National Conference on Role of Libraries in Creating a Knowledge Society (SALIS 2018)

Date: 7th & 8th September, 2018

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Organized by

Dept of Library and Information Science , Alagappa University, Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu


Society for the Advancement of Library and Information Science(SALIS)

About the University

Alagappa University, accredited with ‘A+” Grade by NAAC (CGPA: 3.64) in the Third cycle of Assessment and Graded Category I University by MHRD-UGC is located at Karaikudi in Tamil Nadu. The University has secured 27th Position among Universities in India in the NIRF 2018 by MHRD. This University has emerged from the galaxy of institutions initially founded by the great philanthropist and educationist Dr. RM. Alagappa Chettiar. Alagappa University was brought into existence by a Special Act of the Government of Tamil Nadu in May 1985 with the objective of fostering research, development and dissemination of knowledge in various branches of learning. It has been recognized by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India. The University has 16 Schools, comprising 40 Departments, 3 Institutes, 9 Centres, 3 Constituent Colleges and 3 Directorates. It has 40 affiliated Colleges in Sivagangai and Ramanathapuram Districts in its fold. Right now, 1.20 lakh students are pursuing their studies under various streams of the University. As a member of the Association of Indian University (AIU), as well as the member of the Association of Common Wealth Universities (ACU), it has established relations with other academic institutions, research laboratories and industrial establishments that promise a spectacular future. The University is having International Collaborations with Universities / Institutions of Higher Learning in countries like China, Malaysia, West Indies, U.S.A. and South Korea. Innovative programmes have been designed and offered at the University for the foreign students. 40 international exchange programmes attract the attention of the teachers and students from abroad. The University’s motto is “Excellence in Action” and it keeps working towards the realization of the vision of excellence in all spheres of its action.

About the Department

The Department of Library & Information Science is functioning in the University since 2006 with the aim of providing up-to-date LIS education to the students through effective teaching programmes and practical training. The department is working with the vision to educate individuals for careers as librarians, documentalists, information professionals, archivists, information scientists and knowledge managers. The students are educated and trained in order to undertake instruction, research and service oriented programmes which require knowledge on current emerging information technological developments and market requirements. Presently the department is offering M.Lib.I.Sc. (2 Years), M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes in Library & Information Science through regular stream and it is also offering C.L.I.Sc, B.Lib.I.Sc, M.Lib.I.Sc. and PGDLAN through distance education mode.

Society for the Advancement of Library and Information Science (SALIS)

SALIS is a registered national professional body, actively involved in the development of all spheres of LIS by organizing various programmes such as conferences, seminars, workshops and training programmes on emerging topics throughout the year in various parts of the country through its chapters located in many places. SALIS publishes national and international journals, proceedings and newsletter for exchange of information and knowledge among LIS professionals. SALIS instituted many awards to encourage and motivate LIS professionals. One of the objectives of SALIS is to train the LIS professionals in the country to handle the latest IT tools and techniques more effectively and efficiently and also to understand and adopt the best practices in order to provide high quality library service to the users.

About the Conference

The “Knowledge Society (KS)” and “knowledge economy” terms were first used by Drucker in 1969 and he mentioned that knowledge will be the main element for economies. A knowledge society is one that generates, processes, disseminates, shares and uses the information and knowledge for the benefit of the members of the society to improve their living conditions. In such a society, information and the knowledges are the key assets or intellectual capitals which are the powerful producer of wealth than capital, land etc. The important indicators of a KS are literacy rate and quality education, social and economic development, equal access to information resources and technology, GDP, investment on R&D and quality publications.

Libraries also play an important role in acquiring the knowledge, organizing, disseminating, sharing it to the people in the society and preserving it for the future generation. Libraries, as gateways to knowledge and culture, play a vital role in transforming the society into a knowledge society by providing required resources and knowledge- based services to the citizens for their life-long learning, education, research, new ideas, innovation and opportunities. Libraries provides need-based and customized knowledge services to all in the society - children, school, college and university students, researchers, adults, elders, professionals, traders, business people, workers and others primarily to make them ‘better informed citizens’ in the society and thereby increase their social and economic conditions. Librarians play a key role in this process of transforming the society into a knowledge society to empower the citizens. This conference will give an opportunity to the participants to share their ideas and knowledge which will in turn help to contribute for making knowledge society.

Conference Objectives

The objectives of the conference are:

What is Knowledge Society?

What are the indicators of the KS?

How Libraries can contribute for the socio-economic development to make KS?

How Librarians can contribute to the KS through various innova/knowledge based Information Literacy programmes (IL) and services?

What are the policies to build knowledge society?

Themes and Sub-Themes

Role of Libraries for Teaching, Learning and Research

Redefining the role of libraries, physical libraries to digital libraries, virtual libraries, knowledge centres. Education to learning, self learning, information and research infrastructure. Access to information resources – primary and other sources - scholarly information. Digital / Open access resources – Institutional Repositories. Knowledge based and innovative service for Teaching, Learning and Research- Research support service- Carrier guidance – Scholarship.

