About India Public Libraries Conference
Indian public libraries are the legacy of the British era. Their aims and objectives are well reflected in the following Notification in the Gazette of India when the Imperial Library, Calcutta, one of the few public libraries at that time, was opened to the public: ‘It is intended that it should be a library of reference, a working place for students and a repository of material for the future historians of India, in which, so far as possible, every work written about India, at any time, can be seen and read.’
These aims and objectives continued to be the guiding principles of public libraries for many years, even after independence. But the concept of public libraries has changed drastically in the 21st Century when the emphasis is on making them community oriented and accessible to all irrespective of gender, age, caste, class, religion, disability, etc. In addition, digital technologies are also helping in widening the scope of public libraries by adding digital content and information and streamlining library operations.
These transformations in the sphere of public library services and functioning require a multi-stakeholder approach – to identify and bring together stakeholders across sectors in addition to public library/library professionals to achieve their aims and objectives in a changed scenario. In this context, the India Public Libraries Conference, supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was launched in 2015 to serve as a multi-stakeholder platform to engage various public library stakeholders across sectors, discuss challenges and opportunities, and share learnings, innovations and best practices in the public library domain.
IPLC 2016 is the second edition of this conference. It strives to showcase how, in spite of challenges, public libraries are repositioning themselves with the help of technology and innovative content and services to serve the communities in the 21st century.
- Repositioning public libraries as the original knowledge and information centres equipped with digital technologies to cater to the needs of 21st Century.
- Envisioning the role of public libraries in addressing emerging needs of communities through the use of relevant technologies and innovative content and services.
- Sharing innovations and best practices in the sphere of public library content and services
- Understanding the challenges in achieving the above mentioned objectives.
IPLC 2016 Agenda
The Conference Theme “Inspiring and Repositioning Public Libraries – Technology, Content and Services” is divided into the following sub-themes:
- Best practices in public libraries: Global trends
- Infrastructure in public libraries in India
- Digital content for public libraries
- Innovative library services for public
- International collaboration: Improving public library system in India
- Public Private Partnership(PPP) models for public libraries
- International collaborations/capacity building
- Panel discussion on inspiring and repositioning public libraries: Technology, content and services
- Recommendations and the valedictory function
- Public library personnel serving at the national, state and local (district, village, panchayat) levels.
- Public library policy makers and programme implementers at the central, state and local government levels.
- Officials associated with national missions and initiatives relevant to the public libraries.
- Civil Society organisations and NGOs engaged in providing public library services to the communities in urban and rural settings.
- Private sector officials supporting /providing public library services or willing to support/provide public library services under their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives.
- Innovators in the public library domain interested in sharing their experience, services and content.
- Service providers interested in catering to the emerging needs of the public libraries
- Library professionals and academicians in general.
NASSCOM Foundation is a leading non-profit organization driving technology for good. The Foundation’s work is just as expansive and evolutionary as the potential that technology and corporate India entail. Drawing strength from its parent body, NASSCOM, the foundation works closely with four major stakeholders: NASSCOM member companies, NGOs, emerging social enterprises and the Government to foster a strategic relationship between technology and development. NASSCOM Foundation’s core initiatives include working for Persons with Disabilities, fostering innovative solutions for social good, creating unique skilling models for underserved communities, and digital literacy where it is the industry partner to the Government of India’s National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM/DiSHA) and digital libraries.
More information about NASSCOM can be obtained at www.nasscomfoundation.org
DELNET – Developing Library Network
DELNET is a major resource-sharing library network in South Asia, which covers a wide spectrum of member libraries and their resources, connecting about 5000 libraries in 32 Indian states and eight countries. It was registered as a society in 1992. DELNET is committed to pool the information resources scattered in the libraries in the country and consolidate information through union catalogues, union lists and other databases. DELNET databases have crossed over two crore records. It is operational from its building at Jawaharlal Nehru University Campus in Delhi.
