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Sunday, December 15, 2013

All Religions Teach the Same Truth, Dr. Muqtedar Khan

Muqtedar Khan SOAS: Study of Religion '11
All Religions Teach the Same Truth
Friends in two minutes I have tried to argue that all major religions teach the same Truth. Enjoy and share.

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Reading now: Passion Conversation

PS. In short, it is a book about guiding you on Word-of-mouth advertising; Business referrals; and Marketing.
"This book is dedicated to the heroes, the driven, the wonderers, the rebels, to those who answer a calling—to those who wear their hearts on their sleeves and 146 on their hearts. You remind us that becoming more human is the journey to greatness for any brand. Because ultimately, the best brands, the brands we love most, are the ones that never let us forget how it feels to be good people." from Wiley's site: http://wiley-vch.e-bookshelf.de
111853333X The Passion Conversation: Understanding, Sparking, and Sustaining Word of Mouth Marketing
By ROBBIN PHILLIPS, GREG CORDELL, GENO CHURCH, and JOHN MOORE work together at the word of mouth marketing and identity company Brains on Fire.

Table of Contents: I. Understanding Word of Mouth Marketing; II. Sparking Word of Mouth Marketing; III. Heroes: A Love Story; IV. The Fitness Rebellion: A Love Story; V.  The Driven Class: A Love Story; VI. Wonderopolis: A Love Story; VII. Sustaining Word of Mouth Marketing.
About the book: No passion, no conversation. No conversation, no word of mouth. No word of mouth, no successful business.
If you think you are in the marketing business, think again. You’re in the people business, and The Passion Conversation teaches you how to get people to fall passionately and madly in love with your organization or cause.
The author’s mash-up of the latest in wonky academic research with practical, real-world stories shows how any business can spark and sustain word of mouth marketing. Readers learn how loving your customers results in not just building a thriving community, but also driving meaningful conversations, ultimately impacting the financial success of a business.
The Passion Conversation will change your perspective on marketing by:
  • Explaining the three motivations for people to talk about businesses and causes
  • Detailing how every marketing problem is a people problem in disguise
  • Giving heartfelt evidence that marketing materials are now conversation tools
  • Showing how customer communities sustain word of mouth while also sparking financial impact
  • Helping your business apply these marketing lessons through a series of workbook exercises called "Passion Explorations"
The time is now for marketers and businesses to go beyond the product conversation to understanding, sparking and sustaining the passion conversation for why your business is in business.
"The brands that are nurturing meaningful relationships with customers online aren’t interrupting them with promotional messages on Twitter or Facebook. Instead, brands like Whole Foods and Starbucks are using Twitter and Facebook to provide customers with more information about products/services. 90% of tweets from Starbucks and Whole Foods are “@” someone, responding directly to someone’s comment. Starbucks and Whole Foods Facebook pages aren’t littered with promotional status updates. Instead, these brands are taking a moment to make a moment with customers by providing them specific information. This isn’t the sexiest way to use social media but it’s been very effective for Starbucks and Whole Foods to develop evangelical customers." (p. 31) [also quoted at Robbin Phillips' http://www.brainsonfire.com]

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Remembering Libraries Unlimited Founder Dr. Bohdan Stephan Wynar

Visionary publisher and founder of Libraries Unlimited, Dr. Bohdan Stephan Wynar, passed away on November 9th in Aurora, Colorado. Santa Barbara Independent
Extract: Wynar made significant contributions to librarianship throughout his career. He authored and co-authored many books in Library Science, including the best-selling Introduction to Cataloging and Classification, currently in its tenth edition under the authorship of Arlene G. Taylor, and co-edited the Dictionary of American Library Biography (DALB). He created and served as editor-in-chief of the critically acclaimed and trusted guide to reference works, American Reference Books Annual (ARBA), now entering its forty-fourth year of publication.
In 1977, he received the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award for his distinguished contributions to reference librarianship. Continue reading: Santa Barbara Independent

