Round the clock librarianship

Devarai, Rajashekhar S. and Kalyane, V. L. . Round the clock librarianship., 1995 In: New vistas in library and information science : papers in honour of Professor G.V.S.L. Narasimha Raju. Vikas Publishing House Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi, pp. 142-149. [Book chapter]


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The concept of Round the Clock Librarianship (ROCLOLIB) is one such opportunity of terminal and critical importance to librarians, which helps people (clients) in general and reassures them about the professional commitment and devotedness of librarians. Although the concept is old, it is an exercise here to analyse its importance for the overall image and status of the practice/occupation. The chapter discusses the proposal of opening Libraries for 24 Hours. It also points out the reasons for the ROCLOLIB like: provision of information as a beginning of solution of an individual/group problem, readership/usership of library resources, identification of the profession among society, librarian as a scholar, residential librarianship, emergency librarianship, accessibility of information as a fundamental right, and overall it is a dream, a slogan, and a movement.

Item type: Book chapter
Keywords: Library hours; Use of Libraries, ROCLOLIB, Librarianship
Subjects: A. Theoretical and general aspects of libraries and information. > AA. Library and information science as a field.
Depositing user: E.R. Prakasan
Date deposited: 28 Jan 2005
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:00


The authors don't believe in the tricotomies of Librarianship/documentation/information science. Hence when ever the word librarian and librarianship is used in this paper they should be understood in comprehensive and all inclusive meaning to connote the multi-faceted profession.

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