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IFLA2010 - Session 133 - saturday 14.08.2010 in Gøteborg, Sweden

IFLA2010 - Session 133 - saturday 14.08.2010 in Gøteborg, Sweden

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  • 1. “Come to your Library”: BLA Project for Promotion of Reading in West Bengal, IndiaRatnaBandyopadhyay, K.P.Majumder, Bithi Bose and PapriSengupta
  • 2. 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
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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
  • 5. 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.
  • 6. 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
  • 7. 6 LIBRARIES FROM 3 DISTRICTS
    Selected districts are :
    Howrah
    Kolkata
    South 24 Parganas
    2 libraries each from 3 districts were selected
  • 8. Scenario of 3 Districts
  • 9. Selected Libraries
    Howrah
    Shibpur Public Library
    Friends Club Library
    Kolkata
    Granthasree Library
    Vivekananda Pathagar
    South 24 Parganas
    BarishaSahityaParishad Library
    Behala Town Library
  • 10. 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.
  • 11. SELECTED LIBRARIES: KOLKATA
    Granthasree Library , a govt.sponsored primary unit library established in 1874.
    Vivekananda Pathagar, a govt. sponsored town library established in 1952.
  • 12. 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
  • 13. USERS
    Children
    Young adults
    Students
    Senior citizens
    Professionals
    Homemakers
  • 14. 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
  • 15. ACTIVITIES
    Meeting with doctors, authors
    Literary discussions, discussion on local history
    Quiz programmes
    Debates
    Extempore speech competitions
    Recitation competitions
    Spelling competitions
  • 16. 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
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  • 21. 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
  • 22. 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
  • 23. 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
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  • 25. THANK YOU