Workshop on Future Libraries: Advanced GSDL and RFID


A workshop on advanced GSDL (Greenstone Digital Library Software) and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) was organized from 14 to 16 January 2009 by TERI, Delhi, with support from the Department of Information Technology (Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India), ICSSR (Indian Council of Social Science Research), and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization).

The workshop provided hands-on basic and advanced training to information professionals who were interested in building digital libraries and in implementing automated library management systems. The main objectives of this three-day event were as follows.

  • To provide knowledge on digital libraries and automated library management technologies.
  • To empower information professionals in building efficient digital libraries using basic and advanced features of GSDL.
  • To impart practical knowledge on RFID technologies/applications used in modern libraries.
  • To offer hands-on experience on advanced features of GSDL.

Participants from various institutions in India were educated and imparted practical training on setting up digital libraries using open source software, GSDL, and RFID applications. In order to achieve a rich interaction in the seminar-workshop, participation was limited to 30 participants. The participants from across the country were selected on the basis of their interest and exposure to digital libraries and commitment to take advantage of the training in their organizations.

The workshop programme consisted of a mix of lectures, presentations, hands-on sessions, case studies, and discussions. Each participant was provided with a CD-ROM prepared by TERI, especially for the workshop, which included the open source digital software GSDL version 2.81, other related software required for setting up digital libraries, reading material, presentations made during the workshop, and programme details.

In a formal feedback gathered, the participants felt confident of setting up digital libraries in their respective institutions. They also felt that the workshop was effective and provided practical exposure for developing digital libraries; however, they felt the need for more time for hands-on sessions and also suggested some issues that could be covered in future workshop programmes.


Date: 14-16 Jan 2009 Theme: General
Location: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
Category: Workshop


Ms Reeta Sharma
Information Analyst
Knowledge Management Division