Program Perspective Libraries are constantly facing challenges due to lack of sufficient funds to meet the ever increasing expectations of users due to emerging technologies. Therefore, libraries are bound to innovate the new services and systems from to fulfill these expectations Open Source Software (OSS) for automation and modernization of services to exploit the ever increasing contents in public domain have come handy for them. The main agenda of the workshop is to create awareness and familiarity among librarians and other information professionals to adopt and implement the OSS for their different in-house activities. Two software packages which are planned to be covered are Dspace and Koha. Dspace is one of the most popular software developed jointly by MIT Libraries and HPL labs. DSpace helps to create, index and retrieve various forms of digital content. Koha is the first open-source integrated library System. Koha includes modules for circulation, cataloguing, acquisitions, serials, patron management, branch relationships, and many more features.
Aim of the Workshop The aim of the workshop is to enable the participants to operate the DSpace and Koha software on their own and understand when and what type of library activity to use.
Objectives The purpose of this workshop is to provide training with adequate practical knowledge to library professionals which will enable them to initiate for modernization of the libraries like Library Automation and Networking, Development of Institutional Repository, Design and Development of Library Website etc. by using Open Source Software. The workshop will focus on use and application of DSpace and Koha.
Inaugural Session The Workshop was inaugurated by lighting the lamp by the Chief Guest. Delivering the welcome address Dr.S.Thanuskodi, Organizing Secretary welcomed the guests and hoped that deliberations would be fruitful. The thematic address was given by Dr. A. Thirunavukkarasu, Librarian, Alagappa University. Chief Guest Prof. S. Kaliyamoorthy, Convener, Vice-Chancellor Officiating Committee of Alagappa University emphasized the importance of reading habits and development of Information and Communication Technology.
Prof. S. Kaliyamoorthy, Convener, Vice-Chancellor Officiating Committee of Alagappa University released the Workshop live CD prepared by Department of Library and Information Science.
The felicitation address was given by Dr. A. Narayanamoorthy, Dean, Faculty of Arts, Alagappa University and keynote address was given by Dr. S. Ravi, Professor & Head, Library and Information Science Wing, Directorate of Distance Education, Annamalai University on the theme “Open Source Software”. The inaugural session ended with the release of Workshop Live CD and vote of thanks by the joint organizing Secretary Dr. R. Jeyshankar.
Invited Talk Delivering the first invited talk, Dr. S. Srinivasaragavan, Professor and Head, Department of Library and Information Science, Bharathidasan University, Trichy dwelt upon Content Management System which covered topics like, content management application (CMA) and the content delivery application (CDA). The features of a CMS system vary, but most include Web-based publishing, format management, revision control, and indexing, search, and retrieval. The second invited talk, Dr. M. Sadik Batcha dwelt upon application of Open source software which covered topics like, Open Source Software (OSS), Application of Open Source Software in the Libraries , Digital Libraries an Overview, Open Source Library Automation Software.
Demonstration & Hands on Training of Dspace & Koha Dr. R. Balasubramani, Assistant Professor, Department of Library and Information Science, Bharathidasan University explained the Dspace Installation, Customization, Management and Backup in Dspace. Dr. S. Gopalakrishnan, Former Assistant Librarian of Anna University explained the Koha Installation, Customization, Management and modules of Koha.
Valedictory Function The Valedictory function was held at the Convocation Seminar Hall on 24th January, 2014 from 04.00 to 05.00 pm presided over by Prof. P. Manisankar, Member of Syndicate, Alagappa University. Among others who attended the Valedictory function were the distinguished resource persons, participants and invitees. Earlier the function started by the welcome and introductory speech by Dr. R. Jeyshankar, Joint Organising Secretary. Dr. A. Thriunavukkarasu, University Librarian presented the workshop report i.e. two days events. Prof. T.R. Gurumoorthy, Director, Directorate of Distance Education, Alagappa University felicitated the program. Dr. A. Manoharan, Associate Professor, Department of Library and Information Science, Bishop Heber College, Trichy delivered the Valedictory Address. There was a time of sharing where the participants shared their experiences in the two days workshop. Dr. S. Thanuskodi, Associate Professor and Head i/c and Organising Secretary of the Workshop presented formal vote of thanks.
I am writing this to submit my feedback on the ICSSR SPONSORED TWO DAY NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE FOR ACADEMIC, SPECIAL AND PUBLIC LIBRARIES ” The workshop was organized in a wonderful way with good reception, quality discussion matter and food.
I was much impressed by the Leadership Quality of the Workshop Director, Organizing Secretary, Joint Organizing secretary in managing all the activities related to the library.
I would like to thank the entire library Information Science Department, Co-Coordinator, Staff for their Wonderful arrangement for organizing such a Fabulous Programmed. Special thanks to the resources persons.
