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ICoSLA 2008 Conference at New Delhi

January 7, 2009

The ICoASL 2008 with the theme “Shaping the Future of Special Libraries: Beyond Boundaries” was held at sprawling campus of India Islamic Cultural Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi from 26-28 November, 2008. The conference was organized by Special Libraries Association, USA. Asian Chapter.

Mr. A. Srinivasan Vice President and Global Head for Knowledge Management and Process Digitization, TCS India, while delivering the Keynote address, discussed about the Opportunity for Information and Knowledge Discovery. He said how his organisation benefited by adopting Knowledge Management as a tool to organize and retrieve the information, which is used by TCS global user community. He explained librarian as Knowledge Builder, Content Quality Manager and Content Editor.

The conference was inaugurated by Prof. B. B, Bhattacharya, Vice Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He said the role of Library and Librarian has changed in globalised world with information revolution. It has become essential to have a information professionals who could face the challenge of information overload and use of technology in information retrieval. He applauded the contribution of UGC and INFLIBNET to bring together subject experts, research information and distribution of information among the users of the knowledge.

Mr. Stephen Abraham President, SLA USA, in his presidential address, answered the most relevant question “most everything’s available on the web now, so exactly why do we need librarians?” He came with brilliant answer “tools don’t come with the knowledge to use them”.

After the inauguration of conference the technical session for the day started by many eminent professions for the next two days. The conference with two keynote address, two panel discussions, 12 invited talks and 14 technical sessions spread across three days gave lot of new things to ponder upon. This gave chance to all of us to interact with fellow professionals and exchange our view on various subject topics. All question and answer sessions were participated by many professionals.

I as representative of TMI got exposure to many new research activities conducted in information science and could able to participate in discussions to make a point or two.

The conference attracted about 350 professionals from various parts of the world like Nepal, Pakistan, Indonesia, Kenya, South Korea, Iran, UK and USA.

The conference concluded with closing remark by Ms. Janice Lachance CEO SLA and valedictory address by Mr. Stephen Abraham, President SLA.

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