Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Ph.D Viva-Voce

AMU Aligarh: Mr.Mohamed Musthafa. K, Research scholar of this department successfully defended his PhD thesis in a Viva-voce examination today in this department. He conducted research on 'Electronic publishing in select science and technology institutes in India: An evaluative study' under the supervision of Dr. Naushad Ali. PM, Associate professor and Ex-chairman. Prof. SM Shafi, Head,  DLIS, University of Kashmir, Srinagar  was the examiner for his Viva-Voce.

Mr. Musthafa has contributed a number of research papers in national and international journals and bagged six awards for best research paper presentation in various national and international conferences during his research period.

We congratulate and wish him all the success in his future.

Viva- Voce

Mr. Muzammil Mushtaq, research scholar of this department successfully defended his thesis entitled "Contribution of Indian universities as represented in major databases in the field of science and technology: A Scientometric study" here today. Prof. Wajih Ahmed Alvi, IUS&T, Kashmir was the examiner.

  We wish all the best in hir future career and life.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Ph.D Viva Voce

Ms. Surayya Ghalibeen, research scholar of this department successfully defended her thesis entitled "Organisation, Use and preservation in Fine Arts libraries in Delhi: A study" here today. Prof. H.N Prasad, Banaras Hindu University was the examiner.

  Ms. Surayya is presently working in Faculty library of Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, AMU.

We wish all the best in her future career and life.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Why students need the right to copy

Shamnad Basheer

The lawsuit by publishers seeking to stop Delhi University from distributing photocopied course packs goes against the spirit of education for all

BREAKING FREE: The case also shows why it is necessary for academics to explore alternative open access models. A meeting in October 2012 at Delhi University to examine the implications of the case.

Late last year, leading publishing houses including Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press brought a copyright action against Delhi University and a tiny photocopy shop licensed by it, seeking to restrain them from supplying educational course packs to students. This lawsuit sent shock waves across the academic community, leading more than 300 authors and academics including famed Nobel laureate Professor Amartya Sen to protest this copyright aggression in an open letter to publishers. Tellingly, 33 of the authors of various books mentioned specifically in the lawsuit (as having been copied in the course packs) signed this protest letter making it clear that they were dissociating themselves from this unfortunate lawsuit.
For those not familiar with the term, course packs are compilations of limited excerpts from copyrighted books, put together painstakingly by faculty members in accordance with a carefully designed syllabus and teaching plan.


What makes the lawsuit particularly egregious is the fact that publishers are effectively seeking an outright ban on all course packs, even those that extract and use no more than 10 per cent of the copyrighted book. Under U.S. law, reproducing up to 10 per cent of the copyrighted books is “fair use” of a copyrighted work, and therefore legal. Given that India is a developing country, with poorer students and more severe educational access constraints, it stands to reason that Indian courts ought to peg this number at 30 per cent or even higher.
Further, the Indian education exception is far wider than its U.S. counterpart. Section 52(1) (a) embodies the “fair use” exception and permits any fair dealing of a copyrighted work for the purpose of research and private study. In addition, unlike the U.S., Section 52(1)(i) embodies a separate exception, under which it is perfectly legal to reproduce any copyrighted work during the course of educational instruction. These exceptions reflect a clear Parliamentary intention to exempt core aspects of education from the private sphere of copyright infringement. Eviscerating these exceptions at the behest of publishers will strike at the very heart of our constitutional guarantee of a fundamental right to education for all.
In fact, copyright scholars have begun labelling these exceptions as “rights” accruing in favour of beneficiaries such as students. In CCH Canadian Ltd. v. Law Society of Upper Canada, the Supreme Court of Canada endorsed this sentiment noting that:
“…The fair dealing exception, like other exceptions in the Copyright Act, is a user’s right. In order to maintain the proper balance between the rights of a copyright owner and users’ interests, it must not be interpreted restrictively.”


Recently, an association of students and academics applied to be impleaded as parties to the lawsuit, so that they could help the court arrive at a robust interpretation of the copyright exceptions. While allowing these impleadments, the judge noted the critical importance of “public interest” in deciding intellectual property cases. These developments come close on the heels of the famed Novartis decision where the Supreme Court foregrounded the interests of the public in accessing affordable medication.


