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1 Day Liferarian Conclave 6th July 2024

Workshops for Librarians and Tech Enthusiasts from all boards – ICSE, CBSE, IGCSE & IB

A glimpse into the Liferarian Conference in December 2023 

Theme: The Role of Librarians in Promoting Information & Media Literacy while Addressing Ethical Issues in a Digital World.

Saturday, 6th July, 2024

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM IST

(Indian Standard Time)

Registration is open

The Early Bird Registration fee is INR 2000

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  • To uplift the libraries through the exchange of good practices
  • To provide opportunities for Librarians to collaborate and know the community
  • To deepen the understanding of the role of 21st-century librarians through information and media literacy

1-Day Conference

The upcoming conference promises to be a comprehensive and engaging experience. Participants can look forward to discussions on research skills, highlighting effective information-locating, gathering, analysis, and synthesizing strategies. Participants will acquire insights into the integration of technology and AI in education, understanding their impact on information literacy development, and exploring innovative pedagogical approaches to include in the library curriculum framework. The workshop will also shed light on ethical use of information and media in academics. Additionally, the workshops will include the importance of library curriculum, news, media, information, and coding literacy. The conference aims to provide participants with a deeper understanding of these topics and their significance in the current educational landscape.

Shobha Vishwanath

Co-founder and Publishing Director of Karadi Tales Company, Shobha Viswanath has been responsible for steering the direction of the publishing house. She has also authored over twenty books, been translated into multiple languages such as Korean and German, and has had books published by Puffin and Scholastic. Shobha’s efforts are focused on reclaiming a place for Indian literature for children in the picture book format.

Writers’ Workshop

How to Write to Create a Picture Book?

Over half a day, Karadi Tales Publishing Director Shobha Viswanath will take participants through how to read and write picture books for children – the relationship between pictures and words in a picture book, introduction to different formats of picture books, the elements of a good picture bookthe dos and don’ts of picture book writing, and more. Get ready for plenty of refreshing writing exercises and lively discussions on some popular picture books for children.

Workshop Date: Friday, 5th July, 2024 – 10:00 – 4:00 pm

Workshop Location: Fountainhead School, Surat.

Registration Fees: INR 2000

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Aastha A Kanodia

Aastha was born and raised in Surat. Aastha is a Lawyer by profession, she completed her B.A.L.L.B (Cons.) from Nirma University, Ahmedabad.  After completing her Law degree, she practised law for a few years by working as an Assistant Legal Advisor at Surat Urban Development Authority (SUDA).  She also counselled domestic violence cases at the Surat District Court for 2 years.  Aastha has also served as a professional GST consultant for 2 years.  However, Aastha is most passionate about educating children. Read More

Key Note Speaker

The session will emphasize the importance of librarians/educators staying abreast of modern pedagogical practices that are grounded in research and proven results. In today’s dynamic educational environment, it is imperative for librarians/educators to adopt innovative approaches that enhance learning outcomes and foster critical thinking skills among students.

Workshop Date: Friday, 6th July, 2024 – 8:45 AM

Workshop Location: Fountainhead School, Surat.

Workshop details

Anuj Kumar

Mr. Anuj is a dedicated teacher librarian, graphic designer, and media specialist currently serving as the whole-school librarian at Alphabet International School in Chennai. With a Master’s in Library and Information Science, Anuj brings a wealth of knowledge and an open-minded approach to his roles, always ready to embrace challenges and adapt within his educational and teaching journey. Read More

Workshop Title: Research Process for Primary Students

Description: This interactive workshop is designed to enlighten librarians and educators on the pivotal role of research within the educational landscape. Participants will delve into the essence of research, exploring its significance, methodologies, and application in educational settings. Through a combination of discussions, hands-on activities, and expert guidance, this session aims to equip attendees with the knowledge and tools to foster a research-oriented environment.

Brinda Pandit & Anuj Kumar

Ms.Brinda, is an accomplished Teacher Librarian with over 18 years of experience working with IB and IGCSE boards. Currently serving as a whole school teacher librarian at Legacy School, Bangalore, she brings a wealth of expertise to her role. Brinda’s profound passion for reading drives her commitment to lifelong learning.  Read More

Workshop Title: Importance and Impact of library curriculum


In this session, participants will delve into crucial topics such as:

  • Understanding the significance of having a library curriculum
  • Practical strategies for designing a tailored curriculum to suit your specific context
  • Identifying the overarching theme or “big idea” behind your curriculum Read More

Ketki Bedekar

Ketki is an avid reader with a particular fondness for delving into picture books, showing a strong preference for those that represent Indian culture. This interest, however, does not limit her exploration of new horizons, especially when it comes to technology. She is keen on experimenting with various technological tools, always eager to learn and understand their applications. Read More

Mythily Iyengar

Ms Mythily Iyengar, is a dynamic educator with a passion for technology integration in learning and teaching. With a love for technology and AI tools, Mythily actively incorporates them into her daily educational endeavors. As the school-wide Teacher Librarian, she brings a wealth of experience from her background as both an administrative librarian and school librarian, offering dedicated support to students and teachers in their research pursuits.

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Workshop Title: Digital Citizenship and AI Integration: Navigating Responsible Digital Horizons for Primary Education

Description: Join us for an immersive workshop aimed at equipping educators with essential strategies for teaching Digital Citizenship while integrating AI tools into primary education. Explore fundamental concepts of digital responsibility alongside practical applications of AI technologies curated for educational environments. Participants will delve into effective methodologies for fostering responsible online behavior while enhancing learner engagement in the dynamic digital landscape. Navigate ethical considerations seamlessly and access invaluable resources to revolutionize teaching and learning in the digital age.