At this time I would like to place two requests. Kindly inform me about such future workshops that would help my career. Next, I will remain ever grateful if you mail me the photographs taken during the workshop so that I can freshen up those sweet memories.
Greetings from V. JESINTHA BANU
I attended workshop conducted by you on 23,24th of January in your university. It was so amazing sir. Everything was arranged in well manner. I acquired knowledge about library oss. Now I can work with KOHA software. I can develop my knowledge through this workshop.
The response of the workshop was very good. The participants attended the Workshop, were from Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka respectively. The workshop offered opportunities to the participating delegates to put forth innovative ideas and promote cooperation and networking among them
One day Seminar on “Ethics in Changing Global Business Environment”on 11th February, 2014 Organized by Department of Commerce, PSGR Krishnammal College for Women, Coimbatore.
About the Seminar: Business is the back bone of our economy, it contributes to its growth by providing products, services, employment etc., which improves the standard of living of the people and increases the revenue to the Government. However, on the other hand, it’s functioning often raises ethical issues such as pollution, environmental degradation and corrupt practices. The fast changing external environment of business especially in the field of information and technology has compelled organizations to accept such changes positively rather than to go against such changes. With changes in global business, several ethical issues have been faced and solved to the satisfaction of all stakeholders. The Seminar was organized based on the above background.
Details of Papers Presented: 86 papers were received covering the following topics:
Details of Sessions The seminar proceeding began with registration of participants from 8.30 am onwards and 179 participants from various colleges in Coimbatore, Erode, Pollachi, Gobi & the Nilgiris registered for the seminar.
The Inaugural session of the programme started at 9.30 am, when Dr.R.Vijaylakshmi, Head & Associate Professor, Department of Commerce, PSGR Krishnammal College for Women, Coimbatore welcomed the gathering. TheSeminar was inaugurated byShri.M.Settu, CEO, Syndicate Exports (P) Ltd, Coimbatore. He shared his views and expertise on Ethics to be followed in Business. Mr.Settu, elaborated on the ethical and unethical practices that are very commonly adopted by business people. His speech provided an insight to the Participants regarding Ethics, Corporate Governance & CSR. The young budding potential business persons among the participants received the first dose of knowledge on their Ethical behavior to be adopted in future. Mrs.G.Kalavathy, Associate Professor, Department of Commerce, PSGR Krishnammal College for Women, Coimbatore proposed the vote of thanks, with which the inaugural session came to an end at 10.45 am.
The paper presentation session was classified into two sessions as Technical session I & Technical session II. After a short tea break of 15 minutes, the first technical session began at 11 am, where papers on Corporate Governance & CSR were presented. Dr.S.Nirmala, Associate Professor & Head, Dept. of Business Administration, PSGR Krishnammal College for Women, Coimbatore was the Moderator for the session co-ordinated by Dr.S.Suma Devi, Associate Professor, Department of Commerce, and PSGR Krishnammal College for Women, Coimbatore. In the beginning of the session I, Dr.S.Nirmala elaborated on “Corporate Governance & CSR” and on the conduct of the session. The presentations were made using PPT and Case Study analysis. The Moderator also gave an apt conclusion, by summarizing the proceedings of the session and the session was closed at 1.30pm.
The post-lunch session was the second Technical Session which began at 2.15pm.The session was handled and moderated by Dr.K.Chitra, Director, Management Studies, and Sri Ramakrishna Engineering College Coimbatore. The session was co-ordinated by Dr.M. Nagamani, Associate Professor, Dept. of Commerce, and PSGR Krishnammal College for Women, Coimbatore. The delegates for the seminar presented papers on “Business Ethics”. The moderator delivered an introductory speech and raised questions after each presentation. The session came to a close with the concluding remarks of the moderator.
The valedictory session was at 4.15pm and was presided over by Dr. R. Vijayalakshmi, Associate Professor& Head, Department of Commerce, and PSGR Krishnammal College for Women, Coimbatore who was the convener of the seminar. The Valedictory address was delivered by Dr. S. Nakkiran, Prof. of Co-operative Management, Ambo University, and Ambo, Ethiopia. He shared his views on the necessity to accept the changes taking place globally in an Ethical manner. He discussed about the need for following ethical practices in order to maintain morale among all Stake holders of the corporate world. All the Participants received a participation certificate from the chief guest & Ms.Shalini K.Menon of Providence College, Mr.AbijithV.Nayar, Nehru College, Ms.Preethi & Ms.S.Amruthatharini, Ms.Abirami & Ms.Harishmitha, and Ms.Saranya. P PSGRKC received special appreciation for best paper. The session was concluded with a vote of thanks proposed by Mrs. Kalavathi, Associate Professor, Dept. of Commerce, PSGR Krishnammal College for women, Coimbatore. The daylong seminar came to an end at 5.30pm with National Anthem.