International and Comparative Librarianship

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)].

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Patna’s Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public library caught in Centre’s cobweb, Navendu Sharma,National Herald

The 126-year old Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library in Patna, has been functioning without a full-time director since 2014. The appointment of the next director has been pending with the Centre
...  Described by a British scholar as having “one of the finest collections on Moslem literature in the world”, the Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library has been functions sans a full-time director since June 2014 – after the retirement of incumbent director Imtiaz Ahmad. The publication of books, digitisation of manuscripts and purchase of books, magazines, newspapers and other research materials have been hit hard. Continue reading

Thursday, March 23, 2017

40% of MLAs in Punjab’s previous assembly never used its library: Here’s what the others read, Hindustan Times

More than 40% of the legislators in the 2012-17 Punjab assembly — including the then  chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy Sukhbir Singh Badal — never got a book issued from the Vidhan Sabha library. As for the rest, their reading interests could well be a pointer to their varied interests.
Continue reading:  Gurpreet Singh Nibber's  40% of MLAs in Punjab’s previous assembly never used its library: Here’s what the others read, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh 

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Mostafa el-Abbadi, 88, Champion of Alexandria’s Resurrected Library, Dies, Library Journal, March 2017

"It was President Richard M. Nixon who blew wind into the sails of Professor Abbadi’s ambitious proposal. When Nixon visited Egypt in 1974, he and President Anwar el-Sadat rode by train to Alexandria’s ancient ruins to observe their faded grandeur. When Nixon asked about the ancient library’s location and history, no one in the Egyptian entourage had an answer.That night, the rector of the University of Alexandria called the professor and asked him to prepare a memo about the Great Library’s rise and fall."   source : Library Journal

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Amazon's Cataloging Job: Without LIS & Metadata Education!

Ads -- Browse the basic  qualifications at Amazon’s Catalog group needs (part of the search and discovery organization); minus LIS' (i.e., skills, education, expertise, etc.)
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    - Customer Service and Technical Support experience preferred.
    - Strong technical aptitude and expertise with MS Windows, MS Office tools including MS-Excel. Experience with SQL a plus.
    - Familiarity with common digital media formats and digital transmission methods such as FTP and SFTP
    - Team player with demonstrated capability to work in a cross-functional environment.
    - Ability to work with technical and non-technical business owners to get things done.
    - College degree or equivalent work experience preferred up to 2 years; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    - Able to diagnose technical issues on a variety of platforms and tools in order to address and troubleshoot chronic system problems.
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    Bachelor’s Degree or above in Computer Science or related field
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    Proficiency in at least one object-oriented programming language such as Java
    Knowledge of professional software engineering and best practices for the full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, and operations
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  • Technical Program Manager - Item Data Authority

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    • Knowledge of professional software engineering practices & best practices for the full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, and operations
    • Strong fundamentals in object-oriented design, algorithm design, problem solving, and complexity analysis
    • Experience with Scrum or Agile development a plus
    • High level familiarity with data mining or machine learning
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Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Library of the Future of 2000 as envisioned by Lydia de Queiroz Sambaquy in 1972 @ Ideas for Libraries


Ideas for libraries aims to maintain the will and efforts of people like Lydia de Queiroz Sambaquy (1913-2006), a brazilian librarian, which was a very active supporter of the development and progress of libraries and scientific documentation in Brazil.
She studied Librarianship at the National Library of Rio de Janeiro, the first in Brazil, and also at the University of Columbia in 1941 and 1942. She fought for the recognition of the importance of libraries for Brazil, often in charge of librarianship activities and scientific documentation in the country since 1945.
In her article entitled “The Library of the Future” published in 1972 (see it here, in portuguese:, Sambaquy reports that she would like to have a time machine to visit a library in the year 2000 and have a glimpse of how they would be:: continue reading

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

You’ve probably never heard of this creepy genealogy site. But it knows a lot about you: --- The Washington Post

There are many “people search” sites and data brokers out there, like Spokeo, or Intelius, that also know a lot about you. This is not news, at least for the Internet-literate. And the information on FamilyTreeNow comes largely from the public records and other legally accessible sources that those other data brokers use. What makes FamilyTreeNow stand out on the creepy scale, though, is how easy the site makes it for anyone to access that information all at once, and free.

Profiles on FamilyTreeNow include the age, birth month, family members, addresses and phone numbers for individuals in their system, if they have them. It also guesses at their “possible associates,” all on a publicly accessible, permalink-able page. It’s possible to opt out, but it’s not clear whether doing so actually removes you from their records or (more likely) simply hides your record so it’s no longer accessible to the public.

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  • If you live in North America, there are lots of sites like this. For example, (,,,, etc.
  • Use Directories to Search the Invisible Web
    Here are just a few, samples:
    • The University of Michigan has put together OAIster, (pronounced "oyster") and encourages you to "find the pearls" on the Invisible Web. They have millions of records from more than 405 institutions as diverse as African Journals Online and the Library Network of Western Switzerland.
    • LookSmart's Find lets you search print publications for articles; anything from popular magazines to scholarly journals. Be sure to check out their Furl tool to organize your Invisible Web search snippets.
    • The Library Spot is a collection of databases, online libraries, references, and other good info from the Invisible Web. Be sure to check out their "You Asked For It" section, where popular readers' questions are featured.
    • The US Government's official web portal is, an extremely deep (as in lots of content) site. You could spend hours here. It's interesting to note how much stuff you can get done online here as well, such as renew your driver's license, shop government auctions, and contact elected officials.
    • Search the vast holding of the UCLA Library online, including their special collections only found on the Invisible Web.
    • Check out and its searchable Invisible Web databases. Results come from encyclopedias, almanacs, dictionaries, and other online resources only found on the Invisible Web.
    • The Central Intelligence Agency has the World Factbook, a searchable directory of flags of the world, reference maps, country profiles, and much, much more. Great for geography buffs or anyone who wants to learn more about their world.
    • University of Idaho has created this Repository of Primary Sources, which contains links to manuscripts, archives, rare books, and much more. Covers not only the United States, but countries all over the world.
    • Lund University Libraries maintains the Directory of Open Access Journals, a collection of searchable scientific and scholarly journals on the Invisible Web.
    • Looking for scientific information on the Invisible Web? Go to first. You can search either scholarly sources or Web sources or both.
    • Canada, ay? Then check out the Archival Records of Alberta. This is a web gateway to photographs, census records, and other archival records.
    • Want to find a plant that will survive overwatering, lack of sunlight, and general forgetfulness? You can probably find something in the USDA's Plants Databaseon the Invisible Web.
    • The Human Genome Database contains anything you would ever want to know..well, about the human genome on the Invisible Web, at least.