No.2-3 (April-September,2009) - INFLIBNET Centre
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No.2-3 (April-September,2009) - INFLIBNET Centre

ISSN : 0971-9849Vol. 16, No.2-3 (April to September 2009)Editorial BoardDr. Jagdish AroraShri Rajesh ChandrakarSOUL HelplineTel. : 079 - 26300007INFLIBNET Blog Chat Forum Wiki WikiPublished byINFLIBNET CentreGujarat University CampusP.B. NO. 4116, NavrangpuraAhmedabad - 380 009Tel. : 079 - 26304695, 26308528E-mail : : Private Circulation Only)

The Centre is going through a highactivityphase keeping all of us busywith new projects and initiatives.The SOUL 2.0, released in January2009, demanded a series oftraining programmes at the Centreas well as in other parts of thecountry. As per the Centre’sc o m m i t m e n t to a ca d e m i ccommunity, SOUL 2.0 was offeredfree-of-cost to all its existing users. As such, 321 copies of thesoftware were given to the existing users. However, the software,with its new features and functionality, attracted several newcustomers and 170 copies of the software were sold to the newcustomers during the period under report. Seven “SOUL Installationand Operations Training Programmes” and four IRTPLAs wereorganized during the period under report and 188 professionalswere trained on SOUL 2.0 through these training programmes.Besides, SOUL Installation and Operations Training Programme, theCentre also organized training programme on D-Space at Cochin incollaboration with CUSAT and three Users Awareness Programmeon Access to E-resources at CUSAT, Cochin, Osmania University,Hyderabad and University of Mumbai, Mumbai.The Project entitled “Indian National Library and InformationServices Infrastructure for Scholarly Content (N-LIST)” thatenvisages to provide access to e-resources to 6000 + colleges keptthe Centre busy with Herculean task of gathering baseline datafrom all the colleges. An Interface to enroll new colleges wasdesigned and was hosted on the INFLIBNET’s Web site at( 1055 colleges have alreadyregistered themselves with the N-LIST programme through onlineor offline questionnaire. The Centre has already conductednegotiations with publishers for subscription to various e-resourcessuitable for colleges. The programme is targeted to be launch byApril 2010. However, trial access to e-resources for colleges wouldcommence prior to formal launch, preferably in January / February2010. I am pleased to report that the Centre has registered initialsuccess in configuring Shibboleth, an open source software forfederation-based authentication for off-campus users. While theINFLIBNET Centre will adopt multiple methods to authenticateusers from colleges, ultimately it is planned to move allauthentications through Shibboleth.The term of the members of the INFLIBNET Council and GoverningBoard, by default, is for a period of three years. Several existingmembers completed their term during 2009 and, in place, newmembers were nominated by the UGC to the INFLIBNET Counciland Governing Board. On behalf of staff, Governing Board andINFLIBNET Council, I would like to record my sincere appreciationfor the outgoing members and welcome the new members to theGoverning Board / Council. The new members include Dr. T R Kem,Director, CEC, Prof. V G Talawar, VC, Mysore University, Prof. NPrabhu Dev, VC, Bangalore University, Dr. H A Ranganath, Director,NAAC, Bangalore and Prof. B P Sanjay, Vice-Chancellor, CentralUniversity of Tamil Nadu, Tirvarur. It is indeed a pleasure to reportthat Prof. S K Khanna, will continue to be the Chairman of theGoverning Board of the INFLIBNET Centre for the secondconsecutive term. The Chairman, UGC in his communicationaddressed to Prof. Khanna has recorded word of appreciation forthe ongoing reforms and changes and progress made by theINFLIBNET Centre under the chairmanship of Prof. Khanna.The Centre recognizes potential of Open Source Software and assuch, has adopted Open Source Software, called “Open Office” as atool for office automation in the Centre. All our servers areconfigured using Open Source Software include; Linux, Apache,MySQL, PHP etc. Moreover, besides using Open Source Software,the Centre has also developed number of Open Source Softwareand has contributed them to open source community for furtherdevelopment. These software are: CCF to MARC Conversion Utilityand Excel to MARC Conversion Utility.I am pleased to report that the Expert team for the XI Plan Period,under the chairmanship of Prof. S S Kadam, who visited the Centreon 27th - 28th November 2008 had appreciated theachievements made by the Centre during the X Plan Period as wellas the new initiatives the Centre has projected during XI PlanPeriod. Based on the report and recommendations made by theCommittee, the UGC has allowed the INFLIBNET Centre to fill-inall the vacant positions. Moreover, UGC has also sanctioned thebudget allocation for XI Plan Period as per the recommendations ofthe Committee wherein financial requirements as projected by theCentre were sanctioned in toto.I am pleased to report that the activity of construction of Institutebuilding has finally started. After finalization of architectural designof the Institute building, quotations were invited from reputedconstruction companies and work of construction of Institutebuilding was awarded to M/s Katira Construction Company basedon the lowest quotation. The work on construction of building wasstarted after obtaining necessary approvals from agencies likeGandhinagar Urban Development Authority (GUDA), AirportAuthority, Fire Authority, Forest Department, etc. The Centre is inthe process of hiring services of a Management ConsultancyServices to supervise construction activities and related work.The INFLIBNET Centre looks forward to continuing support fromthe academic community in all our endevours.Vol. 16, No.2-3 (April to September 2009)

Training Programme on SOULthParticipants of the 74 Training Programme with Director, INFLIBNET and Staff held at L. D. Engineering College, Ahmedabad.The second version of SOUL software, called SOUL 2.0, wasreleased by Prof. S K Thorat, Chairman, UGC during the inauguralsession of “National Seminar on Open Access to Textual and Multithmedia Content: Bridging the Digital Divide”, on 29 January 2009at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. Some of the important featuresand functionalities incorporated in SOUL 2.0 are: compliance tointernational standards like MARC 21 to facilitate data transfer andexchange, UNICODE to facilitate handling of multilingual content,SIP and NCIP for RFID compliance; FRBR to support functionalrequirement for bibliographic records, etc. The new version hasbeen received very well. As a gesture of goodwill, the Centre hasoffered free copy of the software to all its existing users. 321copies of the software were given to the existing users and 170copies were sold to the new libraries after release. The Centre hasorganised seven training programmes on Operation and Installationof SOUL2.0. 188 participants were trained on operations andinstallation of SOUL 2.0 during these training programmes. Theth74 Training Programme was organised in the LD EngineeringCollege, Ahmedabad and was especially targeted to engineeringcollege libraries. Remaining training programmes were organised atthe INFLIBNET Centre as details given below:thParticipants of the 76 SOUL Training Programme with Director, INFLIBNET and StaffVol. 16, No.2-3 (April to September 2009)