Role of Public Libraries in Building KS

Smart infrastructure –resources –informational city specific, Community Knowledge centres. Physical space for meeting and learning and discussions; Learning/Digital Space for providing resources, learning & opportunities; Maker Space - Cultural and Social Centres - to learn and exhibit talents. IL Programmes – Digital Reference services-children – adult - students – elders – women - self-help group – small scale industries - Services through social media – Partnership and collaboration. Community Development Programme - society and citizen - extension activities – innovative service – Library on wheel – Mobile service – Information Kiosk. Community services using Social Media. Promoting Reading Habits using innovative methods- Human Library.

Role of Libraries for Social Development

Technology and Society - E-society - Human-technology interaction, interfaces and usability-Digital Humanities- Community infrastructure - E-governance - Digital benefits. Community education and literacy- Informed citizens- empowerment of people. Community information: Agriculture, weather forecasting, marketing. Digital literacy- health literacy- financial literacy- Community development – inclusive society- capacity building initiatives- improving quality of life – preservation of culture. Digital Communities - Digital Natives - Digital Citizenships.

Role of Libraries for Economic Development

Library and Information services to agriculture- tiny, small medium and large scale industries -Information Industries - Commerce, trade, business and banking, Microfinance- self-help group – export/import, Sustainable development. Employment - knowledge workers - knowledge economy - Transforming knowledge into products and business development -Building knowledge sharing culture in a corporate and industry environment.

Equitable Access to Information Resources and ICT

Technologies for knowledge sharing - ICT infrastructure – Computer - Mobile - Email – Internet. Access to ICT and Information Resources - Information for all. Digital development: bridging the digital divide - virtual communities - Technologies for participatory citizenship - E-government, e-democracy and cyber-civics - Multilingualism and cultural diversity. Digital repositories, archives and libraries - Disability and access - Library and Web - Search Engine - Google – Google Analytics -Open Data – Big Data. Library Services through Social network – Facebook – Twitter – WhatsApp – Linkedin - Netflix, etc

Role of LIS Professionals in Creating KS

Redefining the role of LIS professionals - Facilitator of knowledge acquisition, organization, storage and dissemination - Professional Skills and Competencies - Capacity building initiatives and training - Digital skills and services, multi-model literacies - Digitization and Cultural Preservation -Understanding / translating users needs expectations: education, learning, research, health, work, employment, agriculture, business, sports.

National and International Policy and Framework for Building KS

National, International, Inter-governmental initiatives - UNESCO-IFLA-Case studies - Information availability and accessibility, Information ethics, IL - Information infrastructure – ICT – Connectivity – Bandwidth – Affordability. Digital Resources – Local, Regional, National, International and Open - New library initiatives – World Library. Resources and Technology sharing - Information preservation - Culture – Knowledge Repository - Co-operation and collaboration - Creative commons - IPR and Copyright issues

Submission of Papers

Original and unpublished papers on the conference themes are invited for presentation at the conference. Papers will be accepted only after strict review by editorial committee. Accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings with ISBN. Selected papers may be published in the SALIS journals.

Author Guidelines

The full paper in word file (with an abstract not exceeding 200 words and at least 3 keywords) should be submitted as an e-mail attachment to Paper should not exceed 6 pages (line space: 1.5, font size: 12, font: TMN, reference: APA). For more details, please visit the conference website.Papers will not be accepted without registration fee

Target Participants

Librarians, Information professionals, LIS Teachers, Students and Research scholars.


Accommodation will be arranged in the nearby hotels on extra payment. Participants can also make their own arrangement for accommodation at hotels available in Karaikudi. The room rent varies from Rs.500 to 3000 per day


Alagappa University is located in Karaikudi. Nearest Railway Station is Karaikudi and nearest Airport is Tiruchirappalli.

Registration Fee

LIS Professionals Rs.1000

Research Scholars (Regular) & LIS Students (Regular) Rs.500 (Kit in folder)

Participants (without paper) Rs.500 (Kit without conference bag and proceedings)

Registration fee should be paid through Demand Draft drawn in favour of “The Organising Secretary, SALIS 2018” payable at Karaikudi. The online payment details will be provided on request.

Last Dates

Submission of full-paper 30.07.2018

Communication of Acceptance 10.08.2018

Registration 20.08.2018

Conference Websites

Please see the following websites peeriodically for updates

Awards and Mementos

Cash Awards will be given to the best papers for Professionals, Students and Women separately. Mementos will be given to all the presenters.

Address for Communication

Dr. S. Thanuskodi

Organizing Secretary - SALIS 2018

Professor & Head,

Dept. of Library and Information Science,

Alagappa University,

Karaikudi – 630 003,

Tamil Nadu, India.

