Librarians from other countries visit The Hindu library

Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: Librarians from several Asian, African and South American countries visited The Hindu library on Monday as part of a certificate course in modern library practices. India is far ahead of several other developing countries when it comes to using technology in libraries, several of them said.

Thirteen librarians from Myanmar, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia, Guyana, Sudan, Namibia, Libya and Mongolia are in the city for the course conducted by the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NITTTR), Taramani.

The position of librarian is as new to Namibia as information technology jobs, said Menete Ndapandula Hamukwaya, who manages the library of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Windhoek, Namibia.

The ministerial library is in the process of implementing automation.

While Internet access is available, the worldwide web cannot stand in for a library with a librarian who is knowledgeable about a wide range of subjects, she said.

Carla Melissa Mackanlall from the National Library, Guyana, finds the course “exciting,” especially as their library is run using traditional methods.

Libraries remain the first source of information, and there is heavy demand for internet browsing at our library, she said.

Study tour

The course included a study tour of libraries in Mysore and Bangalore. The group also visited the IIT Madras library. Ms. Hamukwaya hopes that the Indian Government will sponsor more librarians from her country as the Namibian Government is in the process of setting up a number of community libraries.

Khulan Lkhagva, bibliographer, Economic School of the Mongolian National University, hopes that experienced librarians from the country would help librarians in Mongolia establish library automation.

The course, for overseas library professionals, conducted by NITTTR is sponsored by the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.

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