Friday, December 3, 2021

Experts brainstorm on role of librarian in global scenario

Jamshedpur : A one-day seminar on Role of a Librarian in the changed global scenario has been successfully organised by the Society for Documentation and Information Science (SDIS), Jamshedpur in association with the Institution of Engineers (India) Jamshedpur Local Centre and Jharkhand Information and Library Association Ranchi, at the conference hall at the Institution of Engineers (India), Sakchi Jamshedpur.

It was a dream of SDIS founding father (Late) M.L. Sharma to bring all information professionals of Jamshedpur in one forum so that they can exchange their views and experiences among them. More than 180 participants representing libraries of more than 25 organisations, notably, NIT, XLRI, CSIR-NML, BA Engg. College, RVS Engg. college, IDTR, Jamshedpur Women’s college, Graduate College for Women, Jamshedpur, Cooperative College, Jsr., St. Xavier college Ranchi, MECON,IGNOU Regional Centre Ranchi,BIT Mesra, Central Univ of Ranchi, Chaibasa College, Baharagora College, Al-Kabir Polytechnique College, Mango, NTTF Golmuri, MGM Medical College, Dental College Dimna, Tata Steel, SNTI,R&D Lab., Usha Martin and about local 45 schools were present and deliberated in the Seminar.

While welcoming the gathering SDIS President, Dr. N.G. Goswami said, “Today we have come a long way. A librarian is no more only a custodian of library holdings.

He or She has become a partner of a knowledge gathering exercise and a guide to the Knowledge centre’s users. He or she now has to deal not only with the title or the author of a document but with the contents as well as the contexts.

He or She has to be more Knowledgeable with respect to the organization where he or she is working and also pro-active with respect to the psychology of the library users Rajeev Malhotra, Secretary IEI Jamshedpur Centre said “Information is Power and librarians are custodian of knowledge resources, therefore they can mobilize financial resources to an organisation, given the facilities”.

Shiv Prakash, Secretary JILA Ranchi in his address said “there is a need for mobilizing library professionals of Jharkhand so that there interest should be safe guarded and in this process JILA Ranchi has been Liaisoning with the Government of Jharkhand.

The Chief Guest of the function, Sunil Varughese, Chief Brand and Sustainability Officer, XLRI, Jamshedpur said, “In the digital age, when information is increasingly becoming available online, there is a tendency to say that libraries and librarians are unnecessary.

This is not the case. Information available online is often of dubious origin and there is still a wealth of information behind pay walls that can only be accessed by those who have paid.

Librarians have helped many library users who have only been using search engines for their research and come to the library perplexed because they cannot find the information they want.

If anything, the internet has added to the range of services libraries provide and in turn this has also increased the variety of roles available to librarians”.

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