[LIS-Forum] Dr. Ranganathan's Open Access
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Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2005 13:05:23 +0530
From: Sukhdev Singh <esukhdev at gmail.com>
In the context "Open Access and Five Laws" messages [Given below] I would
like to put my reactions.
1. The term "Open Access" was used by Dr. S.R Ranganathan to describe a
library system where a "reader" is permitted to go to the stack and browse
through the collection. This is what the modern libraries now follow.
However, in those days, libraries were not "open access" as the readers were
required to give details of required book to the Library Staff. At the most,
a reader was permitted to access the Library Catalogue. By advocating "Open
Access" he wanted to provide the benefits of "browsing approach" to the
2. The Works of Dr. S.R Ranganathan are wonderful. I happen read the
Original Works "FIVE LAWS and PROLEGOMENA to Library Classification. Five
Laws has been written in a very interesting format of "Animated Talks /
Dialogues". I wish these should be available now in Open Access [as
understood these days] Mode.
3. SRELS may stand to loose financially. But then, There are ways to
compensate. They may put up their own web site which may be sponsored / Or
Advertisement revenue could be generated.
4. Technology / Hosting / Digitisation should not be a problem.
--Sukhdev Singh, NIC. http://openmed.nic.in
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2005 11:57:39 +0530 (IST)
From: "Prabhash.Rath" <prabhash at gipe.ernet.in>
Subject: Re: [LIS-Forum] Apply Open Access to Five Laws?
To: MichaelMay.10726764 at bloglines.com
Cc: michael.p.may at earthlink.net, lis-forum at ncsi.iisc.ernet.in
Message-ID: <42007.202.41.82.51.1127370459.squirrel at gipe.ernet.in>
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.
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