Workshop on DELNET

One-day Workshop on DELNET: “Resources, Services & Facilities and Open source software for libraries” 

Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering & Management, Nagpur in collaboration with DELNET, New Delhi, jointly organized an One-Day Workshop on DELNET: “Resources, Services & Facilities and Open source software for libraries” on Tuesday, the 15th November, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM. More than 114 Library professionals, Library and Information Science students and Research scholars from various institutions, from Maharashtra & Neighbouring States, registered and actively participated in the Workshop. The workshop was held with an objective to enable the participants to gain knowledge of access to various e-resources and online services provided by DELNET and thus to provide expert assistance to users; to train the participants in adopting open-source software for library automation purposes, etc.

The Workshop was inaugurated by Dr. S. P. Kane, Vice- Chancellor, Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj, Nagpur University who was the Chief Guest at the Inaugural Function, by lighting the lamp. The other dignitaries present on the dais were Shri Chandrakantbhai Thakar, Vice-Chairman of RCOEM, Shri Govindlal Agarwal, General Secretary, RCOEM, Dr. H. K. Kaul, Director, DELNET, Dr. Sangeeta Kaul, Network Manager, DELNET, Mr. Walter Kny, Global Institutional Director, WEL, USA, Dr. R .S. Pande, Principal, RCOEM and Dr. S.B. Bodkhe, Chairman of library Committee at RCOEM, Nagpur.

The function began with the welcoming of the dignitaries by the Principal Dr.R.S Pande by presenting a book as tradition followed by Nagpur University. Shri Chandrakantbhai Thakar felicitated the Chief Guest and all the dignitaries. Dr Sangeeta Kaul, Network Manager, DELNET, in her address thanked the Management of RCOEM for organizing this event and briefed the gathering on the initiation and growth of DELNET network connecting more than 5500 libraries, covering 33 states and 8 countries world-wide. She also briefed on the day’s workshop, stressing it's objectives in providing information to users deprived of the same and also in enabling the librarians to enhance their expertise by training them on the use of the DELNET resources and open source software. The Chief Guest, Dr. S.P.Kane, addressed the gathering wherein he voiced his appreciation for the organizers-Management - RCOEM and DELNET. He said that libraries have always been community centers and offered good environment for studying and reading purpose however new technologies with ICT facilities and its wide application have revolutionized the concept of libraries.

Dr H.K. Kaul, Director, DELNET, New Delhi, began his address by thanking the host, the Management of RCOEM, for hosting the workshop. He stressed that library professionals need to bridge the gap between ever-increasingly, rapidly growing information and increasing user needs by getting trained with the practice and use of latest technologies.

Shri Chandrakantbhai Thakar in his presidential address thanked DELNET for their generosity in hosting the workshop at SJEC.  While he threw light on the need to fine tune ourselves in the role we play, he also stressed the need to stay connected thereby implying its relevance with respect to the library and the end users.

The curtains were drawn on the Inauguration Ceremony with the Vote of Thanks delivered by Dr Cynita Christy, Librarian, RCOEM & Local Coordinator of the workshop who also compered the programme, hereby declaring the workshop open to all.

The workshop comprised of 8 sessions namely – Managing Quality Resources & Services :New Trends & Technologies by Dr. H.K. Kaul, Director, DELNET, Networking Libraries through DELNET  & Presentation of New Discovery Portal of DELNET (followed by Access to DELNET Online) by Dr. Sangeeta Kaul, Network Manager, DELNET & Dr. Neela J. Deshpande, Consultant, DELNET Coordination Unit, Pune, World eBook Library and How to Achieve Academic Prestige  by Mr. Walter Kny, Global Institutional Director, WEL, U.S.A., The Knowledge Economy and its Impact on the Future of Libraries by Mr. Walter Kny, Global Institutional Director, WEL, U.S.A., Open Source Software for Libraries Dr. Sangeeta Kaul, Network Manager, DELNET,DELPLUS : Free Integrated Library Management Software of DELNET Mr. Rohidas Bhimrao Rathod, Network Assistant, DELNET Coordination Unit, Pune, Communication Skills for LIS professionals by Dr. Rupesh Pais, HOD, DMT, RCOEM, Nagpur. The sessions concluded with an open discussion and feedback from participants of member-institutions.

The workshop came to an end with Valedictory Function. The DELNET dignitaries congratulated the Management on hosting such a wonderful event. Dr. H. K. Kaul, along with Dr. S. B. Bodkhe & Prof. J. S. Joshi from RCOEM handed over the participation certificates.

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