TP No. Place Period No. of Participants74 LD Engineering College, Ahmedabad April 20-24, 2009 5775 INFLIBNET Centre, Ahmedabad June 8-12, 2009 2176 INFLIBNET Centre, Ahmedabad June 22-26, 2009 2076(A) INFLIBNET Centre, Ahmedabad July 6-10, 2009 2777 INFLIBNET Centre, Ahmedabad July 13-17, 2009 2178 INFLIBNET Centre, Ahmedabad July 27-31, 2009 2479 INFLIBNET Centre, Ahmedabad August 24-28, 2009 18thParticipants of the 78 SOUL Training Programme with Director, INFLIBNET and StaffthParticipants of the 79 SOUL Training Programme with Director, INFLIBNET and StaffVol. 16, No.2-3 (April to September 2009)

INFLIBNET Regional Training Programme onLibrary Automation (IRTPLA)Ranganathan Bhavan, Delhi, August10-14, 2009The INFLIBNET's SOUL Regional ServiceCentre, Delhi and Delhi LibraryAssociation, Delhi in collaboration withthe INFLIBNET Centre, Ahmedabadorganized a 5-day Training Programmeththon SOUL 2.0 from 10 to 14 August2009 at Ranganathan Bhawan, Delhi.The Training Programme was organised intwo batches for existing SOUL users ofDelhi and NCR Region respectively. Seven SOULusers from Delhi and 17 SOUL users from NCR and other adjoiningregions (Ghaziabad, Modinagar, Meerut, Sarurpur, Kota andKishangarh) benefited from this training programme in the use andinstallation of SOUL thParticipants and Faculty of the SOUL 2.0 Training Programme, 10 -12 August 2009Shri Yatrik Patel, Scientist C and Shri Rajesh Chandrakar, Scientist Bfrom the Centre were resource persons for two batches of existingSOUL users alongwith Shri Dinesh Rayka and Shri DivyakantVaghela, Project Assistants. The Training Programme for the firstththParticipants and Faculty of SOUL 2.0 Training Programme, Ranganathan Bhavan, Delhi, 12 to 14 August 2009batch was inaugurated by Shri Yatrik Patel. The Valedictory sessionof the first batch and the inauguration of the second batch werecombined together. Dr Jagdish Arora, Director, INFLIBNET Centrewas the chief guest for the combined event. Shri Rajesh Chandrakardelivered the valedictory address to the participants of secondbatch of training programme. He also distributed certificates to theparticipants. Prof C P Vashishth, INFLIBNET SOUL RegionalCoordinator, SOUL Service Centre, Delhi was convener of both theVol. 16, No.2-3 (April to September 2009)

training programmes. The participants of both the trainingthprogrammes also got an opportunity to attend the 7 Dr S RRanganathan Memorial Lecture organized by Delhi LibraryAssociation on the theme “Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 : InnovativeTechnologies for Building Libraries of Tomorrow with Examples oftheir Applications at INFLIBNET Centre” delivered by Dr. JagdishArora.The training programme received excellent feedback. Participantssuggested to increase the frequency of the programme on regularbasis as well as number of days to at least 10 days.IIAS, Shimla, September 7-11, 2009The Library of the Indian Institute of Advanced Studies (IIAS),Shimla in collaboration with the INFLIBNET Centre, Ahmedabadorganized 5-days Regional Training Programme on LibraryththAutomation and Networking (IRTPLA) from 7 to 11 September2009. 45 library professionals from different districts of theHimachal Pradesh participated in the programme. The participantswere given “hands-on” practice on SOUL 2.0 software. Besideslibrary management software, the training covered lecture onlibrary networking, library consortium, e-resources, web pagedesigning, RFID etc.Prof. Peter Ronald Desouza, Director, IIAS inaugurated IRTPLA. Inhis inaugural address, he highlighted the role and importance oflibraries in providing information in various formats. He emphasizedthat library profession is one of the noble professions wherelibrarans get an opportunity to deal with all kinds of latest books. Heemphasized that libraries are changing and more and moreresources are available in digital format. An enormous amount ofinformation is now accessible on the web. He said ten years ago thepreparation of bibliography was a daunted task for librarians. It usedto take six months to prepare a subject bibliography. With theadvent of computers and ICT, especially World Wide Web, andsearch engine like Google Scholar and Scirus has made it possible tosearch scholarly literature in seconds. The documents can now besearched and retrieved from anywhere at any time. The users canParticipants along with Faculty of the SOUL 2.0 Training Programme held at IIAS, search books in Library of Congress Catalogue, British Library,INFLIBNET which was not possible ten years ago. He urged libraryprofessionals to adopt new technology and change their attitudewhile providing digital information.Mr. Prem Chand, Librarian, IIAS and Coordinator, IRTPLAProgramme welcomed the participants. He highlighted the impactof information technology in providing library services and urgedthe library professionals to develop the competencies and skills inhandling IT in libraries. Mr. Prem Chand also requested all theparticipants to make best use of training programme and automateall the colleges of the state by adopting suitable librarymanagement software.Vol. 16, No.2-3 (April to September 2009)

