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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Librarians Day – Cum – Seminar on ‘Excellence in School Education – Role of Libraries’

Librarians Day – Cum – Seminar on ‘Excellence in School Education – Role of Libraries’ celebrated in Shishuvan English Medium School on 12th August 2016 : A Brief Report

Shishuvan School Matunga,  Mumbai,  celebrated Librarians Day  on 12th August 2016  in honored of 124th birth anniversary of Dr. S.R. Ranganathan widely known as Father of Library Science in India. The celebrations  included a seminar on ‘Excellence in School Education –Role of Libraries.’
The objective of the seminar was to focus on the Perspectives e on Excellence in School Education vis –a –vis . School library service. The unique  part of seminar was that the presentations were made by students , teachers , parents  and  librarians .The participants comprised of  students ,teachers, parents, librarians. Seminar stood out to  be unique as it involved major  stakeholders of school library service. The result was an useful gain and share  knowledge from each of the presenters and participants.  Organizers reasserted and re-assured  their approach to involve all stake holders in the forth coming events/activities. It was appreciated by one  and all and specially by the guest speakers and presenters.  Shishuvans commitment to Libraries was amply attested by the fact that Management Committee Members took active part in the deliberations. Soon after the Lighting of the Lamp Ceremony, Mr.Rajashekhar Devarai, Chief Librarian, spoke briefed the audience on the relevance of the Librarians Day in a School and dealt in  brief about the theme of the Seminar. This was followed by lectures by (Shishuvan Management Committee) Shree Mulchandbhai, Shree Navinbhai and Shree Premjibhai. Mrs. Jamila Merchant (PR Librarian – Shishuvan) spoke on Joy of Working with children and summed up on the School Library Service since the inception of the School. Mr.Rajashekhar Devarai spoke on ‘School Librarianship – Lessons in Professionalism’. These preludes / talks paved way for the Core Presentations  one each by Parents(Mrs. Mala Balamurugan), Teachers(Ms.Kepha - Shishuvan), Students (Ananaya /Tanisha – class VII and Class X – Shishuvan School), Librarians (Shirley Miranda – Goldcrest International School, Navi Mumbai).
Functional and state of art Libraries  are back bones of successful schooling according to IFLA/UNISCO School Library Manifesto (1995), “ School library globally are envisioned as a force for the  enchantment and improvement of Teaching and Learning through out the School Community for Educators as well as Students .”  Credit of successfully Celebrating Librarians Day and conducting the Seminar goes to  Ms. Shubadra Shenoy (Principal) & Members of Management committee who aptly recognized  the need to recognize library service in a school.  Parents team ,Students, Librarians from Shishuvan and Other Schools  who attended, enjoyed the sessions and appreciated Shishuvans incentive in the regard . Some of the participants  wished that the  event should be celebrated every year.
Highlight  of the event was Chief Guest Prof. Coomi Veviana’s lecture. She is currently English Professor at Mumbai University, Author of much acclaimed book ‘What Children Really Want.’ The audience was spell bound through out her session which was full of life, information and enthusiasm. Senior Management committee Members Shree Mulchandhai, Shree Premjibhai, Shree Navinbhai, Principal Shubadra Shenoy, Executive  Director Neha Chheda participated in lighting of the lamp ceremony and inaugural session. Organizing team comprised of Shubadra (Seminar Director) Mr. Rajashekhar Devarai(Organizer Secretary ),  Ms. Jamila Merchant(Member) and others from Library Advisory Committee and Learning Resource Centre (a parent body of the school).  Ms.Bhumika (class X) Prime Minister of School and her classmates :  Avnish, Jash, Jay ,Yugam, Advik ,Manan, Tanay, Sakshi, Dishita, Nishita Punit, Soumil, Tanisha actively worked with the organizing Team in successful conduct of the Event from concept to commissioning. Suggestion/Recommendations of the participants are being compiled. Mrs. Neha Chheda Executive Director (Shishuvan School) who was all out in promoting the event and encouraging the organizing team,  summed up the sessions, organized Question / Answers / Discussion. Mrs. Namrata Manglani (Shishuvan Parent)  was an  all praise by every one for her impressive role as Master of Ceremonies. The event  ended with vote of thanks by Shraddha Tiwarekar, Assistant Librarian (Shishuvan).

Rajashekhar Devarai
Seminar Organizing Secretary
Chief Librarian (Shishuvan School, Matunga, Mumbai) 

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