Innovative Technologies for the Libraries of the Future

Dear Friends,

It was nice to interact with professionals live on February 23, 2019 on the topic “Innovative Technologies for the Libraries of the Future”.

The discussion may be viewed at

Your suggestion / feedback are welcome. 

DP Tripathi 

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Does the provision of incremental fine fulfill the Five Laws of Library Science?

Dear Friends,

Five Laws of Library Science enunciated by Dr. S. R. Ranganathan says that

  1. Books are for use.
  2. Every Book Its reader
  3. Every reader his/her book
  4. Save the time of Reader
  5. Library is a growing organism

We the Library Professionals value the above laws to great extent in libraries and try to maximum implement in all aspects but when it comes to Incremental Fine, it raises many questions and in the queue of questions, first question is “Does the provision of incremental fine fulfill the five laws?”
Question seems very simple and many of us may say “YES” but some of us may also say “NO” and I am one of NO category.

The provision of Incremental Fine creates burden for library users and get pressure from library to return the book on time else s/he will have to pay compulsorily the fine amount next to normal fine as per rule of incremental fine.
But, why a user should pay extra amount? Here above laws of library science seems violated.
Whey we say Books are for use, Every book it’s reader, Every reader his/her then why libraries are imposing extra fine. If the libraries have to get the book back, they may easily RECALL book or block the user so that s/he will not be eligible to avail services as punishment for violating the rule of not returning the book on time but collecting the extra charges from library users seems like ‘library considers incremental fine as source of revenue’

As a result, this provision may kill the interest of library patron and next time, perhaps s/he may not will to issue any book from library. Perhaps, library may lose the patron interest for visiting library too next time and forever. This may also lead to pass the information by that user to other library users about the negative aspects and as a fear, the other users may stop utilizing the issue/return service of library

My question is – “Is it compulsory to impose extra amount, in case user does not return book?”

If s/he is not returning book, let the normal fine be imposed as per library policy?
Why Incremental Fine?

Your suggestions are expected and welcome.

DP Tripathi

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Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF)

Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF)

Ministry of Human Resource Development (Govt. of India) announces the opening of application portal of the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF) scheme. The scheme is aimed at attracting the talent pool of the country to doctoral (PhD) programs of IITs and IISc for carrying out research in cutting edge science and technology domains, with focus on national priorities.


  • Applicant must have completed or be pursuing the final year of four year undergraduate or five year integrated M.Tech or five year integrated M.Sc. or five year undergraduate-postgraduate dual degree programs in Science and Technology streams from IISc/IITs/NITs/IISERs and centrally funded IIITs;
  • Applicant must have secured at least CGPA/CPI of 8.0 (in scale of 10.0).
  • For applicants in five year integrated or dual degree programs if separate CGPAs/CPIs are awarded for UG and PG parts of the program then the CGPA/CPI of UG part (first four year) will be considered.
  • Applicant must have completed the required academic qualification in the last five years.
Fellowship Value:
  • First two years fellowship: Rs.70,000/- per month
  • 3rd year: Rs.75,000/- per month
  • 4th and 5th years: Rs.80,000/- per month
  • Research grant: Rs.2.00 lakh per year

Duration of fellowship: 4 years for students from integrated courses and 5 years for B. Tech. students.

Important dates:
  • Beginning of submission of applications: 24 February 2018
  • Last date for submission of the applications: 31 March 2018
  • Tentative dates for interviews at Nodal institutions: 15 May 2018 onwards
  • Tentative date for announcement of results: 01 June 2018


DP Tripathi

NIT Rourkela


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Applications open for Oakley Memorial Copyright Scholarship

The American Library Association is now accepting applications for the Robert L. Oakley Memorial Copyright Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to an individual or a team of individuals who meet eligibility criteria.

ALA and the Library Copyright Alliance established the Robert L. Oakley Memorial Scholarship to support research and advanced study for librarians in their early-to-mid-careers who are interested and/or active in the fields that Robert Oakley was expert in: intellectual property, public policy, copyright and their impacts on libraries and the ways libraries serve their communities. The scholarship aims to encourage and expand interest in and knowledge of these aspects of librarianship. The scholarship may be used for equipment, expendable supplies, travel necessary to conduct, attend conferences, release from library duties or other reasonable and appropriate research expenses.

Applicants must demonstrate interest in or be professional actively in copyright and public policy and their impacts on libraries and the ways libraries serve their communities. Highest consideration will be given to applicants who are librarian(s) in their early-to-mid-careers. A Review Committee will be made up of the members of the ALA Copyright, Legislation, Advocacy, and Education Network (CLEAN) in discussion with the Library Copyright Alliance.

To apply, applicants should submit a resume or curriculum vitae along with a statement of intent for use of the scholarship funds, including the applicant’s interest and background in intellectual property, public policy, and/or copyright and their impacts on libraries and the ways libraries serve their communities. The statement should include information about how the applicant and the library community will benefit from the applicant’s receipt of scholarship. Statements should be no longer than 2,000 words.