Sh Manoj Kumar, Scientist – D, INFLIBNET highlighted variousservices of INFLIBNET Centre. He informed that the INFLIBNEThas developed library management software called SOUL 2.0 thathas largest installation base in the country. Sh. Manoj Kumarinformed that the INFLIBNET will soon extend access to e-resources to 6,000 colleges in India and the benefit of the servicewill also be extended to the colleges in Himachal Pradesh. ShManoj Kumar informed that INFLIBNET has connected 157universities in India using ERNET backbone. He informed that theINFLIBNET provides access to 5000+ peer reviewed journals to allmember universities under the UGC-Infonet Digital LibraryConsortium. Dr. Vijay Goyal, Secretary of IIAS made presentationon the initiatives of MHRD to improve the quality of highereducation in India. Sh. H. G. Hosamani, Scientist-B along with Sh.Mitesh Pandya, SOUL Technical Assistant and Sh. VijaykumarShrimali, Technical Assistant represented the centre.R K Talreja College, Thane, Maharashtra, September 14-18,2009The R K Talreja College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Thane,Mumbai in collaboration with INFLIBNET Centre, organised 5-daysRegional Training Programme on Library Automation andththNetworking (IRTPLA) on SOUL 2.0 software from 14 to 18September 2009. The Programme was inaugurated by Sri P PChhugani, Chief Guest and Member of Board of Directors, R KTalreja College. Mrs. Limayae, Faculty, Department of Microbiologywelcomed the participants and dignitaries. Principal Dr. (Mrs.)Lalithambal Natarajan addressed the participants. Dr. (Mrs) MedhaJoshi, Librarian, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai as Guest ofHonour appreciated the efforts of INFLIBNET Centre for impartingsuch training programme to keep pace with the technologicaldevelopment. Ms Nalini Raja, Assistant Librarian, Coordinator of theProgramme and Regional SOUL Coordinator of the Centre forMaharashtra and Goa Region extended a warm vote of thanks. Mr.Yatrik Patel, Scientist C, representing the INFLIBNET Centre, madea presentation on the aims, objectives and activities of theINFLIBNET Centre. 28 participants (6 new SOUL users, 22 existingSOUL users) from Maharashtra and Goa participated in theprogramme. Shri Dinesh Pradhan, Scientific & Technical Officer(LS), Ms Heli Banker, Project Officer (CS), Shri Mayur Gohel,Technical Assistant (CS) from the Centre made presentations on thevarious modules of the SOUL 2.0 and assisted during the “handson”practice session.Participants along with Faculty of the IRTPLA Programme held at the R K Talreja College, Thane, MumbaiVol. 16, No.2-3 (April to September 2009)

Workshop on Dspace at CUSAT, Kochi,April 22-24, 2009Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) conducted aNational Workshop on DSpace in collaboration with HP India andththINFIBLINET Centre from 20 April to 24 April 2009. TheWorkshop concentrated on the installation of DSpace 1.5.1 onUbuntu Server 8.10. It was the first National Workshop dedicatedto DSpace on Ubuntu platform. Ubuntu ser ver( is a simplified derivative of Debian. 25delegates participated in the workshop from different parts of thecountry. The morning sessions were devoted to the theoreticalaspects and “hands-on” labs were conducted in the afternoonsessions. Almost all the delegates completed the installationsuccessfully and repeated the installation at least twice. Special labthsession was conducted on 25 April 2009 for clearing the doubts.Dr. Jagdish Arora, Director, INFLIBNET Centre, Ahmedabad Lighting the traditional Lamp while Inaugurating the Workshop onDspace at CUSAT, KochiINFLIBNET is interested in organizing such collaborative workstop on Dspace in future for establishingInstitutional Repositories in the Universities for ETD (Electronic Theses and Dissertation).For more details about the programme, please contact Director at 16, No.2-3 (April to September 2009)

User Awareness Programmes on Access toE-Resources, UGC-Infonet Digital LibraryConsortiumCUSAT, Kochi, April 21, 2009The User Awareness Programme on Access to E-Resources underthe UGC-Infonet Digital Library Consortium was jointly organizedby the INFLIBNET Centre, Cochin University of Science andTechnology (CUSAT), and the Kerala Library Association, ErnakulamstRegion on 21 April 2009 at CUSAT, Kochi. Mrs. C.P. Baby Valsala,University Librarian, CUSAT and Coordinator of the programmewelcomed the participants and dignitaries on the dais. Dr. JagdishArora, Director, INFLIBNET Centre inaugurated the programme bylighting the traditional lamp. Dr. Arora shared statistics on usage ofe-resources offered through the UGC-Infonet Digital LibraryConsortium and its impact on research output in terms of numberof publications by researchers and faculty in universities in India. Hewas happy that the awareness programme attracted a largenumber of participants from the university as well as from affiliatedc o l l e ge s a n d n e i g h b o u r i n g i n s t i t u t i o n s . D r. N .Chandramohanakumar, Registrar, CUSAT, in his presidential address,appreciated the efforts of the INFLIBNET Centre for making theusers of the University aware about e-resources from differentpublishers available under the consortium. Dr. V.P.N. Nampoori, theDean of Faculty of Technology and the Director of InternationalSchool of Photonics, CUSAT, while felicitating the occasion,appreciated the efforts of the University Librarian and theINFLIBNET Centre. Shri Joe Joseph, Junior Librarian of CUSAT andSecretary of KLA Ernakulam Region proposed a warm vote ofthanks.Dr. Jagdish Arora, Director, INFLIBNET Centre Lighting the traditional Lamp while Inaugurating the User Awareness Programmeat CUSAT, KochiVol. 16, No.2-3 (April to September 2009)

