Saturday, July 25, 2015



Dear colleagues,

Want to build your professional network and learn about librarianship around the world? Love the idea of professional travel but just don’t have the budget? The International Librarians Network (ILN) is for you. ILN pleased to announce the next round of this popular program will commence in mid-August 2015.

The ILN peer mentoring program is a facilitated programs aimed at helping librarians develop international networks. Participating in the ILN brings wider professional awareness, an international perspective to your work, new ideas, and increased professional confidence. We know this because many of our participants tell us – and we’ve had over 2500 librarians from 110 countries take part so far.

Peer mentoring helps professionals develop partnerships and grow their network. The ILN uses a model where all participants are treated as equals who have valuable experiences to share. This means that partners are not placed into established mentor/protégé roles, but rather are encouraged to view their partnership as a way to learn from each other; all are mentors and all are protégés.

So why participate in a peer mentoring program?

Peer mentoring can allow you to:
1.     rediscover your own valuable skills by sharing your experiences with your partner
2.    learn a different perspective on your profession
3.    build your network
4.    reinvigorate the passion your career
5.    develop your professional skills

Applications for the next round of partnerships program i.e from August to December 2015 are being accepted now and close at midnight on Sunday 26th July 2015 (Sydney, Australia time) - just two day  away! . Numbers are limited, so apply early to ensure you don’t miss out.

This email is to remind you. If you have already applied for the program, please ignore this email.  Participation in the program is free and open to anyone working or studying in libraries and their related fields. The only requirements are an internet connection, English fluency, one hour each week to communicate with your partner, and a willingness to share and learn with colleagues around the world.

If you've enjoyed your participation in the last round, why not sign up for another partner, and continue building an international professional network. Tell your colleagues about the program as well, and get the benefits of shared professional development.

You can find out more about how the program works here:  

Or you can explore our Frequently Asked Questions here: 

Applications can be submitted online here: 

If you have additional questions about the program, please don't hesitate to contact us at  / 

Thanks & Regards,

Dr. Kishor Satpathy
ILN Ambassador- India

NIT Silchar

Thursday, April 10, 2014

10th Annual Meet & Workshop of INDEST-AICTE Consortium

Sub:  10th Annual Meet & Workshop of INDEST-AICTE Consortium of MHRD on 5-6 May 2014 at NIT Silchar

Dear Sir/ Madam,

Greetings from NIT Silchar!

You will be pleased to know that National Institute of Technology Silchar – an Institute of National Importance under Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India - is organizing the 10th Annual Meet & Workshop of INDEST-AICTE Consortium on 5-6 May 2014 in collaboration with IIT Delhi at NIT Silchar.  This is for first time the Annual meet is being organized in the North Eastern Region.

The workshop and annual meet is the regular event of the INDEST-AICTE Consortium. The main objectives of the Annual meet are:
·      To provide a platform to all INDEST members to interact and share their experience.
·      To update members on activities, development and future plans of INDEST-AICTE Consortium.
·      To provide an opportunity to INDEST-AICTE Consortium members to discuss and deliberate on emerging trends and technology in libraries.
·      To promote use of e-resources, resource sharing & inter library networking.

I invite all INDEST members (Core, Active and others) to register at the earliest to avail campus accommodation as we have limited number of rooms available. Other interested library professionals can also register for the meet.

For more details please visit to the website: &

Looking forward to seeing you at NIT Silchar.

With warm regards,

Yours sincerely,
Kishor Satpathy


Kishor Chandra Satpathy, PhD

Librarian & Organising Secretary, INDEST 2014
National Institute of Technology Silchar
(Institute of National Importance under Ministry of HRD, GOI)
Silchar-788010, Assam, India
Tele     : +91-3842-240055 (Off) +91-9435175531 (M)
E-mail  :

Monday, November 11, 2013

"Innovating India" Workshop@NITS

Dear Sir/ Madam,

I take pleasure in informing you that a Joint Workshop of CSIR-NISTADS – NIT Silchar on "Innovating India" is being organized during 25th and 26th November 2013 at NIT Silchar.

