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31st August, 2015- 5th September, 2015 
Free Technical Assistance to September 2014 Flood affected Colleges of Kashmir Valley

  • Allama Iqbal Library, University of Kashmir in collaboration with INFLIBNET (Information and Library Network) Centre, Gandhinagar, Gujarat (an Autonomous Inter-University Centre of University Grants Commission) organized a free technical assistance programme for September 2014 flood affected colleges of Kashmir valley using Software for University Libraries (SOUL1.0/SOUL 2.0) for library automation during 31st August, 2015 to 5th September, 2015. A team of two persons visited our valley from the INFLIBNET Centre and in collaboration with our experts from Allama Iqbal Library installed the software afresh in many leading government colleges of Kashmir Valley free of charge.

  • The team covered eight colleges in Kashmir valley and one government department including Govt. Amar Singh College, Gogjibagh; S.P College, M.A. Road; Govt. College for Women, M.A. Road; Government College of Education, M.A Road; Government Medical College, Srinagar; Govt. Women’s Polytechnic, Bemina; and Department of Floriculture, Emporium Garden, Srinagar  where in most cases SOUL server and databases were completely damaged and new installations were undertaken with upgraded version of the software along with WebOpac. 

  • On 4th September, 2015, One day training programme on Library automation using SOUL 2.0 software was also organized by Allama Iqbal Library for providing hands-on-training to the Library professionals of the flood affected colleges.

While inaugurating the seminar, Registrar University of Kashmir, Prof. Zafar A. Reshi in his presidential address emphasized to consider and address the key issues that libraries face today all over the world in attracting more users to libraries.
He said that the Allama Iqbal Library, KU has to act as a facilitator in increasing the access of students, scholars and teachers to its resources especially keeping in view the devastating floods of last year during which most of the libraries at college level suffered huge loss of infrastructure and rich manuscripts.
Prof. Reshi said that the Librarians as well as the libraries have to stay relevant in changing times to serve the intellectual, informative, educative and scholastic needs of the clientele who are more aware and informed today due to advancement made in the field of Information and technology.
In his Keynote address, University Librarian, Islamic University of Science & Technology (IUST), Prof. Wajih A. Alvi, highlighted the changing role of libraries in present ICT era.
He said that accessing and exploiting electronic information resources prompted libraries to make use of ICT in a big way to harvest Big Data from the Deep Web.
He further stressed to devise programmes and methods to bridge the gap between the teachers and practitioners of the profession and modify the courses of studies in our LIS schools that produce the professionals.
University Librarian & Head PG Department of Library & Information Science, University of Kashmir Dr. Abdul Majid Baba highlighted the most pressing issues, the profession faces presently and stressed to find ways to respond effectively to various developments in order to meet user expectations. 
He added that if Librarians are to survive in the information economy, they must accept the challenge and respond proactively.
Assistant Librarian, Allama Iqbal Library Mr. Mohammad Ishaq Lone presented vote of thanks on the occasion while as Dr. Sumeer Gul, Assistant Professor, Department of Library & Information Science conducted the proceedings of the inaugural session.

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