Monday, November 18, 2013

If I Knew Then: Advice from Harvard Business School's Class of 1963

Advice on careers, finance, and life from Harvard Business School's Class of 1963
As the 50th reunion of Harvard Business School's Class of 1963 approached, we asked the class members if they had any advice to pass along to younger generations. continue reading

Saturday, November 09, 2013

5 Signs Your Leadership Style Is Outdated, Forbe

1.  You Make Bad Decisions2.  You Grow Complacent3.  Your Selfishness4.  Your Likability Factor Falters5.  You Stop Reinventing continue reading Forbe

Saturday, November 02, 2013

If You Want to Lead, Read These Ten Books, HBR Blog Network

11 Books Every Young Leader Must Read by John Coleman

  1. The Emperor's Handbook: A New Translation of The Meditations Marcus Aurelius
  2. Man's Search for Meaning Viktor Frankl
  3. A Man in Full Tom Wolfe
  4. Liar's Poker Michael Lewis
  5. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't Jim Collins
  6. Giants of Enterprise: Seven Business Innovators and the Empires They Built Richard S. Tedlow
  7. The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World Niall Ferguson
  8. The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail (Management of Innovation and Change) Clayton M. Christensen
  9. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change Stephen R. Covey
  10. True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership Bill George  
Note: Below is a slightly different list (with a mix of gender, at the least), because 'There were no books by women on the list.'

If You Want to Lead, Read These 10 Books by Whitney Johnson

  1. We: Understanding the Psychology of Romantic Love
    Robert A. Johnson
  2. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
    Carol Dweck
  3. The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail (Management of Innovation and Change) Clayton M. Christensen
  4. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
    Brene Brown
  5. Warren Buffett Invests Like a Girl: And Why You Should, Too (Motley Fool Books)
    The Motley Fool
  6. The Power of a Positive No
    William Ury
  7.   Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World
    Jane McGonigal
  8.   The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
    Eric Ries
  9. Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives
    Wayne Muller
  10.  And a bonus: Les Miserables Victor Hugo, because it’s one of the greatest pieces of fiction ever, and because Jean Valjean is a leader who embodies the best of both the masculine and feminine
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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Enemies of Freedom: Brave New World to Brave New World Revisited, by Mutalik-Desai

Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited  Aldous Huxley

Here is an abstract of presentation at Balliol College, U. of Oxford, on 3rd September, 2013, by Dr. A. A. MUTALIK-DESAI, Dharwad, India.

Aldous Huxley Symposium 1-4 September | Balliol College

Enemies  of  Freedom:  Brave  New  World  to  Brave  New  World  Revisited:  (Aldous  Huxley’s  Reassessment  in  the 1950s), by A.  A.  MUTALIK-DESAI,  Dharwad,  India
    That all through his life Aldous Huxley was concerned with a utopian order is a staple of Huxley scholarship. Also acknowledged is his advocacy of humanely utilizing known frontiers of knowledge to make life wholesome and worthwhile, to build “a desirable society....[in which the] highest [human] potentialities” might be actualized. In this respect Huxley moved away from the choices John Savage was given. In a letter to Leonard Huxley  (1932) he said, “at moments like the present,...the great world is like one vast lunatic asylum.”

      In BNWR (1959), after witnessing three decades of political upheavals, ideological extremes, financial crises and a world war, Huxley once again examined the enemies of  freedom. They were the same as before: pressures of exploding over-population, more ominous was the ever-growing level of militarization, unbridled nationalism, frightening centralization of power, wheels of propaganda (whether in democracies or totalitarian regimes) spinning off self-aggrandizing falsehoods, increasing dominance of the “hidden persuaders,” attempts at controlling the human mind employing the newest tools proffered by applied science, continued neglect of the kind of education, verbal and non-verbal, which free societies need, and which education can move one closer to reason and compassion and to diversity rather than a deterministic and Procrustean model. What was Huxley’s panacea in 1959?  Actualize human, desirable potentialities. Turn inward. Look to eastern religions, “Applied Mysticism,” the Tantrick approach, Hindu and Buddhist notions of love, auto-suggestive techniques. His trust in wise employment of drugs was perennial: “If pharmacological methods work in illness, might they not also work in health”? In sum, he looked far and wide where there was even a glimmer of hope. Unlike other futurists he frequently returned to the challenges implicit in his utopian dreams. Nicolas Berdiaeff’s wise counsel he had heeded even in 1932.       
    I hope to examine his unwavering dedication to the cause and his prescriptions.

