Students, researchers and teachers of Lucknow will have a bigger ‘knowledge bank’ in time to come.
Three higher educational institutions of the city -- Gautam Buddh Technical University, Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow and Amity University-may open their libraries to each other’s students.
Representatives from these institutions came on a common platform at the Higher Education Librarians’ Conclave 2013, here on Wednesday and there was general consensus among them for greater utilisation of library resources by book lovers.
Organised by Pearson India, an education company, the conclave witnessed participation of more than 100 librarians from higher education institutions across UP. Dr RK Khandal, vice-chancellor, GBTU floated the idea which was received well by all.
Khandal said, “Libraries are the backbone of the education system. Librarians should analyse why students are going online to find information. The content offered by libraries needs to be engaging and informative. Librarians should use new media such as twitter, facebook to connect with the new generation. Libraries should organise social events to facilitate learning and discussion to win students back.”
Prof Devashish Das Gupta from IIM-L added, “Libraries should be able to generate interest in students through its ambience and resources. Prof SK Srivastava from Amity University said: “Librarians should enhance their skills and knowledge to serve students effectively.”
Anish Srikrishna, senior vicepresident, Higher Education, Pearson India said, “The Higher Education Librarians’ Conclave is a platform for academic librarians to share the best practices and innovative methods.”