Ms. Gita Balachandran
M.A., M.L.I.S. Archivist
Cell No : 9381007168

stellarchive2010@gmail.com
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  • First N.C.C. Officer of the College (1979 to 1993)
  • Librarian of the College (1978 to 2011)
  • Chief Librarian of the College (2011 to 2012)

Consultancy
Ms. Gita Balachandran, the College Archivist accompanied by Dr. Agnes Fernando, a member of the Stella Archives Committee, offered their services and expert advice and recommendations to

  • The Xavier Centre of Historical Research Library, Goa (2nd - 4th November 2011) in the area of the preventive conservation of books and newspapers of Portuguese India and infrastructural changes. (cf. Appendix IV)
  • St Mary’s Church in Fort St George (one of the oldest Churches in Chennai dating back to the 17th century) in response to the invitation of Pastor Rev. Kiruba regarding the restoration and preservation of the rich heritage of Pre-Independence India, that is housed in the Church. This was followed by a visit of Rev. Kiruba to the Stellarchives.
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  • A one year UGC sponsored certificate course on Documentation and Information Science - the first of its kind was offered to students from (specify years) Students of the course acquired proficiency the usage of the library, and its latest technologies. The course included intensive training in web designing, various databases and internet evaluation as well as Desktop publishing soft ware like Coral draw and page maker. Students were also given hands on training in MS office (Word, PPT, Excel, Access and FrontPage).
  • Financial Assistance for the Preservation of Manuscripts / Rare Books was sanctioned for the period 2011 - 2012 by the Director General of Archives, Government of India for setting up the College Archives using state-of-the-art technology.

    Paper Presentations
    • Poster Presentation on "Combining Indigenous and Modern Technology in the Conservation of Archival Material in Stella Maris College, Chennai: A Case Study" at the 43rd American Institute of Conservation Annual Meeting from May 13 to 16, 2015 in Miami, Florida, United States of America.
    • "Digital Preservation and Management of Resources in Stella Maris College library: A Case Study on DSpace" at the Third International Conference on Digital Libraries 2010 sponsored by Teri and Ignou, in New Delhi, (23rd - 26th February 2010).
    • "Information Literacy" at the National Seminar on "Information Literacy and Higher Education" organised by the University of Madras, (29th - 30th January 2007).
    • "Best Practices in Library and Information Services" at the NAAC sponsored conference organized by Bangalore University, (9th - 12th August 2006).
    • "Capacity Building of Teachers" organised by Infibnet on "Networking of Libraries" held at PSG College of Arts & Science, Coimbatore, (16th & 17th December 2005).
      Resource Person
    • Resource Person for the UBCHEA project on "Conservation and Heritage" held at Stella Maris College, (Autonomous), Chennai on 10th October 2014.
    • Resource person for the UGC-Sponsored National Conference on "The Role of Libraries in the Information Era: Optimizing Knowledge Resources in Learning and Research" held at Jyothi Nivas College (Autonomous), Bangalore. 17th and 18th February 2014 .
    • Resource person for a UGC sponsored workshop on “Training Teachers on Internet” organized by the Madras School of Social Work, Chennai. 18 March 2010.
    • Resource person for the NAAC sponsored National Conference on "Quality Assurance – Approaches, Apprehensions, Issues and Innovations" organized by the Annammal College of Education for Women, Thoothukudi. 6th & 7th March 2009.
    • Resource person for the Orientation Programme (Intensive Training) organized by Stella Maris College on behalf of the TRB for the newly recruited lecturers of Chemistry in Government colleges. 13th October to 8th November 2008.
    • Resource person for the Orientation Programme (Intensive Training) organized by Stella Maris College on behalf of the TRB for the newly recruited lecturers of History in Government colleges. 15th January 2008.
    • Resource person for the UGC sponsored Orientation Course organized by the Academic Staff College, Madras University of Madras, 30th November 2007.
    • Resource Person for the UGC sponsored Orientation Course on organized by the Academic Staff College, University of Madras, March 2007.
    • Resource Person at a National Workshop on "Internal Quality Audit in Higher Education" organized by Jyoti Nivas College (Autonomous), 10th December 2005.
    • Resource person for the Academic Staff College, Madras University of Madras sponsored Refresher Course on "Curriculum Design" organized by Stella Maris College, 15th November 2005
    • Resource person for the Academic Staff College, Madras University of Madras sponsored Refresher Course on "English Language" organized by Stella Maris College, 15th November 2004

  • Key Note Address on the occasion of the Library Day celebrations at MGR Janaki College, on 30th Aug 2011.
  • Conducted a one day workshop organized by Loyola College for the Teachers Recruitment Board in the Stella Maris College Library on 17th May 2011.
  • Report on the Madras University Library Infrastructure & Recommendations for Development in the year March 2010 to the Vice Chancellor, Madras University.
  • Stella Maris College Library organized a seminar for the Chennai city Arts & Science college libraries, called “Formation of College Libraries Consortium in Chennai” on September 18th 2008.
  • Presented “Value Added / Vocational Education and Training Programmes of Stella Maris College” to a delegation from the UK, at Madras University, 24th November 2005.
  • Visiting scholar for one semester at Davidson College, North Carolina, USA, sponsored by United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia, Jan 2001 to May 2001.