Meanwhile, publishers have offered the tantalising option of acquiring a licence from the Indian Reprographic Rights Organisation (IRRO), an organisation set up by publishers to collect royalties on their behalf. This is a dangerous route to tread for three reasons.
First, taking a licence for course packs amounts to paying for a right that does not exist. It bears reiteration that photocopying for the purpose of educational instruction is a legal exception under copyright law and one is not required to seek the permission of the copyright owner and/or pay any licence fees.
Second, the IRRO and publishers are likely to offer a paltry licensing fee at the start. Once their foot is in the door, there is no stopping them from rapidly escalating licensing fees year after year. Canadian universities bore the brunt of this copyright greed around a year or so ago and refused to renew their licenses.
Third, the IRRO does not hold the rights to all published works. If Universities are to track down and enter into licensing deals with every copyright owner, this would lead to excessive delays in the preparation of course packs.
Academic institutions should therefore refrain from entering into any deal with the IRRO or publishers till such time as the case is disposed of. In fact, given the rather wide language of Section 52(1)(i), institutions are well within their right to presume that the creation of course packs and related educational material is legal, until a court holds otherwise.


Notwithstanding the egregiousness of this lawsuit, a key advantage is that it forces us to re-examine the current publishing and pricing model that places profit above the interest of students. Academics need to come together and explore alternative open access models in order to break through this private profit monopoly thicket that has come to plague academic publishing.
That a majority of educational textbooks are priced above the affordability range of an average Indian student is well known. A recent empirical study done by me along with my students reveals that a vast majority of popular legal and social science titles have no corresponding Indian editions and need to be purchased at rates equivalent to or higher than in the West.
Therefore, the claim by publishers that course packs would destroy their market for books and put them out of business is highly questionable. Given that this is the first copyright law suit to be brought against course packs, one can only assume that the healthy growth figures boasted by the academic publishing industry means that course packs have not done them much damage. If at all anything, the inclusion of extracts of copyrighted works in the course packs is likely to encourage readers to buy the books when they can afford them.
In the end, this lawsuit must be seen for what it is: a highly pernicious attempt to fill the coffers of publishers at the expense of students! It must be resisted with all the moral and legal force we have.
(Shamnad Basheer teaches IP Law at NUJS, Kolkata. He wishes to thank Amita Baviskar for her inputs in this piece.)

Source : The HinduApril 26, 2013

Why students need the right to copy - The Hindu

Why students need the right to copy - The Hindu

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

DOAJ reaches new milestones:

March 12th 2013

We have just completed the transition to a new environment and launched a new platform with integrated functionality for sharing, exporting and enhanced search/browse functionality: at the article level, search results can be filtered by language and publication year  and by license and publication fee; at the journal level, you can filter by subject, by country, by license and by publication fees. These facets will be developed further in the months to come. (Read more about our enhancements on our home page: .) We are also very proud to announce that the DOAJ has reached two important milestones:

1. For the first time since launch in 2003, more than 50% of the
    journals are providing metadata at article level.We will continue to
    work with the 2000+ publishers to increase this figure.
2. More than 1 million articles are now searchable in DOAJ which means
    more than 1 million article-level metadata entriesare available for
    harvesting!We expect this figure to increase significantly in the
    months to come.

We continue to work with key stakeholders to agree on and implement new, tighter criteria for the inclusion of journals in the DOAJ: critieria that will address issues of quality and openness, as well as other kinds of information about the journals.
We are very excited about these developments and we are grateful for the continued support from the community. We always need more support so we can continue to provide a better service, so please consider
For more information, please contact Lars Bjørnshauge or Dom Mitchell The Directory of Open Access Journals is provided by IS4OA in cooperation with SemperTool .

