Wednesday, May 10, 2006


Windows Live™ Messenger Beta is the next-generation MSN Messenger

The beta of Windows Live Messenger, the next generation of MSN Messenger, is now available in Windows Live™ Messenger Beta. If you've been one of the private beta testers, you've got lots of company now. (And if you'd rather not switch to beta software, don't fret: MSN Messenger 7.5 remains available.)

Tuesday, May 09, 2006


DocDB: powerful and flexible collaborative document server

DocDB is a powerful and flexible collaborative web based document server which maintains a versioned list of documents. Information maintained in the database includes, author(s), title, topic(s), abstract, access restriction information, etc. ....

Friday, May 05, 2006


Portable FileZilla 2.2.19a Released

Portable FileZilla is the popular FileZilla FTP client packaged as a portable app, allowing you to carry your FTP client with you on an iPod, USB thumbdrive, portable hard drive or any other portable media. You can plug it right into any Windows computer and use it just like you would on your own. It has all the same great features of FileZilla, but there's nothing to install. Using compression and removal of the debug files, the download is about half the standard FileZilla ZIP download and the install is a little over 3Mb compared to 11.5.


OpenDocument gets ratified by ISO: Whoop-ass or big whoop?

OpenDocument gets ratified by ISO: Whoop-ass or big whoop? by ZDNet's David Berlind -- For proponents of the OpenDocument Format, the long wait from specification publication to supposed international standard is over. Reports and press releases from all parties with an interest in ODF have been rolling in to inform the world that ODF now has the imprimatur of the International Organisation of Standardization. Theoretically, this should give it [...]

Thursday, May 04, 2006


Workshop On Using Open Source Softwares in Libraries

ADINET, in collaboration with INFLIBNET, is organizing a three day Workshop on Using Open Source Softwares in Libraries, at INFLIBNET, on 11, 12 & 13 May 2006.

The purpose of this workshop is to impart training to working library professionals by providing adequate practical knowledge which will enable them to initiate digital library projects on their own by using open source software's. The focus will be given on Digital Library Software such as
DSpace and Greenstone which are freely available and can be customized according to the requirements. The workshop also aims at providing familiarity with the most popular Open Source and Free Operating System, LINUX, which is used as a basic OS for many open source software's. It will be a unique opportunity for library professionals to get exposure to the concept of open source software in which changes can be easily made since source code is available with the user, which is not true for proprietary software.........

Saturday, April 29, 2006

'Designand development of digital libraries using DSpace on Windows' on October 9-13

The Department of LIS, Andhra University will conduct a Workshop on 'Designand development of digital libraries using DSpace on Windows' from October9-13. Dr M.G.Sreekumar will be the resource person.For further details pl contact the undersigned.
Dr. RSR VaralakshmiProfessor,
Dept. of Library and Information Science.,
Andhra University,

Nominations are invited for the following SALIS Awards for the year 2006.SALIS Awards.

Dr.Harish Chandra-Sushila Chandra Best LibrarianAward (National level)

SALIS instituted an award- sponsored by Dr. HarishChandra, Librarian, IIT Madras, in the name of `Dr.Harish Chandra-Sushila Chandra Best Librarian Award' .Aim of instituting the award: To honor and recognizelibrary professionals - for their outstandingcontributions to the profession.Eligibility: Professionals holding any degree inLibrary Science or equivalent and working in libraryand information field in any parts in India.Must be a citizen of India.

About Dr.Harish Chandra
Dr.Harish Chandra is currently working as Librarian ofIIT, Madras. Prior to this, he has also worked in IIT,Delhi, GSI and IIFT. He underwent training in LibraryAutomation and Digital Library at University of Cambridge, UK and Tilburg University, Netherlandsrespectively.His major contributions are in the areas of NewLibrary Building Planning, ISO-9001 application in theLibrary, Digital Library Initiative, Web based libraryand information services, etc.Dr.Chandra is a member of Senate, IIT since 1995, amember of Task Force for Higher Education LibrarySystem, MHRD. He is also a member in the editorialboard of various journals including OCLC Systems andServices. He is also a member of many professionalbodies.Dr.Chandra has over 60 publications to his credit andcompleted various projects andconsultancy assignments. He has organized severalnational and international conferences. He hasreceived several awards, chaired number of technicalsessions and delivered number of invited lectures. Hehas visited more than 12 countries and receivedseveral awards. He has also received many awardsincluding SALIS Life Time Achievement AwardPrevious Year Award winners:1. Dr. T.A.V. Murthy, Director, INFLIBNET – for theyear 20042. Prof. (Dr.) M.Suriya, HOD, Dept of Library &Information Science & Librarian, Annamalai University“ for the year 2005

