Pandurang V. Konnur (Goa University Library)
updated: 10 Mar 03
Pandurang V. Konnur
University Librarian, and
Head, Dept. of Library and Information Science
Goa University Library
Taleigao Plateau, Goa - 403 206 INDIA
Library Public Relations, Library Automation, and Digital Libraries
Dr. P.V. Konnur is a holder of postgraduate master degree in Library
and Information Science having obtained First Class - First Rank and the
Gold Medal from the Bangalore University, Bangalore - Karnataka State,
India. The Karnatak University, Dharwad, India, awarded him the degree of
Doctor of Philosophy in Library & Information Science, in August 1995. The
topic of his Ph.D. Thesis was "Library Public Relations: An Analytical
Study of Karnataka Public Library System". He is a holder of diploma in
Business Administration, which is a 3 years course offered by the S.R.C.
Institute of Middle Management, Directorate of Technical Education,
Government of Karnataka. He has also undergone the postgraduate Diploma in
Computer Application offered by the Department of Computer Science,
Karnatak University Dharwad, Karnatak State.
He has worked in the Department of Public Libraries, Government of
Karnatak as an Assistant Librarian for nearly one and half decades (1972).
He has served as Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Gulbarga University for
one year (1987-88) and later as an Assistant Professor and Associate
Professor (Reader) in Karnatak University, Dharward. Presently, he is
working as University Librarian and heading the postgraduate Course in
Library and Information Science, Goa University, Goa. He has designed and
introduced this course in the University since the last two academic
years, after studying the curricula of several universities of the world.
He has specialized in teaching the subjects viz. Special libraries,
Information technology, Research methodologies and Economics and marketing
He has the honor of being the first University Librarian of Goa
University. He initiated the Library Automation Activity and completed the
same in a record time of less than one year comprising of creation of
Database for 1.2 Lakhs of books, LAN within the library and WAN for campus
and affiliated colleges. Using WWWISIS, Linux based web enabled retrieval
software was developed. Now with the successful implementation of
retrieval software he is planning to design an Open Source Library
Software using Postgres - as back end and Browser as front end on Linux
platform. For the benefit of academic community of Goa an "e-mail Alert
Service" has been established.
A Dial-in-server is being installed in Goa University for the benefit of
all the affiliated Colleges in Goa State. The Library of Goa University
has a rare archival collection of nearly 8,000 documents dating back from
18 century, to 16 century, pertaining to Goa Portugal Relations and
History. Two eminent historians, Mr. Nuno Gonsalves and Sri.Pandurang
Pissurlekar donated this archaeological literature. He has initiated
measures to preserve this Historical Literature running into 500 Thousands
of pages into the electronic format. He is planning to provide access to
these rare resources through Internet to the world community.
He has proposed to establish an "International Center for Goan History
and Culture" through which he has plans to digitize all the archival
collection holdings of Goa University Library and also to digitize all
collection holdings of different institutions/individual collections of
Goa and outside Goa.