Inspiring and Repositioning Public Libraries in India:Technology, Content and Services


March 7-8, 2016

India International Centre, Delhi

Time: 0930 AM – 1700 PM

March 9, 2016

DELNET, New Delhi

Time: 0930 AM – 1700 PM





DAY ONE: MARCH 7, 2016

SESSION I: Trends, Issues and Innovations in Public Libraries: The Global Best Practices: Panel Discussion

Chair: Ms. Pilar Pacheco, Senior Program Officer, Global Libraries Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA


Ms. Jennefer Nicholson, Secretary-General, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, The Netherlands (PPT File )

Ms. Lotta Muurinen, Service Manager, Helsinki City Library, Finland (PPT File )

Ms. Bronwen Erasmus, Assistant Director, Public Library Service Enhancement, Western Cape, South Africa (PPT File )

SESSION II: Repositioning Public Libraries in India

Chair: Mr. P. Jayarajan, Former Head, British Council Libraries, India; Library Advisor, Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University, Kerala; Member, Advisory Board, READ INDIA; Member, Project Board, IPLM

Key-note Presentations: Model Public Libraries: Knowledge Centers for Public - Dr. H. K. Kaul, Director, DELNET & Chair, Organizing Committee, IPLC 2016, India (PPT File)


Changing dimensions of Public Libraries in Telegana & Andhra Pradesh – Dr. Laxman Rao, Telengana State Library Association, Hyderabad, India(PPT File)

Reenergizing Public Libraries in Uttar Pradesh – Ms. Shantwana Tiwari, Officer on Special Duty, Government of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, India(PPT File)

Saving Public Libraries post-disaster: A case-study from Chennai – Mr. Chenthil Nathan, Chennai(PPT File)

SESSION III: Digital Content for Public Libraries: Immediate Initiatives and The Strategies

Chair: Dr. Sandhya Shekhar, Former CEO of IIT Madras Research Park and Member, Project Board, Indian Public Library Movement, India


E-content for farmers and farming families – Mr. S. Senthilkumaran, Program Leader – Information Services, Reliance Foundation, Mumbai, India(PPT File)

Open e-resources for public libraries - Dr. Sangeeta Kaul, Network Manager, DELNET, New Delhi, India(PPT File)

E-Library initiatives in Kerala – Shri. N. Balagopal, Vice Chairman, P.N. Panicker Foundation, Thiruvananthapuram, India(PPT File)

Local e-content for the public - Mr. Alberto Gil, National Coordinator, Biblioredes program, Chile(PPT File)

Digital Bookshelves for All: A Case Study of Library Wall - Ms. Sara Elisabeth Wingate Gray, Teaching Fellow – University College, London and Co-Founder - Artefacto, London, UK(PPT File)

SESSION IV: Innovative and Inclusive Library Services for Public: Best Practices

Chair: Mr. Mathew Cherian, Chief Executive, HelpAge India and Member-Project Board, IPLM, India


Innovation in the Goa State Central Library – Mr. Carlos Fernandez, Curator, State Central Library, Goa, India (PPT File)

Library Services to the marginalized in Kenya: Ms. Mary W. Kinyanjui, Kibera Librarian, Kenyan National Library Service, Nairobi, Kenya (PPT File)

The Use of Technology and the Role of Libraries in Supporting Older People - Mr. Thomas Forrest, Freelance consultant; Former Director of Cultural Services, Oxfordshire, UK (PPT File)

IPLC 2016 Market Place of Ideas at Multi Purpose Hall, Kamla Devi Block, IIC

Coordinators – Ms. Namita Monga Rao and Dr. Sangeeta Kaul

DAY TWO: MARCH 8, 2016

SESSION V: International Collaborations for Improving Public Library System

Chair: Ms. Deborah Jacobs, Director, Global Libraries, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA

Keynote Presentations: Ms. Jennefer Nicholson, Secretary-General, International Federation for Library Associations and Institutions, The Hague, The Netherlands (PPT File)


Ms. Susan Schnuer, Mortenson Centre for International Library Program, University of Illinois, USA (PPT File)

Dr. Geeta Malhotra, Country Director, READ Global, India (PPT File)

SESSION VI: Public Private Partnership Models: Strategies for the Future

Chair: Mr. Shrikant Sinha, Chief Executive Officer, NASSCOM Foundation and Co-Chair, Organizing Committee IPLC 2016


Ms. Sandhya Vasudevan, Deutsche Bank Group Chief Operating Officer & Managing Director, Mumbai, India (PPT File)

Mr. Anurag Pratap, Head CSR, Capegemini, Mumbai, India (PPT File)

Ms. Amarjeet Gil Kaur, Former Director, Singapore National Library Board, Singapore (PPT File)

Mr. Juan Miguel Villegas Jimenez, Digital Content Editor, Foundation EPM, Medellin, Colombia (PPT File)

Emerging Partnerships for Public Libraries in India, Mr. Vignesh Sornamohan(PPT File)

SESSION VII: Capacity Building in Public Libraries

Chair: Ms. Pilar Pacheco, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA


Ms. Camelia Crisan, Progress Foundation, Bucharest, Romania (PPT File)

Dr. Jagdish Arora, Director, INFLIBNET, Ahmedabad, India (PPT File)

Dr. Jagtar Singh, Professor, Punjabi University, Patiala, India (PPT File)

Ms. Nancy Anabel, Director, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai, India (PPT File)

SESSION VIII: Panel Discussion on Inspiring and Repositioning Public Libraries with Technology, Content and Services

Chair: Dr. H. K. Kaul, Director, DELNET, India


Dr. Satish Kumar S. Hosamani, Director, Department of Public (PPT File)

Libraries, Government of Karnataka, India

Dr. Vijay Kumar, Kerala Library Council, Thiruvananthapuram, India

Mr. K. K. Banerjee, Former Director General, Raja Ram Mohan Rai Library Foundation, Kolkata, India

Prof. Shabahat Hussain, President, Indian Library Association, India

Dr. Ashu Shokeen, Professor, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, India

SESSION IX: Recommendations and the Valedictory Function

Welcome: Dr. H. K. Kaul, Director-DELNET and Chair Organizing Committee IPLC 2016, India

Report of IPLC 2016: Rapporteur General: Dr. Sangeeta Kaul, Network Manager, DELNET, India

IPLC 2016 Recommendations: Presented by Dr. B. Shadrach, Advisor, Indian Public Library Movement, India

Address by the Chief Guest: Dr. B. P. Singh, Former Governor and Home Secretary, India

Release of Prof. P. B. Mangla’s book: "Public Library Services in Delhi" – by the Chief Guest.

Presidential Address: Prof. P. B. Mangla, Tagore National Fellow, Ministry of Culture, Government of India

Vote of Thanks: Mr. Hammad Abedin, Executive Director, India Public Library Movement, India


Workshops at DELNET on MARCH 9, 2016

Timings: 1000 AM – 1300 AM


Innovation & Leadership in Public Libraries - Ms. Susan Schneur


Access to Open Resources for Public Libraries - Dr. Sangeeta Kaul


Design Thinking Workshop on Innovative Spaces and Services in Public Libraries

Dr. S. Venkadesan, Director, Learning Resource Centre & Information Technology, ISB, Hyderabad