The dawn of the information era has brought with it many challenges in all sectors of development since information is the base for all developmental activities. Libraries and information centres have their share of challenges and risks to partake in this major activity. To bring about this change, India will need to have a vision for the third millennium and each sector will have to adopt the latest developments in information technology. This includes changes in the functions of the library to make it service oriented rather than collection-building oriented; to consider preservation and access as vital; and to prepare a national policy for libraries and information centres, keeping in mind the needs of the different sectors. With this is mind, Department of Culture, Government of India has set up Raja Rammohun Roy Library Foundation (RRRLF) to act as a nodal agency for development of public libraries in India. The RRRLF has also been given the responsibility of resource mobilization for modernization of the state and district central libraries, the development of infrastructure, and training of personnel.
Digital libraries (DLs) has become a critical component of global information infrastructure as they facilitate rapid flow of information, bridging the digital divide and, thus, providing uninterrupted organized information access to users of all sectors in multiple languages. Keeping in view the importance of DLs, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi and Raja Rammohun Roy Library Foundation (RRRLF), Kolkata, are organizing International Conference on Digital Library Management (ICDLM). ICDLM is will be organized from 11–13 January 2011 in Kolkata. The theme of the conference is ‘Extending Benefits of Modern Technology to Public, Academic, and Special Libraries’. The conference aims to provide an international forum for sharing advanced thoughts and experiences focusing on digital libraries and its management. All public libraries, special libraries, and academic libraries are expected to gain and exchange knowledge, skills, and expertise from this event.
TERI’s contribution to the DL movement
TERI has contributed to the DL movement by organizing three mega International Conferences on DL’s in 2004, 2006, and 2010 respectively. The theme of the first International Conference on Digital Libraries (ICDL) held in 2004 was ‘Knowledge Creation, Presentation, Access, and Management’. It was inaugurated by the then Hon’ble President of India Dr A P J Abdul Kalam. A roadmap for digitization of manuscripts and libraries was also prepared as a follow-up activity and submitted to the Ministry of Culture. The theme of the second ICDL held in 2006 was ‘Information Management for Global Access’. A final report on the conference was also submitted to the Ministry of Culture. The third conference was held from 23–26 February 2010. The theme of the conference was ‘Digital Libraries: shaping the information paradigm’ During the four days of deliberation, a number of contemporary issued were addressed at length, which took the shape of a recommendation report. This report has been submitted to the Ministry of Culture. The three conferences were very well attended and hundreds of people from across the globe were brought together on a single platform to share their experiences.
In addition to this, TERI also conducts seminars and workshops on DLs on regular basis since 2000. TERI is regularly publishes World Digital Libraries, a bi-annual journal, to generate awareness at the global level with special reference to India.
Who should participate?
The conference is expected to attract participation from information scientists and professionals from a wide range of disciplines, including those involved in DL research and practice, from all over the world. The following categories of professionals are expected to benefit from the conference.
- Professionals from public, academic, and special libraries
- Information technology professionals
- Knowledge workers
- Archivists and museologists
- Content and knowledge managers
- Information providers and vendors
- Electronic publishing and virtual electronic communities
- Stakeholders in the digitization and knowledge business