One Day National Seminar on Changing Role of Librarians in Digital Era

Central Library, Jawaharlal Nehru University in association with Indian Association of Special Libraries & Information Centres (IASLIC),
Association of Media Libraries and Archives
Supported by Informatics (India) Limited is organising
Central Library, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)

Central Library, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in partnership with Indian Association of Special Libraries & Information Centres (IASLIC), and the Association of Media Libraries and Archives is organizing a 'National Seminar on Changing Role of Librarians in Digital Era' on 12th August 2014 to mark the tribute to Dr. Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan on his 122 Birth Anniversary. The Seminar is supported by Informatics India.

Dr. S R Ranganathan

Dr S R Ranganathan (1892-1972) was a visionary and an institution in himself who earned accolades around the world for his in depth knowledge and development of library science education in India. His incessant endeavour, innovative ideas, arduous commitment, determination and dedication earned him many honours, titles and rewards. The supreme award bestowed upon him was the Padmashri by Government of India in 1957. His most notable contributions to the field were his five laws of library science and the development of the first major analytico-synthetic classification system, the colon classification. He is considered to be the father of library science, documentation, and information science in India and is widely known throughout the rest of the world for his fundamental thinking in the field of Library Science.

To memorise him and to give him a tribute on his birth anniversary on 12th August the Seminar is organised. The theme of the Seminar is Changing Role of Librarians in Digital Era which will provide the insight of how the role of Librarians has been changed over the years and does the theories of Dr S R Ranganathan still are prevalent in the present world of Librarianship in India.

Changing Role of Librarians

The migration of resources to online platforms and increasingly sophisticated cataloguing, referencing technology and open source libraries software's have the potential to free up both librarians' time and library space to be devoted to new initiatives. The internet is therefore growing rather than reducing the potential of – and the need for – libraries. So, the purpose of this seminar is to sketch up and understand the role of Librarians in modern times and identify the challenges they face, the expertise they have, and the skills they need. The seminar will discuss the issues like the new competencies of librarians which have to be strengthened, technical platforms for publishing and archiving which have to be developed, the finance management which have to be redirected from paying for getting access to paying for providing access.

The seminar will revolve around the areas of discussion in context to Changing Role of Librarians given below but not limit to:

  1. New innovative and modern services for diverse library users
  2. Navigation in a complex world of Internet
  3. Digital solutions / software's /services in Modern Libraries
  4. Supporting research
  5. Rethinking library spaces
  6. Improving the learning experience of users

The seminar will also try to find out answers on some of the aspect given below:

  1. To what extent, and in what ways, are libraries likely to change?
  2. What new roles will librarians come to have in the changing information environment?
  3. What aspects of the libraries will prove the most resistant or impervious to change?
  4. Will technology finally spur a recasting of how the knowledge is disseminated?

The seminar will also deal with the Library Associations in India and discuss the related to core issues of Libraries.


The conference is open to all Library and Information Science professionals. The academicians/researchers interested in modern libraries and librarianship may also attend. There is no registration fee. Registration is restricted to only 150 participants on "first-cum-first serve basis". 

Registration is mandatory. Only 150 participants on first-cum-first served basis will be registered. Please use the below link for registration:

JNU SSS Auditorium,
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU),
New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi 110067

Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

For more Details Please Contact:
Dr. Ramesh C Gaur
PGDCA, MLISc,Ph.D. Fulbright Scholar (Virginia Tech, USA)
University Librarian, Jawaharlal Nehru University(JNU)
New Meharuli Road, New Delhi - 110067
Tele +91-11-26742605, 26704551; Fax : +91-11-26741603
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