Dr. Jagdish Arora made a presentation on INFLIBNET Centre: itsCurrent status and Future endeavours. Dr. M.G. Sreekumar,UNESCO Coordinator, Greenstone Support for South Asia andLibrarian & Head, Center for Development of Digital Libraries(CDDL), Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, Kerala,provided insights in to the role of e-journals & aggregators inscholarly knowledge management. Shri. K.P Sadasivan, formerLibrarian, Regional Research Laboratory, Thiruvananthapuram andCSIR consultant introduced various e-resources for academia froma multi-faceted perspective. Publishers of e-resources, associatedwith the UGC-Infonet Digital Library Consortium madepresentation on their e-resources accessible to the UniversityLibrary. Publishers who made presentations included CambridgeUniversity Press, M/s Informatics (India) Ltd. (on JCCC and AnnualReview) and Balani Infotech (on SIAM & ACS).Osmania University, Hyderabad, June 22-23, 2009Osamania University Library, in collaboration with INFLIBNETCentre, conducted two-days Workshop on User AwarenessProgramme on Access to E-Resources under the UGC-InfonetndrdDigital Library Consortium on 22 to 23 June 2009. The first dayof the Workshop was devoted to imparting awareness of e-resources in Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities and the second daywas devoted to imparting awareness on e-resources in sciencediscipline. Smt.V. Revathi I/c University Librarian, OsmaniaUniversity Library and Coordinator of the Workshop welcomed theparticipants and highlighted the objectives of the Programme. Prof.Y.C. Venudhar, Registrar, Osmania University inaugurated theWorkshop by lighting the traditional lamp. Prof S. Sudarshan Rao,Principal, University College of Arts & Social Sciences and Head,Department of Library & Information Sciences presided over theinaugural session. Dr. Jagdish Arora, Director and Shri Ashok KumarRai, Scientist D, INFLIBNET Centre were resource persons for theWorkshop. 350 participants consisting of faculty members,research scholars, students, library professionals of the OsmaniaUniversity and neighbouring academic and research institutionsattended the Workshop.Dr. Arora, in his presentation delivered a talk on “The INFLIBNETCenttre: its Current Status and Future Endeavours”. The two daysWorkshop was divided in to four different sessions. These sessionswere chaired by Dr. Koteshwara Rao, University Librarian, Universityof Hyderabad, Shri ABSV Prasada Rao, Librarian, National RemoteSensing Centre, Hyderabad, Shri. P. Diwakar, Head, Libraryservices, CCMB, Hyderabad and Dr. Veeranjaneyulu, LibrarianAcharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU), Hyderabad,respectively. Representatives of the publishers made presentationsDignitaries on the Dais during the User Awareness Programme at Osmania University. Dr. Jagdish Arora, Director and Sh. Ashok Kumar Rai,Scientist D of the Centre, represented INFLIBNET Centre, are also seen.Vol. 16, No.2-3 (April to September 2009)

on e-resources accessible to the Osmania University Library.Presentations were made by Balani InfoTech (Project Muse, ACS &SIAM), M/s Informatics (India) Ltd (JCCC / AR), CambridgeUniversity Press, Springer (India) Private Limited, Oxford UniversityPress, Blackwell-Wiley, Taylor and Francis, SciFinder Scholar,Springer (India) and Oxford University Press.University of Mumbai, Mumbai, September 22-23, 2009The University Library and Department of Library & InformationScience, University of Mumbai, in collaboration with theINFLIBNET Centre, Ahmedabad organized two-days "UserAwareness Programme on Access to E-Resources under UGCndrdINFONET Digital Library Consortium" on 22 to 23 September2009 at Professor D.N. Marshall Auditorium, Jawaharlal NehruLibrary, Vidyanagari Campus, University of Mumbai, Mumbai.Dr. Vijay Khole, Hon'ble Vice-Chancellor inaugurated theprogramme by lighting the traditional lamp. Dr. Khole in hisinaugural address appreciated INFLIBNET Centre for sponsoring thisneed-based programme, which would make the faculty, researchscholars and students of the University aware of several e-resources from different publishers on a single platform. Dr. Arun D.Sawant, Hon'ble Pro-Vice-Chancellor pointed out that theuniversity could save funds from subscription of journals due to thefacility of access to e-resources extended by INFLIBNET free ofcharge. Dr. V.N. Magare, Director, BCUD emphasized that thisfacility has enhanced the inner strength of the Library as a learningresource centre in the University environment. Prof. VijayaRajhansa, University Librarian and Head, Department of Library &Information Science introduced benefits of the UGC-INFONETDigital Library Consortium.Dr. P.A. Gokhale, Reader, Department of Library & InformationScience made presentation on 'Exploring e-resources: the Role ofAggregators'. Mr. Yatrik Patel, Scientist-C, INFLIBNET Centrefurther explained the functionality and services of consortiumdwelling upon the need to enhance the usage of e-resources bythe academic community. Publisher's representatives fromThompson Press (for ISI and Web of Science), GIST (for Wiley-Blackwell and Taylor and Francis), Book Marketing Services (forIOP and RSC), Cambridge University Press, Globe (for AIP/APS,Math SciNet), Balani Infotech (for ACS, SIAM, Project Muse),Elsevier (for Cell Press and Science Direct) and Springer Links madepresentations on their e-resources available to the University.The concluding session of the programme was chaired by Dr. (Mrs.)Savitsmita B. Chawan, Reader, Department of Geography in theUniversity. The programme was attended by 150 participantsincluding students, research scholars and faculty members of theUniversity. The programme ended with a warm vote of thanks byProf. (Mrs.) Vijaya Rajhansa, Coordinator of the programme.Welcome to the New Members of INFLIBNETCouncil and Governing BoardDr. T R Kem, Director, CEC, New Delhi,Member, INFLIBNET CouncilDr. T R Kem, Director, Consortium forEducational Communication (CEC),New Delhi was nominated as aMember of the Governing Council(GC) for a period of three yearsthw.e.f.19 February 2009. Dr. Kemholds B.Sc., M.Sc. in Entomology,Ph.D., and PG Diploma in PersonnelManagement from Delhi University.He did his Post Doctoral Research in Pests Management fromBrisbane, Australia. Dr. Kem has 34 years of wide experience ofteaching, research and educational administration in institutions inIndia and abroad. Prior to his present assignment as Director, CEC,Dr. Kem worked in various important positions at differenteducational and research institutions in India such as Secretary,UGC; Adviser, AICTE; Registrar, IGNOU; Senior Scientist, IndianAgricultural Research Institute, New Delhi; and Entomologist,Directorate of Plant Protection & Storage.Dr. Kem has published 17 papers on various themes of EntomologyVol. 16, No.2-3 (April to September 2009)

