International BSLA Workshop begins

The historic Three Day International Leadership Skills Training Workshop for Indian School Librarians has been inaugurated at G D Goenka University, Gurgaon, Delhi on 4 October 2017.

Ms Ingrid Bon, Manager, Development Programmes, IFLA was the chieg guest at the inaugural session. Dr Ramesh C. Gaur, University Librarian, Jawaharlal Nehru University delivered the key-note address. Prof (Dr) Srihari, Vice Chancellor, G. D. Goenka University, Dr Moorttimatee Samantray Rath, Head, LDD, NCERT, Mr Sanjay K. Bihani, Library & Information Officer, Ministry of External Affairs and IFLA Chair for Regional Standing Committee for Asia and Oceania and Ms Amarjeet Gill, Deputy Chief Executive, National Library Board, Singapore addressed the participants. Dr Nitesh Bansal, Registrar, GD Goenka University gave felicitations. A pre-training study “School Libraries in India: A statistical Review” was released at the inaugural session. Ms Madhu Bhargava, Dean of Libraries, GD Goenka World School and the Workshop Coordinator delivered the vote of thanks

The workshop has been organized by G. D. Goenka University and Indian School Library Association (ISLA) in collaboration with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), UN, Netherlands, International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) and the National Library of Singapore.

The workshop is conceived as a Capacity Building Leadership Training programme for School Librarians of India. School libraries and School Librarianship in India have lagged behind; continue to work in isolation for long, consequently resulting in slow and retarded professional development. Collaboration and Team Work are the mantras for Professional Development and excellence in Education and Schooling. It is in this context that a Capacity Building Leadership Training Workshop is worked out for School Librarians of India.

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