ACS Publications Library Summit Series recently touched down in India for four special events in Delhi, Kolkata, Bengaluru, and Mumbai, from September 21 to 28, 2018. More than 70 key opinion leaders from the academic and corporate community, including Chief Librarians from the institutions in the region and other key stakeholders from academic, corporate institutions as well as Government Planning and Policy departments, were able to join ACS Publications. The summit was the first ACS Publications initiative of its kind to engage the library community. It received an overwhelming response from the library community in India. Mr. Michael Qiu the Senior Library Relations Manager of ACS Publications, flew down from Washington D.C. to join the summit. Michael Qiu, who brings with him a rich experience as an academic librarian, shared his views on how ACS is empowering library professionals globally and the ACS Publications’ plans for India in the coming years.
The summit agenda focused on the “Evolution of Librarianship globally and in India.” All the sessions in these events centered around the importance of library and information professionals in research within the Indian academic system, the requirement for a strong research strategy and international collaboration to drive positive outcomes, the librarian’s role in encouraging research at the undergraduate level and the importance of open access content.
The key speaker’s list featured the best of the library community in India:
Dr. Jagdish Arora, Director UGC INFLIBNET.
Dr. Suman Malik, Chief Scientist, and Librarian – CDRI Lucknow.
Dr. Ananda Byrappa, Chief Librarian IISC, Bengaluru.
Dr. Suranjan Das, Vice Chancellor, Jadavpur University.
Dr. Samiran Mahapatra, Director, Open Innovation Asia, Unilever.
Dr. Medha Joshi Consultant Information Services, National Cancer Grid, Tata Memorial Centre.
And many more!
This initiative by ACS Publications, in collaboration with Balani InfoTech, brought forth useful discussions and had many take-away points for the audience. These played an important role by providing a platform for affluent personalities in the library community to share best practices with their regional counterparts. This, in turn, will increase the efficiency of academic as well as corporate libraries, aid in the quality of research output at the participating institutions; enable academic and corporate collaboration among libraries and help in addressing some major concerns faced by libraries in India.
These library events in India reaffirm ACS Publications’ commitment to empowering communities in India and around the world.
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