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Sunday, October 06, 2013

Brené Brown: The Most Valuable Gift You Can Give To Another Person

The Huffington Post, By OWN


Bestselling author Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor who has spent more than a decade studying vulnerability and worthiness. She says opening yourself up is one of the most powerful things you can do -- but during her appearance on "Oprah’s Lifeclass,"she warns that not everyone should be trusted.  continue reading The Huffington Post
Part two of Oprah's conversation with Brown on "Oprah's Lifeclass" airs Sunday, Oct. 6 at 9 p.m. ET on OWN.

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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Anis Khurshid and His Impact on International Librarianship, By Zahiruddin Khurshid

Lester Asheim, the former Dean and Professor at the University of Chicago Graduate Library School and a distinguished leader in comparative and international librarianship, says that one of the many facets of Anis Khurshid that has earned him world-wide admiration and respect is the part he has played as a force in breaking down the cultural barriers that so infrequently intervene among and between countries, even in professional sectors.
The purpose of writing this essay is to highlight that part or facet of Khurshid in some detail so that the new generation of librarians in Pakistan may know how a Pakistani librarian was able to have such a significant impact on international librarianship. The three Festschrift published in his honor together include 31 out of a total 41 articles contributed by his teachers, friends, and colleagues from four continents, including such library luminaries as Allen Kent, David Kaser, Nasser Sharify, Lester Asheim, William V. Jackson, Harry C. Campbell, D. J. Fosket, P. Havard-Williams, John Feather and others. 
Continue reading: Anis Khurshid and His Impact on International Librarianship, By Zahiruddin Khurshid,

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The chief proponent of the paperless society: Frederick Wilfrid Lancaster, 1933- 2013

PS. Thanks to Madhava Rao Adepu for this news.

"Nationally and internationally, Lancaster was recognized as a leader in the field of library and information science through his work as a teacher, writer, and scholar. My heart felt condolences. I prey to God for granting peace to the departed soul." By Pawan Kumar Gupta

Had there been a Nobel Prize in LIS it might have gone to him for sure. It is a great loss to the Library & Info . Nevertheless, he will continue to live through his mind storming ideas as well as many good books as on Indexing and abstracting.His brilliance will continue to inspire many .May God bless this departed soul. Dr M P Satija, UGC Emeritus fellow

Dr Lancaster delivered the Sarada Ranganathan Endowment Lecture in 1991. The title of the talk is 'Bibliometric Methods in Assessing, Productivity and Impact of research'; He was then Visiting Professor in DRTC; He also visited DRTC at least three times and delivered series of lectures; if I am correct, he also delivered a lecture in NCSI jointly organized with SRELS. Ravichandra Rao, Professor (Retd.), DRTC, Bangalore.

Info courtesy, extract from: Renner-Wikoff Chapel and Crematory and Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

Frederick Wilfrid “Poppa Wills” “Stinky Cheese Grandpa” Lancaster, 79, of Urbana, passed away on Sunday, August 25, 2013 in his home.  
Wilf was born September 4, 1933, in Stanley, County Durham, England to Frederick and Mary (Blackburn) Lancaster.

