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DR. PRIYA RAI

Head & Deputy Librarian (Prof. Scale)



B.Sc. MLISc., M.Phil (L&ISc.), Ph.D., LL.M.(Intellectual Property Rights) PGDLAN, UGC-NET.

Commonwealth Fellow IALS, University of London, UK.; Bitner Research Fellow, Cornell University, USA.

 

Dr. Priya Rai, Deputy Librarian (Professor Grade) is serving as Head, Justice T.P.S. Chawla Library at National Law University Delhi: A World-Class and the Premier Law university of India since 2009. During her headship, the Library of the University was set-up in the new building in 2010  She has a credit for the implementation of various advanced technology-based services and facilities to the Library Users viz. Library Automation; Implementation of RFID Technology; Vidhi Gyan Sangrah: Institutional Repository of NLUD Research; Digital Access Portal; Indexing Services to Print Journal Articles; Alert Services (Article Alerts, Case Law Alerts, Newspaper Clipping Alerts, and Book Alerts); Public Resource Domain Portals and facilities for PWD students.

Prior to National Law University Delhi, she has vast experience serving many primer universities and research institutions. Immediately past, she worked with the Indian Law Institute with the responsibility to handle digital reference management services form Library Information Resource Centre set up and inaugurated by then Hon’ble Justice Y.K. Sabharwal, the Chief Justice, Supreme Court of India. She was also responsible for delivering executive responsibilities like assisting in organizing Library Committee Meetings and the overall heading of the acquisition section.  She is witnessed to be a part of various committees at ILI viz. automation of ILI Library Collection; implementation of RFID Technology; CCTV Surveillance System; Digitization of Journal of Indian Law Institute and Annual Survey of Indian Law.  She assisted in the development of various course packs for postgraduate students at ILI. Before ILI, Dr. Priya also served to Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University under the Government of GNCTe for five years.  She joined GGSIU Library as pioneering library professionals and contributed to set up a new library of the University.  As of now, in 2020, Dr. Rai has more than 20 years of professional working experience with renowned academic and research institutions.

Dr. Rai was honored with FCIL Schaffer Grant by the American Association of Law Libraries in 2012. She delivered a lecture on the Indian Legal System at Boston University, United States of America, in a gathering of more than 2000 law librarians around the world.  Dr. Rai was conferred with Bitner Research Fellowship from Cornell University Law Library (USA), delivering lectures and exchanging ideas with the Faculty of Law, Cornell University in 2012.

Dr.Rai is a Commonwealth Fellow (2013) with the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, United Kingdom. Dr. Rai was conferred visiting Fellowship in Law Librarianship by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), the University of London in 2013. She was invited as Research Fellow at the University of Passau, Germany, for addressing Law Faculty and Students at Passau, Germany, in 2014.

Dr. Rai has a sound combination of Academic and professional qualifications which help her to serve her responsibilities efficiently.  Dr. Rai has earned her Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from Banasthali University, Rajasthan, on the topic “Comparative Analysis of Commercial Legal Databases with Open Access Legal Information Resources”.  Dr. Rai is a Science Graduate from the University of Delhi and has earned Masters of Library and Information Science and Masters of Philosophy in Library and Information Science.  She has done LL.B. from CCS University Meerut and LL.M. (Intellectual Property Rights) from GGSIP University, New Delhi.  Besides this, she has also qualified UGC-NET and completed Post Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Science.

Based on her vast practical experience, she has been invited to deliver invited talks from various educational and research institutions in India.  She has delivered more than 35 lectures on vast areas like copyright laws, digital rights management, intellectual property rights, plagiarism, open access movements, and many more.

For professional development and implementation of the latest technologies in best practices in library and information science, she has organized more than dozens of workshops, seminars, and conferences of national and international reputes.    

Being a continuing academic scholar, she has contributed 11 books on various themes and subject areas related to library and information sciences.  She has a credit to publish more than 35 research papers in Journals, Edited Books, and Conference Proceedings.  She is President of the Association of Indian Law Libraries (AILL) and associated with several professional bodies of Library Association in India.