On behalf of the DOAj-team,
Lotte Jorgensen
Managing Editor

[Source: nmlis]

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Workshop on Web Content Management 2012

December 18:   Delivering the presidential address at the two-day National Workshop on "Web Content Management", the Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, Lt. General (Retd.) Zameer Uddin Shah said that the University would facilitate access to the wealth of knowledge to outside researchers.
Gen. Shah said that now a days, research scholars are very lucky to have internet for searching the resource material. He said that digitalization process of the University is proceeding speedily.
Gen. Shah said that although he belonged to a generation that enjoyed reading printed books, he was aware that the future belonged to digitalized work and several institutions had developed e-Libraries. He said that he was committed to digitalization of all valuable books and their availability to users through the internet.
Prof. N. Laxman of Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies, Hyderabad said that the website is a gateway to internet. He said that 300 million websites are available for various purposes throughout the globe. Germany has the highest number of internet users as 84.7 percent people there are using this technology. He said that India has the largest number of electronic books. He pointed out that AMU's Maulana Azad Library has the facility of accessing e-books and it is considered the best library among Indian universities' libraries with a facility of two million e-books.

Prof. Laxman appreciated the Digital Resource Centre developed by Maulana Azad Library which provides free access to the resource material to the users. He said that the libraries were the centre of knowledge activity because of the technological advancement. He however urged the research scholars to use authentic material.
On this occasion, AMU Vice Chancellor, general Shah released the "Directory of Major Scientific Research Organizations and Institutes in India" compiled by Dr. Naushad Ali PM.

The purpose of this Directory is to provide a reference source to students, researchers, scientists, academicians etc who are engaged in various research assignments in various disciplines of science and technology.
The Directory covers details of more than 300 institutes all over India specializing in various disciplines of science and technology.

Noted historian, Prof. Irfan Habib was the guest of honour of the inaugural ceremony. He hoped that more and more history material will be available on the internet.
While welcoming the dignitaries, Prof. Shabahat Husain, Chairman, Department of Library and Information Science at AMU, said that the department was a pioneering department in the country which started Certificate Course in Library Science in 1951. It started B. Lib. Science in 1958-59 and M. Lib. in 1971-72.
Prof. Shabahat Husain pointed out that the Information Technology Lab was established in 2003. He said that the Subject Gateway is an organized collection of resources.
Dr. Naushad Ali, PM proposed a vote of thanks and Dr. Mohd. Musthafa K. conducted the inaugural ceremony

  (Report by PRO, AMU)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

PhD Viva

Ms. Vibha Gupta, Research scholar of this department successfully defended her PhD thesis in a Viva-voce examination held in this department on 4th October, 2012. She conducted research  under the supervision of Dr. Mehtab Alam Ansari.
Prof. Sangeeta Gupta, Head,  DLIS,University of Jammu,  was the examiner for her Viva-Voce.

Presently Ms. Vibha Gupta is working in the National Library, Kolkota. We congratulate and wish her all the success in her career.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Answer keys of June 2012 exam published

UGC net question papers and answer keys of June 2012 exam published

follow the link for the same

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Journal of Knowledge and Communication Management released

Aligarh: The first issue of the ‘Journal of Knowledge and Communication Management (JKCM)’ is released by Prof. Shabahat Husain, AMU and Prof. Ashu Shokeen, Kurukshetra University, Haryana at the Dept. of library and Information Science, Aligarh. The journal is dedicated to the exchange of the latest academic output and practical information on all aspects of managing knowledge. The journal publishes original research and case studies by academic, business and government contributors on strategies, tools, techniques, technologies and best practices in knowledge and communication management. The focus of this journal is on the identification of innovative Knoledge Management strategies and the application of theoretical concepts to real-world situations. This is a broad-based journal, covering all branches of knowledge and communication of information. It also publishes interdisciplinary research works. The journal is published by, one of the leading e-journal publisher in the country.

Please visit the following link for the latest issue of the journal.

