Themes and Sub Themes

ROLE OF LIBRARIES FOR TEACHING, LEARNING AND RESEARCH

        Redefining the role of libraries, physical libraries to digital libraries, virtual libraries, knowledge centres. Education to learning, self learning, information and research infrastructure. Access to information resources – primary and other sources – scholarly information. Digital / Open access resources – Institutional Repositories. Knowledge based and innovative service for Teaching, Learning and Research- Research support service- Carrier guidance – Scholarship.

ROLE OF PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN BUILDING KS

        Smart infrastructure –resources –informational city specific, Community Knowledge centres. Physical space for meeting and learning and discussions; Learning/Digital Space for providing resources, learning & opportunities; Maker Space – Cultural and Social Centres – to learn and exhibit talents. IL Programmes – Digital Reference services-children – adult – students – elders – women – self-help group – small scale industries – Services through social media – Partnership and collaboration. Community Development Programme – society and citizen – extension activities – innovative service – Library on wheel – Mobile service – Information Kiosk. Community services using Social Media. Promoting Reading Habits using innovative methods- Human Library.

ROLE OF LIBRARIES FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

     Technology and Society – E-society – Human-technology interaction, interfaces and usability-Digital Humanities- Community infrastructure – E-governance – Digital benefits. Community education and literacy- Informed citizens- empowerment of people. Community information: Agriculture, weather forecasting, marketing. Digital literacy- health literacy- financial literacy- Community development – inclusive society- capacity building initiatives- improving quality of life – preservation of culture. Digital Communities – Digital Natives – Digital Citizenships.

ROLE OF LIBRARIES FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

         Library and Information services to agriculture- tiny, small medium and large scale industries -Information Industries – Commerce, trade, business and banking, Microfinance- self-help group – export/import, Sustainable development. Employment – knowledge workers – knowledge economy – Transforming knowledge into products and business development -Building knowledge sharing culture in a corporate and industry environment.

EQUITABLE ACCESS TO INFORMATION RESOURCES AND ICT

         Technologies for knowledge sharing – ICT infrastructure – Computer – Mobile – Email – Internet. Access to ICT and Information Resources – Information for all. Digital development: bridging the digital divide – virtual communities – Technologies for participatory citizenship – E-government, e-democracy and cyber-civics – Multilingualism and cultural diversity. Digital repositories, archives and libraries – Disability and access – Library and Web – Search Engine – Google – Google Analytics -Open Data – Big Data. Library Services through Social network – Facebook – Twitter – WhatsApp – Linkedin – Netflix, etc.

ROLE OF LIS PROFESSIONALS IN CREATING KS

    Redefining the role of LIS professionals – Facilitator of knowledge acquisition, organization, storage and dissemination – Professional Skills and Competencies – Capacity building initiatives and training – Digital skills and services, multi-model literacies – Digitization and Cultural Preservation -Understanding / translating users needs expectations: education, learning, research, health, work, employment, agriculture, business, sports.

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL POLICY AND FRAMEWORK FOR BUILDING KS

        National, International, Inter-governmental initiatives – UNESCO-IFLA-Case studies – Information availability and accessibility, Information ethics, IL – Information infrastructure – ICT – Connectivity – Bandwidth – Affordability. Digital Resources – Local, Regional, National, International and Open – New library initiatives – World Library. Resources and Technology sharing – Information preservation – Culture – Knowledge Repository – Co-operation and collaboration – Creative commons – IPR and Copyright issues