E-mail : priyarai@nludelhi.ac.in

Area of Interest.

     

    SPECIALIZATION/AREA OF INTEREST

    1. Electronic Databases and Digital Licensing
    2. Copyright laws and scholarly Communication in Digital Environment
    3. Free Access to Law Movement
    4. Public Domain Resources

     

    CONTRIBUTION OF/EVIDENCE OF INNOVATIVE LIBRARY SERVICES AND INTEGRATION OF ICT

    1. Automation of Library Records for Books and Articles published In Journals through Library Housekeeping Software.
    2. Legal Databases development organisation, IT Assistance, Maintenance and training
    3. Library Website Management
    4. Online Alert Services through website;
    5. Online Email Alert Services;
    6. Public Domain Resource Management;
    7. Online Public Access Catalogue;
    8. Digital Access Portal;
    9. Statistical Package for Social Science software;
    10. Turnitin Plagiarism Check Software;
    11. Newspaper Clipping Services;
    12. Online Access of Question Papers;
    13. JAWS and Perl Scanner;
    14. VIDHI GYAN SANGRAH: Collection of NLU Delhi Research (Institutional Repository).

     

    PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENTS, SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

    1. Member Resource Selection Committee for e-Sodh Sindhu for Universities and Colleges for three years 2016-18.
    2. 30th Annual Course on International Law and Legal Information: The Dynamics Of Malaysian Law In The Global World University Of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 4th- 8th December 2011
    3. FCIL Schaffer Grant for Foreign and Comparative Law Librarians 2012: American Association of Law Libraries (AALL).Boston, USA. July 2012
    4. Bitner Research Fellowship, Cornell Law Library. Cornell University (Ithaca) USA.2012
    5. Commonwealth Professional Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, London, University of London, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, United Kingdom during February-April 2015.
    6. Visiting Law Library Fellowship 2015.Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, UK
    7. Visiting Fellow. University of Passau, Germany June 2014.

     

    CONFERENCES/SEMINAR/ WORKSHOPS HOSTED/ORGANISED

    1. Conference Convener: International Conference on Access to Legal Information & Research in Digital Age Feb 29th-2nd March 2012 (ICALIRDA), National Law University, Delhi.
    2. Conference Convener: Library and Information Professionals Summit (LIPS) 2015. On. Transforming Dimension of IPR: Challenges for the New Age Libraries, NLUD.
    3. Organizing Secretary: Workshop on Plagiarism and Academic Integrity among Research Community” on 30th November 30, 2015.
    4. Organizing Secretary: Seminar on “Changing Landscape of Scholarly Writings and Publications” during 24-25 March 2017, NLUD
    5. Organizing Secretary: International Conference on Digital Transformation:  Preservation, Policy and Privacy. November 29- December 01, 2018. NLUD
    6. Conference Director: International Conference on Digital Transformation: A Cognitive learning towards Artificial Intelligence. 6-8 September 2019, RGNUL, Patiala
    7. Consultant : Supreme Court of Bhutan Library
    8. Member, Resource Selection Committee for Law School Consortia, INFLBNET, UGC.

     