Editorial Board

Chief Editor:
Dr.  Naushad Ali P.M
Chairman, Department of Library and Information Science
Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh

Executive Editors:
1.    Prof. Jean Louis Ermine, France
2.    Prof. Gabriel Gomez, USA


The scope of the Journal is broadly knowledge and communication
management, surrounding all of the academic and professional
disciplines which deal with recorded information. The areas of
include, but are certainly not limited to:

* Knowledge innovations and dissemination management
    Knowledge Management -case studies and best practices.
    Knowledge Management -strategies and models.
    Knowledge sharing in collaborative work environments
    Knowledge Management in libraries and information centers
    Knowledge Management in public sectors
* New Media and E-Society in Knowledge management environment
    Digitization, heterogeneity and convergence
    Interactivity and virtuality
    Innovation, identity and the global village syndrome
* Knowledge and Communication Structures
    Knowledge and Communication Strategies
    Knowledge engineering
    Integrating learning and knowledge infrastructure
    Internal and workforce communications
    Communication and organizational culture
    Knowledge organization, taxonomies and ontology
    Corporate communications
    KM and disaster management
* Knowledge communication and Information Systems
    Knowledge Sharing
    Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
    Intelligent Systems
    IS Security Issues
    Mobile Applications
    Multimedia Applications
    Software Requirements and IS Architectures
    Wireless Communications
* E-Society and digital communication divide
    Social & Political Aspects of KM
    Social Integration
    Social Book marking  retention
    Social Software
* Information Management
    Computer-Mediated Communication
    Content Development
    Cyber law and Intellectual Property
    Data Mining
    Human Computer Interaction
    Information Search and Retrieval
    Social and Organizational Aspects
    Virtual Communities
* Digital services in E-society
    Service Broadcasting
    Political Reporting
    Freedom of Expression
* Information Technology and Knowledge and Communication
    Knowledge Innovation Networks
    Digital Libraries
    Open Source Software
    Open access
    Social Networking

Authors wishing to make a submission to the journal may note the following:
Electronic submission of manuscripts is strongly encouraged. One copy
of the paper, in MS word format,  should be submitted as e-mail
attachment to the  chief editor at

Friday, May 25, 2012

New Release- Open Source Digital Library Movement in India by Shibu KM

LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Six day Training Course in Research Methodology and Computer Applications in Social Science Research - Report

The six day national training course in “Research Methodology and Computer Applications in Social Science Research” organized by the Department of Library and Information Science, Aligarh Muslim University in collaboration with ICSSR, New Delhi  got off with recitation of holy verses from the Quran on 20th  March 2012. Dr. Naushad Ali P.M, Chairman and Course Director welcomed the gathering and gave an introduction about the Training Course. The Training Programme was inaugurated by Prof. P.B. Mangla, former Dean and member,  National Knowledge Commission. He appreciated the efforts made by the department of Library and Information Science holding such a wonderful training programme on such a novel theme of the time. He laid emphasis to the interdisciplinary research in social sciences. In his concluding remarks, he insisted upon three major components of research process-Shravan, Chintan, and Mannan which can lead to an effective and smooth sailing of any type of research.  Prof. Anwar Jahan Zuberi, the Dean, Faculty of Social Science, AMU and former Vice Chancellor, Calicut University, presided over the session. Dr. Sudharma Haridasan, Associated professor expressed vote of thanks.
55 participants from all over the country participated in the course. The six day training course covered multiple thought provoking and knowledgeable topics from various resource persons and hands on training on citation tools, online questionnaire, SPSS and  R softwares were given.
The valedictory session was presided over by the University Registrar Prof. V.K. Abdul Jaleel. He praised the efforts of the department to organize training course which is the first of its kind in social science faculty and showed a great concern to organize such training programmes in future as well. He also admired the activeness of the department in the university which has played a great role in bringing up the fame to university. Such type of programme will help to increase quality research publications of A.M.U. The chief guest Prof. Akhtar Haseeb said that the social science research is moving at a very rapid pace nowadays and is trying to be more valid and vivid in tackling today’s growing social problems. He praised the way that computer technology is being effectively used in social science research and wished to carry on in organizing the same type of courses in future to cope up with modern research needs. Dr. Naushad Ali P.M. chairman and Course director, summarized the highlights of the sessions and praised the participants for their enthusiasm, patience and cooperation throughout the course.
Prof. Shabahat Husain, Librarian in Charge, MAL, extended vote of thanks to all the dignitaries and the gathering. He thanked ICSSR, New Delhi for their support and financial assistance. He said that one has to be vibrant and dynamic enough in his professional career in order to learn, gain and spread knowledge and stressed to stick to professional ethics for success. Prof. Akhtar Haseeb and Prof. V.K. Abdul Jaleel distributed the certificates and CDs which contain course materials and softwares to the participants.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

