Invited Talks


  • Invited as an expert to give a keynote on “ Being Relevant in times of Change” at the International Conference on “GenNext : Emerging Technologies and directions for the future” organised by the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) during October 8-10, 2012 at the UBD Senate, Brunei.
  • Keynote speaker on the eve of the National Seminar on “e-Governance in Technical Education-National, State and Institutional Perspective” on 28th September, 2012 @ Pooja Bhagavat Memorial Mahajana Education Centre, Post Graduate Wing of SBRR Mahajana First Grade College, Mysore.
  • ICADL 2012, Taipei, November 2012
  • UBD (Universiti Brunei Darussalam International Conference on GenNext Libraries, October 8-10, 2012, Brunei Darussalam
  • Invited speaker at Jnana Degula, two day education fair and conference, gave lecture on “Data Analytics - The new frontier in Business Careers”, Bangalore, May 25, 2012
  • Delivered Keynote address on “Information Literacy and Higher Education in Digital Environment” at One Day National Conference, KSOU, Mysore, 30th March, 2011
  • Participated in “Institutional and Programme Accreditation: Connections and Opportunities”, NAAC-IEEE, Bangalore, 21st and 22nd January, 2011.
  • Resource person, Second National Conference on “Computational Science & Engineering”, Department of Computer Science, Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, Cochin, 4th and 5th February, 2011 and presented an invited paper
  • Invited Speaker, “International Conference on the Convergence of Libraries, Archives and Museums (ICLAM-2011)”, 15th to 17th February, 2011 and presented paper titled “User Empowerment through Digital Technologies’ in Libraries, Archives and Museums”.
  • Invited speaker at the UNESCO International Workshop on Open Access, Delhi, 16th March, 2011 and presented paper titled “Open Access Mandates, Infrastructure and Capacity Building: Challenges and Solutions”.
  • Invited speaker, International Women’s Day, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, National Aerospace Laboratories(NAL), Bangalore, 8th March, 2011, spoke on “Wonders and Woes of being a Woman”
  • Invited speaker at the CRC International Workshop on Cyber Security, Bogota, Columbia, May 20, organized by the Ministry of Communications, Columbia
  • Invited speaker at national conference, “Quality Enhancement in Teaching Learning Evaluation Process”, Sri Parasakthi College for Women, Courtallam, TamilNadu, 28-29 July, 2011. Delivered lecture on “Digital Library: Boon for Stakeholders of Higher Education”.
  • Delivered keynote address, two day national workshop at K.S. Institute of Technology, Bangalore, 15-16 July, 2011 on “Emerging Trends in e-Resource Management & Mandatory Library Standards”
  • Invited speaker, MANLIBNET 2011, 13th Annual National Convention, New Delhi, 13-15 October, 2011 and presented paper “Emergence of i-Schools: a strategy and an approach to reposition Libraries”
  • Invites Speaker, UNESCO Expert Meeting on Open Access Movement, Paris, 22-23 November, 2011
  • Invited Speaker, International Seminar on “Library 3.0”, PPP – The library association of Malaysia & National library of Malaysia, Malaysia, 29th June, 2010
  • Invited Speaker, International Seminar, ATMA, The institute of the Malay world and civilization, National University of Malaysia, Malaysia, 28th June, 2010 and presented paper titled “Connecting the dots: Unifying theories of religion and civilization through digital libraries”
  • Resource person, International Seminar, iSchool University of Texas, Austin, 21st to 27th October, 2010
  • Invited speaker, International Workshop “CISAP workshop on global collaboration with Asian i-schools”, Taipei, Taiwan, 15th November, 2010
  • Resource person, “Symposium on Education on the Global Front”, All India Institute of Speech and Hearing – AIISH, Mysore, 19th November, 2010 (International Education Week 14-19 November, 2010)
  • Invited Speaker, International Conference on “Creating High Impact & Sustainable Digital Initiatives in India”, ITHAKA (not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping the academic community), Bangalore, 8th to 10th December, 2010 and Presented paper titled “Perils of pioneering – reflections on the first mover disadvantages and challenges of building Vidyanidhi Digital Library in India”
  • JStor and Ford Foundation Workshop on Digital Libraries, December 2010
  • Mortenson Distinguished Lecturer, October 2010, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, USA
  • Panelist, JCDL-ICADL conference on digital libraries, Gold Coast, Australia, June 22-26, 2010
  • Invited Speaker, NACLIN 2010, June 15-18, Goa
  • Invited Speaker, BMA Annual Management Convention, “New Decade, New Ideas: Managerial Challenges”, Bangalore, 21 May, 2010, spoke on “Knowledge Management”
  • Keynote Speaker at the CAMP 2010 conference on Information Retrieval and Knowledge Management, Shah Alam, Malaysia, March 16-18, 2010
  • Invited Speaker, UGC sponsored Two-Day National Seminar on “Web-Based Library Services”, JSS College for Women, Mysore, 5-6 March, 2010, presented the concept paper
  • Keynote Speaker at UGC sponsored National Conference on Collaborations and Strategic Alliance for the Development of Libraries in various Institutions of Higher Education, Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya College of Education, Coimbatore, 26 February, 2010
  • Invited Speaker at ICDL 2010 (International Conference on Digital Libraries) February 24-26, 2010, New Delhi.
