Call for Professional Contributions to
Paradigm Shift in Technological Advancement in Librarianship
Essays in Honour of Dr Pawan K. Gupta
October 15, 2010
A book edited by
Dr. M. S. Rana
Bansthali-304 022, Rajasthan
Dr. Dinesh C. Ojha
Central Arid Zone Research Institute
Nirmal Kumar Swain
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Library & Information Science
Vani Mandir Building
Banasthali University, Rajasthan- 304 022,
Technological advancements have given an impetus to library and librarians to have new
‘avatars’. There is a paradigm shift in the professional role and the societal responsibility.
There is a sea change in the training, scholarship, vision, activities of the librarians. The
professional literature too is witness to such a shift. Following this idea, the editors have
proposed to bring out a festschrift with the given details.
About Dr Pawan Kumar Gupta
Graduated with gold medal from one of the premier universities of India, University of
Delhi, in library and information science, and also a PhD in the subject, Dr. Pawan
Kumar Gupta has devoted his life for the profession. A polyglot knowing a few
languages (Hindi, English, Russian, Punjabi and Sanskrit), he never looked back and
gives an impression of an icon of professional caliber and work holism. Moreover, he is a
grass root worker and still a student of library & information science.
Born and brought up in a middle class family in the State of Punjab, he received
his education from Panjab University Chandigarh, Punjabi University Patiala, University
of Delhi, and University of Rajasthan. To start with, he began his career as a teacher of
botany in D A V College at Amritsar. Later as library & information scientist he began
working as a professional assistant in Delhi University Library System; spent 1976-1982
teaching at Dept. of Library and Information Science, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur;
before shifting to the Rajasthan University Library at Jaipur. After serving for more than
two decades as Deputy Librarian, he now occupies the post of the Director of Libraries in
the University of Rajasthan. For a brief period in 1997, he also worked as Chief Librarian
at the Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education, Dehradun.
Apart from job, he has been involved with various professional associations and
bodies e.g. ILA – as a life member and for one term as Vice President West, IASLIC,
Rajasthan Library Association as a life member and President for one term, Youth Hostel
Association of India, as Convener of LISA Circle located in the Rajasthan University
Library, and he still continues to be a Patron with the Jaipur Library and Information
Society (JALIS). Dr. C. D. Sharma award was conferred upon him in the year 1996 for
promotion of library and information science in the state of Rajasthan. He also received
Rajasthan Patrika award for the Best Librarian in the year 2003. Prof. S. Das Gupta Gold
Medal, and Gopal Krishna Medal were given to him for being the first in the order of
merit in MLISc and BLISc in the year 1976 and 1975 respectively by University of
His deep involvement as professional contributor to the various journals, as wrier
/ editor of books, as a member of various committees, and numerous lectures delivered by
him at various gatherings, conferences, training courses, participation in radio / television
discussions, etc have given him popularity in the profession. He also received various
grants for professional development. As an ‘International Visitor’ he has visited USA and
UK on professional assignments. Besides, he has visited many West European countries.
Friends, the present volume is proposed to be brought out in the honour of this
legendary, dynamic and active library & information scientist. Being a plan of his friends
and well wishers to honour him with a festschrift, we request you kindly to contribute and
motivate others, to make this proposal a grand success.
This book will be of use to teaching professionals, college / school teachers,
academicians, academic administrators, higher education researchers, students, and those
interested in modern librarianship. Many of the conclusions drawn from the research
presented in this volume will also be of interest to those who are busy doing research
work in the field of library and information science.
Recommended topics include but are not limited to the following:
Digital Library Issues
Digital Preservation Strategies
Digital Resource Management Strategies
Emergent Techniques for Search Algorithms and Context Sensitive Indexing
E-Resources, Preservation of Digital Resources
Evaluation of Digital Libraries
Information Management Using Web 2.0/3.0 Technologies
Information Retrieval in Indian Languages
Internet Related Issues: IPRs, Threats, Security
Knowledge Organization Techniques
Knowledge Representation Models
Metadata Standards, Interoperability and Crosswalks
Multilingual Digital Libraries
Nascent areas of research in Lib. & Inf. Sc.
Ontologies and Approaches to Building Ontologies
Open Access for Scholarly Contents
Open Access Initiatives, Open Access Repositories
Open Source Software Tools for Digital Library Development
Social Networking Tools for Information Services
Social Networking: Blog, Wiki, Web 2.0, Education 2.0
Standards and Specifications for Digital Objects
Technology Issues in Online Services
Tools and Techniques for Managing Digital Repositories
User Interface and Patron Interactions Tools
Web Retrieval Tools and Strategies
Any other area pertaining to the theme
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit the manuscript clearly explaining the
mission and concerns on or before October 15, 2010 . Authors will be acknowledged
immediately and the acceptance of the contribution will be notified within a week of
receipt of the contribution. Authors may be required to help, if need be, in terms of proof,
clarifications, etc. Manuscripts are accepted for consideration with the understanding
that they are original and are not under consideration for publication elsewhere.
Style manuals: Submissions must follow the styles outlines in the Publication Manual of
the American Psychological Association (2001, 5th edition)
Abstract: All manuscripts should include an abstract of 100 words or less.
Author identification: The complete title of the contribution and the name(s) of the
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including full address and postal pin code, telephone, and e-mail address. The
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Typescript: Manuscript should be typed on A-4 size paper, double-spaced, with generous
margins at top, bottom, and sides of page. In soft copy it should be in IBM-compatible
MS Word format. Sub-heads should be used at reasonable intervals to break the
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either italic type or underlining. Abbreviations and acronyms should be spelt out with its
first occurrence, unless found as entries in their abbreviated form in a standard dictionary.
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possible. They should be typed as normal text at the end of the text section of the
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accurate and complete. Personal communications (letters, memos, telephone
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electronic files, separate from the main text. (You may use one file for all the tables, but
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