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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Call for a Paper in National Conference under the theme Information for All - Public Libraries and Digital India Initiatives being organised by the Department of Public Libraries, Government of Karnataka, from 21st to 23rd January 2016 at Bangalore.

Dear Esteemed LIS Professionals,
You would be delighted receive this appeal to contribute a paper for the Forthcoming National Conference under the theme “ Information for All - Public Libraries and Digital India Initiatives” being organised by the Department of Public Libraries, Government of Karnataka, from 21st to 23rd January 2016 at Bangalore.

The National Conference is organise to Commemorate the  Centenary of the *Sir Seshadri Iye Memorial Hall which was dedicated to house the public library in 1915 by *Sir M. Visveswaraya, the then Dewan Mysore and it is housing the *Karnataka State Central Library. You are quite aware that the Department of Public Libraries came into existent by virtue of the “Karnataka State Public Libraries Act, 1965”. So it is a double celebration for the profession of Librarianship and in particular to the Public Library Movement in Karnataka, by the yeomen contributions of Dr. S.R.Ranganathan,* who was given the able legislative and public support by the them Speaker of Legislative Assembly, Sri B. Vaikunt Baliga, also the then President of Karnataka Library Association, and by *Hon. Sri S.R.Kanthi, *the then Education Minister, hailed as a visionary.

We are also inviting, Directors of Public Libraries from 19 States in which the Public Libraries Acts are in force and also requesting them to make a presentation on their respective State Act. So your contribution will add to foresee a Vision for the development of the Public Libraries in the Country in the “Digital India” Mission visualised by Hon. Prime Minister of India, Sri Sri Narendra Modiji. Public Libraries, corollary to Peoples’ University, would carry the gospel of this mission to every part of the country through the public libraries and bring an awakening about “Information for All” the main theme of this Conference.

I on behalf of the Organising Committee humbly request you to contribute a Paper on any one of the following Sub-themes of the Conference. The organisers would deem it a privilege to extend to you all
support to enable you to make a formal presentation at the National Conference.

*Theme of the Conference: *

*Information for All: Public Libraries and Digital India Initiatives.*


  • Public Libraries for all – Libraries are Social Institution, Community Information Centers and Community Building
  • Changing Needs of Public Library Users
  • Public Libraries in India: Current Scenario and Future Challenges
  • National Knowledge Commission (NKC), National Mission on Libraries(NML) and Public Libraries
  • Digital content and ICT enabled services
  • E-governance, M-governance and Changing role of public libraries
  • Digital Divide – Changing role of Public Libraries
  • Social Exclusion and Inclusive Society – Role of Public Libraries
  • Rural Knowledge Centers to empower rural people
  • Redesigning and Modernizing Library Space
  • Capacity Building among Public Library Professionals
  • Public Library Finance – Sources of finance and Budgeting
  • Information Literacy to empower the people
  • Changing Role of Library Associations – Public Library Associations
  • National Consortium for Public Libraries – A Model
  • Public Private Partnership (PPP) to improve Public Libraries – a Model
  • Public Intellectual Repository Centre – A Model

I once again request all our esteemed LIS professional to contribute a paper to support our cause for rejuvenating the Public Library Movement in India, which has been rather dormant and need exposure to the Digital Era for its renewed role to serve the masses of this country.

The Conference Brochure is also attached for your reference and kind information.


Send your paper to: or

*With warmest regards,*

*Prof. A.Y.Asundi*
*Professor and Chairman (Ret.)*
*Department of Library and Information Science,*
* Officer In Charge, IT Centre,*
* Bangalore University, Bangalore*
* Residence:*
* # 77, 3rd Main Road, 8th Cross Road,*
* Prashanthanagar, Bangalore – 560079.*
* Phone: 23287786, Cell: 9980815468*

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