Friday, June 24, 2016


Assam College Librarians’ Association (ACLA) National Seminar
 Date: 22-23 July, 2016

Venue: Guwahati College, Noonmati, Guwahati

Theme: College Libraries in Assam: Issues and Challenges 

1. Recent Trends of Library and Information Services with reference to College Libraries of Assam
 2. Use of Information Technology in College Libraries of Assam
3. Resource Sharing and networking of College Libraries of Assam.
4. Developing Union catalogue of the resources of College and University Libraries of Assam.
5. Digitization of College Libraries of Assam: Problems and Prospects
 6. Best Practices in Library and Information Services in the College Libraries of Assam.
7. Skill Development for LIS Professionals with reference to College Libraries of Assam.

Important Dates:
Last date of Receipt of Abstract of the paper: 12th July 2016
Receipt of full paper: 17th July 2016
Intimation to the Author(s) via email only: 18th July 2016

Paper should be submitted to the following email:

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Workshop on Koha in NEHU

Workshop on Koha Open Source Library Software at Department of Library & Information Science, NEHU in association with ICSSR.

July 25-30, 2016

Registration fee: Rs. 1000 [No accommodation will be provided by the organisers]

Last date of Apply: 15.7.2016

Resource Persons

Dr. Partha Sarathi Mukhopadhyay
DR. F R Sumer

Workshop Coordinator:

Dr. S Ravikumar



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Documentation Officer in Sikkim University (contractual)

SIKKIM UNIVERSITY invites applications from Indian citizens for the following non-teaching and teaching/academic posts on contract/temporary basis for its Centre for Endangered Languages (CEL) funded by the University Grants Commission

Documentation Officer: 01 Post

Qualifications: Good academic record with at least 55% marks or equivalent grade where grading system is practiced at the Master's degree from an Indian University, or an equivalent degree from an accredited foreign university.

Desirable: An MPhil/PhD in Mass Communication/Library and Information Science. Experience in handling audio-video instruments and e-learning.

Language proficiency: Nepali/Bangla

Emoluments: Rs.30,000/- p.m.

Last Date: June 27, 2016

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IASLIC 27th National Seminar 2016 to be held at Raipur

IASLIC 27th National Seminar 2016

December 22 – 24,  2016

Organized by
Pt. Sundarlal Sharma Library  and School of Studies in Library and Information Science
Pt Ravishankar Shukla University, 
Amanaka G.E.Road, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India
PIN – 492010 

Social Networking and Impact on Libraries

Special Interest Group Discussion

SIG01 : Social Sciences Information
Customer Satisfaction Management in Library and Information Services

SIG02 : Computer Application in LIS
Mobile Technology in Libraries

Pt. Sundarlal Sharma Library,
Pt Ravishankar Shukla UniversityAmanaka G.E.Road, Raipur,
Chhattisgarh, India, PIN - 492010

Organising Secretary
Dr Suparna Sen Gupta, Librarian,
Pt. Sundarlal Sharma Library,  Pt Ravishankar Shukla University, Amanaka G.E.Road, Raipur, Chhattisgarh (India) – 492010
e-mail: library_prsu@rediffmail.comMobile : 9425228456

For details Contact:

Prof Pijushkanti Panigrahi, 
General Secretary,Indian Association of Special Libraries and Information Centres (IASLIC), 
P-291, CIT Scheme No 6M , Kankurgachi, 
Kolkata – 700 054,

Saturday, June 4, 2016

National Workshop on DSpace at Inflibnet

National Workshop on Configuration and Management of Digital Library Collections using DSpace on 25 - 29 July, 2016

The following areas will be covered in the workshop and hands on practical training will be given in these areas:
  • IR Using DSpace and Live Installation
  • Working with Linux : Basic commands.
  • Institutional Repositories using Dspace
  • Metadata Standards for Digital Collection
  • Digital collection building using DSpace: Installation & Configuration
  • Digital collection building using DSpace: Administration & Customization
  • Digital collection building using DSpace: Workflow & Submissions
  • Digital collection building using DSpace: Backup, Import & Export
  • IPR and Security aspects of IR
  • Web 2.0 and Social Networking
  • Library Automation and latest trends in ICT Access to e-resources subscribed under different consortium
Registration Fee:
Without Accommodation- Rs. 5700/- (Rupees Five Thousand only)
With Accommodation per person- Rs. 7500/- (Rupees Seven Thousand only)

It covers the cost of workshop kit containing training materials, breakfast, working lunch, two time tea & snacks during the sessions. The payment should be made through Demand Draft in favour of INFLIBNET Centre payable at Gandhinagar along with filled-in registration form and fee is non-refundable and non-adjustable.

The application for admission to the programme should be submitted in the enclosed prescribed form/online to INFLIBNET Centre, Gandhinagar on or before 15 July 2016.

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Setting up a MARC21 ETD Framework in Koha

Recently during a discussion on a Whatsapp group of professional colleagues from the North East, a topic that came up - what was better suited for setting up an ETD repository at their academic institutions? As expected, most sided with DSpace, while a few suggested Eprints. I decided to introduce Koha ILS into the picture. For most, this was a rather surprising suggestion.