Applications must be submitted via e-mail to Carrie Russell, by February 18, 2019.

For more details, you may please contact

Shawnda Hines

Asst. Director, Communications

ALA Washington Office

(202) 628-8410

DP Tripathi

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Expectations from Library Associations – Record and Share

Dear Friends,

I am sharing a link to record your views directly on-line via browser and share the video

This tool enables recording on-line through browser.

Just spend 30 seconds to record your views and share your video regarding “EXPECTATIONS FROM LIBRARY ASSOCIATIONS”

Just add –

Your Name
Your are working at
Your expectations from Library Associations

You can send the video directly at

DP Tripathi

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Did You Know ? – Interesting Information

Dear Friends,

I am sharing some of the videos which covers interesting information.

Did You Know?

1. Acronym – Part – 1 –

2. Acronym – Part – 2 –

3. Dewey Decimal Classification –

4. How to classify with DDC? –

5. Multiple Choice Questions 1 –

6. Multiple Choice Questions 2 –

7. Books By Dr. Ranganathan –

8. Biography of Dr. Ranganathan –

9. How Does RFID Work? –

10. Popular Books & Authors –

11. Important Years in Library Science –

12. Periodical & Their Publishers –

13. Periodical & Their Publishers –

14. Library Fun Facts –

15. Dictionaries, Glossaries & Data –

16. Royalty Free E-Book & Audio Book –

17. Open Source Learning –

18. Tim Berner’s Lee –

19. Citation & Citation Styles –

20. Best Digital Libraries –

21. Software for People with Disability –

22. Some Common Facts about English –

23. Websites offers free Online Courses –

Trust these videos will help to enrich the knowledge.

Your suggestions and comments are most welcome.

Stay updated with Librarian Guide for more videos !!!


DP Tripathi


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UGC-NET/SLET Preparation – Register Your Name Today !!!

Dear Friends,

Trust you all are good in health and spirit.

This is an effort to assist those professionals who are preparing for UGC-NET examinations. This may also help in preparation of other competitive examinations.

So, register your name today itself via the link given below.

There is no registration charge and no content fee.

I will keep sharing video on Saturday and Sunday on different topics related to UGC-NET syllabus and other topics too.

So, hurry up and register your name today.

You may write if you have any query or question please.

DP Tripathi

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Musts for Library Professional

Musts for Library Professional:

To become a successful library professional in profession, it is essential to keep the seven points alive all the time:

1. Active Responder: 
A normal library user enters the library with hope to get the desired material with less effort. Here, a library professional should play the role as ‘Active Responder’ by attending the many queries at a time and also keep alive the unfulfilled demand till the demand is fulfilled.

2. Empathetic behavior:
Empathy allows your inner conscious to feel other’s pain as if you have pain. A library professional must respond in empathetic manner to the library users and also must try to build the enough confidence in them to use library resources & services with self-help.

3. Service before Self:
A library professional should enter the library with motto “Service before Self”. In another word, five laws of library science should always remain in mind and library professional must offer himself after service to the library.
4. Tactful Approach:

Library is center of service where a user approaches with different attitudes and options. A tactful approach by library professional will help to deal the various types of users with ease and can avoid inviting bad name to the profession.

5. Perseverance:
It is better to knock other door if library professional cannot devote his heart and soul to the profession as library profession requires very hard work and perseverance. Library profession is just not the last door for rejected soul rather it demands enough patience and disposition toward profession.

6. Service with Smile:
A library professional must be capable enough to guide others in true sense. S/he must be conversant with library resources available in the library in order to provide the service with smile. Library Professional’s capability should attract the library users towards himself to quench the thirst.

7. Collection development without any prejudice:
Collection development in the library by a library professional must be without any prejudice. However, the library professional should not build the collection which is below standard. At the same time, rejection of documents should not be based on personal like or dislike for declaring the documents as below standard.

DP Tripathi

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Technical Competencies of Library Professionals for using Open Source Library Management Solution Koha – An Analytical Study

Dear Colleague/Friend,

I am delighted to share the link for your honest feedback and participation in online survey. This survey is an analytical study to know about the technical competency of library professionals for using open source library management system Koha in Indian Libraries.
I request your active participation in this survey to find out fruitful feedback in order to propose for immediate changes required for library automation in Indian Libraries. In this survey, approximately 500 people will be asked to complete a survey that asks questions about the technical competency of using library management system Koha. It will take approximately 10 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. There are no foreseeable risks associated with this project. However, if you feel uncomfortable answering any questions, you can withdraw from the survey at any point. It is very important for me to learn your opinions.

Your survey responses will be strictly confidential and data from this research will be reported only in the aggregate. Your information will be coded and will remain confidential. If you have questions at any time about the survey or the procedures, you may contact –

Mr. DP Tripathi, Assistant Librarian, NIT Rourkela
Mobile: +91-8895296796
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Thank you very much for your time and support. Please start with the survey now by clicking on the link mentioned below.

DP Tripathi

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