Friday, May 25, 2012

CPD23: Thing 4 - Current Awareness - Twitter, RSS and Storify


Week 3 - CPD23
Thing 4: Current Awareness - Twitter, RSS and Storify

I know I am a bit behind schedule but I am sure to catch up in the next week.

As for the CPD23: Thing 4 on current awareness, as I had mentioned in my earlier post, I have maintained two separate accounts on Facebook – one is my personal and the other is SFIT Library. I am keener on keeping active my professional account – SFIT Library as it seems to be the order of the day. Unfortunately, I have been able to gather only 5 people. Just hope I will learn the marketing tactics through the CPD23 course as I proceed!

Twitter: To be unpleasantly honest, I am a bit apprehensive about setting up a Twitter account and giving the usual updates about “every happening thing” around me. All the same, I know this is just one side of the coin and so I would set up a Twitter account for SFIT Library in the following days.

RSS: I have been using Google FeedBurner on my library blog.

Storify: Yet to learn how to use it advertently. Actually I am not able to draw the thin line between Facebook and Storify for giving updates to my library users. I can might as well link to the news-article or clipping from the my facebook account.
Hence, need to look into Storify a bit more scrupulously!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

These libraries have been around for 100 years

When Gajanan Deshmukh read about a unique meet for 100-year-old public libraries, he was determined to travel for more than 10 hours from Jamkhed in Ahmednagar district to Mumbai.
Rare books at Dadar Sarvajanik Vachanalay. More than 40 representatives from 83 libraries in the state were felicitated by the Maharashtra Seva Sangh.
Last week, Deshmukh made that long journey to the city to represent Lokmanya Taluka Vachanalay that was started by his great grandfather in 1887. More than 40 representatives from 83 public libraries of Maharashtra were felicitated by Maharashtra Seva Sangh, a cultural organisation, as part of their 75th anniversary celebrations.
“The library is very close to my heart and the next step is to computerise the library so that rare books are preserved,” said Deshmukh, who retired as a school principal in 2001 and is now involved in library work.
The oldest library was in Ratnagiri, set up in 1828 and libraries such as the Dadar Sarvajanik Vachanalay – popularly known as DASAVA - and the Mumbai Marathi Grantha Sangrahalay, Dadar east were also felicitated.
“These books are invaluable for historical research because Maharashtra and India witnessed major social upheavals in 19th and 20th century,” said Pratibha Gokhale, chief librarian, Mumbai University. “They have maps, letters and manuscripts written by thinkers such as Lokmanya Tilak and Babasaheb Ambedkar.”
Added Nandini Hambarde, secretary, Maharashtra Seva Sangh, “The event gave representatives a chance to exchange notes on issues such as preservation of rare books and financial challenges.”

Monday, May 21, 2012

CPD23: Thing 3 - Consider your personal brand

Week 2 - CPD23
Thing 3: Consider your personal brand


Maintaining a consistent image – both personally and professionally reveals the nature of a person. Moreover, it makes more sense when you are in a service-oriented profession – like ours! People almost (always) refer to us as a Librarian and most of them do not even know our names. Thus branding becomes important in more than one ways. It is up to us to decide whether we would be like to be referred to as “Library Madam” (as they call it!) or “Chinmayee Bhange”. I feel I would not mind either, although I would be elated if they know me personally!

For the Thing 3: Consider your personal brand, I am a bit thoughtful, since my online presence is linked with my library’s online presence and vice-versa. Both of them almost go together, except for the Facebook account (which I admit was linked to my personal account earlier). I am beginning to take it easy with my online presence as I feel; an overdose would maul the positive effect. I am taking to the social networking and micro-blogging sites – one at a time.

Having said that, I googled “SFIT Library” and was contented to see the results. One the first page, the first four links were though my Institute’s website. The fifth to eighth ones were my Library Blog (Happy, happy…), followed by Facebook account. Let me now reflect on the things to be considered whilst creating a personal brand.

Name Used: As a norm, I always use my real name – Chinmayee Bhange across my personal accounts. As for the library, it has always been “SFIT Library”.

Photograph: I am a bit reluctant to post my personal photo on my accounts, although this decreases the chances of identification and so I have been using Gravatar. At least my “identification type” does not change with my accounts.

Professional / Personal Identity: As mentioned already, I am thankful to myself for keeping the two identities separate.

Visual Brand: The font and the colour-combination used may vary, but I try to stick to the main theme.

