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Dear Readers,
The theme we have selected in this issue is EYE CARE INFORMATION RESOURCE CENTER. With the explosion in knowledge and in information technology people in the health sector are under a deluge of information. It becomes the task of the librarian which was once the central repository of all information to take on the challenge of cataloguing, archiving and preserving for future generations the knowledge. This issue is dedicated to bringing you resources which will help manage as well as add onto your ophthalmic collection.

We provide for you an array of library software which you can make use for better tracking, some of them are even available for free downloads. The opening day collection provides you inputs on the basics that a good eye care library must have. The catalogue, classification, and setting up library, provides you a step by step guide to how you must go about it.

We also provide for you classifications as well as journals in eye care. There are many associations which if you join will help you increase your information in this arena. The AVSL is in the forefront among ophthalmic libraries.

Open access, is another huge issue under debate. Should information be freely accessible to users, if so what is the business model that will support its financial viability. This provides you an overview for the issues involved. It also provides huge collection of resources for Librarians

The organization we are featuring is AVSL

We wish you an experience of learning that is very practical. Your feedback will let us know how we can improve. Please write in your feedback at eyesite@aravind.org. We look forward to your feedback.

We wish our readers an informative reading!

Happy Reading!

Regards,

Vision 2020 e-resource team
The Issue Features...
EYE CARE INFORMATION RESOURCE CENTER
Vol. 4 No. 3 March 2007
•   Setting up library
•   Library software
•   Opening day collection
•   Catalogue
•   Classification
•   Open access
•   Usage/Users
•   Library for librarians
•   Featured Website
•   Talk To Us

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This section contains resources to help all those who need to set up an ophthalmic library and information service within their organization. It offers support to librarians who have qualifications but no experience in setting up such a service, and those who have had no training at all. This has been written by ophthalmic librarians who have had many years experience of setting up information services for various organizations in the India and many other countries.
  • MEDICAL LIBRARY AND RESOURCE CENTRE A PLAN

  • Abstract:
    This article describes in detail about how to set up the Library infrastructure, how to utilize and split the available resource center space to satisfy the users needs. It also describes how to select and classify the resource materials such as Books, journals and other ophthalmic resources and arrange them for display. It also describes in detail hoe to classify the books and also suggests some Library software which helps in listing out the available resource in the database for the easy retrieval of resource materials.

  • STANDARDS FOR LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SERVICES IN CANADIAN HEALTH CARE FACILITIES 2006

  • Abstract:
    This article contains standards, with supporting evidence, which are intended to serve as a guide to structuring library services within a eye care facility.

  • A PEEP INTO LIBRARY AUTOMATION

  • Abstract:
    The aim of this article is to motivate the library users to approach the OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue) for their search for information in the libraries and information centers. The aim of a professionally qualified librarian would be to put it in effort to make life easy for its users. Automation of the libraries focuses on cataloguing of information acquired in the library and makes them available for its users on the OPAC terminals.


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This section includes library software available on Internet for library. You will find many shareware and free software that may be of use to your library workflow. Library integrated systems that cover most of the library operations are listed under this section for Library Automated Systems

CDS/ISIS
CDS/ISIS (Computerized Documentation System / Integrated Set of Information Services) This package is an advanced one for large number of books and journals ready for retrieval by users. It is menu-driven generalized information storage and retrieval system designed specifically for the computerized management of structured non-numerical databases. It enables to manipulate an unlimited access of databases consisting different data elements. This software is able to identify only the bibliographic details (Author, Title, Publication, Year, Subject, Keywords and Abstract) on books/journal articles. This software does not provide access to the full text documents.
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WINISIS - CDS/ISIS for Windows
WINISIS is a Window based System. Data retrieval is easier. It is a single-user software and is accessible within the organization and hence web based sharing of resources is not possible.

The major features of the WINISIS software are:

  • Handling of variable length records, fields and sub fields, thus saving disk space and makes it possible to store greater amounts of information;
  • The handling of repeatable fields;
  • A database definition component allowing the user to define the data to be processed for a particular application;
  • A data entry component for entering and modifying data through user-created data base specific worksheets;
  • An information retrieval component using a powerful search language providing for field-level and proximity search operators, in addition to the traditional and/or/not operators, as well as free-text searching;
  • A powerful sort and report generation facility allowing the user to easily create any desired printed products, such as catalogues, indexes, directories, etc.;
  • Functions allowing the user to build relational data bases, though cds/isis is not based over a relational model;
  • Powerful hypertext functions allow to design complex user interfaces.

