GUWAHATI, May 8 - The Assam College Librarians� Association (ACLA) has taken an initiative to enhance the capacity building of the college librarians of Assam through online training during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Online training was provided recently to college librarians on recent the developments in the N-LIST facility of MHRD-INFLIBNET through the Zoom software, where the users can access more than 31 lakh e-books and over 6,000 e-journals.
The ICT cell team of the Association under its convener Dr Birender Pal, librarian, Kaliabor College, is working relentlessly to impart the online training.
Dr Prasanta K Deka, librarian of the KC Das Commerce College and general secretary of ACLA, informed that the Association has purchased the licenced version of the video conferencing software Zoom.
On May 11, 2020, Yatrik Patel, scientist, INFLIBNET centre, will take an online session on college library management software (Soul 3.0 � upcoming version of the existing Soul 2.0) and �Institutional Repository� system from 2.30 pm.
Already 90 per cent of college libraries of Assam are using the Soul software for their automated library services.
Online training will also be provided on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) by the Association. It is also going to conduct more training programmes for the college librarians on ICT initiatives of MHRD like Swayam, Swayam Prabha, National Digital Library, etc.
More sessions would be taken by eminent international experts from Sri Lanka, US, etc, on different emerging issues and challenges of library and information science.
The ICT cell of the Association has been continuously hosting different educational videos on its official YouTube channel on online e-resources, N-List facility, Google classroom, Zoom software, etc, so that the academic community may get much practical exposure to these ICT facilities.