Wilf graduated as an associate of the British Library Association from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, England in 1955 and was named a Fellow of the Library Association of Great Britain in 1969. He began his professional career as a senior assistant at the Newcastle-upon-Tyne Public Libraries, the last closed access public library in the United Kingdom. He immigrated in 1959 to Akron, Ohio to become the Senior Librarian for Science and Technology at the Akron Public Library. It was in Akron where he met and married Maria Cesaria Volpe, in 1961. He worked as the technical librarian for the Babcock and Wilcox Company from 1960 until he returned to the U.K. in 1962 with his wife and young daughter to become a Senior Research Assistant at ASLIB in London. In 1964, he returned to the U.S., where he was integrally involved in the design and management of MEDLARS, the National Library of Medicine’s computerized bibliographic retrieval system for articles in academic journals in medicine and allied health professions. In 1970, he became an associate professor in the University of Illinois’s Graduate School of Library and Information Science and was named a full professor in 1972, a position he held until his retirement in 1992. He also was the editor of Library Trends, the academic journal of the GSLIS.

He was the author of 15 books, numerous of which were named book of the year by the American Society for Information Science or the American Library Association. He consulted on information storage and retrieval with organizations around the world as diverse as the Army Corp of Engineers, Standard Oil, UNESCO and the American Film Institute. He presented courses or guest lectures at more than 50 colleges and universities across the globe, from Brazil to Norway to China and was a keynote speaker or presenter at countless conferences.

Thrice he was awarded Fulbright teaching fellowships (an honor usually awarded only twice), was named a University of Illinois University Scholar for the final three years of his professorial career and he was an early predictor of electronic media and storage systems, coining the term the “paperless society” in 1977. Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 30 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Urbana with funeral mass to follow at 11:00 a.m. Interment will occur immediately thereafter at Clements Cemetery on Highcross Road, Urbana. Funeral lunch will follow at St. Patrick’s. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Save the Children or the World Wildlife Fund.

This post is dedicated to the following quote:

A Compelling Future
Professor F. W. Lancaster’s protean legacy, still unfolding, encompasses four decades of excellent teaching, superb scholarship, and professional leadership. This essay will focus on his justly famous predictions about the paperless society and the future direction of libraries and the librarians who manage them. Although this aspect of his scholarship represents only one facet of his many contributions, it is perhaps the most often cited, invoked, and debated. It has been exactly three decades since Professor Lancaster launched his own library Sputnik, namely his transformative volume entitled Toward Paperless Information Systems (Lancaster, 1978a). in "Aftermath of a Prediction: F. W. Lancaster and the Paperless Society,"  Arthur P. Young

  • Curriculum Vitae for F. Wilfrid Lancaster - Project MUSE - Johns ...
  • Bibliometric methods in assessing productivity and impact of research (Sarada Ranganathan Endowment for Library Science Series) by F. Wilfrid Lancaster (Author)
  • Professor Emeritus F. W. Lancaster passes away | www.lis.illinois.edu
  • Saturday, August 24, 2013

    Reading now: Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream by Chopra

    Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream by Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra, New Harvest (2013), ISBN: 9780544032101
    The inspiring story of two brothers who immigrated to America from India and took very different paths to becoming world-renowned healers and teachers.
    At a time when America is fiercely divided on the issue of immigration, Brotherhood tells the story of two brothers who pursued the American dream to its fullest expression. In the early 1970s, Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra joined a flood of immigrants looking to make a new life in America, a land of opportunity. Having grown up in postwar India amidst the sudden freedom of the 1947 liberation, their childhood was a blend of the exotic, the mythical, and the modern. Their father was one of the first Indians to become a Western-trained cardiologist, while their extended family maintained deep roots in ancient spiritual traditions. Brotherhood follows the Chopra brothers as one becomes a world-renowned spiritual teacher and the other rises to the top of Western medicine to become a professor at Harvard Medical School. Their story will fascinate and inspire anyone who still believes in America’s capacity to foster achievement and reward hard work.


