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An Appeal for the Article for the Festschrift Volume in Honour of Prof. Narendra Lahkar, Former Head, DLISc., Gauhati University on the Theme Librarianship in Changing Environment

About Professor Narendra Lahkar

Prof. Narendra Lahkar is a well known name in the LIS Profession, particularly in the North East Region of the country. A versatile leader in the profession, he has made manifold contributions in the field of Library and Information Science. Besides his Masters and PhD in LIS from Gauhati University, he had his Master (MSc) in Information Studies from Sheffield University with British Council's Scholarship. He has been associated with different national and state Professional Associations; he was the Member of Board of RRRLF, and of State Library Planning Committees of Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland, Life Member of IASLIC, ILA, IATLIS, ALSD, and presently one of the Vice Presidents of IASLIC. He had also served the Gauhati University Teachers' Association as its General Secretary and Vice President in two different terms. He directed number of seminars and delivered keynote speeches and presented invited papers in a number of national, regional and state level seminars besides organizing such professional events. To his credit, Prof Lahkar was the organizing secretary of two different national professional events of IASLIC and PLANNER held at the Gauhati University. He has edited 8 LIS books, two journals, and number of papers published in regional, national and international publications; more than 20 scholars have been awarded PhD with his guideship and six are pursuing.  Prof Lahkar has completed two major research projects: one is ICSSR's  - Rural Libraries of North East India and the other one is UGC's North East India University Library Network.


Prof. Lahkar is a committed teacher in LIS and served in the DLISc, GU for more than 30 years and headed the department for 13 years. Among others, he served the Gauhati University Library as Librarian in charge for about two years, Dy Director in charge of GU Academic Staff College (now UGC-HRDC) for two years, Director in charge, PETC (An UGC-University funded center for organizing training programmes for competitive examinations including IAS etc), GU for six years.  Prof Lahkar was also the Chairman, Draft Committee constituted by the Govt of Assam for preparation of Library Bill for the state; the bill “Assam Public Libraries and Information Service Bill 2006” is already submitted for enactment by the Govt of Assam.


Till recently, Prof. Lahkar was the President of Assam College Librarians’ Association (ACLA) and served the association as its president for long 10 years. Due to his able guidance and initiatives, the ACLA, as a professional association, has moved to a new height; status of the College Librarians of Assam has been granted by the Govt of Assam by way of two different Office Memorandum: one as the Non-Vacational Academic Staff  and other one  as the ex officio member of the College Governing Body. In view of his manifold contributions to LIS Profession as a whole and his dynamic and inspiring leadership towards the development of library services particularly in the State of Assam, the Assam College Librarians’ Association (ACLA) is planning to bring out aFestschrift Volumein honour of Prof Lahkar.


The theme volume is Librarianship in Changing Environment

Sub-themes are:

  • Librarianship: conventional and modern approaches;
  • Librarianship: the changed scenario;
  • Librarianship: Challenges and opportunities;
  • Libraries and the Knowledge Society;
  • Libraries and community information system;
  • ICT applications; Digital Library; Institutional Repositories;
  • LIS Education: the challenges ahead;
  • Recent trends in LIS; Cloud Computing: application in LIS
  • Biographical note, Reminiscence, Interview, etc


Being one of the senior professional, we request you for contributing a paper on any of the above themes. You may send the paper either by e-mail (MS-Word) or in CD along with a print copy on A-4 size paper preferably before July 31, 2019. We propose to bring out the volume by the end of July 2019. We solicit your esteemed paper to this prestigious volume.


Address for Sending the Articles

  1. C. Das Commerce College, Chatribari, Guwahati - 781008


Mobile: 9435196365; 9101181329; 7002504650


With regards,             

Sri Srimanta Madhav Bora,

Advisor, Editorial Board



Dr. Dhrubajit Das

Dr. Bibhuti Choudhury

Dr. Prasanta K. Deka

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