[LIS-Forum] Apply Open Access to Five Laws?

Prabhash.Rath prabhash at gipe.ernet.in
Thu Sep 22 11:57:39 IST 2005

Dear all

This is actually a very good and useful suggestion. Really we talk a lot
about Prof Ranganathan's five laws but I doubt really how many of us have
really gone through the original work. Most of us get the references from
the secondary sources only. Of course there are some other works like
Prolegomena...etc. which are also often referred to but rarely seen in
original, five laws being a small book can well be digitised.

Prabhash Rath
> Dear Colleagues,
> I am replying to the recent post about the article, "India
> pioneered open access publishing system" at
> http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/sep182005/state1942332005917.asp
> I believe S.R. Ranganathan's Five Laws of Library Science would have a
> greater impact on Open Access if the full text of the original edition of
> Five Laws was made freely available online for non-profit use by LIS
> professionals,
> scholars and students, and the general public worldwide.
> Although Five
> Laws is frequently cited as a seminal work in library and information
> science,
> the book itself does not appear to have ever been digitized or published
> in
> electronic format.
> Not even print copies of Five Laws are readily available
> for loan or sale, at least in the United States. According to OCLC's
> WorldCat,
> only about 50 libraries have copies of the first edition of Five Laws in
> their
> collections. While more libraries hold later editions and reprints, no
> editions
> of Five Laws appear to be in stock or currently available for sale from
> booksellers.
> A recent journal article estimates that between 4,000 and 5,000 students
> graduate from U.S. library schools each year. Since copies are not readily
> available, many of these students probably have not read Ranganathan's
> Five
> Laws, arguably the most important work in our field.
> The Sarada Ranganathan
> Endowment Laws for Library Science (SRELS) at Bangalore owns the copyright
> to the Five Laws of Library Science. Do any LIS-Forum subscribers have
> ideas
> about how SRELS might go about digitizing Five Laws? Are there any Indian
> libraries, universities, or non-profit organizations that would be able to
> donate technical expertise and equipment needed to adequately preserve and
> disseminate the text in digital format? Is any grant money available to
> help
> finance such a project? Would any librarians or students volunteer their
> time
> to help?
> Perhaps if we shared our ideas here and with SRELS at srels at vsnl.com,
> we could find a way to provide open access to the work identified as the
> origin
> of Open Access.
> Respectfully,
> Michael May
> Dubuque, Iowa, U.S.
> michael.p.may at earthlink.net
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Prabhash N. Rath, Ph. D.
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