New edition of “Science and Indian Culture” by Haldane published

A new edition (2014) of Science and Indian Culture by JBS Haldane was recently published. It was published by New Age from Kolkata, India. This new edition is edited by Sri Subir K. Sen. It was long due book after its previous edition in 1965 was out of print for quite sometime. The present edition is an enlarged and revised edition. Apart form the notes and comments and an article on the life and works of Haldane by the editor, the book has been enriched by contributions from some famous scientists like Prof. P. M. Bhargava, Prof. K. R. Dronamraju and Prof. P. Balaram discussing various aspects of Haldane-as a man and a scientist. After Sri Sen’s sudden demise last year, it was his second edited book published posthumously. Before it, another of his edited book  Reminiscences and reflections of a Septuagenarian by geologist PN Bose was published in 2013 (published by Subir K. Sen Memorial Committee).

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Astronomical phenomena

For the last two days, on the northern side of the sky (India), we are observing a big reddish big ball size phenomena in the sky. It is visible for a very brief period around 19:00 and 19:30.

Have anyone of you observed this? Do you have any idea about it? Is it a natural astronomical phenomena or have something to do with any satellite? Do send your comments in this regard.

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Rediscovery of Thomas Jefferson’s Books

On 22 February, 2011 almost all the leading newspapers of the world carried news about discovery of some new books of Thomas Jefferson, one of the founding father of U.S.A. at Washington University in St. Louis.

Read the New York Times story here.

They reported about the discovery of 28 titles in 74 volumes at the university.

But the question is whether it is discovery of books of Thomas Jefferson, as the newspapers screaming or is it rediscovery of books by them?

The question comes because the university’s catalogue shows the books’ availability all along. Even the 005 tag of MARC shows the date of last change made in the records.

So is not it proved that the news organisations never bothered to check the Library’s catalogue. Or may I put it in a different way – it is high time to let people know that proper cataloge of a library or any collection is the unquestionable resource discovery tool.

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Introduction of Five-Year Integrated Course on LIS by University of Calcutta, West Bengal, India

University of Calcutta, West Bengal, India has introduced a five-year integrated course on Library and Information Science from this academic year. It is a first in India. To get more details go to the University’s website and go to the Admission Notification Section of it.

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AACR2 and RDA Sample Records from Library of Congress

Those who are eager to get real life examples from the both worlds i.e. AACR2 and RDA and wish to compare about how things are going to be changed, once RDA comes into force, may take a look at the Library of Congress website, as they have started to provide examples from both. Get details here:


The link to LC’s RDA Test documentation site is here:


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RDA Toolkit: Sign-up for Free Access

The co-publishers of RDA invite you for sign up to get open access to RDA toolkit from June to August 31, 2010.

Sign up to access either for solo-user or for institutional access here: RDA Toolkit

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Something Standard

“Standards are like toothbrushes, everyone agrees they’re a good thing but nobody wants to use anyone else’s.” –Rick J. Block, Visiting Associate Professor at Pratt Institute & Head of Special Collections and Metadata Cataloging at the Columbia University Libraries.

Get New thoughts here

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