Libraries as catalyst of learning process as viewed from Ranganathan’s Fifth Law

Dutta, Bidyarthi Libraries as catalyst of learning process as viewed from Ranganathan’s Fifth Law., 2014 . In Distance Learning and Reciprocal Library Services: Is Public Library Network the Better Option!! , Kolkata, June 6-7, Kolkata. (Submitted) [Conference paper]

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Learning is a continuous course of action executed in human mind and intrinsically associated with human psychology. There are several ways of facilitating learning process, e.g. education, personal development, schooling or training in different forms etc. Today learning process has attained quiet a lot of new dimensions, of which lifelong learning is a significant facet. The technological, socio-economic and socio-cultural paradigm shift particularly since after communication and internet revolution of nineties of the last century continuously engage people in ceaseless self-upgradation stretching their studentship beyond young age within traditional institutional walls. This phenomenon gradually popularized the concept of learning in distance mode, the furtherance of which connotes a learning process throughout the life or lifelong learning. This fulfils, very quintessentially, the vision of traditional Indian schools of thought about knowledge and learning process. The importance of library systems was increased day by day. The libraries are undergone through metamorphosis. The transition from traditional printed document-based library to library-without-walls metaphor, a long voyage, though in Indian context today all forms of library systems mostly co-exist. This is known as hybrid library system. A library system may act as catalyst to boost up learning process. In this paper, the reciprocation between learning process and library system is explained from the viewpoint of Ranganathan’s Fifth Law, which states ‘Library is a growing organism’. Also, Ranganathan’s first four laws have been logically proved by Fifth law applying reduction ad absurdum method. The malfunctioning of reciprocation between learning and library systems eventually leads to disobedience of Ranganathan’s Five Laws – this proposition has been logically concluded at last.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: Learning process; Library system; Lifelong learning; Five laws; Fifth law of library science; Library system-reciprocation; Learning process-reciprocation; Reductio ad absurdum
Subjects: A. Theoretical and general aspects of libraries and information.
B. Information use and sociology of information
C. Users, literacy and reading.
Depositing user: Bidyarthi Dutta
Date deposited: 18 Aug 2014 02:04
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:32


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