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The International Conference on Digital Libraries (ICDL) 2013

By: Sanjay K. Bihani, Chair, Government Libraries Section, IFLA

The theme of the International Conference on Digital Libraries (ICDL) 2013, the fourth in ICDL series, was ‘Vision 2020: Looking Back 10 Years and Forging New Frontiers’.

The conference provided an international forum for sharing of experiences among researchers, educators, practitioners, and policy makers from a variety of disciplines such as library and information science, information and communication technology, archival and museum studies, knowledge management and various other related areas in the fields of Science, Social Sciences and Humanities. It facilitated the bridging of knowledge gaps between developing and developed countries; initiated capacity building activities in digital libraries; provided a forum for facilitating useful interaction amongst information science and technology professionals; and most important of all, facilitated the formulation of recommendations on digitization technologies, acts and policies in India.

Hon'ble Vice President of India, Shri M Hamid Ansari delivering his inaugural address

Hon’ble Vice President of India, Shri M Hamid Ansari delivering his inaugural address

Shri M Hamid Ansari, the Vice President of India, inaugurated the Conference at India Habitat Centre in New Delhi on 27th November 2013. The welcome address was given by Dr R P Pachauri, Director General, TERI. Dr M M Pallam Raju, Minister for Human Resource Development, Government of India gave a special address. Mr Prabir Sengupta, Distinguished Fellow, TERI gave an introduction to the ICDL 2013 programme.
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59th International Indian Library Association Conference

Inaugural Session in progress - ILA 2014

By: Sanjay K Bihani, Chair, Government Libraries Section, IFLA

 The 59th International Indian Library Association (ILA) Conference was organised by Mahatma Gandhi Central Library, IIT, Roorkee from 22-24 February 2014. More than 300 participants attended the conference where more than 60 papers were presented in 8 technical sessions.

Prof Pradipta Banerii, Director IIT Roorkee in his address highlighted the importance of a library by stressing that library defines an institution. Prof Ashu Shokeen, ILA President highlighted ILA’s contributions and achievements for the library and information science profession in the country since its inception in 1933. She emphasised ILA’s successful proactive role in addressing the national issues of the library professionals on many fronts. The inaugural session Chief Guest, Prof. R. D. Singh, Director, National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee emphasised the need for libraries to continuously reinvent and reengineer their activities and services to address the changing requirement of the clientele. The inaugural session concluded with the formal vote of thanks proposed by Prof, Praveen Kumar, Chairman Library Advisory Committee, IIT Roorkee.
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