2. AutoLib-Tamilnadu Best Librarian Award(for Library Professionals working in Tamilnadu regiononly)3. AutoLib -Tamilnadu Best Young Librarian Award(for Library Professionals working in Tamilnadu regiononly: Age below 40 years)Must be a citizen of IndiaThe above two awards are sponsored by M/s AutoLibSoftware System , a leading Library AutomationSolution Provider at Chennai.AutoLib Software System

AutoLib Software System has been established toprovide low cost and high quality library automationsolutions. They undertake all types of libraryautomation projects. One of their objectives is torecognize and encourage library professionals whocontribute more for the profession.

Eligibility for the above two Awards :Professionals holding any degree in Library Scienceor equivalent and working in library and information field in Tamilnadu region. Must be a citizen of IndiaPrevious Award Winners:1. AutoLib-Tamilnadu Best Librarian AwardDr Dr.K.Nithyanandham, Director-in-charge, Librray,Anna University2. AutoLib-Tamilnadu Best Young Librarian AwardMr. T. Stephen CSI Bishop Appasamy College of Arts &Science, CoimbatoreMr. S.Swaminathan, Librarian, Sri RamakrishnaVidyalaya College of Education, CoimbatoreNominations for all the three awards ( by Libraryprofessionals holding responsible position or by self)are invited for the year 2006 from eligibleprofessionals.The application form can be obtained from theConvener, SALIS Award Committee by sending a selfaddressed stamped (Rs.10/-) cover or downloaded from or by sendingE-mail to salisawards@....The other details are given in the application form.Filled-in application along with necessary supportingdocuments should be sent in asealed cover toThe Convener,SALIS Award Committee,SALIS,C/o, AutoLib,B2-Solai Apartments(Opp to MGR Garden)Mount-Poonamallee Road,Chennai - 600 089.Awards will be presented to the winners in the form ofa Silver Medal, Citation and a shawl. The awards willbe presented to the winners during the SALIS 2006National Conference to be held at Karunya DeemedUniversity, Coimbatore on 9th June 2006.Last date for the receipt of filled application is15.05.2006For any clarifications, E-mail to the convener atsalisawards@..

Mr. Jesudas ManalanConvenerSALIS Award Committee&Librarian
Bishop Heber College, Trichi -17& Secretary,
Tiruchi Chapter

Friday, April 28, 2006


Workshop on e-Resources and IPR Issues on 14-16 June 2006 : Mumbai: India

The Central Library, IIT Bombay has planned to organize a 3-days Training Workshop on e-Resources and IPR Issues on 14-16 May 2006. The main objective of the workshop is to expose participants to the relevance of IPR issues vis-a-vis usage of e-resources. Thanks to the success of the Consortia model of acquisition, libraries have been able to provide access to several thousands e-books and journals to their users without the constraints of space and time. While application of Information and Communication Technologies and Consortia approach have benefited large number of libraries and their users, it has added responsibilities to ensure that the usage is made within the framework of Intellectual Property Rights and the interests of the creators of information/knowledge are protected. Library and information professionals providing e-resources-based information services have important role to play in this area and this workshop will provide them with a broader view of the implications of IPR while discharging their responsibilities and serving their users. The important topics to be covered in the workshop include :

1.Overview of the state of art information communication technologies in
the libraries,
2.e-journals, e-books, e-databases
3.Intellectual Property rights vis-a-vis e-resources
4.Vendors’ presentations

