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Workshop on Library Facilitation and Management with READ India
Workshop on Library Facilitation and Management with READ India

Sri City, November 1, 2019: …Krea University and Rural Education and Development (READ) India jointly organized a one-day workshop for ‘Training the Trainers’ in Library Facilitation and Management on November 1, 2019.

The workshop was inaugurated by Dr. Anantha Nageswaran, Dean, IFMR Graduate School of Business, Krea University. In his inaugural address he mentioned that READ India’s contribution to society is commendable, and also highlighted how it plays an important role in changing the lives of children and women in the rural community - especially those who do not have awareness and access to the resources. He also thanked Dr. Rangashri Kishore for this initiative.

This workshop was designed and organized for the community library coordinators and local resource persons of READ India's South India chapter. Around 11 centre coordinators and resource persons from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka participated in the workshop. The agenda of the workshop was to understand the importance of Libraries and the role of Librarians in terms of rural education and women’s empowerment, as the community libraries in the region have opened up opportunities for children and women to improve their skills and livelihood in terms of knowledge and economic prospects.

The workshop began with Dr. Geeta Malhotra, Country Director of READ India, elaborating on the initiatives and achievements of her organization. In her address she said that READ India was following the honourable Prime Minister’s SKILL INDIA initiative and that READ India has so far trained 25,000 youth in multiple skills. Health, education, gender sensitization and using library as a multipurpose public space are the core activities of READ.

Dr Rangashri Kishore, Dean of Library Services, presented and introduced the Krea University Library and its role in promoting community library programs and projects. She also highlighted many online resources that were freely available for the participants to make use of in their efforts to help children and women to read. She demonstrated the links such as archive.org which had millions of e-books free of cost and from that she showed a few examples of animated story books in Telugu that can be used to teach children in their respective centres.

Dr. Rangashri Kishore also moderated an open discussion where Mrs. Shailaja and Mr. Sai Kumar - representatives from community - shared their experiences and the challenges that they have come across in this journey and discussed how they found solutions to address the same. This was followed by a brief demonstration of data entry into the KOHA open source software – to help the participants understand the nuances of cataloguing.

The participants were later taken to the H.T Parekh Library and briefed by the Library team about how to process books once they were catalogued. They were briefed on how to apply standard operating procedures while processing books before shelving them.

The workshop ended with Dr. Geeta Malhotra, Country Director of Read India summarizing the day’s events. She thanked both the teams of READ India and Krea University for conducting the workshop. She requested resource persons and participants to give their feedback and some of them came forward to share their experience that day which was very positive and encouraging. Certificates were awarded to the participants of the workshop.

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