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Tablet PC will be replacement of Books

A tablet personal computer (tablet PC) is a portable personal computer equipped with a touchscreen as a primary input device and designed to be operated and owned by an individual. The term was made popular as a concept presented by Microsoft in 2001. But now many Tablet and PC companies new products will be launching in the last quarter of this year. Now Ipad, Olivepad, Galaxypad is available in market with latest OS platform like Android, 3G or 4G support, GPS etc.

Tablet PC are a high-technology which one can access to internet to find information and so on, while books are something written by an author to pass on knowledge or facts and so on. In this essay I am going to discuss about the beneficial of computers and books, and is computers really a replacement for book. No buddy know, but intresting.

Computer technologies such as hypertext and the Internet remove the geographical constrains of print media and allow for a new method of distributing and reading documents. Books will always be affordable, concrete sources of information, but the next ten years will bring computers that are faster to access, as convenient to use, and that hold more information than books. With the Internet, one piece of information is accessible from millions of computers around the world. A researcher may need to travel no further than her computer to find a document in a virtual library 3,000 miles away. As the Internet continues to grow, those doing research will have a greater advantage by acquiring Internet connectivity than by searching far and wide for books.

A book has much greater authority than information conveyed by a computer. By the time a book goes to press, it has been through the hands of the author, publisher, designer, and the editor. Information on the computer does not necessarily go through such a rigorous selection process. With very little effort, anyone can publish a document on the Internet; anyone can be an author. As a result, there tends to be a lower signal-to-noise ratio on the Internet.

In addition, unlike computers that gives out radiation. To add on, scientists have given a statement that radiation an cause diseases to human and it harms male’s reproductive cells. Therefore they think that books are healthier than computers. I agree with what the scientists have stated, no matter what health is still the first priority.

Computers will never completely supplant books, but we may soon rely on them more than print media. Computers will meet our needs for information storage and distribution, and will be a convenient way to hold more information in less space than today’s book.

Avanti Library System

Avanti Library Systems release Nova, a semantic mapping system that can be used in a variety of contexts. It is initially being developed to be used as an online catalog. However, the Nova software is very general and can also be used to implement topic maps, content management systems, complex data structures such as MARC records, or any application that needs to dynamically map and query relationships among sets of objects.

Nova can be used in several ways. It has a scripting language used to manipulate and query semantic maps. It will also have native client/server capabilities, and provides a Java API for integration with other applications. At its core is a data structure that stores a semantic map. Nova is ultimately a new way of looking at semantic data.

Download: nova-0.1.tar.gz (Unix tarball).
Documentation: README.txt

Top 50 Excellent Library Science Blogs

Well my friends i would like to introduce Top 50 Excellent Library Science Blogs in front of you. These blogs are very interesting for library professionals. These blogs are distributed in various category.

OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) Blogs

  1. 025.431: The Dewey blog: “Everything you always wanted to know about the Dewey Decimal Classification system but were afraid to ask.”
  2. HangingTogether: This blog is a place where some of the OCLC Research staff, particularly those individuals who support the RLG Partnership of libraries, archives, and museums, can talk about the intersections they see happening between these different types of institutions.
  3. Hectic Pace: Andrew Pace, the executive director for Networked Library Services at OCLC, is the author of this blog.
  4. Lorcan Dempsey’s Weblog: Lorcan currently works for OCLC as vice president, OCLC research and chief strategist.
  5. OCLC Developer Network: This blog is about library Web services from the OCLC Web services group and its Developer Network.
  6. Outgoing: Library metadata techniques and trends by Thom Hickey, OCLC’s chief scientist.
  7. Q6: This blog is maintained by Jeff Young, software architect at OCLC.
  8. WebJunction: WebJunction is an online community where library staff meet to share ideas, solve problems, take online courses – and have fun.
  9. Weibel Lines: Ruminations on libraries, Internet standards, and “stuff that comes to mind” from a senior research scientist at OCLC.
  10. WorldCat Blog: WorldCat.org lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world. This is their official blog.

