5-6 July, 2017



Change is the order of the day. The phenomenon is global. If happens in all aspects of human endeavour. Libraries have been in existence since time immemorial with the very beginning of human civilization. There has been a sea change in its concept, organisation, management, and even in delivery of services. The process of change however differs from region to region and country to country. The scenario in most advanced and developed countries is different from the scenario in less developed or developing countries of the world. There is a general perception that changes in libraries have been brought out by the technological advancements particularly in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and its application in Library affairs. Today we are talking about hybrid library, electronic library, digital library, virtual library, etc. which have been made so with the purposeful application of ICT gadgets. This transformational change from the traditional to present high-tech library systems has greatly influenced on the working professionals, mode of practice and service delivery, users community, content organisation and management, etc. In the Indian sub-continent, the north-eastern region is still lagging behind in this context. The Digital India Imitative of the new NDA Government led by hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given us avenues for all service sectors to go on digital. Library can be considered as an important service sector area to serve users in a better way. LIS sector has already started adoption of digital technology. Such sector of the north eastern region also needs to be improved upon in many aspects. It is in this context that holding of a National Level Seminar in the region in such a theme would certainly benefit the LIS sectors and its professionals to explore the possibilities of transforming their libraries in Digital India perspectives. The LIS community in the country firmly belief that Digital India would be difficult to move forward without digitising the library systems of the country. It is in this context that the Department of Library and Information Sciences, Manipur University is exercising its humble responsibilities to provide such a platform to transact various issues associated with the transformation of the LIS sectors and professionals of the country in general and of the north-eastern region in particular by drawing opinions and suggestions from the senior stalwarts in the field of Library and Information Science who have well experiences in the issue.