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Faculty Profile

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Dr. Alka Rai

Qualification

Ph.d. in Library and Information Science

Qualified UGC/NET 2010

A library professional with sound technical knowledge and hands on experience of working with academic, medical and special library management systems. Outstanding academic background with proven records of setting up university library system (at Ambedkar University, Delhi-India) along with managing financial and human resources effectively. A person equipped with information technologies, research trends and library management models to provide leadership and promoting innovations at the workplace.

Past Experience

Working with AUD since 1st July 2009. Established library system of Ambedkar University Delhi in 3 campuses which currently has more than 65,000 books, 130 international and national journals, 28 leading e-resource data base.

My Zone / Area of Expertise

  • Invited as a panelist, by the Legal Help Line India webinar on “Learning Web Search and Research” on 23rd June 2020.
  • Invited as a panelist in a webinar organized by Madhya Pradesh Library Association (MPLA) and McGraw Hill on topic “Demystifying E-Resources” on 7th June 2020 where more than 900 people participated.
  • Invited as a subject expert for the Live video session of National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) headquarter NOIDA on 27th February 2020 on the topic “ Modern Libraries: concept of Automated , Virtual, Hybrid, Digital libraries” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgsLcsKaONk
  • Invited as an expert, by the SCERT, Delhi to design the three days training course for in- service school/DIET librarian under the INSET program, February 21st , 2020, New Delhi,India
  • Invited as subject expert to review question bank of library and information science courses of NIOS on 6-7 January 2020.
  • Invited as a subject expert for the Live video session of National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) headquarter NOIDA on 24th December 2019 on topic “ Library and Information Centres: Concept and Role in Society” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iX1y0_8rdrw&t=2988s
  • Invited as panellist in session titled:“Dissertations: How disseminating theses through PQDT Global helps to maximize research impact” by Proquest on September 21st 2019 in New Delhi, India
  • Invited as subject expert to review question bank of library and information science courses of NIOS on 10-11July 2019.
  • Co-Chaired a session and coordinator for the valedictory session in the international conference, ICoSAL at Institute of Economic Growth (IEG) and AUD from 14-16 February 2019. New Delhi, India.
  • Invited as an expert, by DIET- Keshavpuram to facilitate two technical sessions (a) Digital Information Literacy (b) Management of OER (Open Education Resources) for 100 DIET librarians ,January 31 , 2019 at Shaheed Hemu Kalani Vidyalaya, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi,India
  • DIET Karkarduma invited to facilitate four technical sessions on the topics (a) Digital Information Literacy (b) Management of OER (Open Education Resources) for 100 DIET librarians ,January 30 ,2019 and February 4 , 2019 at SKV School J&K block, Dilshad Garden and RSKV no 2 , Shakarpur New Delhi,India.
  • Invited as an expert by the SCERT, Delhi to design the three days training course for in-service school/DIET librarian under the INSET program, Jan,11 , 2019, New Delhi,India.
  • Invited as panellist in session titled: “Digitization, Dissertations & Publishing” by Proquest on October 5,2018 in Bengaluru, India
  • Chaired a session in an International conference “LIS 2018” from 8-10 August 2018 at Bangkok, Thailand organised by Social Science Organisation.
  • Co-Chaired a Technical Session, during IEEE 5th International Symposium on Emerging Trends and Technologies in Libraries and Information Services (ETTLIS 2018) held at Bennett University, Greater Noida during February 21-23, 2018.
  • Wrote (three units) course material for Bachelor of Library and Information Science program at Sagar University, Sagar, M.P.

 

