Int’l Conference of Asian Libraries Begins at CUK

SRINAGAR — Central University of Kashmir (CUK) Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir on Monday said the institutions of higher learning across the globe can provide quality education to their students and can help scholars to conduct quality research only if they are able to provide exceptional library services.

“In this technological era, the smart libraries have become order of the day. However, we cannot undermine the value and importance of the traditional libraries and the pivotal role played by them in shaping the future of acclaimed scientists and researchers of the country,” Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir said in his presidential address during the inaugural function of the 3rd International Conference of Asian Libraries organised by the Central Library of the Central University of Kashmir (CUK) and Asian Library Association (ASIALA), New Delhi at Nowgam-I academic block of the varsity here.

The theme of the Conference is “Building Smart Libraries: Changes, Challenges, Issues and Strategies.”

CUK Vice-Chancellor, said the smart library is not going to help students and researchers unless it has smarter (knowledgeable and proficient professional) library staff. “The staff should have knowledge about latest books and journals and should also be the best communicators,” Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir added. 

About the CUK, he said the varsity was established in the year 2009 and as on date, the university has nine schools with 18 Post Graduate departments, running about 35 programmes including research programmes. “We have carved a niche as far as providing of quality education is concerned, despite facing several constraints on infrastructure development front,” Prof. Mir said. Guest of Honour, Prof. P. B Mangla while addressing the participants, said the information technology has revolutionised the functioning of libraries across the world. He said the smart library is a library which gives service to the users in a smart manner and should not only have proper infrastructure, but also should possess hybrid collection in both printed and non-printed material. “If you really want to provide service in a smart library, the staff there has to be smart (highly knowledgeable and professionally proficient) and should be able to communicate properly with the users,” Prof. P. B Mangla said.  He said the libraries have existed since times immemorial and have always been source of information to the masses. Prof. Mangla said the concept of library services primarily came into prominence in 20th century, although it started in 19th century. He said the concept of paperless and paper full society will coexist in India and the essence of traditional libraries will always remain there. 

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