Asian Journal of Information Science and Technology <p>Asian Journal of Information Science and Technology (AJIST) a Multidisciplinary Library and Information Science Journal is a refereed International Journal and publish from India. This Journal encompasses all branches of Library and Information Sciences and its sub – disciplines like Library Management; Information Systems &amp; Services, Information Processing &amp; Retrieval; Information Sources &amp; Services; Community Information System, Scientometrics &amp; Informetrics, IR Theory, Knowledge Organization; Information processing &amp; retrieval, Classification, Preservation &amp; Conservation, Information Management, Library classification, Information sources, Systems and Services, Computer Application in Library; Digital Library; Information Systems; Bibliographic Control, etc.</p> <p>All papers are peer-reviewed and newly selected panels of international referees have been appointed to ensure that review is done rapidly and to the highest standards. Special topics will provide accounts of research, written periodically at the invitation of the Editorial Board by Library Professionals under the direction of Editor-in-Chief.</p> The Research Publication en-US Asian Journal of Information Science and Technology 2231-6108 Human Aspect of Technology with Special Reference to Library Professionals of Anna University of Technology, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu: A Study <p>The technological revolution of this decade has certainly brought many changes in the functioning of libraries today. Although it has allowed work to be carried out faster and more efficiently and still many library rofessionals are not comfortable with the implementation of technology as it involves change and uncertainty. As a result, they develop additional stress known as techno stress which may have negative impact in the activities of library professionals. This study intends to find out the relationship between the departments where greatest technological advancement has been made and the cause of techno stress at work place among the library professionals of Anna University of Technology, Coimbatore. A questionnaire which comprises of demographic factors, departments where greatest technological advancement has been made, and the causes of techno stress at work place was distributed to the respondents and the relevant information were gathered and analysed. The results of the study are elucidated with relevant interpretation.</p> K. Mahalakshmi S. Ally Sornam Copyright (c) 2021 2011-05-05 2011-05-05 1 1 1 5 Mapping of IEEE Transaction on Power Electronics: A Scientometric Analysis <p>Scientometrics is the science of measuring and analyzing science. In practice, scientometrics is often done using bibliometrics which is a measurement of the impact of scientific publications. This paper identifies the number of articles published in the Journal, “IEEE Transaction on Power Electronics” from the year 1999-2010. This paper analyses the Growth of literature, Document types, and Authorship pattern and Country-wise contribution of articles.</p> A. Senthamilselvi S. Srinivasaragavan M. Surulinathi G. Amudha Copyright (c) 2021 2011-05-05 2011-05-05 1 1 6 12 Mapping of Computer Communication Research Output among Indian Scientists (1976-2009): A Scientometric Study <p>This study has analyzed the findings of a scientometric analysis of Computer Communication research publications in India during the period 1976–2009. The sample data was downloaded from the database of SCI, SSCI and AHCI from Web of Science. The search key term used for getting data is computer communication; the total number of records is 176. The methodology chosen for this paper is the scientometric method by way of growth rate, areas of research concentration, author productivity and authorship pattern. The study shows the growth rate has been varied during the selected periods. It is showed from this analyses that majority of papers are multi-authored. The ranking of authors based on their publications shows that ‘Aggarwal KK’ in first place with 12 records with 157 Global Citation Scores. The journals articles occupied the predominant place among the other sources of publication.</p> M. Amudha C. Muthusamy Copyright (c) 2021 2011-05-05 2011-05-05 1 1 13 18 Consortia of Electronic Journals among Veterinary College Libraries in India: A Model <p>The present approach towards partnership, networking, consortia and resource sharing adopted by Indian libraries need radical changes to evolve responsive partnerships in order to achieve best performance in service. The current practices of journal acquisition in most of the veterinary college libraries in India are print based; in which each library is an island with regard to access of information. Moreover, there is wide disparity in the availability and use of information among different universities and colleges. But, consortia based acquisition and electronic desktop delivery of information can eliminate this gulf and increase the access and use considerably. This paper depicts the benefits of library consortia, analyses the present trend in the formation of consortia in India and suggests a new model of library consortia in which all veterinary college libraries could participate. The formation of such an unique consortia under the direction and full support by the ICAR, New Delhi is stressed. This paper proposes to form consortia of veterinary college libraries in India. Also discusses major consortia initiatives of India, elements of resource consortia and proposed model of consortia. To develop these libraries and to put in to more use at maximum extent there is a need of resources consortia of e-journals for the academic benefit.