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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