8) ICRISAT Trains ICAR Librarians in New Information Technologies (September 2000)

Library automation, web-based information technologies, state-of-the-art information retrieval systems, and marketing of information services, were some of the topics that were covered in a 2-week intensive training course on “Application of Information Technologies” conducted by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), 4-16 September 2000 at Patancheru.

This course is the third in the series of a highly acclaimed training program, which began in 1995 at ICRISAT on the request of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for librarians from ICAR Institutes and Agricultural Universities across India.
The program has been so successful that “over the past 5 years, librarians from nearly 50 institutions across India have already been trained,” said Mr S Srinivas, Senior Manager of ICRISAT Library.

Participants for this training course included 13 librarians from ICAR and State Agriculture Universities. The sessions were a mix of classroom presentations and hands-on experience.

Dr S S Srivastav, one of the participants said, “We, on our part, shall not lag behind in using these information technologies in our respective organizations.”  Dr Srivastav, a SAARC Expert, is Head of Library System, Indian Agricultural Statistics Research Institute, New Delhi.

Presenting certificates to all the course participants, ICRISAT Director General Dr William Dar told them, “We are not just teaching you, we are also learning from you at the same time.”

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