National Conference – 2010

Seminar on Best practices in library and Information Centre

Ranganathan’s Day Celebration 2009 – 2010

Seminar on Best practices in library and Information Centre

“The concept of library is changing. It will be digitized soon,” said NRI Forum Deputy Chairman Capt Ganesh Karnik.

Speaking after inaugurating a seminar on ‘Best practices in library andinformation centre’ organised jointly by the Dakshina Kannada and Kodagu Library Association in association with St Agnes College library on Wednesday, 19th August, 2009 at the Conference hall , St.Agnes College, he said the library will be available on net. World is changing at the faster rate.He said the education is not mere producing graduates and skilled labourers to the required market. It is also giving knowledge to the students on facing life. Education institutions should convert student population to human resources. Librarians can contribute by opening the other windows of the world by accessing sources of knowledge to the students.

Indian Statistical Institute Documentation Research and Training Centre’s Prof I K Ravichandra Rao said the role of books, libraries and librarians are changing today. Earlier, library catalogue was the only source for seraching the books in the library. However, now catalogues of various libraries can be accessed with a touch of a button. He said the principles of classification laid down by Father of Indian Library Movement Dr S R Ranganathan are relevant even to this day than what it was in 1940s.Libraries must accept the change, he added.

The website of Dakshina Kannada and Kodagu Library Association (URL: designed and developed by Dr.Vishala B.K., Selection Grade Librarian of St.Agnes College, was launched on the occasion.An exhibition on ‘Research Documents’ was arranged on the occasion. St Agnes College Principal Dr Sr Prem D’Souza presided. Secretary of DK & KLA, Dr Vishala B K., Librarian of St.Agnes College, welcomed the gathering and Public Relations Officer Mr. Dheeraj S M,. S.G.Librarian, Dhavala College, Moodbidri proposed the vote of thanks. Dr. Rekha D Pai from MIT, Manipal compared the programme.

Click on the following link: Mangalore: Seminar Held at St Agnes College on the Occasion of Librarians’ Day

National Conference – 2010

Exhibition on Research Documents

Ranganatha’s day Celebration at St. Agnes College, Mangalore

The department of Library and Research and Development Cell of St.Agnes College, Mangalore organized an informative exhibition on “RESEARCH DOCUMENTS” on 12th August, 2009 at St.Agnes College library. The documents like theses, dissertations, project reports, honours programme reports, publications, associations and Cells reports of the faculty and students were exhibited.

The exhibition has been inaugurated by the former Vice – Chancellor of Kannur and Calicut Universities, Prof. Dr. Abdul Rahiman, who not only appreciated the organizers for this innovative idea of exhibiting the research documents but also stressed that this exhibition should inspire and motivate many more research aspirants to get into research and bringing out their publications.

The Keynote address has been delivered by Prof. K. V. Rao , Director of Pilikula Nisarga Dhama, Mangalore, who in his address narrated that, though in the modern technological world, information is available on the click of the mouse, it is the responsibility of the researchers and users to analyse and evaluate every aspect of information available with them..He also stated that librarians are the resource persons to give proper direction to the readers in the search of information.

Dr. Sr. Prem M. D’Souza the Principal of the College presided over the function. Dr.VishalaB.K.-Coordinator of Research and Development Cell and Selection Grade librarian, who co ordinated the exhibition, briefed the purpose of the exhibition and the importance of celebrating the birth date of Dr. S. R. Ranganathan as Librarians Day.

Prof. Lingappa Gowda welcomed the gathering, Mrs. Kavitha, Asst. Librarian proposed vote of thanks and Mrs.Malavika Adyanthaya compared the programme.

The exhibition was open from 12-08-2009 to 19-08-2009 to the colleges affiliated to Mangalore University and non professional colleges of Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu and Udupi districes. The faculty and librarians of various colleges availed the benefit of accessing the research documents.

National Conference – 2010

Workshop on “Funding Agencies for Research Projects and Designing Project Proposals”- A report

“Teachers, Librarians and Professionals at the tertiary level education have greater responsibility in making today’s society an knowledge society by undertaking research which will produce not only real results but also realizable result. The media has a greater role to play in making the public aware of this activity by giving effective publicity for academic and research matters in headline” said Prof. Syed Akheel Ahmed, Vice-Chancellor, Yenepoya University, Managlore, during his inaugural address on a one-day Workshop on “Funding Agencies for Research Projects and Designing Project Proposals” on 19-12-2008 organized by the departments of Library and Research and Development Cell, St.Agnes College in association with Dakshina Kannada and Kodagu Library Association at St. Agnes College, Mangalore. He also added that the management must encourage the librarians, professionals and researchers in their venture, as it is a matter of advance of the present society towards developed society.

Dr. M.S. Moodithaya, Director, Justice K.S. Hegde Institute of Management,Nitte, released the newsletter and proclaimed that knowledge entrepreneurship is of utmost important in order to gain real power to move forward. Dr. Vishala B.K., the Co-ordinator of the programme emphasized the need of the workshop and commended the response by the delegates participated from Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu and Udupi Districts. Dr. (Sr.) Marie Prem D’Souza A.C. Principal of St. Agnes College presided over the function.

Dr. M.K. Bhandi, Librarian of Mangalore University, in his valedictory address expressed the urgency of the librarian becoming torch-bearer in showing direction to the knowledge seekers for research. Dr. Manjunatha K.,President DK&KLA welcomed the gathering and Dr. Purushothama Gowda, Vice-President, proposed vote of thanks.

The workshop was followed by 4 technical sessions on various international, national and regional funding agencies which offer funds to pursue major and minor research and also to develop to designs of project proposals in science and social science by the eminent resource persons – Dr. Krishna Kothai –Director, Rural Development Centre, Manipal University, Manipal, Dr. Kaiser Nikham-Reader,Department of Library and Information Science,Manasagangothri, University of Mysore., Prof. P.L. Dharma.-Dept.of Political Science, Mangalagangothri,Konaje, and Prof. B.K. Sarojini-Dept.of Chemistry P.A.College of Engineering Nadupadavu, Mangalore.

Workshop on Total Quality Library Improvement

Workshop on Total Quality Library Improvement

Mangalore, Mar 15,2008: Prof VG Talavar, vice-chancellor, Mysore University, said that an end reader should be satisfied with the service provided by a librarian. He stressed that providing information is more important than books.He was speaking after inaugurating a one-day seminar on ‘Total Quality Library Improvement’ held at the Conference Hall of St Agnes College on Sunday March 15. The symposium was organized by the Department of College Education, Regional Joint Director’s Office, Mangalore, in association with Karnataka State College Librarians’ Association, Bangalore, and Dakshina Kannada and Coorg Librarians’ Association.

Defining the term ‘quality’ as fitness for purpose, he said that librarians should believe in improving the quality of the library.

“Librarians are professionals but not trade unions”, he added.

He lamented that caste, taste, and accessibility, have become a hindrance to the concept of quality in the present world. “Quality assurance and assessment have come into existence in globalization and the quality control unit has been replaced by the quality assessment cell,” he said.

Prof Talavar opined that e-journals and e-books available in universities through the University Grants Commission (UGC) should also reach regional colleges. “The budget for buying resources should reach at the end of academic year. NAAC accreditation, and UGC criteria of quality are basically based on quantity but not quality. The quality of books is an important factor”, he said.

Prof Talawar and Dr Shanthalakshmi, joint director, department of college education, regional office, were felicitated on the occasion. Principal Dr C Prem M D’Souza, Dr Kaisar M Khan, SLK Mutt, K Mallikarjuna, and Dr Vishal B K were present.