Digital Library

  1. Blyberg: John Blyberg is the assistant director for innovation and user experience at the Darien Library in Connecticut.
  2. Closed Stacks: Closed Stacks is a collaborative blog written by librarians from a range of library types.
  3. Connecting Librarian: An information librarian at Casey Cardinia Library Corporation offers views on virtual services.
  4. Creative Librarian: The Creative Librarian is a hub for matters important to librarians/information scientists of today, with a leaning toward electronic issues.
  5. Information Wants To Be Free: A librarian, writer, educator and tech geek reflects on the profession and the tools used to serve patrons.
  6. Librarian in Black: Sarah Houghton-Jan is the digital futures manager for the San José Public Library in the heart of the Silicon Valley.
  7. Library Monk: A Senior IT Technologist I / Web designer in Library Technology Services at the University of Tennessee offers this site on library and information science and information technology.
  8. Tame The Web: Michael Stephens writes about libraries, technology and people.
  9. The Invisible Web Weblog: A blog about the Invisible Web and information availability on the Web.
  10. The Life of Books: The director of the law library and professor of law at the University of Nebraska College of Law writes about the idea that “books are dead.”
  11. The Travelin’ Librarian: Michael Sauers is currently the technology innovation librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission in Lincoln, Nebraska, and has been training librarians in technology for more than 15 years.

Web 2.0 Librarian

  1. Community Virtual Library: The Community Virtual Library Foundation is a non-profit organization formed to support Community Virtual Library, a virtual library that exists in Second Life.
  2. David Lee King: David creates, writes, thinks, and speaks about library Web sites and emerging digital technology.
  3. iLibrarian: News and resources on Library 2.0 and the information revolution.
  4. Information Literacy meets Library 2.0: This is the blog which updates the book, Information Literacy meets Library 2.0.
  5. Infotangle: This blog is about emerging technologies, Web 2.0, information, and libraries.
  6. Librarian: This rural librarian is deep into writing about library topics and speaking on library issues.
  7. Library Web Chic: Karen A. Coombs is a librarian and geek coder with an interest in mashups, Web services, and library Web site interfaces.
  8. The Shifted Librarian: This blogger writes about how the change from pursuing information to receiving information is and will be affecting libraries.

Information Science and Systems

  1. Bibliographic Wilderness: Jonathan Rochkind writes about library digital systems and services, metadata, cataloging, and the collective effort to help people navigate the ‘information wilderness.’
  2. Catalogablog: This blog focuses on library cataloging, classification, metadata, subject access and related topics.
  3. Cataloguing Aids: The author hopes that this blog can serve as an index for the Cataloguing Aids Web site.
  4. Cataloging Futures: The metadata librarian at Princeton Theological Seminary writes this blog about cataloging.
  5. Hey Jude: Judy O’Connell started this blog in 2006 to help her engage in social networking and to inform her work as a librarian with skills in information services.
  6. Infomusings: A doctoral student at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill writes about her studies in Personal Information Management (PIM) and teaches the intro to library cataloging course.
  7. Information Research – ideas and debate: A spin-off from the e-journal dedicated to informal publication of ideas and comment on current affairs in the information world.
  8. The Cataloguing Librarian: The collections access librarian at Halifax Public Libraries writes this blog as a resource for herself and other catalogers.
  9. The FRBR Blog: A blog following developments around FRBR, or Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records.
  10. The Serials Cataloger: News, research, and other information of interest to serials catalogers.
  11. Z666.7.B39: Musings related to metadata, cataloging, and the world of librarianship from the electronic resources cataloging coordinator at Princeton University Library.

Library News

  1. Information Literacy Weblog: News and reports about information literacy around the world.
  2. Library Bytes: “Byte-size” chunks of news about libraries and new technologies.
  3. Library Link of the Day: Every day a link is added for library news and its profession.
  4. Library Stuff: The library blog dedicated to resources for keeping current and professional development.
  5. LIScareer News: Alerts about new LIScareer articles and site updates. Occasional news about information relating to library and information science career management.
  6. LISNews: LISNews is a collaborative blog devoted to current events and news in the world of library and information science.
  7. Planet Cataloguing: Stay on top of the library world by reading updates from several library blogs at this site.
  8. ResearchBuzz: News about search engines, digital archives, online museums, databases and other Internet information collections since 1998.
  9. Union Librarian: News about librarian union activity, Unions for Librarians Supporting Workers, a project of the Progressive Librarians Guild.
  10. Unshelved: This blog offers reviews, news and comics for and about libraries and librarians.

Library Science as a career option today

Down the ages, Libraries have been regarded as hub for knowledge. They always catered to the infotainment (information plus entertainment) needs of the masses. The basic aim of library is to disseminate knowledge. With the rise in the number of institutes in the field of learning and the strengthening of research activities, the importance of libraries is growing day by day. All this has resulted in a lucrative and exciting career opportunity for professionals competent in administrating and running a library.

