GUWAHATI, July 29 - A new executive body of Assam College Librarians� Association (ACLA) has been formed with Prof Narendra Lahkar of Gauhati University as its president and Srimanta Madhab Bora as acting president and Dr Prasanta Kumar Deka as the general secretary.
The new body was formed at the two-day 14th biennial conference of ACLA which was held at Guwahati College recently. A national seminar was also organized during the conference.
The inaugural meeting was chaired by Guwahati College Principal Dr Pranab Sandilya. In his inaugural speech, Dr Sandilya shared his ideas, thoughts and experiences regarding the importance and role of library and librarians in higher academic institutions.
Prof Krishnapada Majumder from Jadavpur University attended the programme as the seminar director. Prof Sanjay Kumar Singh, HoD, Department of Library and Information Science, Gauhati University was the keynote speaker at the national seminar and, in his speech, he highlighted the importance of ICT applications in college libraries in Assam and the issues and challenges in this context. A journal published by the Association � �ACLA Bulletin� (Vol 8) edited by Dr Nirmal Ranjan Mazumdar and the �Abstract Volume� of the national seminar were also released on the occasion.
An open session was also held which was presided over by Prof Narendra Lahkar. Prof Alaka Buragohain, Director of Media Trust, Assam and Dr Hari Prasad Sarma, Rector, Gauhati University attended the programme as chief guests.
The Association felicitated retired college librarians Pranati Baruah (Kakajan College), Deva Hazarika (Sibsagar College), Rajlakshmi Dutta Bora (Chaygaon College) and Joya Khaond (Dakshin Kamrup Girls� College) during the open session.
More than 100 delegates from different parts of the State participated in the programme and discussed different issues and challenges they were facing in their professional lives.
More than 65 papers were presented by different college librarians, library professionals as well as research scholars at the different technical sessions of the seminar.