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  • 1. Seminar for Community Development Officers Development of Public Library Services Upali Amarasiri Director National Institute of Library and Information Sciences University of Colombo 26th June 2008 HCARTI
  • 2. Public Library Service for whom?
    • Children
    • Youth
    • School Children
    • Adults
    • People engage in self- employment
    • Old people
    • Researchers
    • House wives
    • Disable and differently able people
    • Minorities
    • Institution bound people (hospitals, children homes, prisons, rehabilitation camps etc)
    • General public
  • 3. Concepts associate with library services
    • National Development
    • Social equity
    • Democratization
    • Decentralization of power
    • Information Literacy
    • Learning to learn / life long learning
    • Participatory development
    • Opportunities for every one
  • 4. Improving Library Service
    • Improve the existing library
    • Establishing new libraries
    • Establishing Branch libraries/Reading rooms
    • Setting Information Centres
    • Establishing Internet services
    • Introduce mobile library services
    • Survey the information needs of the people
    • Providing information according to the needs
  • 5. Library building & equipments
    • Central location
    • Pleasant environment
    • Manageable with minimum staff
    • Security measures
    • Conservation Measures
    • Selection of furniture
    • Selection of equipment
    • Maintenance
  • 6. Organisation of the library
    • Reference Division
    • Lending Division
    • Newspaper Section
    • Computer/Internet area
    • Children section
    • Auditorium/seminar room
    • Technical areas
    • Facilities for the staff
    • Facilities for the public
  • 7. Library Fund
    • Funds provided by the local authority
    • Funds provided by the provincial council
    • Funds/loans from special projects
    • Preparation of project reports
    • Funds generated by the library
    • Locally generated funds (courts fines etc)
    • Special fund raising events
    • Other
  • 8. Fund raising
    • Library week, Library day etc.
    • National Reading Month
    • Special events, play, drama, film etc
    • Through politicians/Peoples representatives
    • Contacting industrialists and other wealthy people in the area
    • Community support; tills, lotteries, lists etc.
    • Other
  • 9. Institutional support
    • National Library and Documentation Services Board
    • National Institute of Library and Information Sciences
    • Sri Lanka Library Association
    • National Science Foundation
    • Sri Lanka Book Publishers Association
    • National Book Development Council
    • Asia Foundation
    • Provincial Library Boards
    • Embassies
    • NGO
    • Other
  • 10. Library Staff
    • Library staff structure (Librarian supra grade, grade 1,2,3)
    • Library qualifications
    • Training opportunities
    • Recruitment & promotions
    • Other supporting staff
    • NLDSB Library Standards
    • Issues
  • 11. Acquisition of Library material
    • Need assessment (readers’ suggestions, consulting national bibliography etc.)
    • Preparing a list, consult the advisory committee
    • Budgetary restrictions and identify priorities
    • Contacting publishers/booksellers
    • Tenders/quotations
    • Discounts
    • Book Exhibitions
    • Things to be avoided
    • Exchange, gifts/donations
  • 12. Organisation the Collection
    • Acquisition
    • Cataloguing
    • Classification
    • In-house arrangements
    • Library automation
    • Security measures
  • 13. Information Dissemination
    • Identify the user groups
    • Identify their information needs
    • Get the support of the other influential people in the area
    • Go to the users and provide information
    • User education programmes
    • Use library as an information centre for economic activities
  • 14. Library Administration/Management
    • Local Authority
    • Library Advisory committee and other committees
    • Rules and regulations
    • Annual Plan and the library budget
    • File management
    • Stock verifications
    • Loss of library materials
    • Security measures
  • 15. Library Committees/Readers Circles
    • Composition of the library committee (LC)
    • Functions of the library committee
    • Using the LC for the advantage of the library
    • Readers circles
    • Other supportive units
    • Organising the meetings
    • Preparation of the agenda, conducting the meeting and taking minutes
    • Result oriented committee meetings