• Need of Reference Services in Library

    It is evident that Reference service is no doubt a must service in libraries. With the advent of Printing Press the collection increased in various forms. Readers were very few. Librarian is always supposed to know about the collection of the library. Reader also knows something or the reference of the reading material. In such case there is hardly any need of librarian’s help to the readers. But if reader is not aware with the…

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  • Steps of Library Automation

    Systems approach to library automation. The question before the libraries now is not ‘to automate’ or ‘not to automate’ rather ‘how’ to automate. It is a well known fact that considerable human and financial resources are utilized in launching upon automation project. In this connection K.J. Singh (1985) has rightly observed that “no body can deny the advantages of automation, but in developing countries like India, its adoption has to be done with caution, as…

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  • Library Automation: The Concept

    Library Automation The word ‘Automation’ has been derived from a Greek word ‘Automate’ which means something which has the power of spontaneous motion or self-movement (Webster’s Third New International Dictionary of English Language, 1966). The term ‘Automation’ was first introduced by D.S. Harder in 1936, who was then with the General Motor Company in the United States. He used the term automation to mean automatic handling of parts between progressive production processes. However, the modern…

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  • Concepts of Digitization and Digital Library

    Concepts of Digitization and Digital Library As defined by Reitz (2008), digitization is “the process of converting data to digital format for processing by a computer. In information systems, digitization usually refers to the conversion of printed text or images (photographs, illustrations, maps, etc.) into binary signals using some kind of scanning device that enables the result to be displayed on a computer screen.” She also defines digital library as the “library in which a…

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  • Web Dewey (Online DDC)

    About Web Dewey Users of DDC who started with the print version and later moved onto the Electronic version had long been requesting for more frequent institutional update of the Dewey database, hypertext linking and many other enhancements that are most effectively delivered in a browser-based setting. Apart from this, there is a very strong general trend from CDS to the Web today. Hence, Web-based access to an enhanced version of the DDC database is…

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  • Types of Library Classification Schemes

    On one extreme, a Library classification scheme can be completely enumerative where every subject and class ID listed with a pre-defined notation and the classifier has simply to choose a class and the corresponding notation. On the other hand, a classification scheme can be fully faceted, where the classifier has to follow a set of rules to construct a class number. In between these two extremes there is also a classification scheme that to some…

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  • Dewey Decimal Classification : Brief Information of DDC

    History of Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) The Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system is a general knowledge classification tool used in library classification that is continuously revised to keep pace with current knowledge. This system first published in the United States of America by Melvil Dewey in 1876. Currently DDC is published by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), and it is the most widely used classification system in the world translated into more than 30 languages.…

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  • Features of Library Classification Scheme

    Library Classification Scheme Classification schemes need to include the following features to prove to be of maximumbenefit to the classifier: 1. Schedules: The term Schedule is used to describe the printed list of all the main classes, divisions and sub-divisions of the classification scheme. They provide a logical arrangement ofall the subjects encompassed by the classification scheme.This arrangement usually being hierarchical shows the relationship of specific subjects to their parent subject. The relevant classification symbol…

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  • Library Classification Schemes

    Library Classification scheme Classification is a procedure of grouping similar items and objects and is essential in formulating groups that are known as classifying which results in Classification. This process helps the user to arrange, organise and make a logical sense of articles which also assists the user to locate them in an easy manner. According to the Dictionary of Library and Information Science, Classification schemesis defined as “a list of classes arranged according to…

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  • Purpose & Objectives of Library Classification

    Objectives of Library Classification The main objective of library classification is to arrange the library documents in afiliatory sequence for the convenience of both the readers and the staff in the library. Infact, According to Dr. S.R. Ranganathan, library classification mechanizes the correctre placement of library documents after use, fixes the most helpful place for a newly added document or a book amongst the other books available in the library on a similar subject and…

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