New Delhi, October 26: The Vice President of India, M. Hamid Ansari after inaugurating the 19th National Convention on Knowledge, Library and Information Networking - NACLIN 2016 said that "Libraries continue to play a central role in providing open and free access to information and ideas."
19th National Convention on Knowledge, Library and Information Networking - NACLIN 2016 was organized by the Tezpur University in alliance with Developing Library Network, New Delhi. Ansari said that the explosion of information now being produced in digital form has dramatically changed expectations about the production as well as the use of knowledge.
He further said that social networks and social media have become more important in people’s learning strategies. Changing paradigms of knowledge production, expanding sources and modes of dissemination, faster and broader accessibility to a growing range of information have the varied opportunities, he brought to notice. Libraries must transform and avail such opportunities to remain vital forces of knowledge dissemination in the years ahead, he further added.
The Vice President said that we are living in the information age and this implies that the main sector of economic productivity is changing from agriculture and manufacturing to creation and processing of information and knowledge. Libraries have the obligation to act as equalizers, he pointed out.
He further added that they can help a larger proportion of the society to participate in the knowledge driven growth by providing them with equitable and affordable access to knowledge and information. It is relevant to remind ourselves that technology in the service of humankind has its limits, he cautioned.
The Governor of Assam, Banwarilal Purohit, and the Minister for Irrigation, Handloom & Textiles, Government of Assam, Ranjit Dutta and the Vice-Chancellor of Tezpur University, Prof. Mihir Kanti Chaudhuri were present on the occasion.