates, and search engines' algorithms can
change results and prices in an instant - as anyone who has booked
airline tickets online knows.
"It is trying to capture an
unstable, dynamic process in a fixed way, which is all a librarian can
hope to do, but it is missing one of the most positive and negative
aspects of the web," Tenner said.
"Librarians want things as fixed
as possible, so people know where something is, people know the content
of something. The problem is, the goals of the library profession and
the structure of information have been diverging."
spokesman Ben Sanderson acknowledged that this is new territory for an
institution more used to documents written on parchment, paper and the
fine calfskin known as vellum.
"Vellum - you don't need an operating system to read that," he said. Continue reading the full article, via abcnews.
LONDON (AP) — Capturing the unruly, ever-changing Internet is like trying to pin down a raging river.
Labels: British Libraries, Digital Librarianship, Digital Libraries
Best Practices for Survival of Libraries in Severe Economic Times
This is a continuously updated post, last updated March 23, 2013
What is our city book lender doing boosting sales at Indigo? By Jonathan Goldsbie -- [extract: In addition to providing information about a particular book, the TPL’s online catalogue now also displays an invitation to “Buy your own copy and support the Toronto Public Library.”]
Middletown libraries ask residents for survival plan --Community liaisons will propose solutions for keeping branches open,
BY KEITH HEUMILLER -- Extract: The collective fate of three Middletown library branches slated to close in March is now in the hands of resident volunteers.
Labels: book vendors, Indigo, Library budget, Toronto Public Library