25-27 November 2009



Invitation and call For papers

Organised by
Department of Library and Information Science
The University of Burdwan
Golapbag, Burdwan – 713104
West Bengal


Indian Association of Teachers of Library and Information Science
(IATLIS) (founded 1969) is a professional association of about 600
teachers and professionals in Library and Information Science in
India. Since its inception in 1969, IATLIS has been active in taking
up several issues of LIS Education in India especially relating to the
development of curriculum, teaching methods, infrastructure, teachers’
training, etc. It actively works for the promotion of the professional
interests of LIS teachers. As part of its activities, it conducts
national seminars, workshops, training programmes, etc. It brings out
its official organ ‘IATLIS Communication’ besides publishing
pre-conference volumes. This year the annual IATLIS conference is to
be held at Department of Library & Information Science, University of
Burdwan, Golapbag, Burdwan – 713104, West Bengal. The theme of the
conference is “Envisioning Employable LIS Courses in Developing
Countries for the Emerging Knowledge Society”. The conference is
scheduled to be held from 25-27 November 2009.

About Burdwan (in Bengali language: Barddhaman):

Burdwan (Barddhaman) is a city of West Bengal state in eastern India.
It is the district capital since the times of the Mughals. The city is
situated a little less than 100 Km north-west of Kolkata on the Grand
Trunk Road (NH-2) as well as on Eastern Railway as a junction railway
station. The city holds the literal meaning of the name, a prosperous
and growing centre due to diversity of agricultural productivity and
industrial belts. It has a multi-cultural heritage which is exhibited
through the existence of various mosques, tombs, churches and temples.
The town owes its historical importance of being the headquarters of
the Maharajas of Burdwan who tried their best to make the region
culturally, economically, educationally and ecologically healthier.

The University of Burdwan:

The University of Burdwan was formally inaugurated on 15 June 1960. It
is a University of national character and stature. The Mahatab Manjil
(the Palace of King: Rajbati) serves as Administrative Block of this
university and Academic Complex is situated in Golapbag (the Garden of
Rose) which is 2 km from Rajbati. The University is all set to enter
in Golden Jubilee Celebration phase from June in this year after
offering excellent educational services to the community. It offers
graduate courses through 105 affiliated colleges and post-graduate
courses in Arts, Science and Technology. As a dual mode university, it
has 29 teaching and research departments along with a separate
Directorate of Distance Education. With social responsibilities in
mind, the university actively patronised the construction of a Science
Centre and a Planetarium, named as Meghnad Saha Planetarium.

Department of Library and Information Science:

The Department of Library and Information Science, one of the oldest
departments of the University of Burdwan, initiated post-graduate
diploma in Library Science in 1965. This course later on fragmented
into three separate programmes namely BLIS (1 year, two-semester
programme), MLIS (1 year, two-semester programme), and M.Phil (2
years, four-semester programme). Ph. D. programme has been started
since 1980. The department has two state-of-the-art computer
laboratories with high-speed ATM LAN and high bandwidth Internet
connectivity. One ICT lab is dedicated for the use of Free/Libre/Open
Source Software (FLOSS). The department regularly updates its
curriculum to keep pace with the emerging job-market. development.
Theme of the Conference



1. Relevance of existing LIS courses to the job- market.
2. Developing LIS courses for the emerging job market.
3. Equity, diversity and expansion of LIS education.
4. Choice-based credit system and internship programmes.
5. Resource-based student-centred learning.
6. Accreditation, quality assurance and standardization with special
reference to distance education.
7. Continuous Professional Education and Development for Faculty
8. Physical, technological, and learning support infrastructure.
9. Liaison with and feedback management from students, alumni, and
10. Marketing of LIS courses.
11. Research agenda for future.
12. International Cooperation and collaboration
13. Role of stakeholders in LIS education and research.

The above sub-themes are not comprehensive rather indicative only.

Call for Papers:

Papers on the above-mentioned facets of the theme “Envisioning
Employable LIS courses in Developing Countries for the Emerging
Knowledge Society” for the XXVI IATLIS National Conference should
reach Dr. Trishanjit. Kaur, General Secretary, IATLIS, C/o Department
of Library and Information Science, Punjabi University, Patiala –
147002 (Punjab) latest by 30 September 2009
. The paper should not be
more than three thousand words. Please send your paper both in print
and electronic form on a CD in Microsoft Word and also a soft copy
through email to iatlis.patiala@gmail.com. The paper should include
title, name and address of author(s), abstract, and keywords. Use the
APA Style Manual for preparing the paper. For further information
about this check this link:

Registration fee:

Indian Delegates:

