It has been a while
since you have had ScienceDirect & Scopus at your university through
the initiative of the Higher Education Commission, Pakistan. It is
our goal to help you maximize your investment in ScienceDirect as
quickly and as simply as possible.
In this endeavor to
optimize utilization of these resources at your university, we have
the pleasure of bringing to your attention, an important initiative
that we hope all universities will be willing to participate in.
A research study commissioned
by Elsevier revealed that one of the best practices followed by successful
libraries to market their resources is through the library website.
The library website becomes the starting point for a researcher to
find the information that he needs. A well-defined library website
leads the user to the desired resource Hence this activity is accorded
high priority by library management. Elsevier India would like to
work in close coordination with the HEC and with all Institutions
in Pakistan accessing ScienceDirect and Scopus to help attain the
maximum utilization of all resources in your library.
Elsevier believes that
you will come forward in participating in this competition. Please
read on to find out what competitors at our previous competition had
to say regarding this at Korea.
to this homepage contest sponsored by Elsevier, we had a chance
to review that our library homepage is really focused on our users
and we believe our end-user’s interest of electronic journals
and expectation of the library’s role has been increased
by promoting our new homepage to our users.” – Librarian,
our big challenges are how we could increase the usage of more
than 6,000 electronic journals available through KESLI consortium,
and how the librarians could effectively promote online resources
in the libraries to their end users. In this point of view, the
homepage contest sponsored by Elsevier has given a chance to promote
effectively e-journals.” – Team member of KESLI
At this point of time, Elsevier is running competitions
in other parts of the world and would very much like that your university
becomes part of this initiative.
Some of you already have very
good websites and the attached leaflet will provide you with more
tips on “How to design Library Websites to maximize Usability”.
What to consider when designing
the library website:
& Efficiency of Use
the System & User Activities
participant will be given a detailed power point presentation
on guidelines and other necessary information. If necessary a
telephonic discussion will be also had with each participant
The TOP library website will be
awarded. The coordinators / Institutional representatives as designated
by the Higher Education Commission will be the recipients of the
award. The prize winner gets an 4GB
APPLE I-POD NANO
The runner-up will get a USB
OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Participants need to confirm their
participation 20th January, 2005 by e-mail/phone/letter.
The period of the competition
will be till 31st March 2006.
The cost of designing and implementation
will not be borne by the Higher Education Commission or Elsevier.
The selection committee will comprise
of the HEC Commission nominees and select librarians from around
Usage of SCOPUS Competition(January
It has been a short while since you
have had Scopus at your university through the initiative of the Higher
Education Commission, Pakistan. In our endeavor to optimize utilization
of these resources at your university, we have the pleasure of bringing
to your attention; two initiatives that we hope all universities will
be willing to participate in.
HIGHEST USAGE OF SCOPUS COMPETITION
The university recording the highest
usage of Scopus from the period February till June 2006. The coordinator
as designated by the HEC, will be awarded a sponsorship
for an international conference (details to be provided
The university recording the second
highest usage of Scopus from the period February till June 2006
will be awarded the second prize. The coordinator designated
will be awarded a Scopus USB drive.
The prizes will be decided on the
number of active users of Scopus during a month in the period, relative
to the student and faculty members of the university.
The prizes will be decided on the
usage statistics provided by our Usage Research Helpdesk
Please confirm your participation
by 20th January, 2006.
SCOPUS TRUE BLUE QUIZ COMPETITION
This is a competition
to test your user’s awareness of the Scopus Database and
how it can help him/her in the research process.
A set of 8 questions
will need to be answered. Amongst correct entries, a lucky winner
will be declared. Each lucky winner will take away a USB
drive.The librarian/coordinator, who collects
the maximum number of entries will also get a prize.
be sent to you for driving awareness of this campaign and users
will be required to visit our website for participating. Tracking
will be done at Elsevier’s end.
your participation by the 20th of January 2006.
will be on from the 20th January 2006 – 15th March, 2006.
Journal Ranking for Blackwell Synergy (October
The latest ISI Journal
Citation Report shows how Blackwell journals continue to publish highly
relevant research in their fields. The average percentage increase
in Impact Factor from 2003 to 2004 was 12.5%, and Blackwell now publishes
139 journals that rank within the top ten of their subject category.
In addition many journals are expanding the amount of research they
publish by increasing the number of issues published per annum, or
the number of pages per issue.
Titles for PERI Users in 2006 (October
The following journals
have confirmed that they will transfer their publishing arrangements
to Blackwell from 2006. We are still in negotiation with several other
societies and will confirm any additions later in the year. View the
list of transferring
journals and new titles (all new in Synergy in 2006 and therefore
likely to be new to PERI users) at
Library holds Introductory Workshops in Punjab (September
After the successful
implementation of the first phase of workshops conducted under the
Digital Library Program for the Federal Area in late May, the second
phase of workshops has also been successfully conducted. Introductory
Workshops on Digital Library were held in ten public sector universities
in the Punjab region from the 13th to 29th of September,2005 under
the title of the event ‘Introduction to Digital Library Resources
and their Effective Usage’.
All sixteen public
universities in Lahore and interior Punjab were invited to host a
one day workshop at their respective campuses, out of which ten universities
confirmed participation. Participants included faculty members, librarians
/ network specialists and graduate / postgraduate level students.
Universities that took
active part in organizing the workshop included:
1. Government College
2. University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore
3. University of Health Sciences, Lahore
4. Virtual University of Pakistan, Lahore
5. University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Lahore
6. Lahore College for Women University, Lahore
7. National College of Arts, Lahore
8. University of Sargodha, Sargodha
9. University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
10. Islamia University, Bahawalpur
The Digital Library Team coordinated with the Institutional representatives
of all the Universities, conducting on-site evaluations of facilities
available and ensuring necessary logistical support was provided.