and 7 papers on Distance Learning and Open Universities. He haswritten two books on “Information Technology - Re-engineeringof Distance Education” (1997) and “Higher Education Systems inIndia” (in 3 volumes – 2006). Dr. Kem has visited more than 20countries for participating in various seminars, workshops andtraining programmes. He was nominated as Chairman andMembers of the various Committees of Govt. of India andEducational Institutions. Dr. Kem is recipient of LifetimeAchievement Award in the area of Higher Education byInternational Association of Educators for World Peace, USA in2007. The Director and INFLIBNET Staff welcomes him as aMember of the Governing Council of the INFLIBNET Centre.Prof. V G Talawar, Vice Chancellor, MysoreUniversity, Member, INFLIBNET CouncilProf. V G Talawar, newly appointed firstVice Chancellor from the Library andInformation Science background ofthe Mysore University, is an eminentProfessor and a son of a farmer ofBelgaum district of Karnataka State.stBorn on 1 June 1950, he is a man ofdifferent personalities, humble anddown to earth. The UGC hasnominated Prof. V G Talawar as a Member of the Governing Boardthfor a period of three years w.e.f. 19 February 2009. He pursuedhis higher education in Master of Library and Information Sciencefrom the Bangalore University with Gold Medal in 1978. Prof.Talawar started his career from the Bharat Electronics Ltd,Bangalore (now Bengaluru) and served there for more than 10years. He also served at Mangalore University for more than 6years. Prof. Talawar is serving in the University of Mysore since last17 years on different capacities. Prof. Talawar served the Universityas a Registrar for more than 4 years and as Director, AcademicStaff College for more than 4 years. Prof. Talawar has also visitedUSA and UK on professional assignments.Prof. Talawar has published 12 books, 46 monographs and 54articles. The Legacy of Learning (2002) is a comprehensive andsignificant reference book on the history of development of theUniversity of Mysore with a vision for its future. Prof. Talawar hassuccessfully guided 15 research scholars till date. Prof. Talawar is aLife Member of number of library associations and he is a FounderPresident of ASIST Bangalore. He has been recognised andhonoured by the Govt. of Karnataka for his meritorious services inthe field of higher education, especially in the area of library andinformation science. The Director and INFLIBNET staff welcomeshim as a Member of the Governing Council of the INFLIBNETCentre.Prof. N Pradhu Dev, Vice Chancellor,Bangalore University, Member,Governing BoardDr. N Pradhu Dev, a DistinguishedProfessor and Vice Chancellor ofBangalore University, Bengaluru wasnominated as a Member of theGoverning Board of the INFLIBNETCentre, Ahmedabad for a period ofththree years w.e.f. 19 May 2009.Prof. Dev holds Post Graduation inGeneral Surgery and Post Doctoral inCardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery. Hehas served in various Hospitals and Institutes on different positions.Prof. Dev was Prof. & HOD of CT Surgery, Medical Superintendentand Director at Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology, Bengaluru. Besides,Prof. Dev has also served at Post Graduate Education & ResearchInstitute (Chandigarh), Department of Cardiology, Victoria Hospital,Bengaluru, and Bowring & Lady Curzon Hospital, BangaloreMedical College, Bengaluru. Prof. Dev has also worked in Hospitalsand regular institutions outside India including London, SanFrancisco, USA and Iowa State, USA. He is a Fellow of IndianCollege of Cardiology and Association of Cardiovascular – ThoracicSurgeons of India.Prof. Dev has presented number of papers in Asian Congress onThoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. He has served as Presidents,Vice Presidents, and Secretary of different professional bodies suchVol. 16, No.2-3 (April to September 2009)

Visitors at INFLIBNET CentreThe following dignitaries visited the INFLIBNET Centre during this period:1) Ms. Nobuko Miyairi, Research Solution Consultant, Asia Pacific, Thomson Reuters2) Dr. T R Kem, Director, CEC, New Delhi3) Dr. (Mrs) Jayajakrishnan, Librarian, CEC, New DelhiMs. Nobuko Miyairi, Research Solution Consultant, Asia Pacific, Thomson Reuters answering the questions of the Technical Staff in theLecture HallApart from various dignitaries and professionals, students from Library and Information science also visit INFLIBNET Centre. Variousdepartments/schools of Library and Information sciences are encouraged to bring their students to the centre on study tour with priorpermission from the Director. The Centre has hostel facility near to the campus having 22 occupancies for the students on nominal charges.Vol. 16, No.2-3 (April to September 2009)

Open Source Software from INFLIBNET CentreThe INFLIBNET Centre contributed the following open sourcesoftware for the benefit of LIS community. These software areavailable at to MARC21 Conversion UtilityThe Software R&D Group of the Centre has developed a utility forconverting the Common Communication Format (CCF) basedbibliographic records into MARC21 based bibliographic records.This utility was being used by the Centre for long time for its dayto-dayactivities as part of conversion of bibliographic recordsreceived from different universities under the collaborativemovement started by the INFLIBNET Centre for developing theunion databases of various library resources available in universitiesacross the country. The utility can be used for getting MARC21based ISO2709 records from the CCF based ISO2709 bibliographicrecords. For better conversion in MARC21 format, the utility needsCCF records in ISO2709 format with tags and conventionsaccording to the CCF format. The utility can be downloaded The executable file can also bedownloaded from and source code can be downloaded from the to MARCXML Conversion UtilityShri Ankur Parikh, working in the Accounts Unit of the Centre, hasdeveloped a tool for converting Excel data in to MARCXML withhelp from the Software R&D Group. The Centre receivesbibliographic records of the library resources from universities indifferent file formats for its Union Catalogue including Excelformat. The staff responsible for processing bibliographic recordsfrom university had to go through the number of steps that wastime consuming and less accurate for converting the Excel data intodesired format. The newly developed utility helps in by-passingthese steps and converts data in to MARCXML accurately and withease. Once the data is converted in MARCXML, the bibliographicrecords can easily be loaded into the SOUL2.0 without any dataloss. While using this conversion tool, please observe thefollowings:single record can have 30 data elements including fieldsand subfileds with repeatable values for fields and subfields.pre-defined leader for books, serials and theses areincorporated.converted records will have pre-defined fixed fields ofMARC 21 such as 001, 002, 003, 006, 007, and 008.rendering of data fields must be according to the AARC2convention or definition of MARC21 tags.conversion of records can be done for chosen numbersinstead of complete collection (number of rows in Excelfile).chosen number of data fields and subfields (number ofcolumns in Excel file) can be selected for converting therecords instead of having all 30 data elements.The conversion tool is available for download at 16, No.2-3 (April to September 2009)

