The Association of Media Libraries and Archives (AMLA) was launched on September 30, 2011 at IGNCA, New Delhi by the Chief Guest of the event Mr. Pankaj Vohra, Political Editor, Hindustan Times. Dr Ramesh C Gaur, Chief Patron of AMLA said that AMLA, as a professional forum, was originally conceptualized by the Indian media library and information professionals, during the IFLA International Newspaper Conference 2010, which was hosted by the Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (IGNCA), New Delhi. AMLA is dedicated for regular exchange of professional ideas and knowledge sharing through conferences, seminars, workshops, training programmes and publications etc., by catering to the development needs of professionals working in various Media Libraries and Archives in India, which is the first such initiative, in the mass media industry, in the Country.
After formally launching the AMLA, in his inaugural address Mr. Vohra stressed the importance of facilitating quality library and information services in all kinds of media organisations and he hoped that the AMLA will play a very vital role in bringing all ‘media library and information services professionals’ together in order to share their expertise and knowledge for the benefits of their user groups..
AMLA, as part of the inaugural event, has also organised a special lecture on the theme ‘Future Media Libraries: Issues and Challenges”, which was delivered by Mr. K. G. Suresh, Director, Centre for Mass Communication Studies, New Delhi. In his thought provoking address, Mr. Suresh has highlighted critical role played by the Library and Information Professionals of Media Libraries, in order to continuously add value to their parent organisations. He said that media libraries are essential to provide a factual reporting and media librarians are indispensable. He stressed on forging collaborative partnership in between Journalist and Librarians.
Mr. Dharam Vir, President of AMLA said that “AMLA was a dream come true for all professionals working in the Media Libraries and Archives”. He hoped that through AMLA, the library professionals will not only be able to upgrade themselves, but also be able to add value to their ‘user groups’ in the days and years to come. Other office bearers of AMLA such as Mr. R Venkata Kesavan, Times of India, Ms. Anita Pujari, DNA, Mr. K Rajendra Babu, The Hindu., Ms Sunita Koya, Mr. Sadhuram
Sharma, Times of India, Ms. Monica Swarup, NDTV, Ms. Pratibha Kaushik & Mr. Tarun, The Hindustan Times, Mr. Rajeshwar Prashad & Ms. Hazra manzoor, The Indian Express, Ms. Alka Gupta Outlook Magazine, Akhtar Hussain, IMT, Ghaziabad and many more media librarians will strengthen the activities of AMLA.
The AMLA launch programme of AMLA was also attended by other dignitaries namely, Mr. Shivaji Sarkar, Course Director, IIMC, Ms. Kalpana Dasgupta, Former Director, CSL, New Delhi, and over hundred media library and information professionals with their active participation.