Monday, 13 August 2018 | PNS | Dehradun–
On the occasion of 126th birth anniversary of the father of library science in India, SR Ranganathan, the librarians from Doon Library and Research Centre (DLRC), Dev Bhoomi Library Association and Central Government Library Association celebrated the occasion here on Sunday. Researchers and librarians took part in the event and expressed their views on the life of SR Ranganathan and focused on the current condition of the libraries in the State as well as in the country.
Speaking on the occasion, Ranjan Sinha Thakur said, “It is very important to know the importance of the library science in the modern scenario. A library is not the only a collection of books but is a way to transform life and society. We as people representing the library science know that researches or motivation by us can change student’s life and future.”
He, further, said, “In the world which is changing rapidly with time, it is important that we market ourselves so that people can understand the importance. Also, it is time that we change the policy of keeping students quiet in the library. Rather than that we should encourage them and should give them space for good discussions.”
Former chief secretary NS Napalchyal also expressed his views on the occasion Librarians seek proper positions
LIBRARIANS SEEK PROPER POSITIONS
Despite various regulations and provisions, librarians working in Dehradun alleged that they are working in very poor conditions. From aspects including recruitment to proper paid, the system has been very slow and not addressed such important issues. This has left little motivation among professionals in this field.
Elaborating on this, the secretary of Dev Bhoomi Library Association, DN Mishra said, “It is disheartening that the Government does not support us which has hindered our development. There are many Government run institutes across the state that do not have a proper librarian though it is mandatory to do so as per the act. We are not provided proper wages and are also not given increment. Even though our degree is equally valuable as that of a professor in a college, various institutions do not even consider it. We have asked for help from the present and previous Governments but nothing has been done so far.”
CENTRAL GOVT LIBRARY ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES LIBRARIAN’S DAY
Central Government Library Association (CGLA) organised Librarian’s Day programme at the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA) here on Sunday. During the event, the speakers including veteran librarians expressed their views on the contribution of SR Ranganathan in the field of library and information science while also focusing on the latest technologies.
Inaugurating the event, the IGNFA director Omkar Singh emphasised on the contribution of Ranganathan in the field of library science. Informing the people present in the event he said, “People in the library profession should prepare themselves in this information explosion era by using the latest technologies which can be achieved by being punctual in the day to day activities and seeking to gain the latest knowledge.”
Speaking on the occasion the president of CGLA, AK Suman gave a brief about the activities performed by the association for the betterment of the library professionals. Stressing on the importance of disseminating knowledge he said also emphasised on the five laws of library science and their application in the present scenario for the development of libraries and users.
On the occasion CGLA lifetime outstanding achievement award was given to RK Sood, ex-assistant library and information officer at Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata.
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