XI Plan Period Allocation to the INFLIBNET CentreThe XI Plan Period Projections made by the INFLIBNET Centrewere assessed by a team consisting of six expert members underthe Chairmanship of Prof. S. S. Kadam during November 27 and28, 2008. The Expert Team reviewed the achievements of theCentre during X Plan Period and assessed the XI Plan PeriodProjections based on the report submitted to the UGC andpresentations made by the INFLIBNET Scientists and Director.The Committee, in their report submitted to the UGC, hasappreciated the achievements made by the Centre during X PlanPeriod as well as new initiatives that the Centre has projected for XIPlan Period. Based on the report and the recommendations madeby the Committee, the UGC has allowed the INFLIBNET Centre tofill-in all the positions that are lying vacant in the Centre for pastseveral years. Moreover, UGC has also approved four new technicalpositions and four project positions based on the recommendationsof the Committee. The UGC has also sanctioned the budgetallocation for the XI Plan Period as per the recommendation of theCommittee wherein the financial requirement for the existingprojects as well as for the new initiatives have been sanctioned intoto. The new initiatives that are projected by the Centre during XIPlan Period include i) Electronic Submission of Theses andDissertations in Universities; ii) Open Journal Hosting Services at theINFLIBNET Centre; iii) Setting-up of Open Source Software R&Dfacilities; iv) Setting-up of Open Access Institution Repositories; v)Access Management Technologies; and vi) Multi-lingual Supportfor bibliographic databases: SOUL Software and other Databases.IFLA FRBR Review Group MemberSh. Rajesh Chandrakar, Scientist B of the Centre contested for theIFLA FRBR Review Group Member through the nomination to theGroup. Sh. Chandrakar has been elected as the Review GroupMember for a period of four years from 2009 to 2013. Sh.Chandrakar has been serving in this Centre for last 13 years. His corearea of specialization is Cataloguing, Bibliographic Formats,Information Standards, Electronic Publishing, Metadata and LibraryAutomation. The INFLIBNET Centre congratulates Sh. Chandrakarfor this achievement.Independence Day CelebratedSh. Manoj Kumar K, Scientist D (CS) speakingon the occasion of Independence Day CelebrationrdThe INFLIBNET family celebrated the 63Independent Day of the Country in its campus. Sh.Manoj Kumar K, Scientist D (CS) of the Centrehoisted the national flag and addressed thegathering comprising of the staff and their familymembers.Vol. 16, No.2-3 (April to September 2009)

INFLIBNET Celebrated GarbaThe INFLIBNET Centre celebrated Navratri Garba festival on itsthcampus on 24 September 2009. The INFLIBNET staff and theirfamilies alongwith Director and his family joined the celebration.The function began with pooja of Godess Durga and every onepresent in the campus participated in the pooja and Garba. Prizeswere distributed to children and staff members for best Garba, besttraditional dress, etc. Dinner was served at the end of function.Director and his family with INFLIBNET Staff alongwith their families performing pooja during Navratri Garba celebration.Photographs of important events organised at INFLIBNET centre alongwith the photographs of Garba organised every year at thecentre’s Campus are available for view at Video Galary on YouTube Channel at 16, No.2-3 (April to September 2009)

Topics on Cutting-Edge Technology in LISThe article on “Copy Cataloguing in India: a Viewpoint” is a part of the series ofTopics on Cutting-Edge Technology in LIS. The author of this article Sh. RajeshChandrakar, Scientist B and Dr. Jagdish Arora, Director, INFLIBNET Centreexplain about the copy cataloguing facility especially in the onlineenvironment for the Indian librarian. Sh. Chandrakar and Dr. Arora can becontacted at and, respectively.The libraries in India, especially the corporate, research andacademic libraries, are currently moving towards digitization of theirlibrary collections after automating the library functions in firststage. These libraries are now working for improving the libraryservices by implementing ICT and ICT based Web 2.0 and Library2.0 services. The library automation, which was discussed during1990s, is hardly a topic of discussion for many professionals as theyhave moved on with the pace of technology to more recent topicssuch as digitization, digital libraries, Library 2.0, IRs, etc.The higher education system of India consists of more than 412universities and 20,000 colleges across the countries [1]. From ourexperiences of visiting various universities and colleges across thecountry, it is observed that only 35% of the universities andcolleges located in the urban cities, seem to have completed thecomputerization of their libraries. As per our experiences, manylibraries, especially the college and public libraries, are yet tocomputerise their day-to-day functions due to lack of budget,infrastructure, and skilled manpower. Library automation andretrospective conversion of library collections, therefore, remakeimportant activities to be discussed and deliberated upon. Weopined that the retrospective conversion is one of the major areasthat should be discussed in greater length with an aim to helplibraries to create / download quality bibliographic records for theirlibrary automation.The retrospective conversion is a process of converting the existinglibrary catalogue in to the machine readable format. The process ofretrospective conversion is challenging, time consuming and is avery expensive task for the library. Every library that automates itscatalogue has to go through the process of retrospectiveconversion of library collection. There are two ways to do theretrospective conversion of library catalogues. The retrospectiveconversion can be done either by referring to the physical book orusing the print catalogue ofthe book, but, either methodi s t i m e - c o n s u m i n g ,expensive and labourin t e n s i v e . T h e c o p ycataloguing of bibliographicrecords from other sourcescould be better option forretrospective conversion.The authors in this articlediscuss retrospective conversion and explain the possibility of aninexpensive way of doing retrospective conversion of the librarycatalogues by using the copy cataloguing functionalities offered byvarious agencies viz. Library of Congress, British Library and IndCatof INFLIBNET Centre.What is Copy Cataloguing?Copy Cataloguing is a process of cataloguing items using precataloguedmachine readable records. It involves finding amachine-readable record (MARC) from other libraries or libraries ina network that matches the item in hand. The philosophy of copycataloguing is that one need not catalogue an item which hasalready been catalogued by someone, especially if it could bedownloaded over the Internet.[2] The process of cataloguing iscostly. Copy cataloguing provides the solution to save the cost ofcataloguing and time of library staff. What cataloguers are lookingfor is the most appropriate record available from other onlinecatalogue by using an exhaustive search process, while workingindependently. The goal is to locate an appropriate bibliographicrecord and download it in the local LMS (Library ManagementSoftware). Traditionally, cataloguers in developed countries havebeen copying catalogue records that member libraries havecontributed to bibliographic utilities over network such as OCLC.Libraries in India, however, did not have any such options till now.However, the INFLIBNET, has recently, made it possible through itsunion catalogue named IndCat.The Process of Copy CataloguingThe procedures involved in copy cataloguing are as follows:Search for the bibliographic record in bibliographicdatabases that allows copy cataloguingIf record is available in database, download the record in ISO2709 formatVol. 16, No.2-3 (April to September 2009)

