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Paper Presented in National Seminar on
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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Lib networking

  1. 1. Library and Information Networking in NE Region: Issues and ChallengesByProf. Pravakar Rath<br />
  2. 2. LIS Scenario in NE Region:<br />Libraries in NE Region<br />Status of Automation and Networking<br />Information Infrastructure Available in the Region including Internet Connectivity and Access<br />Database and Content Creation<br />Need for Library and Information Network in the Region<br />
  3. 3. Libraries in NE Region<br />Academic Libraries<br />Public Libraries<br />Special Libraries (R& D Libraries) <br />
  4. 4. Status of Automation and Networking<br />Libraries in General Lagging behind computerization and Networking except Central /State University Libraries <br />ICT Knowledge Skills<br />Information Handling Skills<br />Knowledge Mapping Skills<br />
  5. 5. Information Infrastructure Available in the Region including Internet<br />Libraries Lack Inadequate Information Infrastructure<br /> ( H/W,S/W, Networking and Internet Infrastructure)<br />BSNL as sole ISP in the Region<br />Lack of Dedicate d Internet Connectivity and High Speed Bandwidth<br />
  6. 6. Database and Content Creation<br />Creation of New knowledge<br />Optimal Use of Knowledge by all Sectors such as Government , industry, Rural and Civil Society<br />Easy Access to Knowledge Relevant to their needs and Language<br />
  7. 7. Need for Library and Information Network in the NE Region<br />To Serve as a Gateway to National and Global Knowledge ( Classification and Cataloguing)<br />Sharing and Access to Information and Knowledge Resources among participating Libraries<br />Developing Open Source Web-enabled library management software supporting multiple Indian language scripts and dialects<br />Developing Information Skills of the Users<br />To bridge the gap between information rich and information poor.<br />
  8. 8. National Knowledge Network(Connecting Knowledge Institutions)<br />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<br />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<br />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<br />
  9. 9. North East Region-Ground Realities <br />Geographic Locations of 8 states including Sikkim<br />Information Infrastructure available in the libraries<br />Internet Access and Speed <br />Increasing Bandwidth/ Use of Fiber Optics<br />Awareness among Library Authorities<br />Financial Support from the State Governments<br />Automation and Networking Skills of Library Staff<br />
  10. 10. LIS Networking in NE Region-To Begin With<br />Feasibility Study and Sustenance<br />Willingness of Participating Libraries/Defining Target Group<br />Support from NEC/DONER/Ministry of Communication and Information Technology<br />( Financial and Technical)<br />Cooperation from Existing LIS Networks<br />
  11. 11. LIS Networking in NE Region-Benefits<br />A Boon to the Academic Community and Public at Large<br />Creation of Large Database<br />Network Based LIS Services<br />Easy Access and Sharing of Large amount of Information Resources at Regional, National and International Level<br />Eliminating Duplication of Money , Manpower and Material.<br />Bridging the Digital Divide and Contributing to “India as Knowledge Super Power”<br />
  12. 12. LIS Networking in NE Region-Issues<br />National Policy to Promote Modernization of Libraries ,Library Networking and Digital Library<br />Government to Recognize “Libraries –As Gateways to Knowledge” and Contribute to National Development<br />Creation of Indigenous Knowledge and Knowledge Specific to the Region<br />Staffing Pattern, Reorienting and Training to the Library Staff<br />Need for LIS Forum Cont…..<br />
  13. 13. Professional Issues ( Changing Inf. and Communication Environment<br />Technological/Technical Issues-H/W,S/W/Formats/Standards/Protocols<br />Policy Issues-Digital Library, Digitization, OA Initiatives, Content Development in Electronic Environment.<br />Legal Issues –Cyber Laws, Copyright and IPR<br />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.<br />
  14. 14. Challenges<br />LIS Professional to develop Multi-Skills (Automation, Networking, Digitization, Information Literary etc)<br />International Trends and Developments ( Open Source Movement, Open Libraries, Open Access, Open Archives)<br />Institutional/ Knowledge Repositories<br />Management of Digital Resources including Preservation , Copyright and IPR<br />Management of LIS Network<br />Right to Information<br />
  15. 15. Conclusion<br />Leading towards Knowledge Society-LIS Professionals as Knowledge Manager, Content Developer, Content Manager<br />LIS Networking in NE Region can lead to National Development ( Educational and Economic Development)<br />Provide access to Academic World ( Ownership Vs Access)<br />Contribute to India’s Vision towards “ Knowledge Superpower-2020”<br />
  16. 16. Thank You All<br /> Dr Pravakar Rath<br />Professor and Head<br />DLIS, Mizoram University<br />( A Central University)<br />Aizawl-796004<br />E-mail: dlis_mzu@rediffmail.com<br />

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