Professor Mohinder Partap Satija

Professor Mohinder Partap Satija, currently a  UGC emeritus fellow in the Department of Library and Information Science in the Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar,India, is in the library profession for the last four decades. He has extensively  taught theory and  practice of  cataloging and classification  As an author of more than twenty books, about 150 papers and 200 book reviews and many conference papers published in India and abroad, he has collaborated with international experts namely, Dr. John Comaromi, Editor DDC (1979-1991), Ms Joan S. Mitichell, current editor DDC, Dr Ray Prytherch, Editor, Harrod’s Glossary and Dr. S. P. Agrawal, former Director, National Social Science Documentation Center, New Delhi. Some of the journals he has been published are Libri, International Classification, Knowledge Organisation, Third World Libraries (USA), Information Management Report (UK), Cataloging and Classification Quarterly (USA), Asian Libraries (Thailand), Emarld journals (UK), Herald of Library Science, & Journal of Information Management and Scientometrics. His works have been translated into Hindi, Spanish, German French Croatian and Sinhalese. His major contribution lies in enriching library science literature. Many bibliometric studies have found him a prolific author. Having done his Ph. D. on Ranganathan studies, he has been instrumental in interpreting and propagating Ranganathan’s works and ideas to the new generation. He has written extensively on Classification, Book Numbers,  Subject Headings, Ranganathan Studies and Indian Library Literature. Aboard he is known for his expertise on Colon Classification and Indian state of the art on classification. Accordingly, he is often invited to contribute papers in these areas for books and journals. At home, he started the trend of critical, yet readable book reviews in the library and information science. No wonder then he is a sought after book reviewer in the country. His textbooks on Colon Classification and the Dewey Decimal Classification  and Subject Headings are being used as class texts in many library schools in India. On receiving his long article on Call Number & Book Number (Published in Encyclopedia of Library & Information science (Marcel Dekker, vol 45) Prof. Allen Kent the editor described that as a “ Master piece”. His various writings on the Sears List of Subject Headings have won the commendations of its chief editor Dr. Joseph Miller (H. W. Wilson. Co.).

He has visited Germany, France, Finland, England, Nepal, the Netherlands, Belgium, USA and Sri Lanka in connection with professional work. He is associated with many library journals such as Information Management Report (Bowker-Saur, UK), Library Times International (USA), The Lucknow Librarian (India), Library Progress (Int) (India), Ranganathan Research Bulletin (India) and Knowledge Organisation (USA/Germany). He is the Indian Coordinator of the International Society for Knowledge Organisation (ISKO) (USA), and member UDC Consortium. Dr. Satija is a life member of many library and information science associations, and has delivered lectures in many universities and has written lessons for distance education students of IGNOU, Kurukshetra University, Kota Open University and Aligarh Muslim University. In the summer of 1988 he worked with Dr. Ingetraut Dahlberg in Frankfurt for three months to assist her on various then on going projects. He served as a Visiting Fellow for three months in Maastricht McLuhan Institute, University of Maastricht, the Netherlands in the summer of 1999 and the visit was followed by another visit of six weeks in May 2001. The work done there fructified in the publication of A Dictionary of Knowledge Organization, (Guru Nanak Dev University, 2004). In 2005 he was invited by the University of Kelaniya Sri Lanka to serve as a Visiting Professor. There he was instrumental in instituting library & information science doctoral programme in the Department of Library of Information Science which is the first ever research degree programme in the country. There he also served as  a cataloguing consultant to the National Library Services Board of Sri Lanka.

As is an advisor to the Harrod’s Librarians Glossary (Gower, UK) he made considerable input to revise entries relating to classification. He is member advisory board of the International Yearbook of Library and Information Management(Library Association Publishing, London) and Indian Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science (S. Chand & Co., New Delhi).

Important Publications

  1. “Book Number and Call Number” Encyclopedia of Library & information science (Marcel Dekker, 1990, Vol 45): 18-45.
  2.  Theory and Practice of Colon Classification. New Delhi Ess Ess10
  3.  S. R. Ranganathan and the Method of Science. New Delhi: Aditya, 1992.
  4. Dewey Decimal Classification: A Practical Guide. Dublin Ohio: the OCLC,1996 (co- author).
  5. Theory and practice of the DDC. Oxford: Chandos,2007
  6. Users guide to  the Sears List of Subject Headings, Scarecrow Press,2006.
  7. A  Dictionary of Knowledge Organisation. Amritsar: GND University, 2004.
  8. Exercises in the 23rd edition of the DDC). New Delhi: Ess EssPublishers,2011
  9. “Colon Classification” in Taylor and Francis  Encyclopedia of Library and Info  Science,2009
  10. Theory and Practice of Subject Headings : Sears List. New Delhi: Today and Tomorrow  Publishers,2011