Add local information such as class number, book number,bar code and local notes.Validate record.Save the record in the database of your LMS software.Sources for Copy CataloguingThere are a number of sources for copy cataloguing. The libraries indeveloped countries are doing copy cataloguing for years by usingcopy cataloguing services offered by bibliographic utilities overnetworks such as OCLC, British Library, and Publisher's databases.Libraries in the UK, mostly use the COPAC (CURL OPAC- catalogueof largest research university libraries in UK) and the British Librarydatabases. Libraries in the US use the Library of Congress Catalogueand OCLC WorldCat for retrospective conversion of their collection.In developed countries, “ready catalogue” provided by thepublishers at the time of selling the books are used for cataloguingnew collections of the libraries (Mason, 2009). Additionally, mostof the integrated LMS software provides copy cataloguing facility.On other hand, Indian libraries may exceptionally use readycatalogue of publishers; mostly they may not be aware of theservice as none of the Indian publishers provide ready cataloguewith few exceptions of publishers like DK Agencies, New Delhi,who provides MARC records of their publications. Considering thefacts mentioned above, it is important for the cataloguers to knowabout copy cataloguing services of various agencies. Indian librariesmay use following sources for copy cataloguing:1) INFLIBNET's IndCat2) Online Catalogue of Library of Congress3) British Library's Integrated Catalogue4) Ready Catalogue by Publisher5) WorldCat of OCLC1. IndCat : Online Union Catalogue of Indian UniversitiesIndCat is an online union catalogue of Indian universities. Memberuniversities of the INFLIBNET Centre contribute the bibliographicrecords of their library collections to the Centre. The Centre doesquality checking of the records and if found suitable for IndCat,makes available online through IndCat not only for Indian academiccommunity but also for everyone. The online catalogue of Indianuniversities contains over 10 million bibliographic records of booksfrom 112 universities across the country. In the Indian highereducation system, we do know that most of the disciplines beingtaught are somewhat common in the universities and colleges. Thecourses and the disciplines taught in the university and collegesinfluence the library collection, therefore, most of the libraries dohave common collections on various subjects. As such, librariesattempting copy cataloguing afresh, are likely to find records fortheir books in IndCat. According to the policy of the INFLIBNETCentre, the member library of the Centre submits bibliographicrecords quarterly to the Centre, which are available online on IndCatplatform. The IndCat bibliographic records are available to everyonefree-of-cost on By using the copycataloguing feature of the IndCat, the library can avoid creatingcatalogue records afresh at the time of cataloguing their librarycollections.2. Catalogue of Library of CongressThe Library of Congress is a national library of America located inthe Washington, DC. It has regional branches in almost all countriesacross the globe. The bibliographic records created in the branchlibraries at regional level are submitted to the online catalogue ofthe Library of Congress at head office in the Washington. India alsohas a branch library of US Library of Congress at American Center,New Delhi. The important Indian books are being catalogued bythis regional office and submitted to the Library of Congress inWashington, DC. The bibliographic records are accessible to anyonethrough the website . The online catalogueof the Library of Congress has facilities to search and download therecords in MARC21 based ISO 2709 format.3. British Library's Integrated CatalogueThe British Library is the national library of the UK and has threebranches - St. Pancras, Colindale and Boston Spa in UK. TheIntegrated Catalogue of the British Library has more than 13 millionitems in its collection. The libraries can download any MARCrecords from the Integrated Catalogue, for free, one-by-one,provided the records represent their actual library holdings, fromthe website Instruction for downloading therecord is provided in help menu under “Downloading MARCrecords” heading.4. Ready Catalogue by PublisherMost publishers and booksellers offer ready catalogue of theirpublications in MARC format. The publishers and booksellersprovide MARC records of the books, at the time of sale to thel i b r a r y. Fo r e x a m p l e , D . K . A g e n c i e s ( P ) L t d .( based in New Delhi is one of theprominent and reliable suppliers of South Asian books who has aready catalogue of all their books in MARC21 format. It would beappropriate for Indian librarians to ask the local suppliers to supplyready catalogue records of the books in MARC format. That willhelp librarians save time and money. Most importantly, they mayget quality records of their library collection. It may also providerelief for the manpower shortage in the library to some extent.Vol. 16, No.2-3 (April to September 2009)

5. WorldCat from OCLCWorldCat from OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) is a globalonline catalogue of library collections. Apart from the libraries inUS, libraries from various countries are also member of OCLC.WorldCat is a shared catalogue of member libraries of OCLC and thecopy cataloguing facility of the database is accessible to themember libraries through the connection software of OCLC at website. Thus, the copy cataloguingfacility of this database merely benefits to its member libraries. It isessential to become a member of the OCLC for getting benefits ofthis service.Feature of Copy Cataloguing in SOUL 2.0SOUL (Software for University Libraries) is an integrated librarymanagement software developed by INFLIBNET Centre,Ahmedabad.[3] SOUL 2.0, with advanced features was recentlythlaunched at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on 29 January 2009by Prof. Sukhadev Thorat, Chairman, University Grants Commission,New Delhi (Chandrakar, 2009). The software has a number of newfeatures added to it and copy cataloguing is one of them. The keyfeatures of SOUL 2.0 are given in INFLIBNET Newsletter Vol. 15,N o . 3 ( J u ly t o S e p t e m b e r 2 0 0 8 ) a va i l a b l e a t MARC21 based bibliographic records available in the onlinedatabases can be used in SOUL 2.0 software through copycataloguing feature. SOUL 2.0 uses MARC21 based ISO 2709format, a globally accepted standard for copy cataloguing. Thecopy cataloguing feature of SOUL 2.0 has been tested successfullyby using bibliographic records from the Library of Congress,WorldCat, British Library and IndCat.Picture shows bibliographic records downloaded from Library of Congress and IndCat database into SOUL 2.0 softwareVol. 16, No.2-3 (April to September 2009)