I request you and your colleagues to participate and contribute paper in the Workshop. Also I request you to give wide publicity to this event by circulating the information among your students & research scholars.

For details, pl. log in to:

Thanking You

Yours sincerely
Dr. KIshor Chandra Satpathy
Coordinator, eth & BARC-Akruti Project
& Librarian
National Institute of Technology
Silchar-788010, Assam, India
Tele : +91-3842-240055 (Off)  +91-9435175531 (M)

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Draft Report SIS 2012@NIT Silchar

Draft Report
29th Convention & Conference of SIS
 on Information Innovation Technology: Creating Seamless Linkages
 held during 26-28 Nov., 2012 at NIT Silchar

26.11.12: Inaugural Programme

The three days SIS 2012 29th Convention & Conference of SIS on Information Innovation Technology: Creating Seamless Linkages commenced at 9.30 AM in NIT, Silchar with an inaugural song by the library staffs followed by lightening of lamp by Prof. N V Deshpande, NIT Silchar, Prof. R. Gupta, Director, NIT Srinagar, Prof. A K Dey, Chairman, Organizing Committee, Dr. M.Ali Ahmed, Coordinator TEQIP- II, NIT Silchar, Dr N K Wadhwa, NPL New Delhi, Dr. Sujit Bhatacharya, Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR- NISTADS New Delhi, and Dr. Kishor Satpathy, Librarian and Organising Secretary amidst a gathering of more than 180 participants from various parts of country.

Dr. Satapathy highlighted the importance of SIS and extended a warm welcome to the Hnourable members of the dais, resource persons, speakers, paper presenters, participants and others. While mentioning the prominence of the conference, Dr. Satapathy obliged Dr. N K Wadhwa, NPL New Delhi for choosing NIT Silchar as venue of the conference which is first of its kind in North East. Sri Satpathy highlighted the programme schedule pertaining to Technical Sessions and Invited papers in brief.
Prof. Dey in his speech highlighted the importance of library which acts as a facilitator of resources to the teachers, research scholars and the students who get the optimum benefits for various academic pursuits. Dr. Ali Ahmed another senior eminent faculty of NIT, Silchar while acknowledging the work of Dr. Satahathy for his pioneer spirit and intuitiveness in developing the library services in NIT, Silchar emphasized on the issues relating to e-resources where the library plays a crucial role in disseminating information. He emphasized on various issues of the library and providing seamless linkages.
Dr. Sudip Bhattarcharya, Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-NISTADS New Delhi while presenting the key note address mentioned about the different dimensions of Scientometrics, Bibliometrics and their relevance in measurement of the growth of science. In his discussion, Dr. Bhatacharya focused on rational policy, exponential model of Derek De Solla Price, contribution of science on social phenomena and justified the relevance of the present theme of conference. During the inauguration hour, Director, NIT, Silchar released the souvenir and one book.
Prof. Deshpande, Director, NIT, Silchar in his address pointed out the role of the libraries in establishing the linkages between the library and the society and stressed upon the societal development through technology. While recognizing the innovative work of Dr. Satapathy the Director discussed about the changing role of library services. The inauguration session concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr. Satpathy who thanked one and all who provided whole hearted support in successful organization of the conference and obliged to the administrative support of the NIT, Silchar including the advice of Dr. Dey and Dr. Ali for their advice and continuous support and also recognized the untiring efforts of the library staffs. The session concluded with a MOU signed by the Director, NIT Silchar and the Director, NIT, Srinagar for exchanging various programs. Prof. Gupta put his request to Dr. Wadhwa to organize the next SIS conference at NIT, Srinagar and Dr. Wadhwa obliged his request to hold the next conference at NIT, Srinagar. Prof. Gupta made an open invitation to one and all to meet at the next SIS conference at NIT, Srinagar.

