Srinagar – With an aim to expedite the process of Library Automation in the State of Jammu and Kashmir Allama Iqbal Library, University of Kashmir started a five days INFLIBNET Regional Training Programme in Library Automation (IRTPLA) for library professionals in collaboration with Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET), Gandhinagar, Gujarat which began here at KU on Tuesday.
While inaugurating the training program Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir Prof Talat said that the process of automation is the need of the hour in the libraries all over the world as people today prefer to access the research material, journals and books on-line
There is a great need for updating and expediting the process of automation in our libraries as the problem of housing the ever increasing number of books, journals and research material is being faced by library professionals and educational institutions all over the world due to space constraints and our case is no different, said Prof Talat.
While appreciating the efforts of the Allama Iqbal Library staff for providing various facilities in the form of consultancy services and training programmes to other libraries of the State Prof Talat said Our library is ranked as one of the best in the country and it is due to the efforts of the staff and other personnel who work here that we have achieved this feat. But we do not have to be complacent with this and ensure that our resources are equally accessed and used by scholars, students and teachers of various colleges and other stakeholders in the society so that they could get benefitted by the rich collection of resources at our library.
Prof Talat also thanked INFLIBNET (an Autonomous Inter-University Centre (IUC) of University Grants Commission (UGC) for their support.
Speaking on the occasion Registrar University of Kashmir Prof Zaffar A. Reshi said that retrieval of information has increased due to library automation and stressed that the automation should be done in all the colleges.
He said that regarding the Automation of libraries, every sort of support shall be provided from the University.
Prof Reshi also impressed upon the library professional representing various teaching departments of the University and Colleges to find out some mechanism through which all these libraries could be interlinked with each other which would help in avoiding and monitoring the duplicity of research thesis and other publications.
There should be some mechanism in various departmental libraries which would help us to know that if some work or research was already done in any department or faculty the same thesis on the same topic is not being repeated in other department so that duplicity and repletion can be avoided, said Prof Reshi.
Dean College Development Council Prof. G. Mustafa Shah expressed his views about the programme and wished that same programmes should be conducted in the Allama Iqbal Library for private B.Ed Colleges also.
He mentioned that libraries are the important components of education system and stated that while inspection of the colleges, we give priority to the library component.
Dr. Abdul Majid Baba (University Librarian, University of Kashmir) delivered welcome address during the function during which he thanked Dr. Jagdish Arora, Director, Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET) for sending his team of Scientists to conduct the programme.
He stated that seeds of INFLIBNET were sown in the campus of University of Kashmir when Prof. Yash Pal was the Chairman of the University Grants Commission.
He said The University of Kashmir had a privilege of representing Northern Region for holding Regional Consultation meeting on INFLIBNET on 15th July, 1998.
He further said that in total three Regional consultation meetings were held in the country which gave birth to INFLIBNET.
The experts from INFLIBNET included. Divyakant Vaghela,. Swapnil Patel and. Niraj Kumar who will be providing the training of Software for academic institutions.
College Principals and other heads of various educational institutions of Jammu and Kashmir have deputed their Librarians for the training programme. The participants have come from very distant places to attend this programme.
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