Only 30-35 participants, on first-come-first-served basis, will be taken for the course from IITs, IISc, NITs, other engineering colleges, scientific and technical institutions. Preference will be given to those from INDEST/AICTE Consortium participating institutions. Interested persons may forward their application in the enclosed proforma by email / fax at the earliest to the Librarian, IIT Bombay. Two participants from the consortium participating institutes will be provided free registration. Other participants will be charged Rs 1000-/ as registration fee which includes workshop kit, hostel accommodation, working lunch, and tea/coffee during sessions. TA/DA will have to be borne by the participants or their sponsoring organizations. For Registration Fee concessions, applications must be forwarded thru thier parent organizations.

WORKSHOP on e-Resources and IPR Issues, 14-16 May 2006


Name : ____________________________________

Designation : ____________________________________

Institution/Organization : ____________________________________


Address : ____________________________________




Telephone / Fax No. ____________________________________

Email : ____________________________________

Accommodation needed : Yes / No


D. Jotwani
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Powai, Mumbai 400076
Phone 91-22-25768920, 91-22-25720227(fax)
Mobile 09819808920


We are happy to inform you that a village library
(GLIC) is being started in Gundrampally Village
(Chityal Mandal, Nalgonda district, Andhra Pradesh) in
the first fortnight of April 2006. This initiative is
being supported by the Organisation for the Protection
of Libraries, (OPLib), a library advocacy group based
in Hyderabad as part of its “100 Village/School
Libraries Within a Year” project.

Already 500+ books have been received as donation from
various places throughout Andhra Pradesh and several
individuals had sponsored annual subscriptions for
daily newspapers and magazines. The local panchayat
had offered to provide free accommodation to the
library and a school teacher had come forward to serve
as its honorary librarian. He promised to keep the
library open for a couple of hours both in the morning
and evenings. A group of educated youth led by Mr
Srinivas of Gemini Television are working very hard to
place GLIC on a firm foundation.

GLIC urgently requires two glass paned steel almirahs
for keeping its book collection. The cost is likely to
be about Rs.15000. OPLib appeals to all library lovers
to help GLIC in the purchase of steel almirahs.

GLIC also plans to provide ICT-based information
services to the villagers and train them on Internet
searching and on text/image transmission for getting
answers to their local problems. A computer system
along with a digital camera, speakers, modem, etc., is
also required for this proposed library. OPLib
solicits donations from you for the purchase of a new
computer system and the cost is likely to be
Rs.35,000. If you have any old computer systems to
spare, they are also welcome. These systems would be
utilized to provide hands-on experience to the

We hope that the LIS professional fraternity, library
associations and library lovers would respond to this
appeal positively and lend their helping hand in the
form of cash donations/books/magazines, etc.

We are pleased to inform you that a School Library is
being started by OPLib at Balakarmika Vikasa Kendram,
Residential Bridge Centre (Indian Red Cross Society),
Yadagirigutta, Nalgonda district in April 2006. This
School provides education and hostel facility to 68
street children (Classes 1 to 5, mother tongue Telugu)
who are below the poverty line and children of local
sex workers. The main objective is to prevent these
children of sex workers from taking up their parent’s
profession. Already we have received a donation of
Rs.5000 from Ms. Geetha of NISC and a small book rack
and 70 children’s books have been purchased with this
amount. This library is being named in memory of her
mother Late Smt. Penmetsa Kanakavalli Tayaru. Smt.
Kanakavalli is daughter of Sri Bhupati Raju Tirupati
Raju, founder of Kumudavalli Library (West Godavari
district, Andhra Pradesh.) regarded as one of the
greatest heritage libraries. Shri Tirupati Raju is
revered as the Bhishmacharya of public library
movement in Andhra Pradesh. It is a matter of immense
joy that grace from this selfless library stalwart
continues to flow through his children.

OPLib appeals for donations to Kanakavalli Memorial
Library in the form of cash/children’s books/ work
tables/chairs, computer system, etc.