Kuntal Bhandare

Kuntal Bhandare is a dedicated and passionate school librarian with 22
years of comprehensive experience in school libraries, including 15 years in the International Baccalaureate (IB) system. She holds a Master’s in Library Science and co-founded the Liferarian Association. As an IBO Programme Leader and Extended Essay Examiner, Kuntal brings her knowledge and expertise to her position. Additionally, she is an experienced Extended Essay Coordinator and a core member of the International Collaboration for Extended Essay. Outside of her professional life, Kuntal enjoys listening to retro Bollywood music, finding joy and inspiration in the timeless melodies.

Workshop Title:Research Process for Secondary Students

Description: In this workshop, secondary educators and librarians will gain a comprehensive understanding of the research process tailored for young learners. The session aims to equip participants with the tools and knowledge necessary to guide students through the intricate journey of research, ensuring they grasp its direction and purpose. Attendees will leave with a clear roadmap to foster effective research skills among their students, promoting academic success and a deeper appreciation for inquiry-based learning.

Maruska Desouza

Ms. Maruska serves as an IB Teacher-Librarian at Don Bosco International School in Mumbai. Her diverse career path has seen her embracing various roles with enthusiasm and skill. Maruska has accumulated experience in the software industry both in India and overseas, participated actively on the PTA Board during her children’s school years in California, and fulfilled her role as a librarian in California. Today, she thrives in her passion for combining education with librarianship at Don Bosco International School, always curious about where her journey will take her next. Read More

Workshop Title: Power of media propaganda and its role in bias propagation

Description:  Embark on an enlightening journey through the captivating world of literature circles, using “Boy Overboard” as our guiding beacon. This workshop delves into the persuasive techniques employed by the media, the development of biased views among audiences, and the profound impact of media propaganda on attitudes, behaviors, and perceptions. Participants will engage in insightful discussions and activities aimed at unraveling ethical considerations and prompting a call to action in response to manipulative tactics and disinformation propagated by the media.

Shrishti Sharma

Srishti is a passionate IB librarian, driven by a profound commitment to crafting innovative and imaginative library-led programs tailored for secondary school students. Her vision includes the development of meticulously structured programs that place creative freedom of expression and social-emotional learning at the forefront of educational experiences. Read More

Workshop Title: Integrating Media Literacy Across the Curriculum


This engaging workshop will help educators discover innovative approaches to infusing media literacy skills into diverse subject areas. Throughout this interactive session, participants will explore practical strategies for seamlessly integrating media literacy into the existing curriculum. Through collaborative discussions and hands-on activities, educators will uncover the power of media literacy in enhancing learning outcomes across disciplines. From analyzing media texts to creating multimedia projects, this workshop will empower educators to cultivate a generation of savvy media consumers and responsible digital citizens. This is an opportunity to revolutionize your teaching practice and equip students with the essential 21st century skills.

Shivanie Jariwala

Shivanie Jariwala, a dedicated Junior School Teacher Librarian, embarked on her journey with Fountainhead School in 2019. With a background spanning 2 years as an HRM teacher and 3 years as a teacher librarian, she has passionately embraced both roles, fostering meaningful connections with her students and colleagues alike.

Driven by a vision of transforming the school library into an innovative hub, Shivanie advocates for a multi-faceted curriculum and diverse learning experiences to enrich students’ library skills. As an avid reader with eclectic tastes, she encourages her students to explore their own love for reading. Read More

Tahera Kinkabwala

Tahera Kinkhabwala serves as a Senior School Teacher Librarian specializing in the MYP curriculum. With a dedicated tenure spanning 16 years at Fountainhead School in Surat, she actively fosters a love for reading among students through engaging talks and activities. Tahera is committed to broadening students’ literary horizons by introducing them to diverse genres, authors, and reading experiences. Her passion for reading knows no bounds, and she finds joy in exploring various genres, from classical music by Mozart and Beethoven to the rhythms of reggae and rock. Read More

Workshop Title: Revamping Nonfiction Section


Join us for an insightful session dedicated to breathing new life into the nonfiction section of your library. Discover effective strategies aimed at improving accessibility, engagement, and relevance for all patrons. Explore innovative approaches to curating and presenting nonfiction materials that will captivate and inspire readers of all interests and backgrounds.


Dear Presenters and Participants,

The Liferarian Team will be accommodated at Hotel Sadbhav Villa in Surat. We’ve secured special discounts for attendees and presenters interested in staying at this hotel. To avail of these exclusive rates, please contact the hotel directly and mention “Liferarian” when making your reservation. Hurry, as there are only 23 rooms available.

Hotel Sadbhav Villa – Visit for more information.
Contact Details: 8460033969

Post Discount Rates of Hotel Sadbhav Villa

Dear Speakers and Attendees,

Post-Discount Rates:
– Deluxe Room: INR 3000 net (for 2 adults, includes breakfast)
– Super Deluxe Room: INR 3500 net (for 2 adults, includes breakfast)
– Executive Room: INR 4000 net (for 2 adults, includes breakfast)
– Premium Executive Room: INR 4500 net (for 2 adults, includes breakfast)

Bank Details:
Account Number: 1115102000025133
IFSC Code: IBKL0001115
Account Type: CURRENT