Sponsored: Rs. 3000/-
Non-Sponsored: Rs. 2500/-
Retired Professionals: Rs. 1500/-
Local Participants: Rs. 1500/-
Accompanying Person: Rs. 2000/-
Students:            Rs. 600/-

Foreign Delegates:

SARRC Countries: $ 100
Other Countries: $ 200

The registration fee covers conference kits, proceedings of the
conference, accommodation, and meals on the days of the conference.
Delegates are requested to include registration fees for accompanying
person. Accompanying persons shall not be entitled for conference
kits. Delegates are requested to include registration fees for
accompanying person while forwarding their registration forms since it
would not be possible to entertain last minute requests in view of
shortage of accommodation. Delegates are also requested to intimate
their travel plan in advance to avoid inconvenience. The Demand Draft
along with duly filled Registration Form should be sent latest by 15
November 2009 to:

Dr. Tridib Tripathi
Organizing Secretary, IATLIS Conference 2009
Department of Library and Information Science
University of Burdwan, Golapbag, Burdwan
E-mail: tridibtripathi@yahoo.co.in
Mobile- 09475123934


Accommodation in hotels, University and other guest houses will be
arranged by the local organizing committee for which prior information
has to be provided well in time.

Climate and Clothing:

Winters are quite comfortable in this part of the country. Temperature
during winter (November/December) varies from 15�C to 22�C. Delegates
are requested to bring light woolen clothes.

How to Reach Burdwan (Barddhaman):

Burdwan city is well connected through rail (located on New Delhi –
Howrah route) and road (located on the G.T. Road). The university
campus is 4 km from railway station and may be reached by rickshaw,
town buses, auto and taxi services. Burdwan city is 85 km. away from
Kolkata city and is connected via trains and buses. The nearest
airport is at Kolkata.


The Organizing Committee will make arrangements to receive
participants at Barddhaman (Burdwan) Junction Railway station.
Delegates are requested to arrange their return tickets and
reservation well in advance.

XXVI IATLIS National Conference
25-27 November 2009
Department of Library & Information Science
University of Burdwan, Golapbag, Burdwan-713104


Name (Prof./Dr./Mr./Mrs/Ms.):

Name of Accompanying Person (if any):

Designation: _____________________________________________________

Institution: _____________________________________________________

Mailing Address: _____________________________________________________

E-mail: ___________________________________________

Phone: (R)______________________(O)____________________(M)

Payment Details:

Bank Daft No. _________________ dated ______________ Amount (Rs.)

(Drawn in favour of “The HOD, Department of Library and Information
Science, University of Burdwan”, payable at “Burdwan”

Drawn on (Bank) ________________________________________________

Whether Accommodation required: Yes / No

If yes, number of persons              :        ________

Arrival Details (Train No., Date, Time


Important Dates:

Receipt of full papers : 30 September 2009
Last date for Registration : 15 November 2009
Conference Dates : 25-27 November, 2009

We extend a very cordial invitation to all LIS teachers and librarians
for participation in XXVI IATLIS National Conference 2009.

Organizing Committee:

Chief Patron
Prof. S. Pal
Vice Chancellor, University of Burdwan

Prof. Jagtar Singh, President, IATLIS, Dept of Library and Information
Science, Punjabi University, Patiala 147002 (Punjab).Ph.-0175-3046179,
3046180 Email: jagtar.kindu@gmail.com, iatlis.patiala@gmail.com

Dr. Trishanjit Kaur, General Secretary, IATLIS,  Dept of Library and
Information Science, Punjabi University, Patiala 147002
(Punjab).Ph.-0175-3046179, 3046180 Email: trishanjit.kaur@gmail.com

Prof. Juran Krishna Sarkhel, Director of the IATLIS  National
Conference 2009, Head, , Dept. of  Library and Information Science,
University of Kalyani,  Kalyani -741 235

Prof. Krishnapada Majumdar, Rapporteur General, of the IATLIS
National Conference 2009, Dept. of  Library and Information Science,
Jadavpur University, Jadavpur, Kolkata-700 032

Dr.Tridib Tripathi, Organizing Secretary, Head, Department of Library
and Information Science, The University of Burdwan , Golapbag, P.O. +
Dist. – Burdwan-713104
E-mail: tridibtripathi@yahoo.co.in
Mobile- 09475123934

Prof. Subal Chandra Biswas, Joint Organizing Secretary, Department of
Library and Information Science, The University of Burdwan , Golapbag,
P.O. + Dist. – Burdwan-713104    E-mail:  scbiswas_56@yahoo.co.in
Mobile: +91-9434354814

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