ALIGARH March 23: The Department of Library and Information Science, Aligarh Muslim University in collaboration with ICSSR, New Delhi organized a six-day training programme on "Research Methodology and Computer Applications in Social Science Research". The chief guest Prof. P. B. Mangla, Former Dean at University of Delhi and Member of National Knowledge Commission addressed the inaugural ceremony attended by eminent personalities drawn from various fields of studies.
Prof. Mangla in his inaugural speech encouraged the efforts of Course Director for conducting such an illuminating programme. He laid emphasis on the interdisciplinary research in social sciences. He also stressed on the elements of subjectivity and objectivity in research and the use of various statistical softwares like SPSS for data analysis. Prof. Mangla insisted on three major components of research process ? Shravan, Chintan and Mannan which could lead to an effective and smooth pursuance of any type of research.
In his welcome speech, the Course Director, Dr. Naushad Ali P.M., Chairman, Department of Library and Information Science insisted on the impact and importance of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the research process. He also laid emphasis on the improvement of qualitative research in social sciences by strengthening ICT skills.
The Guest of Honour, Prof. Shabahat Husain, Librarian In-charge, Maulana Azad Library highlighted the achievements of the Department of Library and Information Science.
Talking about the relevance of the training course, he stressed on the imperative use of research methodology along with the whole process of research.
Prof. Anwar Jehan Zuberi, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences threw light on the importance of ICT in research process. She urged the participants to focus on the quality of research and work for the improvement in the number of publications in the journals of national and international repute. Mentioning the ranking of research institutions all over the world, she exhorted the researchers to increase their publication count.
Dr. Sudharma Haridasan proposed the vote of thanks.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

ResearchGate: the professional network for scientists and researchers an ideal fit to Indian society

Currently in India there are discussions of imposing restrictions on social networking sites. Even educational institutions don’t encourage the use of such platforms. But there are many advantages to connecting with other people, especially in the sciences. Imagine members of a social network who are trying to identify a microbe and are not tagging a picture from a random party. ResearchGate is a professional network for scientists, to share their recent scientific work and discuss it with experts around the world. In Topics, members can discuss problems they face in the lab. According to Dr. Rajiv Gupta, a lecturer at the Harvard Medical School and MIT, “There are the Facebook-type social networking sites, but they have been sort of populated by teenagers. There is nothing there that is specific to doing research.” On ResearchGate, researchers can Follow their favorite scientist and they can read their publications and ask relevant scientific questions. Dr. Ijad Madisch, an alumni of Harvard Medical school and founder of ResearchGate, says that he came up with the idea for ResearchGate when he was stuck with a problem in his subject and could not find any answers. Within three years, the Network has grown to more than 1.3 million members from 123 countries.
What is the most exciting part for science enthusiasts and for educational institutes? The product is magnificently tailored to the researchers. The members have access to 45,000,000 abstracts and 350,000 publications, recommendations for conferences, related researchers and jobs – all simply by creating a profile. The profile is like a research curriculum vitae, which also includes publications. According to a New York Times article, Dr. Rajiv Gupta uses ResearchGate for his class notes. “There is so much activity online that he doesn’t have to answer the questions himself because someone else already has. The beauty of ResearchGate, he said, “is that the members are all there for a common purpose of advancing scientific research”. India continues to grow in the fields of science and technology. ResearchGate is the space for Indian scientists to become a part of this movement.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Incessant Scholastic accomplishments will make Aligarh Muslim University remain an Institution of Excellence”- Mr. Sunil Kumar Singh