    INVITED LECTURES AND TALKS

    1. Invited Talk on IT Services for Drafting Laws. International Training Programme in Legislative Drafting at Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training, Lok Sabha Secretariat at 22th January 2020
    2. Invited Talk on Copyright and IPR Issues: Digital Rights Management. 2nd National Conference on Development of Digital Libraries in IPR Regime, Dr. RMLNL University, 21-22 December 2019.
    3. Invited Talk on the Topic Digital Rights Management, International Conference on Digital Landscape (ICDL-2019), 6-8 November 2019, TERI
    4. Invited Talk on Digital Copyright for Digital Libraries, 64th Annual Conference of Indian Library Association on Transforming Libraries and Information Centres in Digital Era, 14-16 March 2019.
    5. Invited Talk on Bar Council of India Guidelines for the Libraries and How Librarians should prepare for inspection/ Accreditation. Bennett University, Noida, 20 September 2019.
    6. Invited Talk on IPR in Digital Environment, 2 Week FDP on Information Technology Applications in Library and Information Sciences, Ramanujan College 20th October 2019.
    7. Invited Talk on Innovative Library Services, Continue Education Programme (CEP) DRDO Library Management Procedures and Practices. 16-18 October 2019. DESIDOC, Metcalfe House.
    8. Invited Talk on IT Services for Drafting Laws. 34th International Training Programme in Legislative Drafting at Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training, Lok Sabha Secretariat at 22th January 2019.
    9. Invited Talk on Designing a Law Library: Leveraging Academic Law Libraries to Expand Access to Justice and Legal Education in Digital Neon. Training Programme on Law Librarianship at Gujarat National Law University (GNLU) on 12th November 2018.
    10. Lecture on Legal Research in Digital Environment and Intellectual Integrity in Legal Writing at Delhi Judicial Academy for Induction Course and Institutional Training for newly Recruited Officers of DJA under High Court of Delhi at 25 April 2018.
    11. Invited Talk on IPR &Copyright Issues with Special Reference to Digital Licensing for Digital Libraries. DESIDOC CEP on Digital Libraries Tools and Techniques at 08 August 2018.
    12. Invited Talk on IT Services for Drafting Laws. International Training Programme in Legislative Drafting at Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training, Lok Sabha Secretariat at 23th January 2018.
    13. Discussion Talk on Google is a New Librarian: Saving Libraries from Museums. 2nd International Conference of Asian Libraries on Expanding Digital Footprints: Role of Libraries & Information Centres on 27rh October 2017 at Jamia Millia Islamia.
    14. Invited Talk on Building Digital Libraries: a Smart Pathway to Progress. Five Day DRDO CEP on Digital Libraries Tools and Techniques in R&D Environment at DESIDOC at 12 September 2017.
    15. Lecture on Legal Research in Digital Environment and Intellectual Integrity in Legal Writing at Delhi Judicial Academy for Induction Course and Institutional Training for newly Recruited Officers of DJA under High Court of Delhi at 20 August 2017.
    16. Lecture on Basic Legal Research in Law Library: Tools and Strategies. NLUD Orientation Programme for LLM 2017 Batch. During 22nd August 2017 to 24th August 2017.
    17. Discussion talk  on Digital Scholarship at One day International Seminar on New Innovative Library and Information Services, at JNU on 22th Feb 2017
    18. Training Session on SCC Online under IQAC for 2dn and 3rd Year BA.LLB Students at NLUD on 7th September 2016
    19. Invited Lecture on School Libraries as Laboratory of Active Learning and Research in Digital Era. Reshaping the School Libraries in Digital Age: a Paradigm Shift at Workshop for Librarians of DAV Public School held at DAV Public School, Gurgaon. On 17 September 2016.
    20. Co-Chair Technical Session on Transformation Towards Smart Libraries. 5th International Conference on Digital Transformation on 14th December 2016 at TERI
    21. Invited Talk on Digital Copyright and Role of 21st Century Libraries. National Conference on Role of Libraries in Social Empowerment organized by Compact Society for Social Welfare in association with LPA, at 21 October 2016
    22. Talk on Copyright/IPR Issues in Libraries. 14th Training Course on IT Application for Information Management in Health Science Libraries organised by National Documentation Centre of National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW) Munirka, New Delhi at 28th September 2016.
