Event Date/Time: Feb 19, 2010 End Date/Time: Feb 20, 2010
Registration Date: Dec 10, 2009
Paper Submission Date: Dec 30, 2009
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Department of Educational Technology and Department of Library and Information Science
Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli-620 024.

International Conference
“E-Resources in Higher Education: Issues, Developments, Opportunities and Challenges”

The information revolution is sometimes compared with the Gutenberg revolution, when the printing press harnessed a mass delivery system to the medium of the written word. It is a good parallel to draw for the impact of the Internet, but it undervalues the other key feature of the interactive computer - its ability to adapt. The simple fact that it can adapt its behaviour according to a person’s input means that we can engage with knowledge through this medium in a radically different way. As per the observations of UNESCO, demand for higher education is surging across the Asia-Pacific region, home to over 3 billion people and is expected to double in five years and triple in 10 years in many developing member countries”. There is no doubt that the advancement in technology has made an unprecedented change in the world economy. The rapid advances in technology have brought about a knowledge revolution. It has made education a key to professional success; heightened the importance of research and innovation, which have direct bearing on economic development and technological progress; opened up possibilities for new methods of teaching, new modes of educational delivery system and new aids to research; and brought to focus the pivotal role of higher education for human resource development. In a ‘knowledge economy’ technologies are no longer embedded in capital goods, but rather in the information.
It can be defined public goods in higher education as goods that have a significant element of non-rivalry and/or non-excludability and goods that are made broadly available across populations. Goods without these attributes are private goods. In that way, E-resources have already been made available across populations without any discrimination. E-resources have brought new possibilities in to the classroom and research, at the same time they have placed more demands on teachers of Higher Education. The focus of new technology development must be on exploiting its E-resources to give access to the various departments of Higher Education – the equivalents of books, libraries, bookshops, broadcasting, films, television, etc, rather than on the technologies for individual creativity like pens, pencils, and notebooks. It is imperative that E-reources must be utilized very effectively in university/college teaching for enhancing the traditional forms of teaching and administration. Students on many courses in many universities/colleges are now required to find web access to the lecture notes and selected digital resources in support of their study, they have personalised web environments in which they can join discussion forums with their class or group, and this new kind of access gives them much greater flexibility of study. Keeping in view the growing importance and significance of Issues, Developments, Opportunities and Challenges of E-resources in Higher Education, the Department of Educational Technology and Department of Library Science, Bharathidasan University jointly organize an International Conference on
“E-Resources in Higher Education: Issues, Developments, Opportunities and Challenges” on 19th & 20th Feb 2010. The conference is planned as a consultative process, to provide a forum for discussion and collaboration, to engage the participants involved in E-resources and education activities, in and outside the country. The objectives of the conference are to

 provide a collaborative forum to participants to share knowledge and ideas enabling them to develop multinational and cross-institutional contacts and partnerships, as well as to enhance their knowledge, expertise, and abilities with regard to utilization of E-resources in Higher Education
 give a reference framework for describing the impact of E-learning and web resources on the capacity building of teachers, Librarians and Research Scholars
 synthesize the main results of the experience sharing and progress made in recent years to provide a baseline for discussion on the findings with policy makers, Administrators and Academics of National and International level.
 highlight the barriers to setting up and utilization of E-resources in Higher Education institutions.
 Share the expertise and E-resources of University/College Libraries with the other departments.

Sub-themes for Paper Presentations
The following sub-themes are suggested for the purpose of paper presentations and deliberations during the conference. The suggested sub-themes are only indicative and nor exhaustive.
 Advances in networking and communication technology
 E-books and E-journals for Professional Development and Research
 Digital Libraries and their utilization
 Creation and Use of Web blogs for the effective class room
 Management of E-resources in the schools and Libraries
 Foster sharing of innovative resources
 Industry-University Partnering
 Learning & Content Management system

Submission of Abstract/Paper
Prospective Paper Presenters shall send two hard copies and a soft copy (on CD) of the abstract of the proposed paper in about 150-200 words along with the Registration Fee on or before 31.11.2009 to the Conference Secretary. The content of the abstract/paper shall be presented as per the following specifications: MS-Word Format, 12 point Times New Roman Font and 1.5 Line Spacing. The title shall not exceed 12 words.
Upon hearing from the Conference Secretariat about the acceptance of the abstract, after evaluation by the Expert Committee, they have to send a hard copy and a soft copy (on CD) of the full paper before the deadline, to be given in the abstract acceptance letter. Besides submission of abstracts/papers by post/courier, it is essential that the same be sent as attachment by e-mail (eresourcesbdu@gmail.com) to the Conference Secretary for faster handling. All the select papers will be published in the conference proceeding with ISBN.

Neither payment of registration fee nor submission of the abstract entitles the privilege of being a paper presenter in the conference. However, all the registered participants, irrespective of paper presentation will have all the conference privileges. If there are multiple authors for a paper, all the authors will have to pay the Registration Fee. Paper presentation is NOT mandatory for participation in the conference.
A registration fee of Rs.1500/ for the Delegates and Rs.1000/- for students has to be paid by Demand Draft in favor of the Conference Secretary, Bharathidasan University payable at TIRUCHIRAPPALLI. All the registered participants will be entitled for conference kit, working lunch and tea on the conference days.
Modalities, Language and Technical Facilities
The logistics of the conference will be Plenary Sessions, Paper Presentation cum Discussion Sessions and Panel Discussions. The official language of the conference will be English. The paper presenters will have access to PCs with standard presentation tools, OHPs and DVD players.

Venue & Accommodation
The venue of the conference is Bharathidasan University. Arrangements for accommodation will have to be made by the participants themselves. However, a list of a few hotels along with the tariff and contact details will be sent to the registered participants in order to help them reserve accommodation by themselves at Tiruchirappalli.

A Road trip to the places of religious, cultural, historical and geographical importance may be arranged for the Conference delegates at their own expense on request.
Address of the Conference Secretary and Organizing Secretary for Communication

Dr.S. Srinivasaragavan
Conference Secretary
Bharathidasan University
Tiruchirappalli-620 024 T.N
e-mail : eresourcesbdu@gmail.com
+91 431-2407068

Organizing Secretary
Associate Professor
Department of Educational Technology
Bharathidasan University
Tiruchirappalli-620 023. T.N
e-mail: eresourcesbdu@gmail.com

Visit conference website for further details: eresourcesbdu.webs.com


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Additional Information

Academics/Scholars in the discipline of Arts, Science, Engineering, Agriculture and medicine etc. are welcome to participate and share their expertise.