Dr M. D. Baby, HoD, School of Library and Information Science, Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, delivered the 8th Prof. K. A. Isaac Commemoration Lecture, on “New Generation Knowledge Management: A Challenge to Library Professionals” at the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kerala, on 20 Dec. 2012. The function was presided over by Dr K. P. Vijayakumar, HoD, DLIS, while Dr A. Gopikuttan, President, KLA welcomed the gathering. N. Parameswaran, former Deputy Librarian-in-charge, University Library, reminisced about his association with Prof. K.A. Isaac, the first Kerala University Librarian. S. L. Faisal, General Secretary, KLA, offered vote of thanks.
The lecture was jointly organized by Kerala Library Association and the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kerala.
Prof. Kadapuram Abraham Isaac (K. A. Isaac), (10 July 1925 – 12 September 2005), has been considered as the father of Library and Information Science Education in Kerala. He was the founder President of Kerala Library Association (KLA) and the first university librarian of Kerala University.
To honour the memory of Prof. K.A.Isaac, Kerala Library Association have been organizing Prof. K. A. Isaac Commemoration Lecture every year since 2005. Read the full text of the Prof. K.A.Isaac Commemoration Lecture 2011, Education for a Changing World, delivered by Shri T.P. Sreenivasan, IFS (Retd.).
8th Prof. K. A. Isaac Commemoration Lecture (2012)
Dr M.D. Baby, Prof. & Head, School of Library and Information Science, Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, Kochi, will deliver the Prof. K. A. Isaac Commemoration Lecture 2012, on the topic, New Generation Knowledge Management: A Challenge to Library Professionals at 11.00 am on 20 December 2012 at the Lecture Hall, Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kerala.
The programme will be jointly organized by KLA and the DLIS, University of Kerala.
Invitation & Programme
Prof. KA Isaac Commemoration Lecture :Education for a Changing World by Shri T.P. Sreenivasan, IFS (Retd.) Vice Chairman, Kerala State Council for Higher Education.
I am delighted to be back in the precincts of the Kerala University Library, where I spent the best part of my best years as a student of the University College. I was invited here on an earlier occasion in connection with the acquisition of UN documentation by the Library, but today I am here as the Executive Vice-Chairman of the Kerala Higher Education Council to pay my tribute to the legendary librarian of Kerala, Prof.K.A.Isaac, by delivering the Commemoration Lecture, 2011. Even during my days here as a young student between 1961 and 1966, Prof.Isaac was well known for his scholarship and administrative skill. If I remember right, the University Library moved here at that time and I was among the first batch of students who benefited from the change of venue. In my view, Prof.Isaac was not just a great librarian and a great teacher; he transformed library science and the profession of librarians into a noble and sought after vocation. Till his time, nobody had thought that there was not only science, but also art in taking care of books and making knowledge available to those who seek it. Long before the advent of the computers, he made it possible for students like us to find the right books at the right time. The librarian was as important as the teacher. His contribution will be remembered for long by those of us who were fortunate enough to use this library.