Central University of Kashmir (CUK) vice-chancellor, Prof Mehrajuddin Mir Monday said the institutions of higher learning across the globe can provide quality education to their students and can help scholars to conduct quality research only if they are able to provide exceptional library services.
“In this technological era, the smart libraries have become an order of the day. However, we cannot undermine the value and importance of the traditional libraries and the pivotal role played by them in shaping the future of acclaimed scientists and researchers of the country,” Prof Mehraj ud Din Mir said in his presidential address during the inaugural function of the 3rd International Conference of Asian Libraries organised by the Central Library of the Central University of Kashmir (CUK) and Asian Library Association (ASIALA), New Delhi at Nowgam-I academic block of the varsity here.
Member National Knowledge Commission and guest of honour, Prof P B Mangla, registrar, Prof M Afzal Zargar, former librarian, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, and conference director, Dr. Gayas Makhdumi, CUK librarian and organising secretary, Dr Abdul Majid Baba, general secretary, Asian Librarian Association and director, National Resource Centre, Dr Sanjeev Kumar, deans of schools, heads and coordinators, faculty members and delegates from other parts of the country, research scholars and library staff from other institutions also attended the inaugural function.
The theme of the Conference is “Building Smart Libraries: Changes, Challenges, Issues and Strategies.”
The CUK vice-chancellor, said the smart library is not going to help students and researchers unless it has smarter (knowledgeable and proficient professional) library staff. “The staff should have knowledge about latest books and journals and should also be the best communicators,” Prof Mehrajuddin added.