Dharamsala, June 15, 2013: Central University of Himachal Pradesh CUHP, at Dharamsala has organised a one day workshop in collaboration with DELNET-Developing Library Network, New Delhi on “DELNET-Resources, Services and Facilities & Koha : an open source integrated Library System” on June 15 this year.
The main aim of the workshop was to spread awareness among the library professionals about the networked library resources offered by DELNET and also to promote the use of free open source software Koha for library automation and modernisation purposes. Nearly 100 LIS professionals from various parts of Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, J&K and Punjab actively participated in the programme. DELNET is a major resource sharing library network connecting more than 4,600 libraries in and outside the country and provide access to nearly 2 crore bibliographic records of books, journal articles, etc. Through the Interlibrary loan and document supply, the researchers and scholars can get material from any part of the country and outside through DELNET. CUHP is one of a prestigious member institution of DELNET.
The function was inaugurated by Prof. Yogender Singh Verma, Pro VC, CUHP. He said, “The libraries have to reinvent their new roles and LIS professionals have to make themselves aware of the emerging trends in Library and information services.” Prof. I V Malhan, Head, Dept of LISc and Dean, SoMC&IS, CUHP was the coordinator of the programme. Dr H K Kaul, Director, DELNET delivered the presidential address and stressed upon the need to provide the knowledge based services to the users. Later in the day, Dr H K Kaul and Prof. I V Malhan gave a futuristic view of the libraries to the delegates and Dr Sangeeta Kaul delivered sessions on DELNET and Koha software. The CDs containing the free Koha software was also distributed to the professionals. The workshop would immensely help the libraries in the region to provide effective and efficient services to their users and also to implement the free, open source Koha software for their library automation purposes.