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Monday, November 06, 2006

Prof. Shalini R Urs's Contributions to Digital Librariansip

Dr.Shalini R.Urs
Executive Director, International School of Information Management
University of Mysore, Mysore, India
NDLTD leadership award to Prof Shalini Urs
MYSORE, DHNS: Friday, June 04, 2004

Manasagangotri’s Department of Library and Information Science Chairperson Prof Shalini R Urs has been awarded the first annual NDLTD leadership award.

The award has been instituted by the International Software Company - ADOBE - for the exemplary work to support the ETD initiatives all over Asia, said a press release issued here on Thursday.

SHALINI R URS: Brief Biodata
Dr. Shalini Urs has been teaching library and information science at the University of Mysore, Mysore, India since 1976, where she serves as professor. Her areas of interest are – Digital Libraries and Electronic publishing, Electronic Theses and Dissertations and Metadata. She directs the Vidyanidhi Digital Library and E-scholarship Portal Project. The Ford Foundation and the Microsoft Corporation sponsor Vidyanidhi. Vidyanidhi vision is to evolve into a National Information System for Doctoral Dissertations in India. Through Vidyanidhi she has jumpstarted the ETD movement in India and is spearheading the movement to evolve appropriate policy frameworks- copyright, submission, archiving, for doctoral theses and implementation mechanisms. Vidyanidhi is currently focusing its R & D efforts towards Unicode and XML implementation for Indic scripts, Cross Language Information Retrieval and Topic Ontologies.

Shalini spent six months at Virginia Tech as Fulbright Scholar and team-taught with Prof. Ed Fox a course on ‘Digital Libraries’ during the fall of 2000. She has been closely associated with NDLTD since 2000 as Steering Committee member. She is also closely associated with the ETD efforts of UNESCO. . Continue reading

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