    •        "[Brotherhood] depicts some fascinating aspects of Indian assimilation in America, and the often hilarious, touching cultural clash." —Publishers Weekly
    • "An inspiring and brilliantly written memoir of two brothers taking two drastically different paths to medicine, each giving us hope that dreams can still be fulfilled in America."—Larry King
    • "In Brotherhood, Deepak and Sanjiv beautifully articulate their birthright and the intoxicating and permeative influence it had on their lives as doctors and spiritual practitioners in the Western world. Through their entertaining storytelling, they thoughtfully and humorously depict how, in India, chaos and order, the ancient and modern, faith and disbelief collide to create enduring influence. I, too, discovered that you can leave India but that she never leaves you."—Jacqueline Lundquist, author and former First Lady of the U.S. Embassy, New Delhi, India
    •  "A charmingly conversational tale of devotion--to each other and to the science and art of medicine." Kirkus Reviews
    About the Authors:
    Deepak Chopra, M.D., CEO, The Chopra Foundation, Adjunct Professor, Kellogg School of Management @ Northwestern University, and @ Columbia Business School, Columbia University, and Senior Scientist @ The Gallup Organization. www.choprafoundation.org
    Sanjiv Chopra, M.D. Professor of medicine, Dean continuing education @ Harvard Medical School and the author of five books, such as, Leadership by Example and Live Better, Live Longer. www.sanjivchopra.com.

    Table of Contents
    To the Reader                                      xi
    1 Sacred River                                     1  (18)
    2 Blind for a Day                                  19 (12)
    3 Charmed Circle                                   31 (16)
    4 Lucky Sari                                       47 (10)
    5 Miracles in Hiding                               57 (14)
    6 Rama and Lakshmana                               71 (8)
    7 Laus Deo                                         79 (14)
    8 First on the Waiting List                        93 (14)
    9 Innocent Bystander                               107(16)
    10 Real Doctors                                    123(6)
    11 Godfather Land                                  129(16)
    12 First Impressions                               145(20)
    13 State of the Art                                165(16)
    14 A Giant in Medicine                             181(16)
    15 An Obscure Light                                197(14)
    16 Being and Bliss                                 211(14)
    17 The Pathless Land                               225(18)
    18 Soothsayer or Charlatan                         243(14)
    19 Science of Life                                 257(20)
    20 Finger on the Pulse                             277(12)
    21 Birth Pangs                                     289(22)
    22 Miraculous Cures                                311(14)
    23 American Dreaming                               325(22)
    24 Peak Experience                                 347(12)
    Postscript                                         359(6)
    Acknowledgments                                    365

    Library of Congress Subject Headings for this record Brotherhood:
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    Sunday, August 18, 2013

    Use The Leadership Wheel to help you lead the way – every day

    Info courtesy: Stephen Abram's Lighthouse and Globe & Mail
    Stephen Abram: "I found this wheel useful in thinking about and framing the leadership roles of library leaders. I found it via an articlein the Globe & Mail today, Use The Leadership Wheel to help you lead the way – every day"

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  • Leadership Wheel: Infographic, Infogram
    " ‘Great leadership is measured not by the number of people a leader manages, but by the number of people that leader inspires.’ Jessica Steele"

  • Rahmat Ali Daeng Mattiro (Wheels and Wheels)
  • Friday, May 17, 2013

    Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer, 1939 - 2013: A Muslim scholar and champion of interfaith cooperation

    "Known for his passionate espousal of peace and interfaith understanding, Mr. Engineer's life was an example of perseverance towards the realization of a greater good... IAMC commemorates his contribution to democracy and interfaith relations as well as his courage in speaking up for the rights of the oppressed and the dispossessed," -- Asghar Ali Engineer's demise a loss for interfaith relations say Indian Americans, Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC -www.iamc.com )

    "Asghar Ali Engineer, the renowned religious reformer and peace activist breathed his last on 14th May 2013 at his residence in Mumbai. Unlike most people he did not leave behind just two children but thousands of heirs to his ideology and legacy in India and other parts of the world who will carry forward his mission for a just, equal and harmonious world." [Celebrating Asghar Ali Engineer: A Tribute by Swami Agnivesh and Mazher Hussain]
    Asghar Ali Engineer's Books: Sample list

