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Conference Report-MyDLIS University of Mysore 2017

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Rapporteur General Report of the National Conference on "Digital Libraries, Library Automation and Open CourseWare: issues and Best Practices" organized by the Department of Studies in Library and Information Science,(MyDLIS), University of Mysore, Mysore.

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Conference Report-MyDLIS University of Mysore 2017

  1. 1. Department of Library & Information Science University of Mysore Mysuru National Conference on Digital Libraries, Library Automation and Open CourseWare: Issues and Best Practices (Funded Under UGC-SAP DRS-II) November 10-11, 2017 Conference Report By Vasantha Raju N. Rapporteur General of the Conference Good Evening All of You Honourable Chief Guest, Prof. P.Venkataramaiah, Former Vice-Chancellor, Kuvempu University. Guest of Honour of this valedictory function, Prof. T.K. Umesh, Dean Faculty of Science & Technology, Department of Physics, University of Mysore, Prof. Mallinath Kumbar, Organizing Secretary of the conference, members of organizing committee, Staff of MyDLIS, delegates and all the professionals. With immense pleasure, I stand before you to present the proceedings (deliberations) of the two-day national conference on “Digital Libraries, Library Automation and Open CourseWare: Issues and Best Practices” (funded under UGC-SAP DRS-II) organized by the Department of Studies in Library and Information Science, University of Mysore, Mysuru. It is indeed an honour. Day-1: 10th November 2017 Inaugural Function: Inauguration of “Prof. V.G. Talawar ICT Lab” Before the formal inauguration of the conference, the newly built “Prof. V.G. Talawar ICT Lab” was made open to the students of Department of Library and Information Science, University of Mysore, Mysuru. The ICT lab is named after “Prof. V.G. Talawar ICT Lab” considering his contribution to the of Mysore in general and to the Department of Studies in Library & Information Science in particular. The inaugural ceremony of the conference commenced with a melodious rendition of invocation song by the students of MyDLIS, University of Mysore, Mysuru.
  2. 2. Prof. Mallinath Kumbar, Organizing Secretary of the conference welcomed the gathering and highlighted the objectives of the conference. Inaugural Address: Prof. T.D. Kemparaju, Vice-Chancellor, Bangalore North University, Kolar, inaugurated the conference by lighting the lamp with other dignitaries. In his inaugural address Prof. T.D. Kemparaju spoke about the radical change in accessing and disseminating information because of technological interventions. He elaborated on how there is a rapid increase in scholarly meetings in LIS domain over the years across the country and how this has helped professionals to gain knowledge in using technologies for information dissemination. Prof. Kemparaju recollected his vivid memories of the days he spent as astudent at the beautiful University of Mysore campus. On this occasion, Prof. T.D. Kemparaju, an alumnus of the Department of LIS, University of Mysore, was felicitated on assuming the coveted position of founding Vice Chancellor of Bangalore North University, Kolar. Keynote Address Dr. A.Y. Asundi, Professor (Retired), Department of Library and Information Science, Bangalore University, Bangaluru, delivered the keynote address. In his brief keynote address Prof. A.Y. Asundi highlighted the efforts of Indian LIS community in automating their libraries and issues involved in library automation. Presidential Address Prof. J. Somashekar, Registrar (Evaluation), University of Mysore, Mysuru, presided over the function. In his presidential remarks Prof. J. Somashekar emphasized the importance of library in taking the nation in the right direction. He also urged the delegates to use technology, which has brought a sea change in how we access information. Prof. J. Somashekar released the conference volume and lauded the efforts of the organizing committee on this occasion. Dr. M. Chandrashekar, Professor, Department of Studies in Library and Information Science, University of Mysore, Mysuru, introduced the chief guests to the delegates. Dr. N.S. Harinarayana, Associate Professor, Department of Library and Information Science, University of Mysore, Mysuru, proposed the formal vote of thanks.
