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Staffing Agricultural Information Systems

R. Raman Nair (Author)
Synopsis Staffing Agricultural Information systems focusses on the manpower strategies required for exploiting our agricultural knowledge resources. Public investment in agriculturl research runs into millions of rupees. Optimum utilization of the knowledge so generated, necessitates quick access to and speedy dissemication of the information generated by by research . The efficiency of more than 30,000 scientists working in thousands of institutions in our country's agricultural sector depends on the quality of library and information support available. To harness the possibilities offered by IT in handling agricultural information, various projects like ARIS have been initiated. They have taken care of everything except the content and specialised staff for that. As information storage, organization and dissemination is as it was throughout the history; library centred it will go on like that in the coming centuries also whatever the medium used. Hence unless the library and information centres are automated. documents are digitised, and adequate library and information science professionals made available,the information system programme are not going to reach anywhere except installing huge number of computers and other equipments without any clear strategy. Information will remain away from these hardware and software. If agricultural information systems are togive intended results Library and Information Science and Electronics and Communication professionals have to work in close co-operation. This can enable unprecedented cost effectiveness, speed, efficiency and reliability in information services. Most live organisations have now recognised the vlue and importance of this aspect. Efficient information support depends on availability of information science professionals in required quality and quantity. All developed countries are very conscious of this from very early times which has contributed to their speed in development. We can not stay out of the band wagon. This study is on this disregarded and very important aspect; Staffing Agricultural Information Systems...
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About the author

R. Raman Nair

Prof. R. Raman Nair, an information technology expert, has designed the Multimedia Library Automation System (McLAS 1993) in India and the KAU Library and Information System with building LANs, digital library and IT training facilities considered to be the best in the country. He has 14 books including People’s Library Movement, Computer Application to Library and Information Services, and Internet for Library and Information Services, as well as 120 research papers and articles and many national and international conference presentations to h is credit. He has organized various national level seminars including the National Seminar on Right to Information and national level IT courses and training programmes under various organizations which include Managing Digital Libraries in Agriculture (ICAR). Modern Information Access Facilities (NISSAT) and Worldwide Web for Managing Agricultural Information (CAGI). Prof. Nair has associated with many expert committees on IT formed by professional organizations, universities and government. He is a research fellow of American Biographical Institute and is the founder member of Rural Development Forestry Network (ODI, London), Asian Watershed Management Network (Kathmandu, Nepal), ILA, IASLIC and AGLIS. In library and information services, he has been presented the IASLIC S.M. Ganguly National Award for the year 1998.

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Bibliographic information

Title Staffing Agricultural Information Systems
Author R. Raman Nair
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2000
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170002877
length 429p., 23cm.