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Mapping Technology on Libraries and PeopleInformation is an important commodity now a days. Higher education, research, business; all depend on information. Use of IT in different facets of every day life is a barometer of a countryâ s progress. Dramatic improvements are taking place in the two major components of IT viz. Computers and Telecommunications. Efforts are underway to carry desired and needful information to the masses of the country, irrespective of their physical location, in shortest possible time. And libraries, being the store houses of information, have to play an important role. How to use this technology in modernizing the libraries so that it benefits the people at large i.e. the end users is an important question. CALIBER â 2003 (Convention for Automation of Libraries in Education and Research), through its theme Mapping Technology on Libraries and People, is an effort to answer this question. Papers were invited dealing with any of the following sub-themes: -Library Automation -Consortia -Telecommunication -User Studies There was an over whelming response to call for papers. More than 200 papers were received. Some papers could not be accepted as they did not address the theme of the convention. In this volume 67 full text papers, including three theme papers are included. Abstracts of 39 papers have been published, because they are either in peripheral areas or are general in nature. We hope that this volume will be of help to LIS and IT a professional in improving library services for the users. It will provide good reading material to teachers, students and scholars too.
Mettre en place un service collaboratif de référence virtuelle à l’université : le projet du SCD de Paris-Sorbonne (Paris-IV).This study (full-text in french) concerns collaborative virtual reference in French academic libraries. After a brief inventory of these services at the end of the year 2006, the reflexion is based on the particular project of the Paris-Sorbonne SCD (Joint Library Services, Paris-IV). A methodology is outlined for the organization of digital reference in academic context, in which collaborative work is relevant: it allows these services to achieve their development in universities.
Work closer with change agents : new role of higher education librariesThis is a presentation from the ULA Conference on Knowledge for Development, Colombo, June 2007. Rural poor people particularly in developing countries do not get the knowledge and information which they need for their day to day living. Yet, there are no mechanisms for making this knowledge available. This marginalized sector includes small farmers, fishermen, micro-entrepreneurs, small businessmen, unemployed youth etc. They need information for day to day life, such as daily weather forecast, market prices of agricultural produce, how to treat a crop disease, where to get application for the policemenâ s vacancies, addresses of local masonry persons, etc. Local content is what is most important. Many times, such information is available freely, but the needy person does not get it because of lack of awareness. Such information has to be collected on daily basis from the right sources such as agricultural departments, meteorology offices, bank branches, primary health centers or wholesale markets. The information has to be disseminated through the fastest media such as Internet, community radio, loudspeakers, community newspapers or interactive meetings. Higher education libraries need to work closely with the various agencies, both in government and private sectors and the civil society in order to find out the knowledge requirements of the poor and research into how to package it and deliver efficiently. The paper gives examples of successful knowledge initiatives for the poor in five countries : Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Nepal, and Malawi.