About Aligarh Muslim University

Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is recognized as one of the oldest and premier central government funded universities in India, established in 1920, and has been designated as an Institution of National importance (Seventh Schedule, Article 246 of the Indian Constitution). It has recently been awarded grade ‘A’ by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). Historically, the University was evolved out of the Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental College (MAO College), which was set up by the great visionary and social reformer, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan in 1877. From its very inception, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) draws students from all corners of the country as well as foreign countries, especially Africa, West Asia and Southeast Asia, irrespective of religion, caste and creed. Today, the University occupies a unique position amongst all the universities and institutions of higher learning in the country. The University has been ranked among the best educational institutions in India and across the world. Recently, the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has been ranked 2nd Best University of India as per new ranking released by the U.S. News Education on the list of overall best global universities rankings. Outstandingly, AMU secured 10th rank in National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) ranking released by MHRD in 2018. Internationally, AMU is ranked 801-1000 in the QS World University Rankings of 2018. The same rankings ranked it 238 in Asia and 161-170 among BRICS nations. It was ranked 601-800 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2018.

About The Department

The foundation of the Department of Library Science was laid way back in 1950-51 with the introduction of a ‘Certificate Course in Library Science’, by the then University Librarian, Padamshree Prof. S. Bashiruddin, who later on introduced a one year ‘Bachelor of Library Science’ course in 1958-59 with full time Lecturers for the first time in the country. Subsequently, ‘Master of Library Science’ was introduced in 1970-71 and Ph.D in 1990-91. The Department had taken a pioneering step by introducing Library Science as a subsidiary subject for the students of B.A. since 1986-87. The nomenclature of the Department as well as of the titles of the various courses offered along with their contents had been revising to incorporate changing dimensions of the subject. A special feature of the revised syllabi is the emphasis on Information Technology and hands-on training on a number of commercial and open source library automation software packages. A well-equipped computer lab consisting of about 35 systems, a server and LCD projectors, etc., supports the revised syllabi with round the clock Internet facility. The seminar library of the department was automated as the first fully automated library of the university in 2004.

The department has the credit of undertaken 7 research projects of UGC, ICSSR, and DST; organized 8 National and International Conferences/Workshops. The department has the distinction of designing and developing L.I.S. Subject Gateway (www.lisgateway.com), I.T. Subject Gateway (www.itsubjectgateway.info) and E-Learning portal (www.lislearning.in). The department has also developed a Social Science Cyber Library which is being accessed by over 153 countries. It has been awarded ISO 9001:2008 in 2015 and has been included in the Limca Book of Records. Under the UGC’s Programme, the Department was awarded Special Assistance Programme SAP (DRS-I) in the financial year 2013-2014 for five years. The theme of the project was Knowledge Management in Libraries under which a knowledge management website for Libraries and a KM Lab (video conferencing lab) has been developed.

About The Conference

The changes in present society evolving as a knowledge society has very strong implications on the services of the libraries. The advancement in Information and Communication Technologies coupled with social media applications have largely impacted Libraries and Information Centres. The emerging challenges posed by the contemporary environment, manifested in many forms such as digital repositories, big data, cloud computing, open access, user centric services (e-learning, e-teaching, information literacy, orientation programmes), web-based library services, application of social networking, library cooperation (including consortia), and IPR and legal issues, etc. Conspicuously, a variety of forces, most specifically economic changes and technological developments, have reshaped and transformed the libraries from storehouses and data archives to information/ knowledge centers and community spaces.

The initiatives of government towards building a digital based society and fasting skill development and inculcating promoting a collaborative and shared ambience has virtually changed the very face of the present society.

The conference theme is aptly selected to enable deliberations on the challenges faced by libraries and information centres. The fast changing social, cultural and economic environments pose different types of challenges for Libraries and Information Centres, as they are a reflection of the society. It is perceived that the deliberation sin the conference will help understanding newer avenues for teaching and learning with an ample emphasis on e-Learning, e-publishing, OERs and MOOCs.

The Libraries as intermediaries have a larger role to imbibe these advancements and changes and develop services to help the academic community and the society cope with these developments.

Research and innovation are constantly demanding availability of research data management and search for newer strategies and techniques to adapt to the challenges. The changes in library and information services are inevitable and so do library professionals to get actively involved in the core missions and values of ICT based tools and techniques. Librarianship, not to be left behind, strives to develop and achieve new strategies and competencies as well as exploring new arenas to put into use the technical skills for furthering the library and information services more valuably and effectively.