S. Nagarajan Memorial Oration

The special session on S. Nagarajan Memorial Oration chaired by Prof. C K Ramaiah, Head of the Dept. of Library and Information Science, Pondicherry University commenced through a presentation and discussion by Dr. Sujit Bhattarcharya, Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-NISTADS, New Delhi on the topic ‘Changing Landscape of Knowledge Production and Measurement Issue’. Dr. S N Singh, Mizoram University and Dr. Ram Kumar Dangi from BHU were the rapporteurs of the session. The session was very interactive and concluded with a remark by Prof. Ramaiah, the Chairman.

Including the invited lectures and in various technical sessions spread over different themes altogether 32 papers as follows were presented.

Day One: 26.11.2012
Technical Session I
 Theme: Information, Innovation & Technologies: Creating Seamless Linkages

The first technical session of the day commenced with a panel discussion on Information Innovation Technology: Creating Seamless Linkages under the chairmanship of Prof. N N Pandey, Assam University where Dr. R N Mishra, Mizoram University and Dr. Sadananda Nath, IIM, Shillong were the rapporteurs. The panelist Prof. R. Gupta, Director, NIT, Srinagar, Dr. N C Jain, ICMR, New Delhi, Dr. S Bhatarcharya, CSIR, New Delhi, Dr. KMB Islam, IIM, Kashipur, Dr. R K Verma, Prof. C K Ramaiah, Pondicherry University during their discussion pointed out various pertinent issues relevant to the conference and current issues such as advancement of science, access to information, solving local problems with application of high science, Hypertext, Hypermedia, Constraints while accessing the Internet through new terminology, etc. The session concluded with a remark by the Chairman.

Technical Session II
 Theme: Intellectual Property Rights and Knowledge Management

The second technical session began under the chairmanship of Prof. N P Biswas, Assam University and Co-chairmanship of Dr. Rajendra Soni, IMTECH, Chandigarh on the theme Intellectual Property Rights and Knowledge Management. The rapporteurs were Dr. Susmita Chakravorty, BESU and Dr. Sanjeev, Mizoram University.
The first paper entitled, ‘Digital Rights Management and IPR issue in Open Education Resources’ was presented by Dr. Islam who highlighted on some issues relating to innovation, Indian Education System, IPR on Process innovation, Innovation Iceberg, Invisible innovation etc and the discussion came to an end with an interaction.
The second paper entitled, ‘Patent Landscaping of vaccines and drugs available for HIV-AIDS was presented by B Pandiya and N Pandiya who discussed about patents, copyrights, exclusive rights, patent tools software, vaccine. They analyzed the databases of USPTO, CENET, Patent LENS etc. and the discussion was interactive.
The third paper on ‘Data Mining: A Tool for KM’ was presented by B Nazary and Dhiru Barman and R Jyoti Kalita. They discussed the relevance of data mining in the libraries. While mentioning the Bibliomining, they pointed out its importance in library systems to take decision making and justify services.
The fourth paper on ‘Information and KM in college libraries: A case study of Hailakandi District, Assam was presented by A H Laskar. The author in his discussion pointed out the use of organizational knowledge through sound practices information management and organizational learning. The author mentioned that it is a process of transforming information and intellectual assets into enduring value.
The fifth paper entitled, ‘Knowledge Management and Knowledge Workers in the Digital Era: Challenges and Issues’ was presented by S B Choudhury where the author apart from other discussions highlighted on unlocking and leveraging the knowledge of individuals and suggested for installation of a network environment to support the knowledge systems and LIS professionals to play the role of knowledge worker.
The sixth paper on ‘Strategy for Implementation Effective Knowledge Management in Libraries’ was presented by Mrs. K Singha, where the author discussed many prominent issues on effective knowledge management powers to sustain competitive advantages. They mentioned about the global dynamic knowledge and proactive library system.

The day concluded with a cultural program.

Day Two: 27.11.2012
Technical Session III
Theme: Lib 2.0/ ICT Application in LIS

At 9.30 AM, the first session of the second day was chaired by Dr. N C Jain, ICMR New Delhi and co-chaired by Dr. Abdul Rashid, Librarian, NIT, Srinagar. Dr. Badan Barman and Mr. Kalol Talukdar were the rapporteurs.