</p> U.S. Jadhav Copyright (c) 2021 2011-05-05 2011-05-05 1 1 19 25 Information Retrieving Habits of Art Faculty Members at University of Allahabad, Allahabad, Utter Pradesh: A Survey <p>This study identifies the information retrieving habits of art faculty members in University of Allahabad, Allahabad, Utter Pradesh including preferred information sources, type of information sources and methods of information access. In this study, questionnaire method was used to collect the information from art faculties of Ambedkar University, Allahabad. The findings of this study show that most of the respondents i.e. 85% stated their method of retrieving information by consulting a knowledgeable person in the concern field. 75% of faculty members retrieve information for preparing lectures. It is revealed that 87 % of the art faculty members used text book. On the basis of survey it is find out that Internet has been almost universally adopted and was mostly used as the search engine for retrieving information by respondents. It is observed that the majority, 81% of the faculty members faced common problem i.e. unavailability of information.</p> Ashwani Kumar Pravish Prakash Copyright (c) 2021 2011-05-05 2011-05-05 1 1 26 31 Analysis of Academic Library Services Available to the Users: With Special Reference to Puducherry Region <p>In every academic institution, libraries are the central nerve system which enables the effective functioning of all academic related programs. In fact the trend in providing the services to the user community in most of the academic libraries has changed radically. The expectations from the users have also increased at an enormous level. Consequently the libraries in academic institutions are expected to equip it with the adequate infrastructure facilities, and latest technology devices, well trained staff structure and so on. This paper envisages the fact that the services provided in academic libraries and effectiveness among its users of Puducherry region.</p> S.S. Balasubramanian and M. Sadik Batcha Copyright (c) 2021 2011-05-05 2011-05-05 1 1 32 35 Use of Electronic Resources by Users in the Faculty of Dentistry, Annamalai University: A Study <p>The coming of the World Wide Web has propelled vigorous growth of the electronic forms of communication which simply does not fit into the traditional publishing format. With the coming age of e-journals, there has been total transformation in the way scholarly communication is disseminated throughout the world. Sources of information available via the Internet are increasing exponentially. This comes with a steady increase in Internet use for education and for research. The Internet is also making substantial inroads in patient care and dissemination of health care information. It is changing the way health sciences professionals obtain information. They use the Internet and electronic resources to do things like accessing medical records, providing remote patient care through telemedicine facilities, and accessing health care literature. Dentists also depend more and more on the Internet. Dental product information, continuing education resources, online supply catalogs, and reference information have made Internetincreasingly popular in dentistr . The present study is an attempt to examine the role of the Internet and electronic resources in Faculty of Dentistry, Annamalai University, Tamil Nadu.</p> S. Thanuskodi Copyright (c) 2021 2011-05-05 2011-05-05 1 1 36 41 Awareness on Information Literacy of the Respondents in Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India: A Discriminant Function Analaysis Approach <p>The study relates to the importance of different library information services and information literacy variables in determining the information seeking behaviour of the sample respondents of Tamil Nadu AgriculturalUniversity. he contributing variables towards the awareness on information literacy are overall rating Library resources (X ), Information literacy satisfaction (X ), Number of e-resources (X ),Opinion about circulation (X ), 1 2 3 4 Opinion about user education (X ),Usefulness of current literature (X ) and Use of browsing internet (X ). The results 5 6 7 of discriminate function analysis have showed that out of 450 respondents, the percentage of correctly classified respondents was 70.7 % towards the awareness on information literacy. The percentage of wrongly classified respondents under awareness on information literacy groups is 28%. The percentage of wrongly classified respondents under unawareness on information literacy groups is 39%.