The ground reality

95% of Indian ETD operators do very little than scanning up a batch of printed document (bound thesis volumes) or born-digital electronic copy of the theses, make it into a PDF file, throw in some metadata together about the item and plug that into (usually) DSpace. The benefits of DSpace being statistics, organisation into collections and community (user groups), embargo capability, faceted and full text searches across the metadata. There is of course the other point of persistent URLs to the hosted resources via HANDLE system. But given that very few Indian repos actually invest in a account, it is quite a moot point.

The argument for Koha

Utilizing MARC21, Koha already offers a highly granular and extensive metadata regime. Its capabilities include collections, search facets, full-text search on the metadata. And since Koha's version 3.22, the capability to directly host files linked to the bibliographic records. Basically it offers everything that 95% of Indian institutions look for when they are planning to setup a repository. Compared to DSpace, LIS professionals are already better acquainted with Koha (or as many in India like to call it - "KOHA" :-P) as it is the de-facto open source LMS. Further, by using Koha for hosting the repository, the institutions and professionals who are already using Koha as their LMS, gain one key advantage; they no longer need to maintain two separate and very dissimilar systems that use completely separate software application stacks (LAMP vs Java; MySQL vs PostgreSQL etc).

Step 1 - building a MARC21 ETD Framework

I had promised my colleagues to setup a demo ETD using Koha so that they could try it out. After all, there's no better proof of the pudding than eating it. The first challenge to that is the while Koha does ship with quite a few MARC21 frameworks, an ETD framework is not one of them.

As my starting point, I turned to ETD-MS v1.1, which is considered to be something of a gold standard for ETDs. Taking the help of this page, I worked out a single paged worksheet for cataloging ETDs  on Koha. The result looked like this:

Step 2 - Ensuring usability and maintainability of the Framework

Of course this posed a slight problem, how will a cataloger accustomed to / trained on DSpace's metadata namespace correctly do the crosswalk? To solve this in lines with Koha's recommended Best Practices for UI mods, jQuery statements were included into Koha's "intranetuserjs" and "intranetusercss" system preferences. The final outcome was this:

This approach has three (03) key benefits  - (a) that you DO NOT need to touch Koha's Template::Toolkit based templates (i.e. the .tt files), the changes made are stored in your database and applied during runtime; (b) these changes remain persistent and works across Koha's monthly version upgrade cycle (since we didn't change the .tt files) and (c) our other MARC21 templates are left alone, only the ETD framework is thus modified.

The jquery snippet is available on Github as a gist, as is the CSS includes into intranetusercss system preference. There is also a third gist which lists the 04 authorised value categories and their constituent sample options that help us introduce a consistent controlled vocabulary in our metadata.

The demo ETD is available at If you wish to access the staff client back-end, contact me via the comments section of this post.

Best wishes!


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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Assistant Librarian in Sumandeep Vidyapeeth Deemed University

No of posts : 1


Masters degree in library science/information science degree with at least 55% marks or its equivalent grade of B in the UGC seven point scales and Ph.D or qualifying in the national level-test conducted for the purpose by the UGC.

The Registrar

Sumandeep Vidyapeeth Deemed University,
At & Po. Piparia, Tal. Waghodia, 
Dist. Vadodara-391760, Gujarat

Contact person: The Registrar

Telephone: 02668-245264/65/66 extn. 455

Email Address:

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Manager (Library) in IIT, Indore

Advt. No.: IITI/Estt./NT posts-01/May 2016

Online applications are invited for the following posts at Indian Institute of Technology Indore, which is one of newly established Institutes by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

No of post: 2-UR

Qualification and Experience:
 i) Graduate in any discipline from recognized university.
ii) Bachelor’s degree OR equivalent Diploma in Library Science from recognized university obtained after graduation. iii) Experience of three years in a Library/Computerization of Library.

1. Master’s Degree in Library Science.
2. Good Communication Skills in English and Hindi.
3. Computer Skills - Good practical knowledge of MS Office, especially MS Word and Excel, and Library Software. Experience in using Lib-sys will be preferable.
4. Preference will be given to applicants who are working in reputed educational institutes like IITs, IISERs, NITs, Central Universities etc.
5. Candidate must be willing to work hard and prove himself/herself. Eagerness to learn new skills and adapting to work as a team are essential.

Pay Scale: (Rs 9,300 - 34,800) with Grade Pay of Rs 4,200/- total emoluments on the minimum of pay in Pay Band is Rs 36,675/- (as per present rates of DA and TA) per month.

Age Limit - 40 years

How to apply:
The applicants must apply online through the link provided at institute’s website (till 28-06-2016) and printout of the same by affixing recent pass port size photo shall be submitted to institute along with self attested copies of required documents and application fee (if applicable) on or before 5.00 pm on 05-07-2016. Institute will not be responsible for any postal delay.
Note: Those who have applied for the posts of Deputy Manager (Lab) at serial no. 8(A) & 8 (B) in response to Advt. No.: IITI/Estt./NT posts-02/December 2015 need not apply again.

The Registrar,
Indian Institute of Technology Indore,
Khandwa Road Simrol,
Indore - 453552

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