TOC - Recent Issues of Journals


NAME OF THE JOURNAL
ISSUE DATE
VOL. No.
ISSUE No.
May 2012
10
03
May 2012
12
05
May 2012
71
05
May 2012
17
5
Jan – Mar 2012
92
1



Wednesday, May 16, 2012

New Arrivals in the LIRC - April 2012


B18840 - B18842 NETWORK SECURITY AND CRYPTOGRAPHY  
By MENEZES, BERNARD
DELHI/CENGAGE/2011
005.82 MEN
B18843 – B18845 & B18865 – B18867 INTRODUCTION TO VLSI SYSTEMS  
By MEAD, CARVER/CONWAY, LYNN
HYDERABAD/BS/1979
621.395 MEA/CON
B18846 – B18847 HANDBOOK OF TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION MANAGEMENT  
By SHANE, SCOTT
ENGLAND/JOHN WILEY/2008
658.4062 SHA
B18848 – B18849 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION  
By BURGELMAN, ROBERT A./CHRISTENSEN, CLAYTON M./WHEELWRIGHT, STEVEN C.
NEW DELHI/TATA McGRAW-HILL/2009
658.4062 BUR/CHR
B18850 – B18852 EMBEDDED C PROGRAMMING AND THE ATMEL AVR  
By BARNETT, RICHARD/O'CULL, LARRY/COX, SARAH
NEW DELHI/CENGAGE/2007
004.16 BAR/OCU
B18853 ESSENTIALS OF MODERN OPTICAL FIBER COMMUNICATION  
By NOE, REINHOLD
NEW DELHI/SPRINGER (
INDIA)/2010 [On Display]
621.38275 NOE
B18854 ANALOG AND DIGITAL SIGNALS AND SYSTEMS  
By YARLAGADDA, R.K. RAO
NEW DELHI/SPRINGER (
INDIA)/2010 [On Display]
621.3822 YAR
B18855 SIGNALS AND SYSTEMS WITH MATLAB  
By YANG, WON Y./CHANG, TAE G./SONG, IK H./JEON, WON G./LEE, JEONG W./HEO, J./KIM, JAE K./CHO, YONG S.
NEW DELHI/SPRINGER (INDIA)/2009 [On Display]
621.3822 YAN/CHA
B18856 DIGITAL COMMUNICATION: THEORY, TECHNIQUES AND APPLICATIONS  
By MUTAGI, R.N.
NEW DELHI/OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS/2012 [On Display]
621.382 MUT
B18857 BASIC ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING- 2nd. ed.  
By NAGSARKAR, T.K./SUKHIJA, M.S.
NEW DELHI/OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS/2011 [On Display]
621.3 NAG/SUK
B18858 IMAGINING INDIA: IDEAS FOR THE NEW CENTURY  
By NILEKANI, NANDAN
NEW DELHI/PENGUIN/2009 [On Display]
954.0532 NIL
B18859 THE SHADOW LINES  
By GHOSH, AMITAV
NEW DELHI/PENGUIN/2009 [On Display]
823.914 GHO
B18860 SHOW BUSINESS  
By THAROOR, SHASHI
NEW DELHI/PENGUIN/1994 [On Display]
823 THA
B18861 WINNER STANDS ALONE, THE  
By
COELHO, PAULO/COSTA, MARGARET JULL
LONDON/HARPERCOLLINS/2008 [On Display]
869.342 COE/COS
B18862 A BETTER INDIA A BETTER WORLD  
By MURTHY, N.R. NARAYANA
NEW DELHI/PENGUIN/2009 [On Display]
330.954
MUR
B18863 IDEA OF JUSTICE, THE  
By SEN, AMARTYA
NEW DELHI/PENGUIN/2009 [On Display]
320.011 SEN
B18864 2030 TECHNOLOGY THAT WILL CHANGE THE WORLD  
By SANTEN, RUTGER van/KHOE, DJAN/VERMEER, BRAM
NEW YORK/OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS/2010 [On Display]
601.12 SAN/KHO

Versita launches largest ever Open Access journal program


Academic publisher Versita announced today the launch of a new program of Open Access journals. 100 Emerging Science Journals are being launched in 2012. The program's focus is on young and rapidly developing fields of science, which have not yet been covered by a designated journal. The emerging topics have been identified in Life Sciences, Chemistry, Medicine, Physics and Mathematics.

The Emerging Science Journals program has already won support in the research community. Many distinguished scientists have become members of the editorial boards of the journals – among them Sir Harold Kroto, Professor at Florida State University, 1996 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry; most recent Medicine or Physiology Nobel Prize Winner – Prof. Jules A. Hoffmann or one of world's top chemits – prof. Didier Astruc.The journal editors hail from the world’s most prestigious universities and research institutes, such as Harvard University, University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Cambridge, or Max Planck Institute.