  • General Chair, COMAD 2009, December 10-12, Mysore
  • Speaker and Organiser, CiSAP Steering Committee meeting and workshop, July 27-29, 2009, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Invited speaker, Bangalore Management Academy - one day workshop on “Soft skills for the 21st Century Librarian”, 4 July, 2009
  • Organized a panel and chaired the same at the Fourth i-Conference, February 2009, University of North Carolina, NC, USA.
  • Program Co-Chair and Organizer, InfoVision 2009, January 22-23, 2009, Bangalore
  • Invited Speaker, one day MDP for Library professionals, conducted by DCSMAT and DC Books, DCSchool of Management and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, 1 November, 2008
  • Chair and Paper presenter ICADL 2008, Bali, Indonesia
  • Invited Participant IEEE and ACM Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, 2008, June 17-20, 2008, Pittsburgh, USA
  • Invited Speaker and Chair, ETD 2008, June 2-4,2008 Aberdeen, UK
  • Invited Speaker, Workshop on ISRO Libraries 2020, gave lecture on “Service Marketing”, VSSC, ISRO, Thiruvananthapuram, 15-16 May, 2008.
  • Invited Speaker, Conference on Networked Media, European Union’s Framework Programme 7 ICT Calls. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, 23 April, 2008
  • Invited Speaker, National Conference on “Literacy, Literature and Social Change”, Raja Rammohan Roy Library Foundation, Kolkata, 18-19 March, 2008.
  • Resource person, International Conference on “Building Knowledge Repositories: Cross-Sectoral Collaboration”, National Resource Centre, National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, 7-9 February, 2008.
  • Invited Speaker & Session Chair, Digital Libraries and Content, Euro India Research Centre Workshop, 31st January, 2008
  • Invited Speaker, Fifth Annual Workshop and Meet of INDEST-AICTE Consortium, “Academic Libraries in 2020”, IIT Roorkee, 27-28 December 2007
  • Program Chair and organizer, InfoVision 2007, December 17-18, Mumbai
  • Chair and presented papers at ICADL 2007, Hanoi, December 7-10, 2007
  • Resource Person, Three Day Workshop for Principals of Colleges on Automation of College Administration and Networking between Colleges, 28-30 September, 2007, UGC-Academic Staff College, Pondicherry University. Delivered sessions on ‘Development of E-Learning Resources’ and ‘Digital Libraries’.
  • Invited Speaker and Chair, Euro-India Workshop on Digital Libraries, May 17, 2007
  • Invited Speaker, CALIBER 2007 – International Conference, Chandigarh, February 12-14, 2007
  • Invited Speaker, 5th Convention on Automation of Libraries in Education and Research Institutions,'CALIBER 2007 - Information and Knowledge Management in Networked World'. Presented paper titled 'Digital Libraries: The road ahead', organized by INFLIBNET, Ahmedabad, February 8-10, 2007. Download Full Paper
  • Invited Speaker, International Conference on Text Retrieval, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, February 7-8, 2007
  • ETD 2006, June 2006, Quebec, Canada
  • Invited Chair and Panelist, ICADL 2006, November 2006, Kyoto, Japan
  • Invited Speaker, ICDL 2006, December 2006, New Delhi, India
  • Invited Speaker, 2nd International Conference on Digital Libraries, 'ICDL 2006 - Digital Libraries - Information Management for Global Access'. Presented paper on 'Ontology Driven Knowledge Management Systems for Digital Libraries', organized by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, 5-8 December, 2006.Download Full Paper
  • Invited Panelist, the 9th International Conference on Asian Digital Libraries (ICADL), Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, November 27-30, 2006.
  • Delivered Keynote address on ‘Knowledge Economy and Information Society’ at One-Day Workshop on Knowledge Management, Department of Information Science and Engineering, Dr. Ambedkar Institute of Technology, Bangalore, 4th November, 2006.
