INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF AGRICULTURAL LIBRARIANS & USERS COMMUNITY (ICALUC-2022)
INNOVATION, GROWTH AND SUSTAINABILITY OF AGRICULTURAL LIBRARIES
(24th & 25th FEBRUARY, 2022)
UNIVERSITY LIBRARY, ASSAM AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY, JORHAT – 785013, ASSAM
ASSOCIATION OF AGRICULTURAL LIBRARIANS AND DOCUMENTALISTS OF INDIA (AALDI)
Libraryis considered to be the heart of an educational institution. Libraries play a very important role in teaching, learning and research, and their main objective is to support the teaching, learning and research activities of the institution. Traditionally, libraries and Information Centres have been providing all kinds of information services manually for the benefit of their user community. Recent developments in information and communication technologies have enabled the users to access the library and its resources from anywhere using new and innovative technologies. At the same time, libraries are also expanding their reach by extending their services in a networked digital environment so that the users get the required information within a very short span time.
Agricultural libraries have a major role and responsibility in improving the agricultural education and research for sustainable development in food production in India. Agricultural libraries are also entrusted with the duty of providingvarious information products &services to farmers, livestock producers, agricultural business organizations, research workers, subject specialists, and extension workers.Right information at the right time helps in overcoming the challengesof food and hunger, which will help in achievingthe Sustainable Development Goals.
Agriculture has an important role in the growth of Indian Economy and the scientists, students, researchers and farmers are putting all their efforts to fulfil the food requirements of the country. The Internet has drastically transformed libraries and library services, which need to be accepted if they want to continue to remain active and useful. The agricultural libraries have to develop and adopt various innovative and emerging technologies to meet the end users with latest information. In the present digital information world, there is a need for identifying and implementing new and innovative technologies for information service delivery.
The Association of Agricultural Librarians and Documentalists of India(AALDI) was founded in 1971 with an aim to bring Agricultural Librarians of the country on a platform to join hands to address matters of professional interests in improving library systemandservicestowardstheagriculturalusercommunity.TheAssociationheldits General Body meeting at Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwa Vidyalaya, Jabalapur in June 1973anddecidedtopublish a periodical entitled “AALDI Bulletin” annually to give vent to the intellectual thought of the Agricultural Library Professionals. The efforts of the Associationborefruitsin1974whenthefirstvolumeoftheperiodicalsawthelightof the day. To keep pace with the changing scenario and concept of agricultural librarianship,the title of the periodical was changed to “Indian Journal of Agricultural Library and Information Services” in 2008. It is important to note that the journal has been approved by the UGC vide UGC Journal Identification No. 64538.
Due to some reason or other the Association became dormant and slowly passed into hibernation after 1993. It was revived during a workshop on “Krishiprabha” Indian Agricultural Dissertation Repository held at CCS HAU, Hissar in 2008. AALDI has celebrated its Golden Jubilee Celebrations during 2021 and AALDI Life Time Achievements Award, Fellowship of AALDI and Best Librarian Awards were instituted for the first time in the history of AALDI and awarded during the International Conference held at UAS, Bengaluru, India.
Assam Agricultural University is the first institution of its kind in the whole of North-Eastern Region of India. The main goal of this institution is to produce globally competitive human resources in farm sectorand to carry out research in both conventional and frontier areas for production optimization as well as to disseminate the generated technologies as public good for benefitting the food growers/produces and traders involved in the sector while emphasizing on sustainability, equity and overall food security at household level.
The embryo of the agricultural research in the state of Assam was formed as early as 1897 with the establishment of the Upper Shillong Experimental Farm (now in Meghalaya) just after about a decade of creation of the agricultural department in 1882. However, the seeds of agricultural research in today’s Assam were sown in the dawn of the twentieth century with the establishment of two Rice Experimental Stations, one at Karimganj in Barak valley in 1913 and the other at Titabor in Brahmaputra valley in 1923. Subsequent to these research stations, a number of research stations were established to conduct research on important crops, more specifically, jute, pulses, oilseeds etc.
