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ADINET Librarians' Day 2009 in Media

ADINET Librarians' Day 2009 in Media

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

ADINET Librarian's Day 2009 is Here

The much awaited ADINET Librarian's Day 2009 is here, very near. It will be celebrated on 29th August 2009 (Saturday) at Ahmedabad Management Association (AMA). This year the theme of seminar is "Information Literacy and Changing Landscape of Libraries", an appropriate theme at an appropriate time. Just read through the sub-themes:
--Understanding Information Literacy: An overview
--Information Literacy Standards, Guidelines, Implementations and Outcomes
--Information Literacy & Libraries: Case Studies
Special &
Public Libraries
--Information Literacy and Information Technology (Library 2.0)
--Recent Trends and Future Directions in Information Literacy

The lectures and presentations will be delivered by highly learned speakers both, from LIS Community and the User Community.

Librarians, it is your day, a day to learn something new, a day to interact with someone new in your profession, and enjoy with all and Celebrate Librarianship.

So, what are you waiting for, come and join the experience of Learning, Interacting and Enjoying...

Download the Registration form and send your registration by August 10, 2009.

Librarian's Day Brochure

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Enthusiasm continues in ADINET Librarians In-service Training Program

ADINET & INFLIBNET conducted Module 2 of In-Service Training Programme for Library Professionals on July 4, 2009 with the theme "Communication and Reporting Skills". This was the second in the series after Module 1 with the theme "IT Skills Enhancement". The following topics were covered during this programme:

1. Effective Communication, by Mr. Manoj Kumar K, Scientist-D(CS), INFLIBNET Centre, Ahmedabad
2. Reporting Skills, by Mrs. Pragnya J. Pathak, Librarian-SF, Institute of Plasma Research, Gandhinagar
3. Preparing a PowerPoint Presentation: Guidelines, Demonstration and Hands-on experience, by Ms. Shweta Shroff, Library & Information Services Officer, Centre for Environment Education, Ahmedabad

More that 30 enthusiastic working library professionals from across the Gujarat State participated in the program.

Mrs. R. Bharucha, Hon. Director of ADINET, welcomed all and briefed about the programme. She also introduced the Resource Persons and the Chief Guest Fr. Dr. Vincent Braganza, Principal, St.Xaviers College, Ahmedabad to the participants.

Fr. Dr. Vincent Braganza gave the guest lecture informing about the importance of Communication in life.

Mr. Manoj Kumar K spoke a few words on behalf of the Director, INFLIBNET Centre on this occasion emphasizing the significance of communication skills.

After a short tea-break, Mr. Manoj Kumar K, during his lecture-presentation, explained in detail the communication skills. He informed the participants in a very interesting manner about need for enhancing communication skills, types of communication skills and communication process. He also spoke about PIG PROFILE! Whats yours? Take a Test

Mrs. Pragnya J. Pathak, gave her presentation on Reporting Skills. She covered what, when, why, where and how of report writing. She also gave some tips for effective report writing with special emphasis to reports for library professionals.

Ms. Shweta Shroff, during a post-lunch session, demonstrated how to prepare a presentation using MS PowerPoint. She started from the scratch showing how to open a PowerPoint presentation and gradually moved towards the advanced features like template designing, using Slide Master, inserting tables, charts, pictures, clip art etc, using WordArt & AutoShape features, applying custom animation, providing hyperlinks and using action buttons etc. She also gave some useful tips for preparing and delivering an effective presentation.

Participants were also given an opportunity for hands on experience on preparing the presentations using MS PowerPoint.

At the end of the programme, feedback was sought by Mrs. Bharucha and the certificates were distributed.
(Contributed by Ms. Shweta Shroff, Library Officer CEE, Ahmedabad)

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Enthusiastic Librarians in In-Service Training

ADINET & INFLIBNET conducted In-Service Training for Library Professionals on June 20, 2009. The Theme of Module 1 was "IT Skills Enhancement" and it covered the following Topics:
1. Internet/Web Fundamentals by Ms. Nishtha Anilkumar
2. Search Engines and Strategic Web Searching by Mr. Saroj Das
3. Database creation for Libraries based on Standards by Mr. Yatrik Patel
4. Blog Creation by Mr. Saroj Das
5. Free E-Resources on the Internet by Ms. Nishtha Anilkumar

More that 30 enthusiastic working library professionals from across the Gujarat State participated in the program.

