The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) will organize an international conference in collaboration with the Art Libraries Section of the International Federation of Library Associations & Institutions (IFLA).
The theme of the conference is User Empowerment through Digital Technologies. This is the first conference in the series titled “International conference on the Convergence of Libraries, Archives and Museums (ICLAM)” and NIFT’s third initiative to promote cross-sectoral collaborations in the knowledge sector in India.
Empowerment of users is the key concern of all information service professionals. At present the most challenging issue is serving the technology-empowered users who easily metamorphose from consumers to creators or producers of information. Libraries, Archives and Museums continuously empower their systems and services with dynamic digital technologies to serve the users more effectively. This conference will offer a forum to discuss the theme of empowerment of users from multiple perspectives – ranging from user interface technologies to empowerment of disadvantaged user communities.
The issue of empowerment is also related to affordability and sustainability of digital technologies particularly in this age of financial instability. Library & Information professionals and conservators, as end users of open source and commercial software, will also discuss trends and problems. Various infrastructural, organizational and technological options including partnerships of various sectors will also be discussed.