E-mail :

Phone No: 9442224006 / 9842953420

About Karaikudi

Karaikudi is a Greater municipality in Sivaganga district in Tamil Nadu. It is part of the area commonly referred to as "Chettinad" and has been declared a heritage town by the Government of Tamil Nadu, on account of the palatial houses built with limestone called karai veedu. The city is administered by the special grade Karaikudi municipality, which covers an area of 33.75 km2 (13.03 sq mi). As of 2011, the city had a population of 106,714. Roadways are the major mode of transportation to Karaikudi. Nearest Railway Station is Karaikudi and nearest Airport is Tiruchirappalli, located 80 kilometres (50 miles) away from the city.

Nearest Tourist Places

Chettinad Palace: It is about 20 min drive from Alagappa University. The 110-year-old Chettinad Palace is an outstanding specimen of the Chettinad architecture.

Pillayar Patti Lord Ganesh Temple: This rock-cut temple located about 12 km from Karaikudi was constructed after hewing a hillock by the early Pandya kings.

Kundrakudi Murugan Temple: Positioned 10 km from Karaikudi, Arulthiru Shanmuganathan Holy Temple was built around the year 1000 AD.

Thirukostiyur Temple: One of the significant 108 Vaishnava temples. It is about 25 km from Karaikudi.

Thiruvenkadamudaiyan – Then Tirupathi: This 100-year-old vast temple complex, consecrated to Lord Srinivasa Perumal, is also referred to as Then Tirupati. It is just 4 km from the Alagappa University Campus.

Rameshwaram is 130km from Karaikudi.

