As we hope to enter the endemic of the COVID-19 saga, it is time to take stock of the situation across sectors, tackle challenges and maximize opportunities. For libraries to navigate this landscape, we need to embrace means and avenues of entrepreneurship to ensure relevance in the new normal. The increased focus on e-learning has had a strong bearing on libraries to be able to provide large amount of e-Resources towards meeting the demands of teaching-learning. In other words, the pace and efficacy of digital transformation will shape the future of our libraries.
Today, the world is witnessing a paradigm shift in terms of how information and knowledge is generated, stored, accessed and disseminated. With the advent of digital technologies, libraries are reinventing themselves to evolve, adapt and thrive. Thankfully, both libraries and users are beneficiaries of this change. As a nation, we need to take cognizance of these developments and leverage the enormous opportunities offered by the digital era.
Librarianship therefore must reposition itself to achieve excellence. We need to focus on innovative content acquisition models, out of the box thinking in extending library services, leveraging technologies, and explore new modes of reaching the user community.
Given this backdrop, CVM University Gujarat, Jio Institute and Management Libraries Network are jointly organising a 5-day Library Management Development Programme on ‘Contemporary Trends & Technologies in Library and Information Science’ from September 13-17.
The programme intends to cover latest practices, principles and debates/workshops around contemporary library processes and technologies. Participants will comprise library managers, LIS faculty and IT professionals from India and around the world.