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IFLA2010 - Session 133 - saturday 14.08.2010 in Gøteborg, Sweden

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    6 ifla2010 session133_bandyopadhay 6 ifla2010 session133_bandyopadhay Presentation Transcript

    • “Come to your Library”: BLA Project for Promotion of Reading in West Bengal, IndiaRatnaBandyopadhyay, K.P.Majumder, Bithi Bose and PapriSengupta
    • BENGAL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION (BLA) established in 1925
      Organizing library movement
      Creating library awareness
      Helping West Bengal (WB) government to implement policies for public libraries in WB.
      BLA took up this project as a part of their activities
    • RAJA RAMMOHAN ROY LIBRARY FOUNDATION (RRRLF)
      RRRLF , a central government organization was established in 1972 to support public library services in the country, to provide assistance to support library services and also promote library movement.
      RRRLF has given financial assistance to carry out this project.
    • BACKGROUND OF WEST BENGAL
      Total Population: more than 80 million
      Number of Districts: 19
      Multilingual Population (about 120 languages)
      Bengali mother-tongue about 68 million
      Hindi “ “ about 5.7 million
      Nepali “ “ about 1.0 million
      Urdu “ “ about 1.6 million
      Over 40 different tribes with population about 4.5 million
    • PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM IN WEST BENGAL
      There are about 2800 public libraries and community libraries cum information centres(CLIC).
      Besides, there are about 2200 non government and non sponsored public libraries.
    • AIM OF THE PROJECT
      As it is found that reading is losing popularity the project attempts -
      To bring both users and non users of all ages and all communities to the library
      To encourage reading
    • 6 LIBRARIES FROM 3 DISTRICTS
      Selected districts are :
      Howrah
      Kolkata
      South 24 Parganas
      2 libraries each from 3 districts were selected
    • Scenario of 3 Districts
    • Selected Libraries
      Howrah
      Shibpur Public Library
      Friends Club Library
      Kolkata
      Granthasree Library
      Vivekananda Pathagar
      South 24 Parganas
      BarishaSahityaParishad Library
      Behala Town Library
    • SELECTED LIBRARIES : HOWRAH
      Shibpur Public Library , a non-govt,non- sponsored library established in 1874.
      Friends Club Library, a govt.sponsored town library established in 1901.
    • SELECTED LIBRARIES: KOLKATA
      Granthasree Library , a govt.sponsored primary unit library established in 1874.
      Vivekananda Pathagar, a govt. sponsored town library established in 1952.
    • SELECTED LIBRARIES : SOUTH 24 PARGANAS
      BarishaSahityaParishad Library, a govt. sponsored primary unit library established in 1918.
      Behala Town library, a govt. sponsored library established in 1903
    • USERS
      Children
      Young adults
      Students
      Senior citizens
      Professionals
      Homemakers
    • SOME OF THE MAIN CAUSES OF LESS USE OF LIBRARIES
      Increased Number of examinations at school and college levels
      School hours, tuition hours, library hours are not matching
      Need for non print media, internet facilities
      Group discussions on important topics, quiz programmes, debates etc are needed
    • ACTIVITIES
      Meeting with doctors, authors
      Literary discussions, discussion on local history
      Quiz programmes
      Debates
      Extempore speech competitions
      Recitation competitions
      Spelling competitions
    • ACTIVITIES
      Sit and draw competitions
      Celebration of International Mother Tongue Day, birthday of Swami Vivekananda, Saraswatipuja
      Science exhibition; paintings ,handicraft exhibition
      Book fair organization
      Felicitation who use the library most
    • Impact of Project
      Enrollment of new members increased by about 15% during this 6 month experimental initiative/pilot project
      Regular attendance has been increased by 17%
      Different sections of people are responding
      A patient with a psychological disorder asked for bibliotherapy help to cure herself
      A woman, about 75 years old, recited her own poems
    • We march on
      Impact has been very positive
      BLA can provide activity based refresher courses to librarians of public libraries
      Continue and work with other agencies/ organizations involved in spread of reading and education
      Extend this work in phases to all other public libraries
    • Acknowledgement
      Raja Rammohan Roy Library Foundation (RRRLF) for financial assistance
      Librarians , technical and non-technical staff and committee members of 6 selected libraries
      Participants
      Speakers
      And others whose encouragement made the project a success
    • THANK YOU