Prof. K. A. Isaac Commemoration Lecture 2014: A Report

Kerala Library Association organized the 9th Prof K A Isaac Commemoration Lecture 2014, at DLIS Hall, Thiruvananthapuram, on 17 October 2014, in a befitting manner. Mrs Chechamma Isaac & son, Prof Kurien Isaac were present on the occasion. KLA’s new publication, “New Information Technology Interfaces in Libraries & Information Centres” was also released by Prof (Dr) Ramesha of Bangalore University during the function. The book was received by Dr T.M.Vasudevan, Head, DLIS, University of Calicut.

Dr M Lalitha, General Secretary, KLA, welcomed the gathering. In his presidential speech, Dr A Gopikuttan, President, KLA, briefly touched upon the significance of the function.

Prof Ramesha started the lecture entitled “Google Generation” by paying a  glowing tribute to Prof Isaac., explaining the latter’s relevance in the google generation and his contributions to the library field by way of textbook literature. In the course of his talk, Prof Ramesha traced the history of Google. He showed how much it has started influencing the new generation and how the Google generation is different from other generations and also its impact on library & information science.

Through his powerful powerpoint presentation, Prof Ramesha could establish that it is very essential to redefine library services, sources, environment and infrastructure to meet the changing needs of a generation which is over-reliant on Google. Librarians of the 21st century have to find out about user behavior and preferences and make their library experience more rewarding. For this, library professionals have to explore, understand and then make use of the infinite possibilities of Google’s multiple resources like Google Scholar, Google pedia, Skillpages & Google sites. Prof Ramesha concluded his lecture by saying that libraries and librarians will always be there in spite of changes and challenges and success of librarianship as an evolving profession depends on how professional skills are improved, positive ethics and good attitude are either imbibed or cultivated and how effectively training is imparted.

Sri N Sukumaran Nair, former State Librarian, Kerala, had many a vivid memory of Prof Isaac to share with the audience. The various facets of Prof Isaac as a professional, teacher and administrator were brought to life by his vivid portrayal and narration of many anecdotes. It was a fitting tribute paid to a great soul by his former colleague and associate.

This was followed by the release of the book, “New Information Technology Interfaces in Libraries & Information Centres” by Prof (Dr) Ramesha. The first copy was received by Dr T.M.Vasudevan, who also introduced the book , which is a seminar volume, to the audience.

Dr K. P. Vijayakumar, Head, DLIS, University of Kerala, offered felicitations and Sri G.S. Harikumar, Vice President, KLA, proposed vote of thanks.

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Prof. K. A. Isaac Commemoration Lecture 2012

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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. K. A. Isaac Commemoration Lecture 2012

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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.

Profile of Prof. K.A Isaac on Gurusmarana: A Teacher’s Archive

Read the Wikipedia Article on Prof. K.A.Isaac.

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)

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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 Invitation page 1

Prof KA Isaac Invitation page 2

Education for a Changing World

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.

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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.

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