More information about DELNET can be obtained at www.delnet.nic.in
SESSION I: Trends, Issues and Innovations in Public Libraries: The Global Best Practices: Panel Discussion
Chair: Ms. Pilar Pacheco, Senior Program Officer, Global Libraries Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA
Ms. Jennefer Nicholson, Secretary-General, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, The Netherlands
Ms. Lotta Muurinen, Service Manager, Helsinki City Library, Finland
Ms. Bronwen Erasmus, Assistant Director, Public Library Service Enhancement, Western Cape, South Africa
SESSION II: Repositioning Public Libraries in India
Chair: Mr. Pankaj Rag, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India. (To be confirmed)
Key-note Presentations: Model Public Libraries: Knowledge Centers for Public - Dr. H. K. Kaul, Director, DELNET & Chair, Organizing Committee, IPLC 2016, India
Changing dimensions of Public Libraries in Telegana & Andhra Pradesh – Dr. Laxman Rao,
Telengana State Library Association, Hyderabad, India
Reenergizing Public Libraries in Uttar Pradesh – Ms. Shantwana Tiwari, Officer on Special Duty, Government of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, India
SESSION III: Digital Content for Public Libraries: Immediate Initiatives and The Strategies
Chair: Dr. Sandhya Shekhar, Former CEO of IIT Madras Research Park and Member, Project Board, Indian Public Library Movement, India
E-content for farmers and farming families – Mr. S. Senthilkumaran, Program Leader – Information
Services, Reliance Foundation, Mumbai, India
Open e-resources for public libraries - Dr. Sangeeta Kaul, Network Manager, DELNET, Dehi, India
E-Library initiatives in Kerala – Shri. N. Balagopal, Vice Chairman, P.N. Panicker Foundation, Thiruvananthapuram, India
Local e-content for the public - Mr. Alberto Gil, National Coordinator, Biblioredes program, Chile Ms. Sara Elisabeth Wingate Gray, Teaching Fellow – University College, London and Co-Founder - Artefacto, London, UK
SESSION IV: Innovative and Inclusive Library Services for Public: Best Practices
Chair: Mr. Mathew Cherian, Chief Executive, HelpAge India and Member-Project Board, IPLM, India
Innovation in the Goa State Central Library – Mr. Carlos Fernandez, Curator, State Central Library, Goa, India
Library Services to the marginalized in Kenya: Ms. Mary W. Kinyanjui, Kibera Librarian, Kenyan National Library Service, Nairobi, Kenya
Mr. Thomas Forrest, Freelance consultant; Former Director of Cultural Services, Oxfordshire, UK
SESSION V: International Collaborations for Improving Public Library System
Chair: Ms. Deborah Jacobs, Director, Global Libraries, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA
Keynote Presentations: Ms. Jennefer Nicholson, Secretary-General, International Federation for Library Associations and Institutions, The Hague, The Netherlands
Ms. Susan Schnuer, Mortenson Centre for International Library Program, University of Illinois, USA Dr. Geeta Malhotra, Country Director, READ Global, India
SESSION VI: Public Private Partnership Models: Strategies for the Future
Chair: Shri N.K. Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Government of India (To be confirmed)
Ms. Sandhya Vasudevan, Deutsche Bank Group Chief Operating Officer & Managing Director, Mumbai, India
Mr. Anurag Pratap, Head CSR, Capegemini, Mumbai, India
Ms. Amarjeet Gil Kaur, Former Director, Singapore National Library Board, Singapore
Mr. Juan Miguel Villegas Jimenez, Digital Content Editor, Foundation EPM, Medellin, Colombia
SESSION VII: Capacity Building in Public Libraries
Chair: Ms. Pilar Pacheco, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA
Ms. Camelia Crisan, Progress Foundation, Bucharest, Romania
Dr. Jagdish Arora, Director, INFLIBNET, Ahmedabad, India
Dr. Jagtar Singh, Professor, Punjabi University, Patiala, India
Ms. Nancy Anabel, Director, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai, India
SESSION VIII: Panel Discussion on Inspiring and Repositioning Public Libraries with Technology, Content and Services
Chair: Dr. H. K. Kaul, Director, DELNET, India
Dr. Satish Kumar S. Hosamani, Director, Department of Public Libraries, Government of Karnataka, India
Dr. Vijay Kumar, Kerala Library Council, Thiruvananthapuram, India
Mr. K. K. Banerjee, Former Director General, Raja Ram Mohan Rai Library Foundation, Kolkata, India
Prof. Shabahat Hussain, President, Indian Library Association, India
Dr. Ashu Shokeen, Professor, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, India
SESSION IX: Recommendations and the Valedictory Function
Welcome: Dr. H. K. Kaul, Director-DELNET and Chair Organizing Committee IPLC 2016, India
Report of IPLC 2016: Rapporteur General: Dr. Sangeeta Kaul, Network Manager, DELNET, India
IPLC 2016 Recommendations: Presented by Dr. B. Shadrach, Advisor, Indian Public Library Movement, India
Address by the Chief Guest: Dr. B. P. Singh, Former Governor and Home Secretary, India
Release of Prof. P. B. Mangla’s book: “Public Library Services in Delhi” – by the Chief Guest.
Presidential Address: Prof. P. B. Mangla, Tagore National Fellow, Ministry of Culture, Government of India
Vote of Thanks: Mr. Hammad Abedin, Executive Director, India Public Library Movement, India