Computer Systems for OPLib
Finally, OPLib needs three computer systems , one for
Andhra (Visakhapatnam), Rayalaseema (Tirupati) and
Telangana (Hyderabad) region of Andhra Pradesh, to
manage its operations effectively and efficiently. Any
help (either new or old systems) in this regard would
be greatly appreciated.

Address for communication:

Dr A Kishore
Honorary President
Organization for the Protection of Libraries
(Registered under the Andhra Pradesh Societies
Registration Act, 2001 vide no.1502 of 2005)
c/o Parma Reddi Building, 9-1-34/30/16/A, Bapu Nagar,
Langar House, Hyderabad 500 008
Email: saikishoresvu@...
Mobile 92474 28778

Cheques/DDs to be drawn in favour of Organization for
the Protection of Libraries (OPLib) and payable at

Thank you very much in advance for your kind support
and cooperation to our School/Village Libraries
Project. Please mark a copy of your email to Dr
Kishore to me as well. That helps in better


T.V. Prafulla Chandra
Senior Editor

Thursday, April 27, 2006

International Conference on Digital Libraries (ICDL 2006)

December 5-8, 2006 – India Habitat Center, New Delhi, India

ICDL is a major international forum focusing on digital libraries and related issues. It aims to consolidate and expand concerted efforts to bridge the digital divide. ICDL2006 proposes to focus on Information Management for Global Access through the creation, adoption, implementation and utilization of DLs. It also intends to offer a common platform to put forth innovative ideas, discuss classical knowledge management and DL concepts in an open forum, and promote closer cooperation between experts and end- users. About 40 renowned and experienced speakers from India and abroad will be sharing their experiences. For detail information about the conference please visit the website

As you may be aware that TERI had earlier organized the ICDL (International Conference on Digital Libraries) 2004, in partnership with Department of Culture, Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Government of India from 24 to 27 February 2004. The conference was inaugurated by Hon'ble President of India. More than 750 participants from 36 countries and 55 invited speakers from 16 countries and 80 contributed speakers shared their experiences on a single platform. The conference was able to create awareness and enthusiasm within the community which afterwards witnessed several digital library and knowledge management initiatives in India.

You are invited to submit your papers to the 2nd International Conference on
Digital Libraries, to be held in New Delhi, India 5-8 December, 2006.

Contributions are invited for conference sessions, tutorials, poster
presentations and workshops.


The relevant topics include the following (but not limited to) :

Planning, development, and management of digital libraries
Online information management
Content organization and knowledge management
· System scalability and interoperability
Semantics, thesauri, and ontology
Information storage and retrieval for global access
· Open archives initiatives
User studies and system evaluation
· Multi-lingual information retrieval system and unicode
· Digital divide
· Digital preservation
· Standards in digital library design and development
Dublin core and metadata standards
DRM and copyrights issues
Digital library services
· Digital library network and information sharing
· E-publishing
Economic issues of DL and e-learning
Tools and techniques for DL
DL models and architectures
Paper Submission Information :
All papers must be original in contribution and authors are expected to transfer the copyright to TERI. Papers must be written in English and limited to 5000 words. Each paper should contain a list of about five keywords. The paper should also mention the topic under which it falls from the above list of topics or any other. Send your paper in MS Word (any version) format. For Detail submission details and author guidelines, please refer to the conference website. Full paper should be submitted electronically at ( ) by 1 June, 2006.

Important Dates

Intimation with interest to submit paper with extended abstract - 1 May 2006

Submission of full papers -1 June 2006

Notification of acceptance of paper with comments - 15 Aug 2006

Submission of the final paper after incorporating comments -15 September 2006

Early Bird Registration Deadline -
15 Oct 2006

Registration Information

For details about the conference registration fee for all presenters and participants and other registration information, please refer to the conference website ( Sponsorship details, Products & Services Exhibitors and business sessions For details visit conference website ( e-mail at

For any queries contact at –

Debal C Kar
Organising Secretary

ICDL2006 Conference Secretariat
TERI, Darbari Seth Block
IHC Complex, Lodhi Road
New Delhi - 110 003, India
Phone - 91-11-24682141, 24682111 or 24682100
Fax - 91-11-24682144, 2468 2145

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