  • Participated and presented a session on "I-Schools in a Flat World" at the 2nd I-School Conference, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, October 15-17, 2006
  • Participant, One Day-National Brainstorming Workshop on 'Promoting the Translation Industry' under the aegis of the National Knowledge Commission, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, India, February 11, 2006
  • Invited Speaker for Broadcast on ‘Gnanavahini’ programme of the AIR: ‘Indian Perspectives on Digital Libraries Part 1 and Part 2 to be broadcast separately on February 11, 2006 at 8:00 PM and March 11, 2006 at 8:00 PM respectively (repeat broadcast at 8:00 AM the following days), organized by Karnataka State Open University, Mysore (Recording was done on January 20, 2006).
  • Invited Speaker, the 8th International Conference of Asian Digital Libraries ICADL 2005, Bangkok, Thailand, December 12-15, 2005.
  • Invited Speaker, National Conference on Libraries, Ministry of Culture, Government of India. India International Centre, New Delhi, November 7-8, 2005.
  • Chief Guest, Inauguration of National Conference on 'Recent Trends in Information Technology based Education and Training' (RITE 2005), 10th Anniversary Celebrations, Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Sathyamangalam, India October 19-20, 2005.
  • Invited Panelist, First "I"- Conference of the I- School Deans' Community at College Park, Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, USA, September 28-30th 2005.
  • Delivered the 13th Dr. S R Ranganathan Memorial Lectures, Sarada Ranganthan Endowment for Library Science, Bangalore, India August 9-11, 2005.
  • Invited Speaker and Session Chair, International Conference on 'National Library in the Knowledge Based Society', Century Park Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, Organized by National Library of Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand July 6-8, 2005 (Did not attend due to clash of dates).
  • Coordinator One-day-Orientation Programme on Access to Electronic Journals under UGC-INFONET INFLIBNET & University of Mysore, at University of Mysore April 7, 2005
  • Participant, Microsoft Academia Summit, New Delhi, India, April 4-5, 2005
  • Invited Speaker and Panelist, International Conference on Information Management in a Knowledge Society, organized by the Indian Association of Special Libraries & Information Centres (IASLIC), Mumbai, India February 21-25, 2005.
  • Invited Speaker and Panelist, Orientation Programme on 'Changing Dimensions of Library and Information Services, sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, India February 23-25, 2005.
  • Resource Person, Vidyanidhi-NASSDOC Workshop on Digital Libraries, January 18-21, 2005, NASSDOC, New Delhi.
  • Invited Speaker, National Conference on Digital Libraries and eTheses- NCDLET2005, Organised by Jadavpur University, Kolkata, in association with University of Mysore, Mysore and University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, January 7-8, 2005.
  • Resource person, Vidyanidhi Training Workshop on Electronic Communication and eScholarship for Research scholars, December 28-30, 2004, Vidyanidhi Digital Library, University of Mysore.
  • Resource Person, Workshop on Library Automation, “Future Technologies for Information Management” Organised by Mysore Library and Information Scientists Association, and SDM Institute of Management Development, Mysore, December 11-14, 2004.
  • Invited Speaker, National Seminar on Access to Electronic Journals and Databases under UGC Infonet, Bangalore University, Bangalore, Organised by INFLIBNET and UGC, India November 29-30, 2004.
  • Invited Speaker, Asian Library and Information Conference (ALIC), Co-organized by the Thai Library Association, Asia Library News, Informedia Asia Limited, and funded by UNESCO, IFLA, Bangkok, Thailand, November 21-24, 2004.
  • Chief Guest and Keynote Speaker, Inauguration of Workshop on Automation of Libraries, SDM Institute for Management Development, Mysore, November 3, 2004.
  • Keynote Speaker and Facilitator, Second Session of the Asia Pacific Information Network (APIN) Conference, jointly organised by UNESCO, New Delhi and INSTIC Beijing, China, October 21-23, 2004.
  • Invited Speaker, Second China Digital Library Conference, Beijing, Organised by the National Library of China, Beijing, China, September 6-8, 2004.
  • Participant and Representative, University of Mysore, for the Conference on ‘EDUSAT Utilization Strategy’ organized by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in collaboration with Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi, July 23, 2004, ISRO Bangalore.
  • Keynote Speaker, Short-Term Training Programme at the Karunya Institute of Technology, Coimbatore, July 5, 2004.
  • Keynote Speaker, National Conference on Library and Information Services, 44th Annual General Meeting of the Sri Lanka Library Association, Sri Lanka, June 24-25, 2004.