One of the main reasons of this outstanding support is the Open Access publishing model, which provides free and unlimited access to the journal articles for all interested readers. In view of Academic Spring – and with Open Access gaining a momentum across scholar communities worldwide - Versita is not planning any publication fees for the first two years. Still, the journals will use sophisticated online submission and hosting technology solutions, and will be covered by all applicable abstracting databases.

“The emerging topics identified by Versita have all been experiencing growing interest among scientists in recent years. We believe that starting this publishing program in open access format will facilitate dissemination of the latest research results, making the journals the primary publishing options and a default communication hubs for authors writing in these scientific areas.” comments Jacek Ciesielski, founder and CEO of Versita.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Book arms students with tools to fight stress

Even though I work hard, the teacher expects more of me. I am disappointed when I don’t do as well as others. I am confident about achieving my plans for the future.

Through a maze of more than hundred such questions aiming to identify the stress levels and ‘psychological self-constructs’ of students, a new book “Stressed... But Not Out”, based on a doctoral thesis, seeks to zero in on stress and tackle it among school students.

Giselle D’Souza, an associate professor at St Teresa’s Institute of Education, surveyed 1,092 Class 10 students over a two-year period for her PhD thesis. These findings, now compiled in a book, contain tools for identifying stress based on a scoring scale alongside suggestions for parents, schools and students.

The book was released last month and is likely to become available through schools from June. D’Souza has already conducted stress management workshops in a few schools.

The study found that stress scores were higher wherever scores for three ‘psychological self-constructs’ were lower: the academic self concept (sense of self-worth in academics), efficacy (sense of ability in performing any task) and locus of control (do you think you control your own life).
“This is the first such tool that has been created for the Indian context,” said D’Souza. The tools will also help zero in on the kind of stress students face: whether exam-related, achievement-related or social stress.

Source: Hindustan Times dated 3 May 2012

Cabinet to take up copyright Bill today - Indian Express

Cabinet to take up copyright Bill today - Indian Express


Anubhuti Vishnoi Posted online: Thu Apr 26 2012, 00:44 hrs
 
New Delhi : The Cabinet is likely to take up long-pending Universities of Innovation Bill and Copyright (Amendment) Bill on Thursday. Both the legislations will come with changes factoring in recommendations by stakeholders and parliamentarians.
While the amendments to the Copyright Bill will drop the controversial statutory licensing clause for radio broadcast, the Innovation Universities Bill will drop the clause to set up 14 such varsities.

The new Cabinet note will allow existing varsities to upgrade to innovation university status if they adhere to required standards. The numerical target of setting up 14 such varsities has been dropped on grounds of non-feasibility and the argument that even a few of them will help serve the purpose of fostering a research eco-system, as aimed. While the Bill, when it first went to Cabinet earlier this year, ran into trouble with 20 ministries/ departments raising red flags over a range of issues, the legislation has passed muster after being vetted by a Committee of Secretaries.

The Universities of Innovation Bill aims at establishment of varsities that will encourage superlative academic quality and research output. These will be set up either by the
government or private entities or through public
private partnerships and offer unmatched academic freedom.

The amendments to the Copyright Act, 1958, on the other hand, aim at according unassignable rights to ‘creative artists’ such as lyricists, playback singers, music directors, film directors, dialogue writers, who will be paid royalty every time the movie they have worked for is aired on a television channel. The Bill has run into a series of difficulties with clauses challenged by the film industry, book publishers and broadcasting industry. The legislation was opposed in Parliament in the last session over the statutory licensing for radio broadcast of literary and musical works.

Google Trains Students With Search Education [Updates]


Google has launched a free tutorial website, Search Education, which will help students learn how to better use Google Search for learning and academic research. The site is aimed at both at teachers and at individual users.
The company knows that while its many tools can be useful, not everyone understands how to use them. Student Education seeks to solve this by providinglive training that anyone can access as well aslesson plans that teachers can use to teach their students about Google’s many services. There are even “A Google A Day” challenges that can be used to reinforce search skills in students.
Teachers will be pleased to find that the lessons plans are comprehensive. They include beginner, intermediate and advanced versions covering five different topics. There are also ten challenges, each of which covers a specific academic topic (such as history, biology and even math).
Individual learners are mainly encouraged to check out the live learning section, which consists of videos (some are hosted on YouTube) designed to guide individual learners through specific tasks. Some of the videos are almost an hour long. The lesson plans could also be used as personal step-by-step training, though they are obviously not perfect for that purpose.
All of the content can be reached by checking out Google’s Search Education site.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Careers 360 magazine awards "A" grade to St. Francis Institute of Technology


CAREERS 360 – MAY 2012 issue covers India’s Best Engineering Colleges 2012.
Our Institute has been awarded "A" grading in the survey conducted by the magazine. For more details, click the link below:


or have a look at the following list sourced from the magazine website.

