International and Comparative Librarianship

DEDICATED TO PIONEERS   INCLUDING:
S. R. Ranganathan, P. N. Kaula, R. N. Sharma, J. F. Harvey, D. J. Foskett, J. P. Danton, M. M. Jackson, etc.
This Blogosphere has a slant towards India [a.k.a Indica, Indo, South-Asian, Oriental, Bharat, Hindustan, Asian-Indian (not American Indian)].

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Barnes & Noble is killing itself, John Biggs TechCrunch


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 "On Monday the company laid off 1,800 people. This offered a cost savings of $40 million. But that’s particularly interesting. That means each of those people made an average of $22,000 or so per year and minimum wage workers – hourly folks who are usually hit hardest during post-holiday downturns – would be making $15,000. In fact, what B&N did was fire all full time employees at 781 stores." continue reading

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Technologies librarians need to know in 2017, by Kim Dority

Current and emerging library technology trends in 2017:  What Skills are Needed in Public, Academic and Special Libraries
"Trying to get a handle on what library technologies LIS professionals need to know can be a challenge, as both the tasks that librarians are taking on – and the tools they’re using to do them – seem to be changing daily.
Nevertheless, it’s especially important for job hunters to be aware of technology skills and knowledge that are in-demand, because increasingly these tools will be central to successful performance of your career.

TWO WAYS TO FRAME KEY LIBRARIAN WORK TECHNOLOGIES

When understanding what may be relevant to your career, consider two variables:
  1. Where you work, i.e., whether the employer would be a traditional LIS or non-LIS setting.
  2. The responsibilities and type of work you might be doing for that employer.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Patna’s Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public library caught in Centre’s cobweb, Navendu Sharma,National Herald


The 126-year old Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library in Patna, has been functioning without a full-time director since 2014. The appointment of the next director has been pending with the Centre
...  Described by a British scholar as having “one of the finest collections on Moslem literature in the world”, the Khuda Bakhsh Oriental Public Library has been functions sans a full-time director since June 2014 – after the retirement of incumbent director Imtiaz Ahmad. The publication of books, digitisation of manuscripts and purchase of books, magazines, newspapers and other research materials have been hit hard. Continue reading

Thursday, March 23, 2017

40% of MLAs in Punjab’s previous assembly never used its library: Here’s what the others read, Hindustan Times


Extract:
More than 40% of the legislators in the 2012-17 Punjab assembly — including the then  chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy Sukhbir Singh Badal — never got a book issued from the Vidhan Sabha library. As for the rest, their reading interests could well be a pointer to their varied interests.
Continue reading:  Gurpreet Singh Nibber's  40% of MLAs in Punjab’s previous assembly never used its library: Here’s what the others read, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh 

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Mostafa el-Abbadi, 88, Champion of Alexandria’s Resurrected Library, Dies, Library Journal, March 2017

Extract:
"It was President Richard M. Nixon who blew wind into the sails of Professor Abbadi’s ambitious proposal. When Nixon visited Egypt in 1974, he and President Anwar el-Sadat rode by train to Alexandria’s ancient ruins to observe their faded grandeur. When Nixon asked about the ancient library’s location and history, no one in the Egyptian entourage had an answer.That night, the rector of the University of Alexandria called the professor and asked him to prepare a memo about the Great Library’s rise and fall."   source : Library Journal

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Amazon's Cataloging Job: Without LIS & Metadata Education!

Ads -- Browse the basic  qualifications at Amazon’s Catalog group needs (part of the search and discovery organization); minus LIS' (i.e., skills, education, expertise, etc.)
  • Digital Music Catalog Specialist, Amazon Digital Music


    - Diligent work ethic and attention to detail
    - Strong personal integrity
    - Excellent written and oral communication
    - Familiarity with managing product flow in a digital supply chain – maximizing efficiency, reducing cycle time, maintaining quality, etc.
    - Customer Service and Technical Support experience preferred.
    - Strong technical aptitude and expertise with MS Windows, MS Office tools including MS-Excel. Experience with SQL a plus.
    - Familiarity with common digital media formats and digital transmission methods such as FTP and SFTP
    - Team player with demonstrated capability to work in a cross-functional environment.
    - Ability to work with technical and non-technical business owners to get things done.
    - College degree or equivalent work experience preferred up to 2 years; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    - Able to diagnose technical issues on a variety of platforms and tools in order to address and troubleshoot chronic system problems.
  • Software Engineer, Catalog Product Classification

    Bachelor’s Degree or above in Computer Science or related field
    5+ years’ professional experience in software development
    Strong Computer Science fundamentals, including object-oriented design, data structures, algorithm design, and complexity analysis
    Strong problem solving skills
    Proficiency in at least one object-oriented programming language such as Java
    Knowledge of professional software engineering and best practices for the full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, and operations
    Experience building software systems that have been successfully delivered to customers

  • Technical Program Manager - Item Data Authority

    Basic Qualifications

    • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science/Math or related field
    • 5+ years professional experience in software development
    • 3+ years in technical program management (Experience owning a program/product/feature, scoping requirements, planning milestones, project management and working with technical teams)
    • 2+ years of experience in data collection (SQL) and data analysis (scripting language like Perl, Python or similar)
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    Preferred Qualifications

    • Master’s Degree in Computer science/Math or related field
    • 7+ years professional experience in software development
    • 5+ years in technical program management (Experience owning a program/product/feature, scoping requirements, planning milestones, project management and working with technical teams)
    • Proven analytical thinking, skills in metrics creation and project management, attention to details, and exceptional organizational skills
    • Knowledge of professional software engineering practices & best practices for the full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, and operations
    • Strong fundamentals in object-oriented design, algorithm design, problem solving, and complexity analysis
    • Experience with Scrum or Agile development a plus
    • High level familiarity with data mining or machine learning
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