Mrs. R. Bharucha, Director ADINET, briefed about the program and introduced the Chief Guest Dr. J. Arora, Director INFLIBNET.

Dr. J. Arora, Director INFLIBNET give an Introduction to the Program

Ms. Nishtha Anilkumar, PRL Ahmedabad, gave her presentation on Internet fundamentals. She gave some historical aspects of the Internet and the present scenario.

Mr. Saroj Das, IPR Gandhinagar, gave his presentation on Search Engines and Strategic Searching on the Web. He spoke about the various search engines and strategic searching techniques. He also spoke on importance of evaluation of web information.

Mr. Yatrik Patel, INFLIBNET Ahmedabad, gave his presentation on Database creation for Libraries based on Standards. He spoke about the importance of Standards and various standards available for database creation.

Mr. Saroj Das gave his presentation on Weblogs, he spoke about Blogs, its creation, importance, downsides and how libraries can use and benefit from blogs.

Ms. Nishtha Anilkumar gave her presentation on Free E-Resources, she listed out some very interesting free e-resources , especially those she is using in her day-to-day library activities.

Practical Session was conducted for the participants. They got Hands-on experience on Creating Blogs, Using Search Engines and Accessing free E-Resources. There was a quiz conducted during the practical session.

And finally, the certificates were distributed.

View Program Album; Quizzee:How about taking it?

And the Winners of the Quiz were:

Those who participated may please give your feedback/comment (frankly) on the program.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Librarians "Live" NOT "Leave" Expectations

A lot is expected from Librarians and why not, the profession is such (if we believe), but are we living up to their (our users/readers), or even our own expectations? A BIG question.

Please read the following email from Mr. Jayantbhai Meghani, a highly learned multi faceted literate to Ms. Pragnyaben Pathak, Librarian at IPR Gandhinagar.
(used with permission)

"Dear Pragnyabahen,

Nice to have a few words from you. You seem to have collected a lot of papers. The one by Yashvantbhai very succinctly tells what the world expects from trained librarians. We teach of a lot of theory and techniques, neglecting practical aspects of a librarian's job. Our students know very little about our literature in different subjects, our learned societies and institutions, our periodicals. The students holding master's degree know about IFLA and DRTC, but they have not any idea what National Book Trust does, how Gujarat Itihas Parishad functions, what are their principal publications. They do not know, and they are not required to know -- because that is not covered in the syllabus! I have seen Gopaldas Patel managing Gujarat Vidyapith Library in a much much much efficient and organised way than any of the librarians since him. He knew a lot more about the world of knowledge, about notable books in all subjects. When Kanubhai was in charge of library science courses at Vidyapith, I could persuade him to introduce a paper of Sahitya Parichay that included outline knowledge about books in various subjects and about scholarly and publishing institutions but they could not find teachers and the paper was dropped after two years! It is a pity that the masters of present day have no idea about critical editions of Mahabharata and Ramayana, about the great dictionary of Sanskrit being created on historical principles, about the National Bibliography of Indian Literature (not INB), about the Bhandarkar Institute, about Central Institute of Indian Languages, about Indian Science Institute, about Indian Institute of Advanced Studies. Pragnyabahen, tame to nasibdar chho ke ek bahu j samruddh sansthamam kam karo chho, pan juo, Gujarat University has no librarian, after Manibhai Prajapati retires, what will happen to Uttar G Univ. Library? Bhavnagar Univ. Library has to do with only two technically qualified people, and the entire library runs with six people including class iv staff.
On the whole the picture is so disappointing. Please excuse me for sharing such gloomy views. In the situation, we are so happy when we find exceptional good experience, but what about the whole lots that come out of the universities?


This mail speaks a lot about the status of our profession, what's your say. Please excuse me for the satire - "Picture bahut Gloomy hai mere dost"

Posted by saroj175@gmail.com

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Librarians Identity

Are we Librarians taken seriously? Most of us would say NO. But why? What are the reasons? There are claims by the Library Professionals (at least in the listservs) to be at par with the other professionals, but deep within ourselves we know the reality. Its hard but its true.