    Media coverage:

    • Celebrating Asghar Ali Engineer, A Tribute by Swami Agnivesh and Mazher Hussain
      A soft spoken, gentle and unassuming person- always clad in a simple white kurta- pajama, Dr. Engineer had become an institution, a legend and the icon of religious reforms and communal harmony even during his life time. His extraordinary contribution to society received widespread acknowledgement and critical acclaim from across the globe and he was conferred many national and international awards including The Rights Livelihood (Alternative Nobel Prize), jointly with Swami Agnivesh (one of the author of this Tribute) in the year 2004 at Stockholm Sweden.

      Acknowledged as a walking encyclopedia on the Holy Quran and related Islamic literature and practices, he emerged as a leading religious reformer in the Muslim community, especially in India. Accepting the centrality and inviolability of the Holy Quran for a Muslim, he was able to revolutionise the understanding and practice of Islam by initiating reformist processes even amongst the most conservative sections of society by developing and propagating the method of Creative Interpretation that took as an operating framework the values of equality, justice and contemporary social issues and dynamics. This novel approach of reading the Holy Quran reclaimed the essence of its original teachings to demonstrate that Islam is indeed a religion of peace that emphasizes the values of equality and justice. With this method, he was also able to establish the egalitarian and progressive teaching of Islam on issues of human rights, women, marriage, respect for all religious, communal harmony etc...

    • The Reformist As Pacifist: Asghar Ali Engineer's Islam, By Farzana Versey CounterCurrents.org
    • Uniting the nation: Asghar Ali Engineer’s struggle for preservation of plural ethos (Dr. Ram Puniyani's tribute): , By Ram Puniyani, TwoCircles.net
    • Asghar Ali Engineer - His life was Gentle; and the Elements… by SYED ALI MUJTABA SYED for The Ground Report India
    • Renowned Islamic scholar Asghar Ali Engineer passes away, Syed Mohammed, Times of India
    • There will never be another Asghar Ali, Jyoti Punwani in Mumbai Bangalore Mirror -- Scholarly, courageous and secular, Asghar Ali Engineer spent his life combating regressive beliefs and practices while presenting a modern, humanistic interpretation of Islam
    • Islamic scholar Asghar Ali Engineer dies, The Asian Age
    • Renowned Islamic scholar, author and reformist Asghar Ali Engineer ... India Today
    • A man of peace, Syed Muthahar Saqaf The Hindu
    • Crusader against communalism, Meena Menon, The Hindu
    • An obituary by ZAHIR JANMOHAMED, Kafila
    • REMEMBERING DR. ASGHAR ALI ENGINEER, Prof (Dr.) Ronki Ram ambedkartimes.com

    Monday, February 11, 2013

    Dr. M.A. Gopinath: Obituary

    Prof. Dr. Malur Aji Gopinath (M.A. Gopinath), 1940-2013.

    "It is with a deep sense of shock and sorrow we inform you the sad demise of Prof. M.A. Gopinath, former Professor and Head, Documentation Research &Training Centre and Member-Secretary, Sarada Ranganathan Endowment for Library Science, on Sunday, 10th February 2013 at about 12.00 Noon following a Cardiac arrest."
    Sarada Ranganathan Endowment for Library Science

    • Former Professor and Head Documentation Research and Training Centre (DRTC) Indian Statistical Institute (ISI),
    • Former Visiting Professor, North Carolina Central University, Raleigh / Durham, N.C., USA.