Ms. Sucheta Bhattacharya and Mr. Sudip Bhattarcharya presented a paper on ‘ICT Awareness, internet Literacy Skills and Internet Searching Patterns of College Library Users of Barak Valley, South Assam: A Survey’ who distributed questionnaire to 400 people of 10 colleges of Barak Valley and after analysis, they found that the young generation use the ICT services more in comparison to older generation.

Mr. Kumarjit Paul on the topic ‘Status of ICT Infrastructure in College Libraries of Karimganj District, South Assam: A Survey’ discussed that the he college libraries should switch over from the traditional system to the modern system to cope up with the ever changing world of Science and technology. For this the college librarian must take a leadership role to have long-term planning and well-defined strategy for ICT application.
Arundhati Chakraborty in her paper ‘Managing Collection Development in Selected College Libraries of Barak Valley in Digital Era: An Exploratory Study’ mentioned that structure of college library personnel is insufficient to maintain a digital library system. Every library collection should be established for a definite purpose. The collection of the library should be developed keeping in mind three things: relevance, quality, and material.
Deepshikha Sen and Nilaratan Bhattacharjee presented a paper on ‘Cloud Computing: A Boon for Library Services’. They stressed on using of cloud computing by libraries to save cost and provide effective library services. The presenter demonstrated and elaborated various aspects of cloud computing in library and information centers for providing better services. They discussed that cloud computing has a significant impact on the library community.
Nilratan Bhattacharjee and in his paper Analysis of Internet Access and Use by Students of Science and Technology Departments of Assam University, Silchar discussed that a large number of the respondents have learnt to use the Internet tools by themselves, without attending any formal training programs. Moreover, the result of the survey also provided information about the benefits of the e-documents over conventional documents.

Abdul Hannan Choudhury in his paper Status of Modern Technology Implementation in College Libraries of Hailakandi District, Assam: A Survey discussed that majority of the college libraries are using computers for office maintenance, the study suggests that they need to concentrate on housekeeping operation activities more and more using standard library management software.

Dr. Badan Barman, presented a paper on LIS Links: A virtual Community of Indian Library and Information Professionals. In his paper he stated that LIS links ( is mostly used among library professionals in India.
                                                                     Technical Session IV
Theme: Library Consortia and HRD issues

The second session under the chairmanship of Dr. M K Sinha, Assam University , Silchar and rapporteurs  Dr. S N Singh, Mizoram University and Mrs. Ridip Jyoti Kalita commenced on ‘Library Consortia, Networking and Resource Sharing and HRD issues’.

Prof. Nityanand V Pandey, Assam University in his paper entitled ‘Employees’ Motivation for Quality Excellence in Institutes’ discussed prominent issues on motivation and Adam’s theory. He viewed that motivation of an employee rests on reward.

Ms. Tuhina Choudhury (Deb Roy) discussed her paper on the topic ‘Resource Sharing through Consortia and Networks in Assam University Library, Silchar’ discussed various issues relating to resource sharing and consortia and viewed that, resource sharing aims basically at maximizing the availability of library resources and services at minimum expense.

Technical Session V
Theme: Digital Library and Open Access Initiatives

The third session was chaired by Dr. Amjd Ali, AMU, Aligarh on the theme ‘Digital Library and Open Access Initiatives’ and the rapporteurs were Dr. Nabin Kumar Dey, Assam university and Ms. Dudipta Deb Roy, VCE, Karimganj.

Dr. Amjad Ali in his paper ‘Digital Libraries in India: An Analytical Study’ discussed some prominent issues on digital Library. He discussed that extensive efforts are being made in a large number of organization and institutions in the country but most of them are in isolation and without proper guidelines from a central agency. The efforts so far are concentrated on digitizing the print media only whereas the country has large resources in the other forms of the media also.