Aligarh: Six days short term course on E-resources for Research organized by the Department of Library and Information Science, Aligarh Muslim University in collaboration with UGC Academic Staff College concluded by the Valedictory function held at the Audio Visual Hall of Department of Geology on 21st Dec. 2011. Dr. Naushad Ali P.M, Chairman, Dept. of Library & Information Science welcomed the gathering and briefed about the workshop. The valedictory function was presided over by Prof. Anwar Jahan Zuberi, Dean Faculty of Social Science and Mr. Sunil Kumar Singh, Superintendent of Police, Aligarh City was the Chief Guest of the Function. During the speech, Mr. Sunil Kumar Singh stated that excellence of such intellectual exercises will shine the future of academic leadership of the University. Despite of advancement of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), E-resources are least used due to the lack of knowledge to browse the same to get relevant information. Unfortunately both our educators and administrators have not fully succeeded to explore the plethora of information available on the net.  Such type of training programme will help our academician  to make optimum use of web based resources.  If such kind of intellectual activities continue, the university will cherish to remain at the helm of the higher education in the co During the presidential address, Prof. Anwar Jahan Zuberi, the Dean, enlightened that even the educators find it difficult to locate most appropriate databases or resources to search for relevant information for their research and developmental activities. The course will help to solve this problem in some extent. She also appreciated the Department for selecting such a time demanding theme for this short term course conducted for the teachers of Faculty of Social Science of the University.  More than forty five faculties, working professionals and research scholars were rigorously skilled over six days in total of eighteen sessions conducted in Auditorium of Faculty of Social Science, Computer Lab of the Department of Library and Information Science and Audio Visual Hall of Department of Geology, Aligarh Muslim University. Prof. Jagtar Singh, Dr. Shailendra Kumar, Mr. S. Mustafa Zaidi, Dr. Naushad Ali. P.M, Dr. Sudharma Haridasan, and Dr. Nabi Hasan acted as resource persons in the course.
Mr. Sunil Kumar Singh and Prof. Anwar Jahan Zuberi distributed the certificates and CD contained course materials to the participants. Dr.  Reshma Jamal, Academic Staff College extended the vote of thanks in the function.   

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Short Term Course on e-resources in social sciences for research

       A six day Short Term Course on e-resources in social sciences for research is organised by UGC Staff college and Dept. of Lib & Info Science, AMU. The course targets the faculty members and research scholars of the faculty of Social Sciences. The content of the course includes online resources, e-resources in social science, e-journal consortia, design of e-resources, web resources and services, online resources: issues and challenges, measurement of  e-resources, information use and ethics, plagiarism and copyright, effective literature search,  e-resources in  open access environment  institutional repositories, bibliographic standards.
    Experts like Dr. Sheilendra Kumar, Dr. Jagtar Singh, Dr. Nabi Hasan, Prof. NR Satyanarayana, Dr. Madhusudan, Dr. Naushad Ali, Dr. Sudharma Haridasan and Prof. Mustafa Zaidi are giving classes. The course started on 16th December, Friday 2011.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Workshop on Web Content Management (WCM 2011)

3rd-4th December, 2011
Organized by
Department of Library and Information Science
Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202 002

