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National library week observed

Two Day National Seminar under the theme of “Modernization of Library in Digital Era”, the observance of the National Library Week has begun today at the main hall of Manipur Press Club, Imphal.
The observance is being organized by Manipur Library Association (MALA) in collaboration with Ministry of Culture, Government of India and Raja Rammohun Roy Library Foundation, Kolkata.
The inaugural function was attended by Kangjam Radhakumar Singh, IAS, Secretary (Art and Culture/Revenue), Th Prameshwor Singh, Director NIELIT, Imphal, Kangjam Chaoba Singh, President Manipur Library Association (MALA) and Prof Narendra Lahkar, HOD, Library and Information Science, Guwahati University as guest s of today’s function.

During the function, Kangjam Radhakumar Singh, IAS, Secretary (Art and Culture/Revenue) said that the role of those students graduated in the field of library science is very important in preserving the history and going along with the modern library era. The fact of advancement in the scientific way must be admitted and must be think globally like in E-Library, E-Book but the library era which was there before the digital era must not be forgotten, he added.
Narendra Lahkar, HOD, Library and Information Science, Guwahati University also said in the function that library and information centers must be developed sufficiently so that users can meet the needs without facing any complexities. Library should be given equal weightage to the physical as well as to the digital documents, he added.
Narendra Lahkar further said that in context of modernization of libraries, existing library staffs are required to undergo training programme to make them worthy in the new environment. Ignoring them and recruiting new library staffs professionals equipped with new technology will adversely affect the environment. Innovate, automate or evaporate is the guideline that today’s library must realize in context of modernization of libraries, he added.

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