  3. 3. Smt. Niveditha of the Department acted as the master of ceremony. There were 60 papers in the conference volume, of which 9 are invited papers, 41 are contributed papers and 11 abstracts. Of these 38 papers were presented by the authors of the papers in different academic sessions. There were 6 academic sessions in all and these sessions were arranged in line with the theme of the conference. Academic Sessions Academic Session-1 In this first session Dr. Veeranjaneyalu K., University Librarian and Professor, PJT State Agricultural University, Hyderabad was the session chair and Dr. Gavisiddappa, Assistant Professor, Akka Mahadevi Women’s University, Vijapura was the rapporteur In this session two invited papers were presented  Prof. A.Y. Asundi delivered his extended keynote address on “library automation, digital libraries and open access” (Keynote address) He spoke about the historical developments of library automation and issues involved in automating academic libraries. He mainly focused on the data diligence aspects of library automation. He also spoke briefly about digital libraries and new emerging domain that is open educational resources (OER).  Dr. Ramesh Babu, Professor (Retired) presented his paper on “Professional Skills and competencies of librarians in the digital environment: What, why and how? He mainly underscored the importance of soft skills for LIS professionals in today’s changing environment. Academic Session-2 The session was chaired by Dr. B.T. Sampath Kumar, Professor, Tumakur University, Tumakur. Sri. Nagaraja, Librarian, Regional Institute of Education, NCERT served as the rapporteur. In this session two invited papers and 6 contributed papers were presented.  Dr. Ravi. B, Librarian, Central University of Hyderabad presented his invited paper on “Use of Anti-Plagiarism Software at IGML-UoH: A Study”. This was a case study of how IGM Library of University of Hyderabad detecting and reporting the instances and extent of plagiarism content in dissertation and theses submitted to UoH.
  4. 4.  Dr. Gavisiddappa Anandhalli presented his invited paper on “Awareness and Understanding of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Copy Rights Act: A Study of Engineering Faculty Members. Apart from two invited papers 6 papers were presented in this session areas covering ETDs, Open Access Repositories, Open Access Journals and Digital Preservation. Academic Session-3 Dr. Keshava, Professor, Tumakur University served as the chairman of this session and Dr. Adithya Kumari of University of Mysore, served as the rapporteur. In this session one invited paper and 6 contributed papers were presented Dr. Mahamed Haneefa K., presented his paper on “Social Media for Learning: A Study among the students of Universities in Kerala”. This paper was based on a field study looked at the academic use of social media in Kerala. Five contributed (Accepted) papers were presented in this session on various themes and sub themes of the conference mainly on Open Source Software for managing digital collections, use of open source resources, evaluation of learning management systems and utilization and satisfaction level of digital resources and services in universities. Day-2 11th November 2017 Academic Session-4 This session was chaired by Prof.P.G.Tadasad, Professor, DLISc, Akkamahadevi Women’s University, Vijayapur and Sri. Rupesh Kumar, Assistant Professor of Tumakur University served as the rapporteur. In this session 2 invited papers and 8 contributed papers were presented.  Dr. Veeranjaneyulu, Amrendra Kumar & Rathinasabapathy presented their papers on “Status of Library Automation & Digitization in Agricultural Universities in India: A Study”  Dr. P.G. Tadasad presented his paper on “ Impact of MOOCs on LIS Education in India”. Eight Contributed papers were presented in this session on areas covering status of library automation projects in academic and public libraries, infrastructure facilities for library automation, Use of ICTs in collection development and library best practices.
  5. 5. Academic Session-5 Prof. Veerabasavaiah of Bangalore University and Dr. Mohamad Haneefa of University of Calicut, Kerala served as the chairman and rapporteur of this session respectively. In this session one invited papers and 7 contributed papers were presented. Dr. Ramesh R. Naik presented his paper on “Open Educational Resources (OER): An Overview”. 07 papers were presented in this particular session. The papers were mainly on OPAC and Cloud Computing for library services, OERs and social media in open learning system. Academic Session-6 In this last academic session, Prof. M. Chandrashekar of University of Mysore served as the chair of session and Dr. M.V. Sunil of SDM-IMD, Mysuru was the rapporteur. In this session 5 contributed papers were presented. In this session 5 papers were presented mainly on MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). In all 38 papers were presented in this two day deliberations. There were lively discussions and deliberations in many sessions also. I take this opportunity to thank Dr. N.S. Harinarayana and Prof. Mallinath Kumbar, the organizing secretary of the conference, Dr. M. Chandrashekara for giving me this opportunity to serve as the rapporteur general of the conference. I also thank all the session chairs and rapporteurs for their inputs in preparing this report. I thank all the delegates for your patient listening. Thank you

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