ConclusionKeeping in mind the manpower and budget cuts in the libraries andincreasing demands of ICT based library services, it is left to thelibrarians to exploit the technology for the betterment of the libraryand its users. We conclude by suggesting that for the retrospectiveconversion of the library catalogues, Indian libraries should use thecopy cataloguing facility available with whatever software they areusing for automating the library. The authors would also like tosuggest that librarians should request MARC records from thepublishers for new books purchased by the library. This should becompulsorily implemented by libraries, so that publishers in Indiathink seriously in this area and start providing MARC records withthe supply of books.Further, keeping in mind the future implementation of the RFIDsystem in the library, librarians in India should also ask publishers tosupply books with RFID tags. This step will help them to a greaterextent when the RFID system in the library will be implemented.The Book Industry Communication (BIC is an independentorganisation set up and sponsored by the Publishers Association,Booksellers Association, the Chartered Institute of Library andInformation Professionals and the British Library to promote supplychain efficiency in all sectors of the book world through e-commerce and the application of standard processes andprocedures) in the UK has already recommended publishers andsubscription agents to supply books with RFID tags to libraries.ReferencesMason, Moya K. (2009), Copy Cataloguing: Our Quest forthe Perfect Copy. (Accessed n 05.03.2009)Chandrakar, Rajesh. (2009), SOUL 2.0: a new version ofSOUL software. (Accessed on05.03.2009)Website – Library's Integrated Catalogue – – o p y C a t a l o g u i n g P r o c e d u r e s - Agencies (P) Ltd. – – of Congress Catalogue – http://catalog.loc.govOCLC – http://www.oclc.orgWorldCat – http://www.worldcat.orgThe INFLIBNET centre invites paper from the professionals on different library technologies pertaining to the ICT (information andcommunication technlogy) for publishing in the “Topics on Cutting-Edge Technolgy in LIS” column of the INFLIBNET Newsletter.Interested professionals may submit their proposal of paper to either or 16, No.2-3 (April to September 2009)

Staff NewsDr. Jagdish AroraDr. Jagdish Arora was honoured with “Master Motilal Sanghi ShresththPustkalaya Sammaan” for the year 2009. He delivered the 7 S. R.thRanganathan Memorial Lecture on 12 August 2009 organised bythe Delhi Library Association at Ranganathan Bhavan, Delhi. Hewas member of the following committees / Boards:Expert Review Committee of the UGC to Review theFunctioning of Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune asththDeemed University, 24 and 25 October, 2009.National Advisory Committee, P K Kelkar Library, IndianInstitute of Technology, Kanpur (2009 - )Library Review Committee, University of Mysore, Mysore.(2009 - )Course Development Committee for M.Phil. Programme inLibrary and Information Science, Vardhaman MahaveerOpen University, Kota, RajasthanBoard of Studies (BOS), Associateship in InformationScience (AIS), National Institute of ScienceCommunication and Information Resources (NISCAIR),New Delhi (2009 – 2011)Subcommittee on Preservation Metadata, Working Groupon National Digital Preservation Programme (NDPP),Ministry of Communications and Information Technology,New DelhiEditorial Advisory Board, Journal of Information Science andTechnology, Department of Library and InformationScience, University of KeralaEditorial Advisor, Interlending & Document SupplyEditorial Board, Digital Libraries: An International Journal,TERI, New DelhiSh. Rajesh ChandrakarSh. Rajesh Chandrakar, Scientist B of the Centre attended theMeeting of the MSD 5 of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS),New Delhi along with the Meetings of the Panels, MSD5/P-6(Panel on Review of the Indian Standards Published by MSD 5) andP-10 (Panel on the Content Analysis and Content Development) asa Member and MSD5/P-7 (Panel on Library Related Standards),P-11 (Panel for Scrutinizing the Standards prepared by the ISO/TC46, ISO/TC 154 and ISO/TC 171 for Ascertaining their need andsuitability for adoption as Indian Standards) and MSD5/P-12(Panel for Seminar on Use of Indian Standards on Documentationth th thand Information Practices) as an Invitee on 15 , 16 and 17September 2009. Sh. Chandrakar has been nominated forfollowing committees:Member for the Panel MSD5/P-12 (Panel for Seminar onUse of Indian Standards on Documentation andInformation Practices)MSD5/P-8 (Panel for Preparing Revised Version of IS 796:1966- Glossary of Cataloguing Terms)Inclusion in the 2010 edition of the Marquis's Who is Whoin the World.Sh. Shashikant VanikarSh. Shashikant Vanikar, Office Assistant II was on lien to the GandhiLabour Institute, Ahmedabad for 2 years, has joined INFLIBNETstCentre on 1 September 2009 after completion of the lien period.The INFLIBNET Centre welcomes him to the Centre. 16, No.2-3 (April to September 2009)

1842 Installations till September 2009Statewise Status of SOUL Installationin the Country

Contents1. Message from Director's Desk 22. SOUL Training Programme 33. TRTPLA Training Programme 54. Workshop on DSpace at CUSAT, Kochi, April 22-24, 2009 85. User Awareness Programme on Access to E-Resources 9CUSAT, Kochi, April 21, 2009 9Osmania University June 22-23, 2009 10University of Mumbai, September 22-23, 2009 116. Welcome to New Members of INFLIBNET Council / Governing Board 11Dr. T R Kem, Director, CEC, New Delhi, Member, INFLIBNET Council 11Dr. V G Talawar, Vice Chancellor, Mysore University, Member, INFLIBNET Council 12Prof. N Prabhu Dev, Vice Chancellor, Bangalore University, Member, Governing Board 12Dr. D P Kothari, Vice Chancellor, VIT University, Member, Governing Board 13Dr. S Majumdar, University Librarian, Delhi University, Member, Governing Board 137. Visitors at the INFLIBNET Centre 148. Open Source Software from INFLIBNET Centre 15CCF to MARC21 Conversion Utility 15Excel to MARCXML Conversion Utility 159. XI Plan Period Allocation the INFLIBNET Centre 1610. IFLA FRBR Review Group Member 1611. Independence Day Celebrated 1612. INFLIBNET Celebrated Garba 1713. Topics of Cutting Edge Technology in LIS 1814. Staff News 22

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