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Networking of Library and Information Centres of North East India in Digital Environment (NLICDE-2011)
(21-23 March 2011)ORGANISED UNDER THE AEGIS OF National Library, Kolkata
Ministry of Culture, Govt. of IndiaByOrganized by
Central Library, National Institute of Technology Silchar

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  • 1. Library and Information Networking in NE Region: Issues and ChallengesByProf. Pravakar Rath
  • 2. LIS Scenario in NE Region:
    Libraries in NE Region
    Status of Automation and Networking
    Information Infrastructure Available in the Region including Internet Connectivity and Access
    Database and Content Creation
    Need for Library and Information Network in the Region
  • 3. Libraries in NE Region
    Academic Libraries
    Public Libraries
    Special Libraries (R& D Libraries)
  • 4. Status of Automation and Networking
    Libraries in General Lagging behind computerization and Networking except Central /State University Libraries
    ICT Knowledge Skills
    Information Handling Skills
    Knowledge Mapping Skills
  • 5. Information Infrastructure Available in the Region including Internet
    Libraries Lack Inadequate Information Infrastructure
    ( H/W,S/W, Networking and Internet Infrastructure)
    BSNL as sole ISP in the Region
    Lack of Dedicate d Internet Connectivity and High Speed Bandwidth
  • 6. Database and Content Creation
    Creation of New knowledge
    Optimal Use of Knowledge by all Sectors such as Government , industry, Rural and Civil Society
    Easy Access to Knowledge Relevant to their needs and Language
  • 7. Need for Library and Information Network in the NE Region
    To Serve as a Gateway to National and Global Knowledge ( Classification and Cataloguing)
    Sharing and Access to Information and Knowledge Resources among participating Libraries
    Developing Open Source Web-enabled library management software supporting multiple Indian language scripts and dialects
    Developing Information Skills of the Users
    To bridge the gap between information rich and information poor.
  • 8. National Knowledge Network(Connecting Knowledge Institutions)
    The NKN is a state-of-the-art multi-gigabit pan-India network for providing a unified high speed network backbone for all knowledge related institutions in the country
    The purpose of such a knowledge network goes to the very core of the country's quest for building quality institutions with requisite research facilities and creating a pool of highly trained professionals
    The NKN will enable scientists, researchers and students from different backgrounds and diverse geographies to work closely for advancing human development in critical and emerging areas
  • 9. North East Region-Ground Realities
    Geographic Locations of 8 states including Sikkim
    Information Infrastructure available in the libraries
    Internet Access and Speed
    Increasing Bandwidth/ Use of Fiber Optics
    Awareness among Library Authorities
    Financial Support from the State Governments
    Automation and Networking Skills of Library Staff
  • 10. LIS Networking in NE Region-To Begin With
    Feasibility Study and Sustenance
    Willingness of Participating Libraries/Defining Target Group
    Support from NEC/DONER/Ministry of Communication and Information Technology
    ( Financial and Technical)
    Cooperation from Existing LIS Networks
  • 11. LIS Networking in NE Region-Benefits
    A Boon to the Academic Community and Public at Large
    Creation of Large Database
    Network Based LIS Services
    Easy Access and Sharing of Large amount of Information Resources at Regional, National and International Level
    Eliminating Duplication of Money , Manpower and Material.
    Bridging the Digital Divide and Contributing to “India as Knowledge Super Power”
  • 12. LIS Networking in NE Region-Issues
    National Policy to Promote Modernization of Libraries ,Library Networking and Digital Library
    Government to Recognize “Libraries –As Gateways to Knowledge” and Contribute to National Development
    Creation of Indigenous Knowledge and Knowledge Specific to the Region
    Staffing Pattern, Reorienting and Training to the Library Staff
    Need for LIS Forum Cont…..
  • 13. Professional Issues ( Changing Inf. and Communication Environment
    Technological/Technical Issues-H/W,S/W/Formats/Standards/Protocols
    Policy Issues-Digital Library, Digitization, OA Initiatives, Content Development in Electronic Environment.
    Legal Issues –Cyber Laws, Copyright and IPR
    Social, Cultural and Economic Issues ( Paradigm Shift, Reading Habits/Information Seeking Beahaviour, Use of Internet, Cultural Identity, Cost Benefit Analysis, Resource Mobilisation and Out Sourcing.
  • 14. Challenges
    LIS Professional to develop Multi-Skills (Automation, Networking, Digitization, Information Literary etc)
    International Trends and Developments ( Open Source Movement, Open Libraries, Open Access, Open Archives)
    Institutional/ Knowledge Repositories
    Management of Digital Resources including Preservation , Copyright and IPR
    Management of LIS Network
    Right to Information
  • 15. Conclusion
    Leading towards Knowledge Society-LIS Professionals as Knowledge Manager, Content Developer, Content Manager
    LIS Networking in NE Region can lead to National Development ( Educational and Economic Development)
    Provide access to Academic World ( Ownership Vs Access)
    Contribute to India’s Vision towards “ Knowledge Superpower-2020”
  • 16. Thank You All
    Dr Pravakar Rath
    Professor and Head
    DLIS, Mizoram University
    ( A Central University)