One more village library in Kerala will join a small group of libraries striving to reinvent themselves with the help of new information and communication technologies. Navodaya Library, located in Kadapuzha near Sasthamcotta, Kollam has initiated a series of steps in this direction with the help of SPACE. As the first step, seven students-both boys and girls selected by the library participated in workshops conducted by SPACE.
The trainer was Choyikutty Mash, the veteran photographer who has been associating with SPACE in its programmes for local libraries.
SPACE organised an eight-day workshop for the Library staff of JNU on Assistive Technologies for the visually challenged from 8-15 September 2012. The main objective of the programme was to equip the Library staff as master trainers to assist the visually challenged to use computers. The entire workshop training module was based on free and open source software. A two day orientation programme intended to sensitize the visually challenged in free software based technologies was also conducted for
the students of JNU.
Dhanya, Chinchu and Vineetha, three vivacious teenagers from Arinallur village had never touched a camera before. But now they had nothing less than a DSLR to toy with. Choyikutty mash, the veteran photographer to whom the camera belonged, sent them away with a wave of his hand: Go on! Shoot!