  • Research paper titled “Digital Literacy and Government Schools of Delhi” published in the proceedings of of the 9th International Library Information Professional Summit (I-LIPS) on “Academic Libraries: Latest Trends, Challenges and Opportunities” held from February 14-16, 2020 at Jiwaji University Gwalior.
  • Rai, A. (2019). Digital Divide: How Do Women in South Asia Respond?. International Journal of Digital Literacy and Digital Competence (IJDLDC), 10(1), 1-14.
  • Rai, A. (2019). Experience, Innovations and Challenges in Setting up a
  • University Library: A Narrative from Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD).
  • Library Progress (International), 39(1), 144-153.
  • Rai, A., &; Sharma, A. K. (2019). Digital Divide and Libraries: A Systematic Literature Review. Library Herald, 57(3), 402-413.
  • Submitted PhD thesis titled “ Digital Divide in Higher Education: Comparative Study of Library Users in the Universities of Delhi” at Jiwaji University Gwalior on 30 September 2019
  • “Digital Divide: Where do the women stand in India?” an International Conference i.e. WESTERN BALKAN INFORMATION LITERACY CONFERENCE – WBILC2018 , from 21-22 June 2018 at Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina, organised by Limerick Institute of Technology, Limerick, Ireland. This paper published in the conference proceedings
  • “Gender and Digital Divide: How do women in South Asia respond?” in the International conference- LIS 2018, from 8-10 August 2018 at Bangkok, Thailand organised by Social Science Organisation.
  • “Challenges of Publishers in promotion of eBooks” In Debal C Kar and others (Eds.). From Ownership to Access: Leveraging the Digital Paradigm. New Delhi, Synergy Books India, 2016. ISBN: 9879382059462, p127-129
  • “Setting Up a University Library: Experience, Innovations and Current Challenges” In Salek Chand (Ed).Role of Libraries in Social Empowerment. Delhi, Ahuja Publishing House, 2016. ISBN: 9789380316574, p337-341
  • “Library Social Media and Regulatory Framework” In Salek Chand (Ed).Role of Libraries in Social Empowerment. Delhi, Ahuja Publishing House, 2016. ISBN: 9789380316574, p353-357
  • “E-learning : Government of India Initiatives: A critical Review” in Shantanu Ganguly, P.K. Bhattacharya et.al (eds), Smart Future: Knowledge Trends That Will Change the World (Vol1), ISBN:9788179936535, p 537-542
  • “ Technology, Democratic Values and Challenges of Libraries” In L.N. Asopa et.al (Eds) Emerging Trends and Technologyin Knowledge Management, Jaipur, Prateeksha Publications, 2017. ISBN: 9789383662395, p86-90
  • “Research and Technology: Emerging Issues of ETD,Values and Digital Libraries” hosted on INFLIBNET’s Institutional Repository, Published by INFLIBNET Center, 5 Oct 2016. DOI: http://ir.inflibnet.ac.in/handle/1944/2055
  • Research paper presented in LIS, 2015, Digital divide, library professionals and emerging trends in 21st Century, August 23 - 25 , 2015 OSAKA, Japan.
  • Paper presented, The growth and development of AUD library : Journey of five years, in Library and Information Professionals Summit -2014 and published in the proceeding of From Brick to Click: Transforming libraries in to social spaces , 7-8 February,2014, organized by UNIC,SLA and University of Delhi, India
  • Dissertation submitted ,Problems and Remedies of Managing Child Resource Centre- A Study of Pitara,Bhopal,India for partial fulfillment of Master of Library and Information Science,2009
  • During course of Post M.A. Diploma in Adult and Continuing Education, conducted study on ,Hope, Satisfication & Aspiration of Earthquake Affected Children of Kutch, India Submitted to Department of Social Sciences, University of Delhi, Delhi.2001-2002.
  • As part of M.A course, dissertation ,A study of Attitudes and Future Expectation of Post Graduate Female Students of MMH College Gaziabad, India Submitted to Department of Economics, C.C.S. University,Meerut,1999-2001.
  • Co-Writer of the Paper ,Vanchiton Ki Shiksha-Sawal Saaksharta ka Nahi, Sakshamta Ka’ appeared in Siksha Vimarsh, October-November-2004, Dignantar,Jaipur, Rajasthan,India.
  • Provided guidance and technical support to complete the project work of a diploma student of Delhi Library Association (DLA) on ,Library Automation: Procedures and Implementation, 2011,Delhi, India

Workshop & Seminars

  • Organised a workshop during “Shodhotsav” for MPhil and PhD Scholars, “ From Research to Publication: What Researchers Should Know”? on 20th January 2020 at Kashmere Gate Campus.
  • Participated in a training/workshop on DSpace software(an institutional repository) from Sept 7 to 8, 2018, organised by Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) and IIT Kharagpur in Manesar, Haryana,India.
  • Contributed as technical resource person in a three days workshop for planning and preparing the course on DLICD Faculty Development Program (AUD),from 12-14, June 2018 at International Guest House, University of Delhi, India.
  • Participated and contributed in the second workshop for planning and preparing the course on DLICD (AUD) held on 27-29 July 2018 at International Guest House, University of Delhi, India.
  • Organized one day international seminar on “ Role of Libraries in Managing Open Educational Resources” 5th February, 2018, Ambedkar University Delhi, India
  • Conference Coordinator of an International Conference on Reshaping Libraries ”ICRL 2018” organized by AUD in the partnership of DELNET , SLA (Special Library Association, Asian Chapter) held in Jaipur 1-3 Feb 2018.
  • Represented AUD, Delhi in a five days staff training program at Ludwigsburg University of Education, Germany under the ERASMUS (European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) + program from 3rd December 2017 to 8th December 2017.
  • Rapporteur to 18th international symposium, ETD-2015 (Electronic Thesis and Dissertation) India , 4-6 November,2015, organized by NDLTD, JNU-New Delhi, India
  • Attended workshop on research methodology , 6th January,2015, organized by Jiwaji University, Gwalior ,India
  • Attended Cyber Security workshop for LIS and IT professionals at DELNET, 31st August,2015, New Delhi, India
  • Attended international conference on convergence of libraries, archives and museums, 15th to 17th February 2011. The conference was organized by NIFT and IFLA jointly, India International Center, Delhi, India
  • Attended orientation program on Library Management Software ,LIBSYS, April 8 -16, 2009 ,AIIMS, New Delhi, India
  • Participated in the workshop , Learning Activities for Children organized by Eklavya, ,June 1 -7 , 2008, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
  • Attended workshop on Developing Stories for Early Readers, organized by UNICEF, May 1 -4, 2006, Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh, India
  • Participated in Five Days Workshop ,School Improvement Program Using Life Skills Approach, organized by UNICEF, 24-28 July, 2001, Delhi, India
  • Participated in a National Workshop on ,Productive Aging, organized by Help Age India, 25-26 February,2002, New Delhi, India

