Librarian, Blogger, Dreamer…
The second day of ICAL was full of action. Plenary sessions, gold speakers, paper presentations and a Kathak solo performance. There were four tracks. My presentation was in the second track. Ms. Hazel Woodward was in the chair. In her keynote speech, Mrs. Kalpana Dasgupta, Chairperson, Working Group for Libraries, National Knowledge Commission and former Director, Central Secretariat Library, New Delhi stressed upon the partnership between public libraries and academic libraries.The speech was very live and points were relevant. In the era of collaboration and sharing the need for these types of partnerships is very essential. The areas of collaboration should be open up and thereby libraries can become inseparable social assets.
My paper on Blogs and online social networks as user centric service tools in academic libraries was well received. After the presentation queries were there on the creation of library blogs and other aspects of blogs and social networks. My paper was based upon the age factor of user community. Later in another session Ms. Hazel Woodward pointed out that the social and psychological factors of the people are also important behind their usage of blogs and online social networks. I agree upon this matter.
The kathak performance was a nice experience. Experimentations by the dancer made the show memorable.