Second Indian Public Library Conference IPLC-2016 was organized at International convention center, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. The main theme of the conference was inspiring and re-positioning public libraries in the new era with special focus on technology, content and services. Library professionals from 16 different countries were present at the conference. There were many representatives from the institutions and associations supporting development of libraries around the globe. Four participants from Nepal attended the the conference. Foremost was Mr. Ramesh Kumar Bhusal, the VC of Library development forum. According to Mr. Bhusal, the personal network developed in such conferences could help developing international network among library professionals of the field. Another participant, the joint editor of Voice of Library Monthly, Er. Prabin Babu Dhakal expressed that these type of exposure could bring positive changes in the mindset of Nepalese librarians.
Most of the papers presented at the conference portrayed that the public libraries that adopt new technology for betterment of their services and also adopted community outreach program to involve community. The conference also showcased different innovative activities conducted by some of the foremost public libraries around the globe. Mr. Dhakal said that Nepalese libraries are not far behind, in fact, more innovative in terms of developing innovative ideas, about community outreach programs. The only lagging factor for Nepalese libraries is technology adoption, and manpower development. New technology adoption is costlier and most libraries in Nepal could not afford, but libraries are adopting cheaper and alternative technologies, which are good sign.
The librarian of Pokhara University Central Library, Mr. Durga Prasad Acharya said that the examples showcased by some libraries were applicable even in cheaper cost and could be adopted for bettering the services. Another participant from Nepal, Mr. Prakash BK was very inspired by the use of new technology by libraries and committed that he will automate his library with barcode technology after return to Nepal.