Staff Capacity Building/Documentation

  • Took initiative of organizing book exhibitions in the AUD campus and invited more than 50 leading publishers/distributors to the event
  • Prepared annual reports of the AUD library since 2009 to 2020
  • Contributed in NAAC Self Study Report for Library of AUD
  • Contributed in NIRF (National Institute Ranking Framework)
  • Contributed in AQAR (Annual Quality Assurance Report) of AUD
  • Facilitated training of library staff of AUD on Libsys and KOHA , a library management software
  • Regular Supervision ,mentoring and capacity building of trainees and staff at AUD
  • Academic Initiatives
  • Conceptualized and organized a day-long Workshop along with CSSRM for MPhil/PhD scholars and faculty on “Library Resources and Services” on 4th April 2018 at AUD, New Delhi.
  • Organised a workshop for MPhil and PhD Scholar on “ From Research to Publication: What Researchers Should Know”? on 20th January 2020 at Kashmere Gate Campus.
  • Prepared the draft policy for OER for AUD with inputs from Director IT services, AUD, New Delhi, India.
  • Prepared a course on “Working with Software” for faculty Development Program at AUD under DLICD
  • Conducted more than 30 information literacy/user’s awareness sessions/User’s orientation (each 120 mins) for Postgraduate, MPhil and PhD students at AUD.
  • Initiated Quarterly Library Newsletter at AUD
  • Collected more than 350 faculty publications to upload on Institutional Repository.
  • Displayed faculty and student publications and research during the research festival “Shodhotsav” at AUD.
  • Initiated procurement of assistive devices and membership of Sugamya Pustkalaya for visually impaired users at AUD
  • Initiated INFED service at AUD to access online resources remotely.

Volunteer Association /Membership

  • Member of Organising Committee of the 9th International Library Information Professional Summit (I-LIPS) on “Academic Libraries: Latest Trends, Challenges and Opportunities” held from February 14-16, 2020 at Jiwaji University Gwalior.
  • Member of the International Scientific Committee of Western Balkan Media and Information Literacy Conference (WBIMLC2019) , held from June 20-21 2019 at Bosnia organised by Limerick Institute of Technology, Limerick, Ireland .
  • Member of International Conference Committee LIS 2018 Bangkok, Thailand, going to held in from 8-10 August 2018
  • Convener of Committee, Learning Management System and Open Educational Resources at Ambedkar University Delhi.
  • Member of International Conference committee of LIS 2016 KYOTO Japan (12-14 July 2016)
  • Member of Organizing Committee LIPS 2016 held in India (19-20 May 2016)
  • Convener of Conference LIPS 2016 an International conference jointly organized by Ambedkar University Delhi (AUD), Special Library Association (SLA), USA and Society for Library Professionals, India (19-20 May 2016)
  • Member of Strategic Planning Committee of Special Library Association (SLA) USA
  • Member of screening/selection committee (Junior Executive Library) at AUD
  • Member of Library Committee at AUD, Delhi –India
  • Member of LIS LINK virtual community of library professionals.
  • Member of Committee for the Protection of Sexual Harassment( CPSH) of AUD
  • Member of selection committee of contractual staff at AUD
  • Member of International Conference Committee LIS 2017 Sapporo, Japan going to held in from 23-25 August 2017
  • Member of Review Committee of “International Journal of Library Science & Research”

 

    Awards

    Honour and Awards

    1. Advisor for Mendeley (Mendeley is a desktop and web program produced by Elsevier for managing and sharing research papers, discovering research data and collaborating online) since 11 August, 2016
    2. More than 150 User’s Orientation program has been conducted for M.A., MPhil and PhD students
    3. Taken two sessions (2 hours each) on 22 and 23 February 2017 on the topic how to use online resources, DELNET services, Koha and how to use referencing tool like Mendeley etc during the writing seminar of MA Sociology students conducted by Dr Preeti Sampat.
    4. Compered the inaugural session at National Conference on ROLE OF LIBRARIES IN SOCIAL EMPOWERMENT (NCRLSE-2016) in association with Library Professionals Association (LPA), New Delhi and Association of Media Libraries and Archives (AMLA), New Delhi from October 21-22, 2016 at Gandhi Peace Foundation, Near ITO, New Delhi
    5. Compered the valedictory session of Library and Information Science Professionals Summit, LIPS 2016 at AUD
    6. Recipient of the Rising Star Award: Budding Librarian in North India by Proquest on October 5,2018 in Bengaluru, India