Workshops were conducted by two resource persons from the Digital
Library Team which allowed for necessary coordination for successful
delivery of workshops.
The official Digital
Library website was introduced to participants, presenting a focal
point for categorization and dissemination of information. Other promotional
material such as posters, pamphlets and bookmarks were distributed
to increase awareness and propagate information about the resources
available through the program. The British Library Program was introduced
and basic concept for ordering documents discussed at each presentation.
The workshops proved
to be a beneficial step towards strengthening the efforts of collaborative
research in Pakistan and understanding the technologies involved in
achieving the same. During the third phase of these awareness building
trainings, two resource persons will be covering educational institutions
in the Sindh region. The NWFP region has been catered to in the previous
month of August, whereby on site facilities have been evaluated and
technical problems ironed out.
Addition to Digital Library Program : JSTOR (August
The Digital Library
Program is continuously evolving its services by providing resources
tailored to the needs of its users. JSTOR is a current addition in
the library’s vast collection of scientific journals and is
presently being provided to twenty seven public sector universities
JSTOR is a not-for-profit organization in the US dedicated to helping
the scholarly community take advantage of advances in information
technologies. JSTOR's mission is to: (1) build a reliable and comprehensive
archive of important scholarly literature, and (2) dramatically improve
access to these journals. Through the development and enhancement
of this searchable, interdisciplinary archive, JSTOR's objective is
to help all participants in the scholarly community - libraries and
publishers, faculty and students - to be more productive, while simultaneously
reducing system-wide costs and increasing convenience.
JSTOR's focus is on becoming a trusted archive. They do not publish
current issues of the journals. They believe it is possible to work
with publishers in a complementary way that will be to everyone's
benefit. In their agreements with publishers they have established
a lag period, which they call the moving wall, that defines the point
at which the JSTOR archive stops, and "current" issues start.
The moving wall is a fixed period of time ranging, in most cases,
from 2 to 5 years. In any event, as each year passes, another year
is added to the archive, thus guaranteeing that the archive is being
constantly updated and refreshed.
The JSTOR Archive now contains the non-current issues of core research
journals in ten collections (Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences
II, Arts & Sciences III, Arts & Sciences IV, Arts & Sciences
Complement, Language & Literature, General Science; Ecology &
Botany, Business and Music).
The Digital Library
Program is continuously evolving its services to facilitate end user
access to scientific information. Not only does the Program focus
on providing resources that cater to the research requirements of
end users in Pakistan, but it also strives at providing technical
support to ensure the visibility and usability of these resources.
A priority initiative
of the Digital Library Program has been to introduce a one-window
search interface known as the ELIN@ system. The Higher Education Commission
and the (INASP) International Network
for the Availability of Scientific
Publications have linked up with Lund Libraries,
Sweden, to adapt and extend their existing Electronic
Library Information Navigator
(ELIN@) system so that it can be used by universities in Pakistan.
The pilot project will
be launched later on this year in September in three main universities
in Pakistan, which will not only provide users with a unified, user
friendly search interface, but will also allow the HEC to analyze
and monitor usage within all participating institutions. Library staff
will benefit by being provided with administration tools to systematically
managing their resources.
for the successful implementation of ELIN@ require rigorous awareness
building and training activities to be performed and have been planned
for execution in the coming months. The awareness building activities
will involve developing relevant promotional material to disseminate
information regarding the benefits of ELIN. Training activities will
initially be conducted in the three Universities that will be allowed
access and fern out gradually in all the other educational institutions
once the pilot project shows promising results. Universities selected
for the pilot project phase include Quaid-e-Azam University, University
of Punjab and Bahauddin Zakariya University.
The impact of ELIN@
implementation in Pakistan is expected to increase the visibility
of Publisher content significantly and hence, increase the usability
of the resources being supplied through the Digital Library Program.
The tool will allow the Higher Education Commission to analyze and
monitor usage within all participating institutions and also identify
the resources for which future investments can be made.
Library holds Introductory Workshops in Islamabad / Rawalpindi Region
on Digital Library were held in nine public sector universities in
the Islamabad / Rawalpindi region from the 23rd – 28th of May,
2005 under the title of the event ‘Introduction to Digital
Library Resources and their Effective Usage’. All twelve
public universities in Islamabad / Rawalpindi were invited to host
a one day workshop at their respective campuses, out of which nine
universities confirmed participation. Participants included faculty
members, librarians / network specialists and graduate / postgraduate
took active part in organizing the workshop included:
for Management & Computer Sciences
University for Science & Technology
of Engineering & Applied Sciences
of Modern Languages
of Science & Technology
of Arid Agriculture.
The Digital Library
Team coordinated with the Institutional representatives of all the
Institutions, conducting on-site evaluations of facilities available
and ensuring necessary logistical support was provided. Each workshop
was conducted by two members of the Digital Library Team which allowed
for simultaneous trainings to be arranged. The official Digital Library
website was launched and introduced to participants, presenting a
focal point for categorization and dissemination of information. Other
promotional material such as posters, pamphlets and bookmarks were
distributed to increase awareness and propagate information about
the resources available through the program.
The workshops proved
to be a vital mechanism for disseminating information about the Digital
Library Resources. Previously, participants were uncertain of where
to find information regarding resources that were available to them
through their respective Institutions. The promotional material supplied
and demonstration of the Digital Library website helped in clarifying
where the information was to be sought.
Also, a majority
of the participants were not confident about effective online searching
and displayed gaps in understanding about the usage of some of the
multidisciplinary databases. However, group discussions showed a marked
improvement in their understanding and practical query-specific exercises
allowed them to build on their existing skills.