Public library system : a modern outlook on its principles and practice

Raman Nair, R. Public library system : a modern outlook on its principles and practice., 1991 . In 37th All India Library Conference, Madras (India), 4-7 December 1991. [Conference paper]


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Opines that a democratic system of government implies equal right of all citizens to get information services from outlets near his home/workplace. This service should be free. It should be speedy and efficient. Points out that information service of this nature can not be provided by public libraries that exist as independent units. Such service can be provided only by a nationwide network of public libraries catering to the information needs of the people, literate or illiterate, rich or poor, rural or urban. This service should be maintained wholly from public fund. It should also be supported by legislation. Discusses the role of Public Library System (PLS); in supporting people to adjust to the continuous changes that result from developments in Science and Technology, in enabling government to achieve transparency in its actions to make democracy meaningful, in boosting economic and social development, and in providing facilities for non formal education and healthy entertainment. The need for national and State level legislation for PLS is stressed. The study opines that Development Plan and Model Legislation for National and State Level library laws proposed by Dr. S.R. Ranganathan in 1930 were far advanced than his time. Still the country could not materialize such an effective PLS. The study proposes that Government of India should consider the plans prepared by Ranganathan for adoption and that a national level legislation for PLS which prescribes a model also for State level legislations which is mandatory should be enacted as a priority item.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: Public Library Legislation Act India System Village Rural District
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information > BF. Information policy
D. Libraries as physical collections. > DC. Public libraries.
B. Information use and sociology of information > BD. Information society.
Depositing user: R. Raman Nair
Date deposited: 08 Jun 2006
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:03


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