  • Participated in the Microsoft Academia Summit, April 14-15, 2004, Bangalore, India.
  • Invited Speaker, Interactive Workshop on "Information Service to Social Scientists: An User Oriented Approach, on "Indian Social Science Research, NASSDOC and Vidyanidhi'' at the National Social Science Documentation Centre (NASSDOC), New Delhi, India April 2, 2004.
  • Invited Speaker, Conference on "Library Management in the 21st Century" on "Fostering and supporting Creativity through Digital Libraries " organized by the Ateneo De Manila University, Manila, Philippines, March 29-30, 2004.
  • Invited Speaker, International Conference on National Library Services (ICONLIS), 'Digital Handling of National Library Collections' on 'Fossiilising for the future: scoping the vote of National Librarian in the digital domain" Kolkatta, India, March 15-16, 2004.
  • Invited Speaker & Session Chair, International Conference on Digital Libraries, International Conference on Digital Libraries, ICDL 2004, New Delhi, India, February 24-27, 2004.
  • Invited Speaker, Database of African Theses and Dissertations (DATAD) Workshop on African Theses and Dissertations, "Vidyanidhi: A model for institutional collaboration", Organized by Association of African Studies; Accra, Ghana, Africa, Feb 19-20, 2004.
  • Invited Speaker, Workshop on Digital Library Development for Information Workers in South Asia, Organised by UNESCO-DSIR-CCMB, New delhi, India January 28-Feb 7, 2004
  • Representative - University of Mysore, in the Southern Regional Consultation for EDUSAT Meet organized by ISRO, at Anna University, Chennai, January 18-19, 2004.
  • Invited Speaker, Ministry of Information Technology (MIT), Govt. of India, 2nd Asia IT Ministers Summit, on "Standardisation, Interoperability and Unicode: A Digital Library Perspective", Hyderabad, India January 12-13, 2004.
  • Invited Keynote Speaker, on "Challenges of developing a multi-institutional and multilingual digital Library: A case of Vidyanidhi" at the 6th International Conference of Asian Digital Libraries, (ICADL 2003), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 8-11, 2003.
  • Invited Speaker, Congress of South-East Asian Librarian (CONSAL) XII Conference, 2003: Information Resources Empowerment: Enhancing Knowledge Heritage, on 'Copyrights and Libraries: Balancing the Rights of Stakeholders', on "Copyrights, academic research and Libraries: balancing the rights of stakeholders in the digital age", organized by Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, Brunei Darussalam and supported by the CONSAL Secretariat, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, October 19-23, 2003.
  • Invited Speaker, at Unicode International Workshop, organized by Microsoft and The Ministry of Information and Technology, New Delhi, India September 24-25, 2003.
  • Invited Faculty, MDP on Digital Libraries at Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode, Talk on “Web Publishing in XML: Concepts and Case Studies”, September 16-18, 2002.
  • Invited Speaker and Panelist for the Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) -2003 Conference, "A multilingual multiscript database of Indian theses - Implementation of Unicode at Vidyanidhi", Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, May 20-24, 2003.
  • Invited talk at the Integrated Publication and Information Systems Institute (IPSI), Fraunhofer, Germany on "Challenges and Opportunities of implementing Unicode to Indian languages and scripts: Vidyanidhi Digital Library Experience", IPSI, Germany, May 19, 2003.
  • Participated in the 2003 Planning Meeting of Council of South Asia Library Centres based at the University of Chicago, USA, Kandy, Sri Lanka, May 6-7 2003.
  • Panelist at a one-day workshop organised by the Indian Digital Library in Science and Technology, a consortium initiative set up by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, (MHRD), IIT Delhi, India March 5, 2003.
  • Panelist at the 48th Indian Library Association Conference (ILA) Bangalore, India on "Reengineering the LIS workforce for E-learning", January 21-23, 2003.
  • Invited Speaker, 48th Indian Library Association Conference (ILA) Bangalore, India on "L3 - Libraries for Lifelong Learning paradigms: Principles and Practices", January 21-23, 2003.
  • Session Chair and Speaker on "Multi Script Database of Indic languages: Unicode implementation at Vidyanidhi", at the 5th International Conference of Asian Digital Libraries (ICADL 2002), Singapore, December 11-14, 2002.
  • Presented a paper entitled "Unicode for encoding Indian Language Databases- A case study of Kannada and Hindi scripts", at Twenty-second International Unicode Conference, San Jose, California. USA, September 9- 13, 2002.
