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Dr. Bhakti Gala

Assistant Professor & Coordinator

School of Library and Information Science


  • B.Sc., B. L. I. Sc., M. L. I. Sc., PhD, NET, Post Graduate Diploma in German as a Foreign Language.

Areas of Interest/Specialization

  • Digital Libraries, Information Literacy, Public Libraries, Metadata, Digital Scholarship, Open Content, Community Informatics.


  • 2018- 2020: Coordinator, School of Library and Information Science, Central University of Gujarat
  • 2017- current: Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Science, Central University of Gujarat
  • 2017-2015: Assistant Professor (On Contract), School of Library and Information Science, Central University of Gujarat
  • 2015-2009: Temporary Teaching Assistant, Department of Library and Information Science, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara
  • 2005-2000: Documentation Officer, Hirak Plastics Pvt. Ltd., Vadodara
  • 2000-1997: Assistant Librarian, Nirma Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
  • 1996-1995: Library Assistant, B. V. Patel PERD Centre, Ahmedabad

Awards & Honours

  • 2019: BEST SHORT RESEARCH PAPER Runner up, iconference 2019, USA (https://ischools.org/iConference-2019-Summary)
  • 2014: First Prize Winner of the ASIS&T (Association of Information Science & Technology, USA) SIG III International Paper Contest for Developing Countries sponsored by Taylor and Francis for the research paper titled "Blogs, Bloggers and Scholarly Publications."

Recent Peer Reviewed Journals/Books

  • Potnis, Devendra & Gala, Bhakti. (2020). Managing the "backend" of LIS research projects:A project management perspective. Library and Information Science Research, 42(1), pp.100996 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lisr.2019.100996.
  • Katagi, Sachin and Gala, Bhakti. (2020). Social tags of select books written by Mahatma Gandhi:A comparative study of library thing tags and OCLC fast subject headings. DESIDOC Journal of Library and Information Technology, 40 (1),pp.382-387.DOI:https://doi.org/10.14429/djlit.40.01.15138
  • Potnis, Devendra and Gala, Bhakti. (2019). Best practices for conducting fieldwork with marginalized communities. Information Processing & Management Available online 27 November 2019, 102144 DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ipm.2019.102144

Best Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Pradhan, S., Gala, Bhakti. and Agrawal, P. (Eds). (2019). Library and Information Science: Philosophy and Technology. Shanti Prakashan. ISBN. 978-93-88744-12-6.
  • Potnis, Devendra and Gala, Bhakti. (2019). Proposing "Mobile, Finance, and Information" Toolkit for Financial Inclusion of the Poor in Developing Countries" Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics), Volume 11420 LNCS, Pages 228-235 DOI:10.1007/978-3-030-15742-5_22
  • Gala, Bhakti. (2019). Blogs, Bloggers and Scholarly Publications. In Pradhan, S. Gala, B. and Agrawal, P. (Eds), Library and Information Science: Philosophy and Technology (204-226). New Delhi: Shanti Prakashan.
  • Pallavi, Abhishek K. and Gala, Bhakti. (2019). Topical Coverage Analysis of Library and Information Science Discipline's Learning Objects of ePG Pathshala with UGC-NET Syllabus: A Study for Future Sustainability with Emerging Topics. In CALIBER-2019;45. INFLIBNET http://ir.inflibnet.ac.in/bitstream/1944/2324/1/45.pdf
  • Gala, Bhakti. (2019). Digital scholarship: Challenges and opportunities for academic and research libraries. In Rhodha Bharucha and Nishtha Anilkumar. (Eds.), Future Libraries: Overcoming Challenges (9-17). Ahmedabad: ADINET
  • Potnis, Devendra and Gala, Bhakti (2017). Factors Influencing Electronic Word-of-Mouth Among Indian Youth: Implications for Mobile Governance, Special Issue on e-Government Innovations in India (ICEGOV2017 SCII) ACM Press. (ISBN: 978-1-4503-4930-7). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3055219.3055241
  • Potnis, Devendra and Gala, Bhakti (2017). Factors Influencing Intention of Citizens to Spread Information over Mobile Phones: Implications for Mobile Governance in India. In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance. ACM Press. (ISBN: 978-1-4503-4825-6). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3047273.3047284

International Collaboration/Consultancy

  • Principal Investigator. Topic: Women empowerment through access to information: a study from public libraries in India Funding Agency:Central University of Gujarat Grant amount: 1,00,000
    Project period: 2020 - 2021
  • Consultant. Topic: Financial Information Literacy Toolkit to Educate boRrowers (FILTER): A Channel for Public Libraries to Partner with Governments for Financial Inclusion in the Developing World

Patents (If any)

  • Not Available.