Shillong, March 16: Rajya Sabha MP Dr WR Kharlukhi inaugurated the 29th IASLIC (Indian Association of Special Libraries and Information Centres) national seminar at the multi-use convention hall of North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) in Shillong on Wednesday (March 16). The seminar was organized by the Central Library of NEHU, in collaboration with IASLIC, Kolkata.
The seminar brought together librarians, information scientists, and other professionals from across India to discuss the role of special libraries and information centers in promoting knowledge sharing, innovation, and research. The theme of this year’s seminar was “Re-imagining Libraries in a Digital World.”
Dr Kharlukhi, who is a member of the Rajya Sabha representing Meghalaya, emphasized the importance of knowledge sharing and digital literacy in the modern world. He expressed his support for the Central Library of NEHU, which is one of the premier academic libraries in Northeast India, and encouraged it to take a leading role in promoting digital archives and other innovative information services.
During the event, Dr Kharlukhi also informed the audience about a museum to be established in Garo Hills. He proposed that technical advice be sought from the Central Library of NEHU to further the objective of the museum. Additionally, he advised the Central Library to propose a project to the Department of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Government of India, to establish a Digital Archive on the knowledge of Meghalaya and the North Eastern states. He argued that this would reap great benefits for the state and the region as a whole and also have a positive impact on the tourism industry.
Other dignitaries, including Prof Prabha Shankar Shukla, Vice-Chancellor of NEHU, were also present on the occasion. Prof Shukla welcomed the guests and participants and delivered the Chairman’s Remarks.
The IASLIC Special Award was presented to Smt. T. Padmavathi, Pr. Tech Officer, FOSTIS/Library CSIR-Central Food Technol. Res. Institute (CFTRI), Mysuru 20, India in recognition of her as a renowned and meritorious serving library professional.
Dr Kharlukhi also released the Seminar Souvenir and extended his best wishes for the success of the programme.