User Manual

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GREENSTONE DIGITAL LIBRARY

Greenstone is a software for building and distributing digital library collections. It provides a new way of organizing information and publishing it on the Internet. It is open-source software, available from greenstone.org under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
Features:

This software provides privilege for full-text document (PDF, WORD, EXCEL, PPT, and HTML) access and easy information exchange.

  • It builds collections with effective full-text searching and user friendly metadata-base browsing facilities.
  • The Database maintenance is easier.
  • It supports WINDOWS, UNIX or LINUX, Mac OS platform
  • It Provides Web based Access (Locally and Globally)
  • Documents can be downloaded from Greenstone
  • Different type of searching techniques available for resources
  • Web view can be Customized
  • Librarian interface - Create and update Resources
  • User management- Creating and Maintaining users for Greenstone


User Manual

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Global Library Services Network (GLSN)
Global Library Services Network (GLSN) an Application Infrastructure Provider (AIP) supporting remote communities with access to digital libraries for offline use.
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  • AVSL Opening day collection

  • Opening Day Collection
    Abstract:
    This list is a compilation of recommended books for Ophthalmic Libraries and Management in Eye care. The purpose of this list is to identify titles which should constitute a basic or opening day collection of both Clinical and Management books for Vision science Library, hospital, medical institute, corporate, or association setting.

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Library classification forms part of the field of library and information science. It goes hand in hand with library (descriptive) cataloging under the rubric of cataloging and classification, sometimes grouped together as technical services. Library classification systems are one of the two tools used to facilitate subject access. The other is alphabetical indexing languages such as Thesaurui and Subject Headings systems.
A library classification is a system of coding and organizing library materials (books, serials, audiovisual materials, computer files, maps, manuscripts, realia) according to their subject and allocating a call number to that information resource. Similar to classification systems used in biology, bibliographic classification systems group entities that are similar together typically arranged in a hierarchical tree structure (assuming none-faceted system)

  • CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM IN OPHTHALMIC LIBRARIES
    Abstract:
    This article describes in detail about the classification system followed in Ophthalmic Libraries. It also tells in details about the Library of Congress Classification and Dewey Decimal Classification in detail. It also lists out some subject wise classification and the working principle of classification in detail.

  • PRESERVATION OF LIBRARY DOCUMENTS

  • Abstract:
    This article tells in details about how to preserve our Library materials form bugs, disasters, pests etcIt also describes in detail the causes of corrosion and various factors that corrode or damage the Library materials. It also suggests how to control the pests and bugs and other preventive measures that have to be followed in preserving the articles.

  • GUIDELINES FOR VISION SCIENCE LIBRARIES



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The last two decades have witnessed an unprecedented rise in the subscription prices of scientific and technical journals, at a pace far higher than the general inflation rate. Even libraries in rich universities in the advanced countries have felt the pinch and have to cut down on the number of journals they subscribe to. Universities and research institutions in the developing world have felt it even more. This higher subscription cost hampers production of new knowledge. Hence open access movement is needed to a great extent. Here is the list of website which provides Open access.
  • OPEN ACCESS IN LIBARIES
    Abstract:
    This article gives in knowledge about the Open Access articles which were available in Online for the users. It also describes about the barriers which prevent the articles available for open access to the users. It also gives in detail about how the resource centers could facilitate the user needs through various digital and in house facilities.


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  • LIBRARY USERS AND USAGE
    Abstract:
    This article tells in detail about the users and their needs from the resource centers. It also classifies the users according to their needs. It describes about how the resource centers disseminate up-to-date information according to users needs.

  • EYE RESOURCES ON THE INTERNET


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This section contains an excellent resource for librarians seeking quality Web sites for enhancing their knowledge. It is intended to be particularly useful to librarians and others who are selecting sites to obtain information resource guide.

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Association of Vision Science Librarians

FOUNDING

The idea of forming an organization of vision science librarians began at the 1965 meeting of the American Academy of Optometry in Denver, where representatives from all the Optometry Schools, including five librarians, met to discuss the idea. The informal gathering was repeated the following December, and at the 1968 meeting of the American Academy of Optometry in Beverly Hills, California, U.S.A., the Association of Visual Science Librarians was officially founded. A Statement of Purpose was formalized in 1969.

The Association of Vision Science Librarians is an international organization composed of professional librarians, or persons acting in that capacity, whose collections and services include the literature of vision. Among current members are individuals who work within libraries that serve educational institutions, eye clinics and hospitals, and private companies with an interest in eye or vision-related products and services.

Visit AVSL at Association of Vision Science Librarians

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