For example, a decent job at par with other profession, an LIS professional must have double masters degree, i.e., an additional masters degree along with LIS masters, whereas only masters in a particular field is sufficient for the other professional. This itself shows the disparity.

Now, who are to be blamed, those who do not take us seriously or we ourselves?

We are unable to project our importance to the society. In this 21st century we still need to make a common man (most of them literate) understand what we do, they view librarians as a person sitting and putting due date stamp in the circulation counter, because they may have seen librarians doing just that, and captured the image in their thoughts.

There could be many reasons for this Librarians Identity crisis, some are:
-Lack of Self Confidence;
-Lack of Effective Communication Skills;
-Lack of Proactive attitude;
-Lack of Creativity;
-Lack of Innovative Ideas;
-Lack of Competitive Course structure; and
-Lack of Unity among professionals

Time has come when we address the issue seriously, UNITE, SHARE our thoughts and move together.

Why not establishing a School may be called, "Indian Institute of Library and Information Management" where the LIS professional would be trained on various aspects of Library and Information management, technological challenges, creative and innovative thinking, entrepreneurial qualities, communication skills, etc. so that they are capable enough to take up the challenges and re-write the concept of librarianship in this era of Googleism and Web 2.0.

(The thoughts posted are solely of the Blogger (saroj175@gmail.com) and in Indian context)

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Librarianship: Best Career Option?

Hope you have read the story "Best Careers 2009: Librarian" by Marty Nemko in U.S. News and World Report (Read). Very encouraging, isn't it? Do we have a similar kind of report in India which would rate Librarianship as a Hot Career Option in India? Probably NO.

The Librarian across the Globe almost has a similar "Day in the Life", and they are energetic, helpful, tech-savvy, information sleuths, etc... BUT there seems to be some difference when it comes to opting Librarianship as a Career option, here it is more of "Librarian by Chance" than "Librarian by Choice".

We really need to ponder upon this very seriously and find the reasons, dig into the root cause and bring in the CHANGE where, the librarian is Well Respected, Regarded and Rewarded.

And... hope to see the next generation of people becoming "Librarian by Choice".

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Librarians' "COPIFAST"

Are you a COPIFAST Librarian?
COPIFAST is an acronym devised for some highly effective habits that a librarian must acquire in this fast changing environment to survive

The Librarians of 21st century are confronted with
multi-dimensional challenges of providing cost-effective efficient services, living up to the expectation of agile and informed users and their complex information needs, upgrading technical skills to cope with the rapidly changing technology and constant threat from aliens (non-library professionals) entering into their regime.

Librarianship has undergone a whole paradigm shift, the concept of librarianship itself has changed, they are more commonly known as Information Specialists, Information Scientists, Information Officers, Information Managers, Knowledge Managers, Knowledge Officers, etc.

In this changing scenario the library professionals are expected to quickly adapt to the environment and provide value-added services to their patrons or else days are not very far when the profession would be extinct.

Let us now EXPAND the acronym "COPIFAST"

C - Communicative
"Skill in the art of communication is crucial to a leader's success. He can accomplish nothing unless he can communicate effectively.”

--Norman Allen

O - Organized
"Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up."
--A. A. Milne

P - Proactive
"Let's form proactive synergy restructuring teams.”

--Scott Adams

I - Innovative

"Vision is perhaps our greatest strength.. it has kept us alive to the power and continuity of thought through the centuries, it makes us peer into the future and lends shape to the unknown."

--Li Ka Shing

F - Flexible
"Men are born soft and supple; dead, they are stiff and hard. Plants are born tender and pliant; dead, they are brittle and dry. Thus whoever is stiff and inflexible is a disciple of death. Whoever is soft and yielding is a disciple of life. The hard and stiff will be broken. The soft and supple will prevail."

A - Approachable
"One should have a general attitude of welcoming to everybody"
--Kenneth Blackwell

S - Self-motivated
"People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success."

--Norman Vincent Peale

T - Team Player

"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results."
--Andrew Carnegie