Organizing Committee

Chief Patron

Prof.S.Subbiah, Vice-Chancellor


Prof.H.Gurumallesh Prabu, Registrar


Dr.K.Manimekalai, Dean, Faculty of Arts

Organizing Secretary

Dr.S.Thanuskodi, Professor & Head, DLIS

vJoint Organizing Secretary

Dr.R.Jeyshankar, Assistant Professor, DLIS


Dr.A.Thirunavukkarasu, University Librarian

Dr.C.Baskaran, Librarian

Dr.P.Ganesan, Librarian

Dr.S.Kishore Kumar, Deputy Librarian

Dr.S.Raja, Assistant Librarian

SALIS Core Committee

Dr.A.Hariharan, Founder President, SALIS

Dr.J.Dominic, Karunya University, Coimbatore

Dr.M.Mandhirasalam, CIT, Coimbatore

Dr.S.Surianarayanan, Advisor, SALIS

Dr.S.Muralidhar, CVRDE, DRDO, Chennai

Dr.S.Swaminathan, SRMVCE., Coimbatore

Dr.K.Elavazhagan, IIM, Trichy

Mr.T.Stephen, Vellalar College for Women, Erode

Mr.K.Karunai Raghavan, NEC, Kovilpatti

Dr.A.M.Venkatachalam, KSRCT, Tiruchengode

Mr.T.Senthilkumar, Gurunak College, Chennai

Dr.Jesudas Manalan, Bishop Heber College, Trichy

Mr.P.Meenakshisundaram, CPL, Chennai

Dr.P.Panneerselvam, BSAR. University, Chennai

Dr.V.Sakthi Regha, MSSW, Chennai

Dr.T.Magudeeswaran, CN College, Erode

Mr.S.Elango, SRMV MCPE, Coimbatore

Dr.R.Sevukan, Pondicherry University, Puducherry

Dr.A.Sokkalingam, SRMV Polytechnic, Coimbatore

Dr.R.Balasubramani, Bharathidasan Univ., Trichy

Dr.L.Radha Chandar, TCE, Madurai

Mr.J.Arumugam, PSG College of Tech., Coimbatore

Ms.D.Mercy Lydia, Vellalar College for Women, Erode

Dr.K.Murugan, Anna University College, Tuticorin

Dr.O.Seshaiah, PBR VITS, Kavali, AP

Dr.T.R.Sridevi, RV College of Engineering, Bangalore

Dr.P.M.Paradkar, GS College of Commerce, Nagpur

Dr.Sanjay Kataria, Bennett University, Noida

Dr.Lata Suresh, IICA, Gurgaon, Haryana

Dr.Ch.Narayana Reddy, SVGS College, Nellore

Dr.N.Prabhakar, VR College, Nellore

SALIS Working Committee

Dr.G.Amudha, VHNSN College, Virudhunagar

Dr.A.Chitra Dhavaputhalvi, CGAC, Tirupur

Dr.S.Dhanavandhan, Central University of TN, Tiruvarur

Mrs. Esther Hemalatha, HCAS, Chennai

Dr.S.Gopalakrishnan, VCET, Madurai

Mrs.K.Indumathi, Anna Adarsh College, Chennai

Dr.B.Jeyaprakash, Bharathidasan University, Trichy

Mr.A.Joseph Anburaj, KCGCT,

Mrs.K.S.Kalyani, PUCAS, Pappiretipatti

Dr.S.Kamatchi, ACL, Chennai

Dr.V.Krishnamurthy, KCT, Coimbatore

Dr.M.Leeladharan , Pondicherry University, Puducherry

Mrs.M.Mahalakshmi, Stella Maris College, Chennai

Dr.K.Mahalakshmi, Avinashilingam Univ., Coimbatore

Mrs.S.Maidhili, Meenakshi College, Chennai

Mr.F.Manase Prabu, KSRCAS, Tiruchengode

Mr.M.Manthiramoorthy, ACL, Chennai

Mr.S.Manikandan, ACL, Chennai

Mrs.G.Meenambika, PAS College, Chennai

Dr.N.Murugesan, ACET, Tirupur

Dr.M.Prabhakaran, Vivekananda College, Madurai

Mr.V.Radhakrishnan, SBI Global, Chennai

Dr.T.Raja, St. Xavier’s College of Ed., Palayamkottai

Mr.V.Rajendran, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore

Dr.K.Ramasamy, MVM Govt. Arts College, Dindigul

Dr.G.Saravanan, French Institute, Pondicherry

Dr.S.Saravanan, M.D.T. Hindu College, Tirunelveli

Dr.A.Senthamil Selvi, SEC, Trichy

Dr.R.Senthilkumar, KASC, Coimbatore

Dr.A.P.Shanmugam, TUCAS, Villupuram

Dr.K.S.Sivakumaren, Anna University, MIT, Chennai

Mrs.R.Sophia Johnson, MCE, Chennai

Dr.S.Sridhar, TSM, Madurai

Mrs.B.Srilakshmi, Sir Thiagaraja College, Chennai

Dr.M.Surulinathi, Bharathidasan University, Trichy

Dr.Ch.Veeranjaneyulu, GIST, Nellore

Ms.B.Vijayalakshmi, SPC, Tirunelveli

Dr.K.Vinitha, SMC, Thothukudi

National Advisory Committee

Dr.S.Ally Sornam, DLIS, Bishop Heber College, Trichy

Dr.V.Chandrakumar, University of Madras, Chennai

Dr.Anup Kumar Das, JNU, New Delhi

Dr.K.Chinnasamy, MK University, Madurai

Dr.G.Krishnamoorthy, Anna University, Chennai

Dr.S.C.Kumaresan, ARA Institute of Canterbury, NZL

Dr.Mahendra N.Jadhav, Librarian, IIT Madras

Dr.C.Murugan, Periyar University, Salem

Dr.M.Nagarajan, Annamalai University, Chidambaram

Dr.K.Padmini, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupathi

Mr.S.Radhakrishnan, NPOL, Cochin

Dr S.Ravi, Central University of Tamil Nadu, Tiruvarur

Mr.A.Sankaran, The Hindu, Chennai

Dr.R.Sarangapani, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore

Mr.S.S.Sivakumaar, DCL, Karur

Dr.S.Srinivasa Ragavan, Bharathidasan Univ., Trichy

Dr.B.Suresh, MK University, Madurai

Dr.M.Tamizhchelvan, Gandhigram University, Dindigul

Dr.A.Thirumagal, M.S. University, Tirunelveli

Dr.P.Vinayagamoorthy, Thiruvalluvar University, Vellore

Local Organizing Committee

Dr.X.Mercy Angeline, DLIS, ALU, Karaikudi

Dr.V.Muthumari, DLIS, ALU, Karaikudi

Dr.C.Muthurasu, DLIS, ALU, Karaikudi

Dr.P.Muthumari, AUMC College, Paramakudi

Dr.J.Santhi, APSA College, Thiruppathur

Dr.P.Padma, DLIS, MKU, Madurai

Mr.R.Madasamy, AGAC, Karaikudi

Mr.K.Thishanthkumar, SSAC, Devakottai

Dr.N.Nachiappan, RTC, Karaikudi

Dr.K.Senkodi, SAC, Pallathur

Dr.R.Padmavathy, AUCPE, Karaikudi

Dr.P.Murugiah, CECRI, Karaikudi

Mr.R.Pandi, Central Library, ALU, Karaikudi

Mr.R.Venkatram, Central Library, ALU, Karaikudi

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National Conference on Role of Libraries in Creating a Knowledge Society (SALIS 2018)

7th & 8th September, 2018

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Organizing Secretary - SALIS 2018

Professor & Head,

Dept. of Library and Information Science,

Alagappa University,

Karaikudi – 630 003,

Tamil Nadu, India.

E-mail :

Phone No: 9442224006 / 9842953420


DLIS & Central Library, Alagappa University, Karaikudi



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