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Date & Time

Saturday Sat, 13 Mar 2021

Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

We live in a digital age, where we are accustomed to getting all (or most) of the information we want online. However, much of the most valuable material for historical research is not available digitally. It takes the shape of physical documents located in archives spread all over the world. These are letters, manuscripts, secret reports, etc that have not been scanned and perhaps never will be.
Indeed, even when it comes to printed books, the joy of reading a physical books far exceeds that of reading a book on a screen. The joys of walking through the shelves of a great library, taking out books, one by one, cannot be replicated by the digital world.

In this lecture, the historian Ramachandra Guha recalls some memorable experiences from a lifetime of working in libraries and archives in India and abroad. He introduces us to some great repositories of printed books, such as the National Library in Kolkata and the Sterling Memorial Museum Library of Yale University, and to some great repositories of unpublished archival material, such as the Maunscripts Division of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library in New Delhi. And he speaks also of the joyous days and months he has spent in the greatest library-cum-archive in the world, the British Library in London.

About the Library & Information Science Academy (LISA)

The LIS Academy (Library & Information Science Academy) is a professional charitable Trust established to work for the development of the Profession and to assist Libraries with the state-of-the-art technology. The primary focus of the Academy is to provide need-based service to the different types of Libraries in the country and to work for the advancement of Library and Information Science (LIS) profession at large. The mission of the LIS Academy is to spread multi-dimensional utility and overall growth of the profession of Librarianship, through education, literature, research, publications, outsource, training programs, consultation and collaboration.