    Publications (select list):
    His books found in the Library of Congress
    • Classificationist and the study of the structure and development of the universe of subjects, by A. Neelameghan. Classification research 1963-1967. Trend report (India) by M. A. Gopinath. 1967
    • Prolegomena to library classification, by S. R. Ranganathan. Assisted by M. A. Gopinath. 1967
    • Colon classification / by S.R. Ranganathan. 1987
    • Lectures on conceptual knowledge processing / M.A. Gopinath ; prologue by S. Parthasarathy ; edited by A. Neelameghan]. 2001
    • Classification research, India, 1968-1973 / by M. A. Gopinath. 1974
    • Construction of depth version of Colon classification : a manual / M.A. Gopinath. 1986

    I am deeply grieved to inform that Prof M.A. Gopinath is no more. About half an hour ago he had a massive heart attack and passed away. He was an eminent scholar in the field of Library Science. May his soul rest in peace.Dr Rangashri Kishore ( Niece of Dr Gopinath).
    It is unfortunate and sorrowful to every professional to know about sad demise of Prof Gopinath (formerly from DRTC) today afternoon after massive heart attack, I join thousands of professional frnds around the world to condole his death and pray almighty to give peace to his soul. Prof. Laxman Rao.

    I am deeply saddened to hear this morning from ARD Prasad that Prof Gopinath is no more. I had known Gopi since 1969, when I joined Ranganathan as his Research Assistant. In fact, when Gopi moved to DRTC as a faculty member in 1969, I took over from him as Ranganathan's Research Assistant. It was Gopi who initiated me to Ranganathan's style of working and who helped me a lot in my initial days. We were good friends and I fondly remember Gopi and Prof Seetharama,  visiting us in Jamshedpur, when I was with XLRI, and spending two days with us. My sincere condolences to the bereaved family. 
    P. Jayarajan.

    He  was a great  human being and great teacher.   He will live for ever in the hearts of  many LIS professionals. May his soul rest in peace! Madaiah Krishnamurthy. 

    Great loss to library professionals.  K Visweswarappa.

    I am extremely sorry to hear the demise of Dr M.A.Gopinath who needs no introduction to Indian LIS professionals. Concurrent with the establishment of DRTC, Mr Gopinath joined Dr S. R. Ranganathan  as his Research Assistant, graduated from DRTC in early 70s, served as  a faculty,moved to North  Carolina University as a visiting professor,and back in Bangalore spent rest of his life. Dr Gopinath will be always remembered along with Dr SR Ranganthan as the coauthor of classic book Prolegomena to library classification. My association with Dr Gopinath dates back to 1967 when I joined DRTC as a student  and later working with him closely as the Joint Secretary of Mysore Library Association (now Karnataka State Library Association). May Dr Gopinath's  soul rest in peace. Deva B. Eswara Reddy
    I really feel shocked to know about the untimely and sad demise of Prof.M.A.Gopinath.I had known Prof. Gopinath for several decades as a committed and intelligent LIS professional and had always held him in high esteem for his simplicity,intelligence and academic integrity.I still remember the academic discussion I have had with him in the Viva-voce examination for his Ph.D Thesis at Dharwar University and always felt that he was quite unique in several ways.I hereby convey my heartfelt sympathy for the family and pray that He may give them sufficient of strength to bear this irreparable loss with courage and fortitude. I also pray that the departed soul may rest in peace. Prof.P.B.Mangla 

    I am shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing away of Prof. Gopinath. An erudite scholar, a prolific author with a smiling and cheerful disposition, Prof.Gopinath will be sorely missed by the library science fraternity.My sincere condolences to the members of the bereaved family for this untimely loss. May his soul rest in peace. Prof.J.B.Subramaniam

    I am sorry to know about demise of Prof. GOPINATH. He was a great scholar and excellent human being.  May God grant him eternal peace. KRISHAN KUMAR

    I am deeply grieved and saddened to know sad demise of Prof Gopinath. Our association dates back to 1977. He has been my , inspiration,guide and mentor. It is great loss to profession as he had been a great scholar, writer, professor and great human being.
    P K Varma, BHEL New Dehi

    I am shocked to learn of the sudden passing away of Prof. Gopinath. He is great teacher, friend and philosopher. For me he is more than my father. I cant control my tears of eyes reading this news. May his sou; rest in peace. T. B. Ghosh

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