Mann Hosts Indian Librarians
In July and August, Mann was pleased to host a seven week visit by Dr. A.K. Srivastava, University Librarian, and Professor A. Vaishampayan, Professor of Genetics and Plant Breeding, & Professor In-Charge, Agricultural Library, Banaras Hindu University (BHU), India as part of a USAID-funded International Library Capacity Building program.
During their visit in Ithaca, Dr. Srivastava and Professor Vaishampayan visited many facilities across campus, as well as the New York Public Library and Columbia University Library in New York City, and met with many different library staff members as they learned about Cornell’s services and resources in public computing, e-resources, digitization and information literacy. “We are grateful for the immense help, cooperation and ingenious guidance rendered by everyone we met through the entire tenure of our Cornell visit,” said Dr. Vaishampayan at the end of their seven week visit. “We were profoundly impressed with the exemplary facilities at the Cornell Library and would like to create something equally well at the Banaras Hindu University. We were also impressed with the information literacy programs here which helped create genuine interest among the new staff and students through organizing cordial orientations and welcome programs.”
Upon returning to BHU, Dr. Srivastava and Professor Vaishampayan have ambitious plans for implementing much of what they have learned during their seven weeks at Cornell. These include developing programs for the computerization of the Agricultural Library and implementation of an information literacy program to enhance the use of electronic resources by the Undergraduate students of Agricultural Sciences; digitizing rare & ancient agricultural collections, including books, theses and manuscripts; and organizing an international seminar for creating an Indian “Agri-VIVO,” an online tool for discovering agricultural researchers and research based on the Cornell-developed VIVO (http://vivo.cornell.edu/).