Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Library conference gets under way

The sixth Library and Information Services in Astronomy (LISA) conference was inaugurated at the Inter-university Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics( IUCAA) in Pune on Sunday, Feb 14.

This is the first LISA conference to be held in India. In his keynote address Prof Jayant Narlikar who inaugurated the LISA conference talked about his experience as a long-time user of libraries across the globe and the challenges ahead in the 21st century. “Talking about digitised literature, he mentioned how many universities benefited when journals like 'Physics Review" were made available in the electronic format, as the cost of the printed version of the same was prohibitively high.

He said that it was the efforts of IUCAA director Prof Ajit Kembhavi that brought in this change for the Indian Universities,” IUCAA spokesperson Arvind Paranjape said. The conference was inaugurated on February 15 and will go on till February 17. It will discuss issues concerning the future of librarianship, web 2.0/3.0 use, access and metrics, resource management and intellectual property, preservation and archiving and the virtual observatory.

Full report here Indian Express

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