The Assam Agricultural University was established on April 1, 1969 under The Assam Agricultural University Act, 1968’ with the mandate of imparting farm education, conduct research in agriculture and allied sciences and to effectively disseminate technologies so generated. Before establishment of the University, there were altogether 17 research schemes/projects in the state under the Department of Agriculture. By July 1973, all the research projects and 10 experimental farms were transferred by the Government of Assam to the AAU which already inherited the College of Agriculture and its farm at Barbheta, Jorhat and College of Veterinary Sciences at Khanapara, Guwahati.
Subsequently, College of Community Science at Jorhat (1969), College of Fisheries at Raha (1988), Biswanath College of Agriculture at BiswanathChariali (1988) and Lakhimpur College of Veterinary Science at Joyhing, North Lakhimpur (1988) were established. Presently, the University has three more clleges under its jurisdiction, viz., Sarat Chandra Singha College of Agriculture, Chapar, College of Horticulture, Nalbari& College of Sericulture, Titabar. Similarly, few more regional research stations at Shillongani, Diphu, Gossaigaon, Lakhimpur; and commodity research stations at Kahikuchi, Buralikson, Tinsukia, Kharua, Burnihat and Mandira were added to generate location and crop specific agricultural production packages.
The Rev. B M Pugh library, being the knowledge centre on agriculture and allied areas was established in 1969, located in the Head Quarter of the university at Jorhat. It serves the students, teachers/scientists, research scholars and other staff of the colleges, viz., College of Agriculture and College of Community Science as well as staff and students of newly established College of Horticulture and College of Sericulture in particular and the entire community of the university in general.
It has its branch libraries at the College of Veterinary Science, Khanapara; College of Fisheries Science, Raha; Biswanath College of Agriculture, BiswanathChariali; Sarat Chandra Singha College of Agriculture, Dhubri and Lakhimpur College of Veterinary Science, Lakhimpur.
Weather : During February the weather is mostly expected to be pleasant. The temperature may range from 160C (Min) to 240C (Max).
Clothing : Regular clothing with light woolens or other warm clothing for the evenings, especially outdoors, is recommended.
Connectivity :Jorhat is well connected to every part of the country by Road, Rail and Air.
Places of visit in and around Jorhat
Over the years, Library and Information Science (LIS) has grown tremendously keeping pace with the technological developments. The agricultural libraries in particular, are facing many challenges in meeting the information requirements of the stakeholders in the networked digital environment. It is envisaged that renaissance in library and information science lies in the application of resurgent digital tools and technologies. Considering the significance of sensitization of the LIS professionals on the latest developments in the field and to ensure effective and efficient information services to the stakeholders, AALDI regularly conducts its annual convention where our professional fraternity meet to discuss the professional issues and prepare a roadmap for the future. So far, AALDI had organized seven National Conferences since 2009 and the ever first International Conference of AALDI was organized during 25-26 February 2021 atUAS, Bengaluru, Karnataka State, India. During the AGB Meeting of AALDI, the Assam Agricultural University came forward to organize the second International Conference at their University.Hence, this year theSecond International Conference of AALDI is being organized at Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat on the following theme:
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF AGRICULTURAL LIBRARIANS AND USERS COMMUNITY 2022 (ICALUC 2022)
Theme : INNOVATION, GROWTH AND SUSTAINABILITY OF AGRICULTURAL LIBRARIES
Working Librarians, Library Professionals, Information Specialists, Academicians, IT professionals, Scientists, Students,LIS Faculty and stakeholders of Agricultural Librarianship.
The AALDI International Conference 2021program committee seeks conference papers addressing proactive steps that professionals take to support the library patrons in the evolving world of the academy. Suggested proposals should be in line with the theme and sub-themes. The full-paper in MS-Word shall be sent to email@example.com
Deadline for paper submission : 31st January 2022
Last date of Registration : 10th February 2022
|Indian Delegates||Foreign Delegates|
|Retired Professionals / Students||Rs.1500/-||$100.00|
|Name of Account||Organising Secretary, ICALUC 2022|
|Savings Bank A/c No.||40481199213|
|Bank Name||State Bank of India|
|Branch||Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat|
Accommodation will be provided to the delegates in the University Guest Houses/ Farmers Hostels on first come, first served basis on payment.