</p> R. Jayaraman S. Srinivasaragavan M.R. Duraisamy Copyright (c) 2021 2011-05-05 2011-05-05 1 1 42 46 A Glance on Manpower in Public Library System in Kenya <p>Every public library in the community is unique and different in one way or the other by the community needs and services required by those it services, it should be reflected in distribution of manpower, also posting of the staff of the same job description and qualification is duplication of services and resources. Without diversifying and prioritizing services, duplication can deny users fundamental professional library information services like provision of subject analysis, statistical information and users’ guidance. In assisting information users to access and use not only online information services but also access other websites services the role of public libraries within the information age context is changing from that of information provider to that of service provider and so is the roles of librarians; changing its old-age manual operations of print to print service to that of library networking to facilitate information sharing services and activities fundamentally requires the new dimension of trained manpower in ICT. In this paper manpower development, distribution and qualification in public libraries in Kenya has been discussed.</p> Henry D S Kinya Copyright (c) 2021 2011-05-05 2011-05-05 1 1 47 50 Higher Education, Libraries, and Nigeria Government’s Vision 20-2020 Project <p>This study explored the role of higher education and libraries in attaining the vision 20:2020 of the Nigerian Government. The study utilized the purposive sampling method to select 300 educationists and librarians in Niger Delta Region of the country. It was found that Nigerian libraries are greatly under stocked, and internet services are lacking in the library. It was moreover discovered that librarians lack adequate skills to render effective services to support the human capital target of vision 20:2020 of the federal government, and Nigerian libraries are grossly under funded. It was recommended that Nigerian Government should prioritize the development of internet services in all higher institution and public libraries to enable them support the vision; librarians should engage in ICT training; higher institutions in Nigeria should come up with an ICT/library development policy which must include how the library should be funded; and the public and the private sector should come together in partnership to ensure that libraries are adequately funded.</p> Isaac Echezonam Anyira Copyright (c) 2021 2011-05-05 2011-05-05 1 1 51 55 Use of E-Resources by Engineering Faculties in Selected Universities of Western Uttar Pradesh, India: A Survey <p>The present study sought to identifies trends among engineering faculties at Selected Universities of Western Uttar Pradesh in utilizing conventional/electronic information resources and services to develop their teaching,research and personal knowledge. The problem has been studied based on the information available in the open literature and a survey conducted on the use, awareness and utilization of collections and services in higher education. The study is based on questionnaire method. A questionnaire was distributed among the faculties to collect desired data. A total of 200 questionnaires were distributed to the selected sample for the session 2010-11; 191 valid samples were collected. The result showed a growing interest in electronic information resourcesamong the engineering faculties at Universities of Western Uttar Pradesh. All the faculties belonging to the concern Universities use of e-journals, earticles,databases, e-books, downloading services and online search facilities available in the university. All the faculties belonging to the concern Universities used ScienceDirect, IEEE/IEE IEL online, Springer, INSIGHT and EBSCO online. The result showed that all the respondents got better informed, get current, comprehensive information and save time by using Electronic Information Resources. All the respondents preferred online version of journals and all the respondents stated that by using e-resources the quality of research improved highly.</p> Sunil Tyagi Copyright (c) 2021 2011-05-05 2011-05-05 1 1 56 62 Alternative Formats Availability and its Utilisation by Visually Impaired Students in Nigerian Secondary Schools <p>Visually impaired students need alternative format in braille, talking books and large prints to function like sighted students. Because few materials get converted into these formats, the availability and consequent use of alternative format for study and leisure by visually impaired students has been of concern. This study reveals the availability and use of alternative formats by visually impaired students in Nigerian Secondary Schools. The study is a survery and it purposively focused on southwestern, Nigeria. Using total enumeration technique, data were collected 123 students from six purposively selected secondary schools in southwestern Nigeria. A questionnaire having two rating scales on availability and utilisation of alternative format with reliability scores of á = 0.77 and á = 0.73 respectively were used. 104 (84.5%) of the instrument was correctly admistered. The study found, that braille (77%), talking books/tape recordings( 65.4%) are not readily availabile while large prints (96.2%) are not available. Braille is the most requently used on dailly basis (91.3%) followed by talking books (34. 6%) while large prints are not used. There was no significant positive relationships between alternative formats availability and its utilisation in the selected libraries. The study recommends increased transcription of information materials into alternative formats for the students, adequate funding from government and donors and the building of a balanced collection of alternative formats in the school libraries.</p> Niran Adetoro Copyright (c) 2021 2011-05-05 2011-05-05 1 1 63 68