Odisha Library Academy(OLA) in Bhubaneswarcontinues to host grand Webinar Seriesduring the current pandemic which has an increasing impact onLibrary and Information Science education in particular and the society as a whole.
In order to support Library professionals, Odisha Library Academyis hosting regular webinars and webcasts to discuss various professional topics and effective functioning of the Libraries during COVID-19. Odisha Library Academy Webinar Series: a part of OLA Study Circle, has hosted four successive webinars since the pandemic Coronavirus spreads across the world, and have covered a range of topics namely, ‘Koha’ (new release version 20.05) – the open source software, Intellectual Property Management, Research Data Management, and Metrics to Altmerics by the renowned experts in these filed. In continuation to its effort, OLA hosted its 5th webinar series on June 13, 2020 at 11 am on the topic entitled: ‘SOPs/Protocols for Reopening and Functioning of the Libraries during COVID-19’.
Dr.NabiHasan, Librarian & Head, Central Library of Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi was the chief speaker of the theme. He highlighted about various sustainable models of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for opening and functioning of Libraries in the academic and research institutions. Dr.BanamberSahoo, President OLA presided the webinar as Chair Person and Dr.Bedarata Dash coordinated the event. To host the session technical support was given by Mr.Basanta Kumar Das and Mr.SambhunathSahoo as Webinar System Administrators. More than 400 concurrent participants joined the online session and asked different issues faced by their Libraries. At the end the Joint Secretary of OLA, Mr.BijoyKetan Panda gave the concluding remarks about the topic and offered session a formal vote of thanks. OLA Secretary Dr.BasudevMohantyinformed the media that, “Stephen Abram, executive director of the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries, Canada will join as the resource person in OLA Webinar-6 scheduled to be held on June 20, 2020.” This concluded the Webinar.