Dr. Sadananda Nath while discussing his paper on Designing and Developing Digital Library with Greenstone Digital Library Software shared his experiences on GSDL and demonstrated live the various attributes of GSDL and justified its application in libraries.
Ms. Jayanti Chakraborty in her paper on Digital Rights Management: An Essential Feature in the Digital Era mentioned that Digital Rights Management aims to stop this practice of piracy and to help copyright holders safeguard their digital content. DRM refers to schemes that control access to copyrighted materials using technological means.
Ms.Sonali Choudhury Biswas in her paper Open Source Software: Scope and Implications discussed that Open-source software is the most prominent example of open-source development and often compared to (technically defined) user-generated content or (legally defined) open content movements.
Sriparna Das Purkayastha while discussing her paper on ‘Web Resources on LIS with special emphasis on Open Access Journals: An Exploratory Study’ mentioned about online publications. She apart from discussion that free resources are available through open access also highlighted the web resources on LIS.

Dr. S N Singh in his paper entitled ‘Open Access Journals and Institutional Repositories with Special Reference to India: A Case Study’ discussed role of open access journals and institutional repositories in a digital environment. He mentioned about recent developments of open access journals and institutional repositories in world trend as well as in Indian context.

Technical Session VI
Theme: Informatics and Bibliometrics Study

The fourth session was chaired by Dr. R N Mishra, Mizoram University on the theme ‘Informatics and Bibliometrics Study’ and Dr. N K Wadhwa, NPL, New Delhi and Mr. Nishad Abhay Deshpandey, CSIR were the rapporteurs.

Rofique Uddin Laskar in the paper ‘Citation analysis of Ecology and Environmental Research: A case study of Assam University (a central university), Silchar’ discussed that Bibliometric analysis plays a vital role in assessing the scholarly material produced by a particular community. The main purpose of the study is to find out the current research trend in the field of ecology and environmental science in Assam University, Silchar. For this purpose, a total number of 3020 citations were taken from the Ph.D. theses submitted by the scholars. These citations stand as the source data for the citation analysis and interpretation of the data taken were analyzed.

Technical Session VII
Theme: Information Literacy and e-Learning and e-Resources

The final session of the day concluded under the chairmanship of Dr, Rama Patnaik, Librarian, IIM Bangalore on the theme ‘Information Literacy and e-Learning and e-Resources’ where, Ms. Krishnamati Singh and  Mrs. Sonali Choudhury Biswas were the rapporteurs.

A S Raizada Memorial Lecture was given by Dr.  N C Jain on ‘Trends in Biomedical Communication’ where vividly explained the number of biomedical journals including Indian journals indexed in various databases [PubMed, IndMED, medIND, Science Citation Index(SCI)-Expanded, Journal Citation Reports(JCR), Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), etc.], S&T indicators (Impact Factor (IF), h-index, p-index, etc.], information retrieval from open access electronic databases were also discussed by him. The presentation also covered briefly important ethical issues in publication practices [research misconduct – fabrication/ falsification / plagiarism] like redundant publication, retraction of publication, anti-plagiarism software. Presentation was followed with felicitation to Dr. Jain.

Mr. Sabir Ahmad in his paper entitled ‘Information Literacy in Library and Information Science Curriculum in Northern India: An analytical study’ highlighted some pertinent issues on information literacy which create information literate in the society and library as well. On analysis of the data he concluded that, 50% of the LIS schools have incorporated information literacy in their curriculum.

Dr. R N Mishra in his paper entitled ‘Potentiality of E-Resources in E-Learning’ discussed some vital components of e-resources that could facilitated to the growth of education through e-learning which also is recognized as web learning, on-line learning, internet learning etc.

Dr. R K Dangi in his paper ‘E-resources for Law Libraries: A study’ discussed that law libraries in India are facing a lot of problems due to static budget and emphasized on use of ICT in the libraries . He also mentioned about the e-resources and types being used by many law school libraries in India.

