Kesavan Institute of Information and Knowledge Management (KIIKM)

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Initiatives


  1. Partnership with a software company, Verus Solutuions Pvṭ, Ltd. (VSPL) in Hyderabad in developing a web-based library management and networking software. The software called NewGenLib (NGL) is built on well-known international standards for metadata, content description and web standards. The special needs of Indian libraries that operate within the administative and financial parameters of a larger organization have been taken into account making NewGenLib (NGL) an ideal solution for Indian libraries. Thanks to KIIKM, NewGenLib was declared an open-source product under the GNU GPL license. The binaries, source code documentation and installation instructions can be downloaded from http://www.sourceforge.net/projects/newgenlib. As of 2018 more than 250 libraries,  worldwide use NGL to automate their library  functions and provide access to information content.  NGL is available in English, other Indian languages, Arabic and Khmer. VSPL has customized NGL for use in many libraries.
  2. Knowledge of the functional needs of Indian libraries, international standards which NGL must respect, functionality testing, user manual and mulitimedia tutorials for the use of NGL was provided by the Trust. 
  3. Advice to the Director General of Health Services (DGHS), Govṭ, of India on the modernization of the National Medical Library (NML) was provided. This work was done under contract to KIIKM and the South Asian Regional Office of the World Health Oganization (WHO). The Consultancy was given during 8-24 May 2003. A comprehensive report on modernization of NML was submitted to WHO. 
  4. A textbook on library automation targeted to developing country students and teachers of libaby and information science was written by L J Haravu, the Managing Trustee of KIIKṂ. The book tiled, Library Automation: Design, Principles and Practice was published by Allied Publishers on behalf of KIIKṂ A second reprint of the book was issued in 2008.
  5. A workshop on Open Access Agricultural Networks in India sponsored by the Food and Agricultre Organization (FAO) of the United Nations was planned and conducted by KIIKM in Nov. 2006.