  • Participant, COLIS-4, The 4th International Conference on Conceptualization in Library and Information Science, University of Washington, Seattle, USA, July 20 - 24, 2002, USA.
  • Presented a Paper entitled "Redefining, reinventing and repositioning Professionals and digital libraries in new information landscape" at the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2002), Portland, Oregon, USA, July 14-18, 2002
  • Invited Luncheon speaker at the NSF - DLI 2 Principal Investigators meeting held in conjunction with the ACM-IEEE Joint Conference of Digital Libraries, Portland, Oregon, USA, organized by National Science Foundation, USA, July 14-18, 2002.
  • Invited Speaker at the NISSAT -CBSMS Workshop on Content Organisation & Management for Library and Information Professionals (COMLIP) on April 15-19, 2002, Bangalore, India.
  • Invited Speaker at the Seminar on Digital Libraries, on "Digital Libraries: An Overview", Bangalore University, Bangalore, India April 8, 2002.
  • Resource person to present a paper on “Resource sharing in networked environment: New paradigms and Models” OCLC-NISSAT-DRTC Workshop on Information Resource Management, Bangalore, March 13-15, 2002.
  • Invited Speaker, CALIBER 2002, INTERNET Engineering for Library and Information Centres, on "Managing digital resources in the networked environment", organised by INFLIBNET, February 14-16, 2002, Jaipur, India February 14-16, 2002.
  • Invited Resource Person for the Sub Regional Workshop on defining a Marketing Campaign For UNAL (UNESCO Network of Associated Libraries) on "Impact of ICTs in National Library Development in developing countries: Challenges and Opportunities", organized by UNESCO and National Library of Malaysia, Melaka, Malaysia, October 17-19, 2001.
  • Invited to conduct a Workshop on Metadata at the National Library of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, organised by UNESCO and National Library of Malaysia, Melaka, Malaysia, October 15-16, 2001.
  • Invited speaker at the Ahmedabad Library Network Seminar, organized by INFLIBNET, Ahmedabad, India Delivered a lecture on "The four Cs of building Digital Libraries: Computers, Communications, Content and Communities", September 28, 2001.
  • Invited speaker at the Korean National Commission for UNESCO - International Symposium on "Language in Cyberspace" Seoul, Korea, on "Indian Languages: Resources and Unicode" September 26-27, 2001
  • Invited as a resource person to give a presentation on "Digital Librarians: Knowledge and skills" Tata Management Training Course organised by TCS, Pune, India September 23-25, 2001.
  • Invited Speaker and made a presentation on "Building blocks of digital libraries" at the PUNENET Seminar, organized by PUNENET, Pune, India September 23, 2001.
  • Resource person at the Workshop on Digital Libraries, on "Content Organisation in Digital Libraries: XML and Metadata" organised by the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode, Kerala, India September 17-20,2001.
  • Invited to Preside over Dr. S. R. Ranganathan Memorial Lectures, in Bangalore organised by Sarada Ranganathan Endowment for Library Science, Bangalore, India August 9 -11, 2001.
  • Participated and presented a paper at the 8th ISSI Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics, Sydney, Australia, July 16-20, 2001
  • Invited speaker at the ICLISE 2001- International Conference for LIS educators in the Asia and Pacific region, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Organised by IFLA, June 11-12, 2001.
  • Invited as Plenary Speaker at the ETD 2001- International Symposium of Electronic Theses and Dissertations, California Institute of Technology, USA March 21-23, 2001
  • Participated in the NSF-Workshop on "Expanding the IDM Research Education Community", Organised by Virginia Tech and Sponsored by NSF, October 2000.
  • Invited as Panelist at the 3rd International Conference of Asian Digital Libraries (ICADL 2000), Seoul, Korea, December 6-9, 2000.
  • Invited as Panelist at the ASIS & T Annual Conference, Chicago, USA November 11-14, 2000.
  • Participated at the US-Korea Joint Workshop on Digital Libraries, San Diego, USA, Organised by Virginia Tech and San Diego USA, Super Computer Centre, Funded by NSF, August 9-10, 2000.
  • Invited as an expert at the UNESCO Workshop on Electronic Dissemination of Theses, UNESCO, Paris, France, September 26-27, 1999.
  • Presented a paper at the 5th ISSI International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics, Chicago, USA, June 1995.
  • Underwent a Short-term Training Programme at the International Graduate Summer School, College of Librarianship, Wales, UK, July 1981-August 1981.
  • Underwent an On-the-job training - DIALOG Online searching experience, at ICT, Prime Ministers Office, Tel Aviv, Israel, April 1979-June 1979.

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