The 17th National Convention on Knowledge, Library and Information Networking (NACLIN 2014) is being jointly organised by DELNET – Developing Library Network, New Delhi and the French Institute of Pondicherry from December 9-11, 2014 at Hotel Anandha Inn Convention Centre, S.V. Patel Road, Puducherry. It is being inaugurated by Hon. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India, on December 9, 2014 at 10 a.m.
The main theme of the National Convention is “From Building Collections to Making Connections: Transforming Libraries in the Knowledge Era”. DELNET – Developing Library Network that networks more than 5000 libraries in India and abroad arranges NACLIN at prestigious institutions and universities in India every year as it considers that in order to develop a Knowledge Society, the role of libraries needs to be expanded and made effective. At present some libraries are at the crossroads of development and many others are facing tough competition from online information agencies and centres of learning. Librarians need to adopt new technologies, digitize the existing collections and have access to quality resources which are scattered in different libraries, archives and knowledge centres in the world. Information and knowledge technologies keep evolving and are becoming more sophisticated day by day and librarians need to adopt them for providing better services to their users. A vast gulf exists between the new technologies that are emerging in the best IT centres in the world and most of the libraries in India which do not use them. NACLIN focuses on bringing the two together through lectures and workshops given to library professionals by IT and Library experts.
A detailed tutorial on ‘Managing Libraries Through Open Source Software’ will be followed by lectures and discussions on a variety of important subjects including Emerging Technology Trends in Libraries; E-Content and the Future Strategies for Libraries; Networking Social, Media and the Libraries; Innovative Library Services; Managing Public Libraries and Reading Habits; Library and Information Science from Teaching to Technology; Transform Libraries: Be the Change; Human Resource Management in Libraries and User Education.
Experts from India, USA, France and Australia are keynote speakers at the Convention. There will also be paper presentations by the delegates. About 350 delegates mainly from different parts of India (including library and IT professionals from Central and State government institutions, universities, public libraries, public and private colleges, private institutions etc.) as also several students of Library & Information Science, will participate in the deliberations. A number of leading international publishers and online product vendors will be exhibiting their latest products and services at an Exhibition being organized during the three-day event.
NACLIN2014 will be a perfect networking platform for LIS Professionals, IT Experts, Knowledge Experts, Publishing/IT Industry and everyone who is concerned with the future of libraries.
Sources: IFP (Press Release)