Ms. Shibojit Choudhuey while discussing his paper on ‘Availability and access of e-resources in Assam university, Silchar: A case study’ inferred that, e-resources have a pragmatic approach of the users. In her suggestions she mentioned about the induction of various training programs to make use of e-resources in efficiently.

Ms. Susmita Nath in her paper on ‘Use of e-resources in view point of a researcher in Science and Engineering Institutions’ discussed that scientists and engineers due to quick and easy access mostly use e-resources. She suggested that research value is enhanced in an e-learning environment.

Day Three: 28.11.2012
Technical Session VIII
Theme: E-Books

The third and concluding day of the conference commenced at 9 AM with a presentation by under the Chairmanship of Dr. S N Singh, Mizoram University where, Dr. R N Mishra and Dr. R K Verma were the rapporteurs.
Prof. C K Ramaiah in his paper’ Evaluation of e-Books user interfaces by the University Students: A case study’ had threadbare discussions on e-books. While discussing he mentioned about the e-book publishers mostly subscribed by the Indian University and other institutes. He also evaluated the user inface of e-books in Pondicherry University Central Library and concluded that, the students like the unique features of e-books compared to print version of the same books including hyperlinked contents, index etc.

Rajashree Borkakoti and Gagan Chandra Talukdar in their paper on ‘Role of National Mission for Manuscripts on Preservation and Conservation of Manuscript’. In K.K.H. Library, Gauhati University and Sankardeva Kalakshetra, Guwahati: A Study discussed about the present scenario of conservation and preservation of manuscripts in K.K.Handiqui Library, Gauhati University and Srimanta Sankardeva Kalakhetra, Guwahati and role played by National Mission for Manuscripts.

Valedictory Session
The technical session was followed with the valedictory session where Prof. A K Sil, the in-charge Director, NIT Silchar, Prof. R. Gupta, Director, NIT Srinagar, Dr. Sudip Bhattarcharya, Senior Principal Scientist, CSIR-NISTADS, New Delhi, Dr. N K Wadhwa, NPL, New Delhi, Dr. M.K. Sinha, Assam University, Dr. R N Mishra, Mizoram University, the Rapporteurs General, Dr. Kishor Chandra Satpathy, Librarian, NIT Silchar were on the dais. After a brief welcome by Dr. Sinha, Dr. R N Mishra presented a comprehensive report of the three day conference which was followed by a brief address by Dr. Wadhwa and thanked the NIT Silchar and Dr. Satpathy for successful completion of the conference. Dr. Sujit Bhattarcharya in his brief deliberations highlighted the relevance of the conference in the present day environment. While getting the feedback, the participants highlighted the practical implication of the outcome of the conference while others pointed out to make the NIT Silchar as ‘National Technology Library of NER’. The feedback was followed by the remarks by Prof. Gupta, Director, NIT Srinagar who highlighted the relevance of linkages for high academic value. Prof. A K Sil, the in-charge Director, NIT Silchar highlighted the importance of such conference and thanked to the library staffs and Dr. Satpathy, the Librarian and mentioned that library is the centre of learning.
                Finally Dr. Kishor Chandra Satpathy extended his   sincere thanks to all the resource persons, participants, NIT authorities, Sponsoring Agency & SIS for making this event success.

Some Important Recommendations :

On the basis of suggestion received from the experts and paper presenters, following suggestions and recommendations have been made for onward forwarding to the Ministry, Govt. of India for implementations:

Ø  The convention strongly recommends that a separate Library Network can be planned for networking the library and information centres of North Eastern States which is the need of the hour. Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, DONNER, and the respective State Govts  may be approached for necessary support and financial assistance for establishing the North eastern Library Network / Regional Knowledge Network for N E Region of India;

Ø  The seminar recommends to organise User Awareness Programme, Manpower Training for early implementation of Library Automation and Networking and to provide computerised LIS services to its end users; and

Ø  Recommends strengthening ICT infrastructure in the school, college, institutional, university, public and special libraries and information centres of North East India with special assistance from the Central Government.

Ø  Recommends to make Central Library, NIT, Silchar as the National Technology Library of North East Region