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Successful Completion of DELNET Workshop
DELNET in collaboration with INMANTEC, Ghaziabad organised a one day workshop on “DELNET Discovery Services, Open Source Software & Communication Skills for LIS Professionals” today. More than 170 Library and Information Science Professionals from various parts of U.P., Haryana, Delhi and Uttarakhand participated in the workshop. At the inaugural function, Dr Rajesh Kumar, Librarian, INMANTEC Ghaziabad delivered the welcome address. Dr Sangeeta Kaul, Network Manager, DELNET apprised the delegates about DELNET which networks more than 5800 libraries in India and 9 other countries and is operational from its campus at JNU, New Delhi. A large number of Universities, academic institutions, R&D organisations are the members of DELNET. Dr Pankaj A Gupta, Executive Director, INMANTEC Institutions delivered the special address. He applauded the efforts of DELNET in providing networked library services to researchers and scholars in the country. He urged the professionals to promote efficient services. Dr H K Kaul, Director, DELNET delivered the presidential address. He laid emphasis on providing quality content to the users and said that the LIS professionals have to work as Knowledge Workers to contribute to the knowledge society.
The first technical session on “Managing Quality Resources & Services : New Trends and Technologies” was delivered by Dr H K Kaul. It was followed by a session on “Networking Libraries through DELNET & Presentation of New Discovery Portal of DELNET” by Dr Sangeeta Kaul. She spoke at length about the services offered by DELNET including the Interlibrary loan and document delivery services which allows the users of member libraries to borrow books on interlibrary loan and also to get the journal articles from any part of the country. . A newly launched discovery portal of DELNET with enriching knowledge discovery features were also demonstrated during the session which is meant for the member-libraries. DELNET also provides Delplus software free of charge to the member libraries for library automation and a detailed session was held to motivate the libraries to use the software. The barcoding can also be done using the software. A session on open source software for managing libraries was also conducted wherein a number of leading open sources software for content management system – Drupal, Joomla; building digital libraries – Dspace, E-print, Anti-plagiarism software, Electronic Resource Management system were dealt in detail. A lecture on “Communication Skills for LIS Professionals” was delivered by Prof. Jan Surya Sharma, Adjunct Professor, INMANTEC, Ghaziabad. The delegates during the feedback session said that they have got immensely benefitted by the programme.