Today, librarianship has emerged as a separate discipline and is among the popular choices of many students. A modern –day library today comprises of, periodicals, micro-films, videos, cassettes slides and most importantly thousands books. Library science is the profession which takes care of organizing, maintenance and storage of books in a library. Librarians are the guardian of library and they assist people in finding information

Eligibility

Normally minimum qualification required to pursue a course in Library Science is set as graduation. There are also diploma and certificate courses in the subject. Candidates with graduation can go for Bachelors degree in library science. Duration of this bachelor’s course is one year. Those with Bachelor degree in library science can further opt for Masters Degree in library science which is again of one year duration. Many universities also offer M.Phil and Ph.D in this field.


Syllabus

Course areas generally cover library and information systems management, classification/cataloguing systems, bibliography, documentation, maintenance and conservation of manuscript, library management, research methodology, computer applications, information processing, archives management, indexing, library planning etc.

Job prospects

A trained library science graduate can find ample opportunities with:

Public/Government libraries

  • Universities and other academic institutions
  • Media houses, News agencies and news groups
  • Private organizations and special libraries
  • Foreign embassies
  • Photo/film libraries
  • Information centre’s/documentation centers
  • Large companies and organization with huge information handling requirements
  • Museums and galleries with huge library facilities and reading rooms and research facilities.

Pay Package

Librarianship is such profession which offers Salaries according to the individual’s qualifications and experience. The other factors which matter are size and the nature of the hiring institutions.Average annual earnings of a typical librarian can range anywhere between Rs. 100,000 – Rs.25, 00,000.

Institutes/Universities

University of Delhi
University Road, Delhi 110 007
Phone South Campus: 011-24119832
Phone North Campus: 011-2766709, 27667011, 27667190
Fax : 011-27667049
Website: http://www.du.ac.in

Jamia Millia University
Jamia Nagar,
New Delhi -110025
Tel: 26984650, 26985180
Fax:011-26981232
Email: admin@jmi.nic.in
Website: http://www.jmi.nic.in

Bombay University
M.G. Road, Fort
Mumbai – 400 032 Maharashtra, Pin: 400032
Phone: 22 – 2652825
Fax: 22 – 2652832
Website: http://www.mu.ac.in

University of Calcutta
Senate House,
87 /1 College Street,
Kolkata-700 073, West Bengal
Tel: 033 22410071(O) 24106741(R)
Fax: 22413222
E-mail: admin@caluniv.ac.in
Website: http://www.caluniv.ac.in

Aligarh Muslim University
Aligarh Muslim University,
Department of Library & Information Science,
Aligarh 202002
Website: http://www.amu.ac.in/

Banaras Hindu University
Department of Library & Information Science,
Varanasi 221005
Website: http://www.bhu.ac.in

Amravati University
Department of Library and Information Science,
Tapowan Road Camp,
Amravati 444602,
Ph: EPABX 662358, 662206-8
Fax: 0721-662135/660949
E-mail: amuni@mah.nic.in

ACTiF, Now in New features

ACTiF : Library Management System, The most selling product from Vedrallan Technologies is now in new extra features such as Periodical Modules with its circulation, Records Kepping Modules of CD, DVD and other non-print electronics material, Security Modules, Stock verification Module compatible with Data Capture Device, Catalouge Card with AARC2 Format, Acquisition Module (Books, Periodical, CD’s), Stationery Record Maintaining Module.

These features are available to existing user with little charge.

Five laws of library science

S. R. Ranganathan, known as the “the father of library science in India,” and respected by librarians all over the world, proposed five laws of library science. Many librarians worldwide accept them as the foundations of their philosophy (e.g. Koehler et al., 2000)

These laws are:

  1. Books are for use.
  2. Every reader his [or her] book.
  3. Every book its reader.
  4. Save the time of the User.
  5. The library is a growing organism.

The Five Laws of Library Science are some of the most influential concepts in that field. Since they were published in 1931, these five laws “have remained a centerpiece of professional values…” (Rubin 2004). These basic theories of Library Science continue to directly affect the development of this discipline and the service of all libraries.

S. R. Ranganathan’s early education was of a mathematic background. This systematic way of thinking, he later applied to his work in library science, most notably his work on library classification and administration. (Indian Statistical Institute Library, et al. 2007) “From the middle of the nineteenth century, librarians in the west felt the need and started emphasizing the importance of enhanced services to library patrons. Formulation of the Five Laws of Library Science at long last, provided a solid and lasting foundation in this direction.” (Kabir 2003)

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