National Workshop on Web Content Management (WCM 2011) organized by the Department of Library and Information Science, Aligarh Muslim University got off with recitation from the Quran. Dr. Naushad Ali P.M, Chairman & Coordinator of the workshop welcomed the gathering and gave an introduction about the workshop. The workshop was inaugurated by Prof. P.K Abdul Azis, Vice Chancellor, Aligarh Muslim University. He appreciated the efforts made by the department of Library and Information Science holding such a wonderful workshop on such a novel theme of the time. Subject Information Gateway in Information Technology ( funded by DST, Govt. of India) also launched by the Vice Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University in the inaugural function. During the inaugural speech, Prof. Abdul Azis said that the Aligarh Muslim University has set another milestone in the field of Information and Communication Technology with the launch of the Subject Gateway in Information Technology (SIGIT) and the 3G/Wimax service. Prof. Azis appreciated the efforts of the Department of Library and Information Science in developing SIGIT, hub of Knowledge. He said that the present era is information based and we are living in a world where only those individuals or nations will achieve success that have knowledge power.
            Prof. P.B Mangla, former member, National Knowledge Commission stated that Users find it difficult to locate most appropriate databases or resources to search for relevant information according to their need. In this situation portals act as an intermediary to solve the problem by customizing information content to meet specific user need. He further said that technology is the key to access the information and its management is vital for easy access.     Dr. R.K Chadha, Joint Secretary, Parliament of India appreciated the department in selecting such an apt theme of the time for the workshop. He said that the technology revolution has brought many changes to the way libraries and library staff provides information to users. Librarian should use modern tools to provide quicker, more complete and more sophisticated services to the users.  Prof. Anwar Jahan Zuberi, Dean Faculty of Social Science enlightened that users find it difficult to locate most appropriate databases or resources to search for relevant information to their need.  Web Content Management tools will help to solve this problem in some extent. Prof. Shabahat Husain extended the vote of thanks in the inaugural function of the workshop.
            More than seventy working librarians all over the country were rigorously trained over two days in total of eight sessions conducted in Computer Lab, Computer Science Department and Audio Visual Hall, Department of Geology, Aligarh Muslim University. Dr. R.K Chadha, Dr. Madhusudhan, Mr. S. Mustafa Zaidi, Dr. Monawwer Eqbal and Mr. Nitin Swaroop were trainers in the workshop. Valedictory function was presided over by Prof. V.K Abdul Jaleel, Registrar, Aligarh Muslim University on 4th Dec. 2011. In the presidential address, Prof. Jaleel stated that training programs in the form of Workshops are crucial in developing  the skills of the library  professionals  as only a competent person will be able to cater to the increasingly demanded as well as complicated  ways and means of information provision. Dr. Naushad Ali P.M Chairman & Coordinator of the workshop welcomed all the dignitaries of the gathering.  Prof. S.M Shafi, Head, Dept. of Library Science, University of Kashmir, was the Chief Guest and Dr. Jamil Ahmad Qureshy, Director of Libraries, PMBFU, Al Khobar, KSA was the Guest of Honour.  Prof. V.K Abdul Jaleel, Registrar distributed the certificates to the participants. Prof. Shabahat Husain extended the vote of thanks in the valedictory function. 
 More photos at :

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Launching of Subject Information Gateway (SIGIT)

Department of Library and Information Science, Aligarh Muslim University is developing Subject Information Gateway in Information Technology (SIGIT), first full-fledged subject information gateway exclusively in the field of Information Technology (IT) funded by Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India. SIGIT comprehensively covers all areas of Information Technology like e-journals, e-books, IT schools and their curriculum, databases, free and open source software, research projects, electronic theses and dissertations, programming languages, forthcoming conferences/ workshops, fellowships and grants, training programmes in IT, etc. and it indents to cater the information needs of the specialists who are directly or indirectly concerned with IT as a subject or an activity. It will be also useful for scientists, academicians, researchers, authors, students, etc. who are engaged in IT based study/research work.


Date: 3rd December, 2011
Venue: Cultural Hall, Maulana Azad Library, AMU

Recitation from the Holy Qur’an

Welcome                   : Dr. Naushad Ali. PM
                                     (Principal Investigator)
Launching of SIGIT     : Prof. PK Abdul Aziz
                                     (Vice Chancellor, AMU)
Presentation on SIGIT: Mr. Mohamed Musthafa. K
                                     (Project Assistant, SIGIT)
Felicitation                 : Prof. Anwar Jahan Zuberi
                                     (Dean, Faculty of Social Science, AMU)
Chief Guest                : Prof. PB Mangla
                                     (Ex Dean, Delhi University & Former Member,
                                    National Knowledge Commission)
Guest of Honour        : Dr. RK Chadha
                                     (Joint Secretary, Parliament of India)
Presidential Address   : Prof. PK Abdul Azis
                                     (Vice Chancellor, AMU)
Vote of Thanks          : Prof. Shabahat Husain
                                     (Librarian-in-Charge, Maulana Azad Library, AMU)

All are welcome.