MAHARASHTRA & GOA
Institute
LOCATION
State
National
IITs/NITs/IIITs



IIT-Bombay
Mumbai
AAA+
Top
VNIT
Nagpur
AAA+
AAA
International Ins titute of Information Technology
Pune
AAA
AA
National Institute of Technology, Goa
Goa
AA+
AA
Other Deemed Universities/Central Universities



Mumbai Institute of Chemical Technology (UDCT)
Mumbai
AAA
AAA
NMIMS College of Engineering (MPST&M)
Mumbai
AA
AA
Symbiosis International University
Pune
AA
AA
Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth
Pune
A+
N.R.
State Universities/Affiliated Colleges



College of Engineering, Pune
Pune
AAA+
N.R.
Veermata Jiabai Technological Institute (VJTI)
Mumbai
AAA
N.R.
BITS Pilani- Goa Campus
Goa
AA+
A
Sinhgad College of Engineering
Pune
AAA
N.R.
DKTE Society's Textile and Engineering Institute, Ichalkaranji
Kolhapur
AA+
N.R.
Dr JJ Magdum College of Engineering
Kolhapur
AA+
N.R.
Government College of Engineering
Karad
AA+
N.R.
KJ Somaiya College of Engineering
Vidyanagar
AA+
N.R.
Sardar Patel College of Engineering (Andheri west)
Mumbai
AA+
N.R.
Sri Ramdeobaba KN Engg College
Nagpur
AA+
N.R.
Vishwakarma Institute of Technology
Pune
AA+
N.R.
Datta Meghe College of Engineering
Airoli
AA
N.R.
Dwarkadas J. Sanghvi College of Engineering
Mumbai
AA
N.R.
Fr. Conceicao Rodrigues College of Engineering
Mumbai
AA
N.R.
Goa College of Engineering
Ponda
AA
N.R.
Government College of Engineering
Aurangabad
AA
N.R.
Government College of Engineering
Amravati
AA
N.R.
Jawaharlal Nehru Engineering College
Aurangabad
AA
N.R.
Maharashtra Academy of Engineering
Alandi (D)
AA
N.R.
Maharashtra Institute of Technology
Pune
AA
N.R.
MH Saboo Siddik College of Engineering
Mumbai
AA
N.R.
Pillai's Institute of Information Technology, Engg, Media Studies and Research
Panvel
AA
N.R.
Rajarambapu Institute of Technology
Rajaramnagar
AA
N.R.
Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology
Mumbai
AA
N.R.
Ramrao Adik Institute of Technology
Nerul
AA
N.R.
Vidyalankar Institute of Technology
Mumbai
AA
N.R.
Walchand College of Engineering
Sangli
AA
N.R.
Bharti Vidyapeeth University College of Engineering
Pune
A+
N.R.
Cummins College of Engineering for Women
Pune
A+
N.R.
Finolex Academy of Management & Technology
Ratnagiri
A+
N.R.
Maharashtra Institute of Technology
Aurangabad
A+
N.R.
Marathwada Institute of Technology
Aurangabad
A+
N.R.
PES Modern College of Engineering
Pune
A+
N.R.
Pimpri Chinchwad College of Engineering
Pune
A+
N.R.
Rajarshi Shahu College of Engineering
Pune
A+
N.R.
Sinhgad Institute of Technology
Lonavala
A+
N.R.
Thakur College of Engineering & Technology
Mumbai
A+
N.R.
Abhinav College of Engg & Polytechnic
Pune
A
N.R.
Army Institute of Technology
Pune
A
N.R.
DY Patil College of Engineering
Pune
A
N.R.
Padmashree Dr. DY Patil Institute of Engineering and Technology
Pune
A
N.R.
PES College of Engineering
Aurangabad
A
N.R.
Rizvi collge of Engineering
Mumbai
A
N.R.
Shram Sadhana Bombay Trust’s College of Engineering & Technology
Jalgaon
A
N.R.
St. Francis Institute of Technology
Mumbai
A
N.R.
Tatyasaheb Kore Institute of Engineering and Technology
Kolhapur
A
N.R.
Terna Engineering College
Navi Mumbai
A
N.R.
Thadomal Shahani Engineering College Bandra (W)
Mumbai
A
N.R.
Walchand Institute of Technology
Solapur
A
N.R.
Yeshwanthrao Chavan College of Engineering
Nagpur
A
N.R.

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