    23. Lecture on Enhancing Intellectual Integrity in Legal Writing: How to Avoid Plagiarism. Delhi Judicial Academy for Induction Course and Institutional Training for newly Recruited Officers of DJA under High Court of Delhi at 11 August 2016.
    24. Lecture on Legal Research in Digital Environment: An Introduction to Tools & Strategies.Delhi Judicial Academy for Induction Course and Institutional Training for newly Recruited Officers of DJA under High Court of Delhi at 11 August 2016.
    25. Talk on Types of Libraries and Information Centres in India. Radio Programme at Mukt Vidya Vani at National Institute of Open Schooling, Noida. 21 July 2016
    26. Lecture on Increasing Trends of Plagiarism in Scholarly Communication: Is it Ignorance or Mensrea’ delivered during Workshop on Plagiarism and Academic Integrity amongResearch Community organized by NLU, Delhi on 30th November 2015.
    27. Chaired Plenary Session during ‘11th International conference on Webometrics, Infometrics and Scientometrics (WIS) and the 16th COLLNET Meeting 2015 during 26-28 November 2015.
    28. Delivered invited talk on ‘Professional Development Programmes for LIS professionals in the light of Commonwealth Professional Fellowship (CPF): An experience as CPF with IALS, London’ during one day Seminar on “Managing Knowledge and Learning Resources: Repositioning Libraries in Virtual Era” jointly organised by the Asian Library Association and Delhi Technological University at DTU Library Conference Hall on Saturday, May 16, 2015.
    29. Invited Lecture during a programme ‘one-day seminar on Youth and Sustainable Development: Role of Media, Knowledge Networks and Libraries’ 11 August 2015, by UNIC in collaboration with JNU, AMLA and DLA.
    30. Coordinated Session on Copyright and other IPR Theme:  Copyright and other IPR Issues and Embargo and Licensing Issues during ETD 2015 organized by JNU on 4-6 November  2015.
    31. Invited Lecture on Access Methodology For Electronic Legal Information (2011 July) at Rajiv Gandhi Training Programme Organized By Ministry Of Law, Government Of India And National Law University, Delhi, June 27- July 23, 2011.
    32. Invited Lecture on Access To Electronic Database: A Research Tool.At Orientation Programme for Administrative Members of Central Administrative Tribunal on (2012 Feb). National Law University, Delhi
    33. Invited talk on Access to Indian Legal Information in Digital Environment: A Comparative Study of Electronic Commercial Databases and Public domain Resources in Law (2012 July) during 105th Annual Meet and Conference organized by American Association of Law Libraries.{http://pacelawlibrary.classcaster.net/2013/03/12/ms-priya-rai-on-access-to-indian-digital-legal-info/}
    34. Invited talk on Access to Indian Legal Information in Digital Environment: A Comparative Study of Electronic Commercial Databases and Public domain Resources in Law. (2012 July) at Cornell Law Library, Cornell University, United States.                    
    35. Invited Lecture on Access Methodology For Electronic Legal Information (2011 July) at Rajiv Gandhi Training Programme Organized By Ministry Of Law, Government Of India And National Law University, Delhi, during June 27- July 23, 2011.
    36. Invited Talk on Democratization of Information in an Open Access Environment: Evolving Impact of Technology Collaborations in Scholarly Communication & Libraries (2013 April) at National Conference on Knowledge Organization in Academic Libraries (KOAL-2013) organized by Library Professional Association (LPA). New Delhi, India.

     

    DEVELOPMENT OF MOOCS: UNDER EPG PATHSHALA AND SWAYAM, MHRD

    1. Academic Plagiarism and Scholastically Dishonesty, Module ID-40, Research Methodology at National Law University, Delhi under ePG Pathshala, UGC, 2016.
    2. Citation Analysis, Module ID-39, Research Methodology at National Law University, Delhi under ePG Pathshala, UGC, 2016.
    3. Primary and Secondary Data; Module ID-23, Research Methodology at National Law University, Delhi under ePG Pathshala, UGC, 2016.
    4. Use of Law Libraries in Legal Research, Module ID-15, Research Methodology under the subject Law, ePG Pathshala, 2016.
    5. Academic Plagiarism and Scholastically Dishonesty, Module ID-40, Research Methodology at National Law University, Delhi under ePG Pathshala, UGC, 2016.
    6. Citation Analysis, Module ID-39, Research Methodology at National Law University, Delhi under ePG Pathshala, UGC, 2016.
    7. Primary and Secondary Data; Module ID-23, Research Methodology at National Law University, Delhi under ePG Pathshala, UGC, 2016.
    8. Use of Law Libraries in Legal Research, Module ID-15, Research Methodology under the subject Law, ePG Pathshala, 2016.