Sunday, December 31, 2006

New Year Greetings

Wish you all Happy New year 2007 !!

Dr. J K Vijayakumar

Monday, December 18, 2006

SLA Marion E Sparks Award for Professional Development

The Chemistry Division of the Special Libraries Association is sponsoring a student/new member scholarship essay competition in 2007. The award is named to honor Marion E. Sparks, a chemistry librarian at the University of Illinois from 1913 until her death in 1929. Ms. Sparks contributed a great deal to the field of chemical information, her achievements include teaching courses on chemical information, and authoring and publishing what is argued to be the first book to formally address chemical literature and libraryinstruction.

AWARD: AWARD: The winner will receive $1,500 to attend the 2007 SLA Annual Conference June 3-6 in Denver, CO. The winner will also receive a certificate of achievement and will be introduced at the Chemistry Division Business Meeting & Breakfast. This award is intended to reimburse the winner’s expenses for attending the convention, including: registration, airfare, lodging, food and/or the continuing education course (registration in one of the Chemistry division CE courses — “Chemistry for the Non-Chemist Librarian” or “Chemical Information Sources, Requests, and Reference”, or any other continuing education course is recommended but not required).

ELIGIBILITY: All student members of the Chemistry Division and all individuals who became members of the Chemistry Division since January 2006 are eligible to enter the contest. Preference will be given to library school students and recent MLIS graduates.
TO ENTER: Compose an essay to address the candidate’s objectives for professional development and the outcomes if a person be granted the award. Essay should not exceed 400 words or two typed doubled-spaced pages. Please include a resume and the names of two references.

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SLA BFD International Travel Award

SLA Business and Finance Division

International Travel Award sponsored by ISI Emerging Markets

The SLA Business and Finance Division, with the sponsorship of ISI Emerging Markets™, is offering ONE (1) award in the amount of US$ 2,000, plus a complimentary CE course registration for a course offered by the Business and Finance Division, to a business information professional from a developing country to help cover expenses at the 2007 SLA Annual Conference, to be held in Denver, Colorado, USA from June 3-6, 2007.

The conference theme is “Make Your Future Happen at SLA 2007”


· Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of a non-G8 country.

· The 2007 Denver conference must be the first SLA conference attended.

· Applicants must indicate the amount and source of any additional funding which, combined with the Travel Award, will permit them to cover their expenses to attend the Annual Conference.

· The recipient may not accept a travel award for the 2007 conference from any other SLA Division or Chapter.


Prepare a written statement, in English, of approximately 750 words, answering the following questions:

1. What is the biggest challenge facing the information profession in developing countries?
2. What skills must the new business information professional possess?
3. What do you hope to gain from the conference?

Include a current Curriculum Vitae.


· Recipients will write a brief article (approximately 500 words) for publication in the Fall 2007 issue of the Bulletin on their conference experience.

· Recipients will agree to serve on one of the B&F Committees or Sections, such as the B&F International Relations Committee or the College & University Business Libraries Section, during 2007-08.


· All applicants will receive notification of award status no later than February 1, 2007.

· Winners MUST attend the B&F Division’s Annual Business meeting in Denver.

Submit the above documents, along with your address, telephone number, and email address, in Rich Text Format (RTF) or Microsoft Word by EMAIL no later than Friday, January 12, 2007 to:
Robert Clarke
International Relations Chair
SLA Business and Finance Division McGill University 3459 McTavish StreetMontreal, Quebec H3A 1Y1 Canada Voice: (514) 398-5725 Fax: (514) 398-6273 Email:

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The American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), International Information Issues Special Interest Group (SIG-III), is pleased to announce its eighth competition for papers to be submitted for the 2007 Annual Meeting, which will take place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 18-25, 2007.

The theme of this paper contest is: "Joining Research and Practice: Social Computing and Information Science"

The theme may be addressed at either the country or regional level issues. Papers could discuss issues, policies and case studies on specific aspects of the theme, such as, but not limited to the following:

- Egovernance in developing countries, Factors, issues, case studies etc pertaining to rural/urban digital divide and the information infrastructure (connectivity, access, hardware, cost implications, emerging trends etc.) in developing countries.

-Indigenous Knowledge (IK) and digital libraries – Collecting, preserving and disseminating IK.

-Social, ethical, political, legal, and economic and cultural issues: issues related to the role of information in society, such as information policy, access, security, privacy, and intellectual property, as well as the social uses and abuses of information technologies such as the Internet and World Wide Web in bridging or separating diverse communities.

-Information organization, management, access, and retrieval.

-Information seeking and use: the role of information in professional and daily lives, use of various types of information technology, and social contexts of information seeking.

-Information technology, social equity and development: IT and governance, IT and the new economy, including the future of work and implications of technological hardware and software developments; the role of ICTs in conflict management, etc.

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Friday, December 01, 2006

My Professional Visit to German Libraries

German Goethe Institute and Bibliothek and Information International provided me financial support to undertake a 2 weeks professional visit to German Libraries during August 2006. I visited selected Libraries from Hannover, Gottingen, Kiel, Cologne, Hiedelberg and Frankfurt. My detailed report titled Transformation in Libraries and Librarianship in Germany: Report based on a Professional Visit is made available by Goethe Institute (Mexico) here and Bibliothek and Information International made it available here

I am infront of the statue of Rabindra Nath Tagore at South Asia Institute Library, University of Heidelberg

I am in front of Goettingen State and University Library.

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