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Modernisation of public
libraries in Kerala using Koha:
A progress report.
Vimal Kumar V.
Librarian
School of Indian Legal...
Introduction
Kerala State Library Council initiated the modernisation
project,
Modernisation training to all library volun...
Profile of Kerala public libraries
8182 public libraries throughout the Kerala state,
Three tier governing system (State, ...
Library and reading room are common in public libraries in Kerala.
Social space for youth.
Annual celebration of a public library.
Group for kids in public libraries and various fests for them to display their talent.
Seminar for job seekers in Govt. sector.
Kerala Public Library Movement
Trivandrum Public Library established in 1827,
Public Libraries had well established before...
State Central Library, Kerala.
Kerala State Library Council
KSLC is an autonomous body with three tier governing
system,
Libraries have classified into s...
Chanllenges
Economic liberalisation, Satellite television, Internet, mobile phone,
Challenges...
New generation youngsters are away from public libraries,
Nominal librarian allowance,
Lack of professionali...
Modernisation project
Make available IT infrastructure, Training, Library
Management System, Bibliographic details.
Select...
Suitability of Koha in public libraries
Koha is suitable for libraries with multi branches,
Many features are suitable for...
Training
Training for resource persons and library volunteers
completed in 2016-2017 period.
Sessions on the History of pu...
Kerala State Library Council Online Catalogue
Second phase of the project
The training at the first phase could enhance the confidence
level of library volunteers,
Make...
Latest news
Govt. of Kerala offered 30 cent land in Thiruvananthapuram
for Kerala State Library Council to build Informati...
Conclusion
Networking of huge number of libraries would be the first of
its kind,
District level training centers are nece...
Conclusion....
Working committees in district and taluk level to monitor the
progress of modernisation project,
Profession...
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Modernisation of Kerala Public Libraries is a massive project of Kerala State Library Council. The project aims to connect all public libraries of Kerala into a single network. It also includes training on modern library management to village librarians. Koha facilitates the platform to connect with the entire public library system. The project is a challenging task and at the same time it opens up a big opportunity for libraries to regain its glory in the networked Kerala society.

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Modernisation of public libraries in kerala using koha: a progress report

  1. 1. Modernisation of public libraries in Kerala using Koha: A progress report. Vimal Kumar V. Librarian School of Indian Legal Thought Mahatma Gandhi University www.vimalkumar.info IndKoha 2017, Bengal Library Association, 26-27 August 2017, Heritage Institute of Technology
  2. 2. Introduction Kerala State Library Council initiated the modernisation project, Modernisation training to all library volunteers, Connect all public libraries into a single network, Koha facilitates the platform to connect with the entire system.
  3. 3. Profile of Kerala public libraries 8182 public libraries throughout the Kerala state, Three tier governing system (State, District, Taluk), The majority of the public libraries have their own buildings, Income sources (State Govt. grant and library cess)
  4. 4. Library and reading room are common in public libraries in Kerala.
  5. 5. Social space for youth.
  6. 6. Annual celebration of a public library.
  7. 7. Group for kids in public libraries and various fests for them to display their talent.
  8. 8. Seminar for job seekers in Govt. sector.
  9. 9. Kerala Public Library Movement Trivandrum Public Library established in 1827, Public Libraries had well established before the Indian Independence, Formation of ‘Travancore Granthasala Sangham’, Kerala Public Libraries Act in 1989, Kerala State Library Council in 1994.
  10. 10. State Central Library, Kerala.
  11. 11. Kerala State Library Council KSLC is an autonomous body with three tier governing system, Libraries have classified into six grades (A, B, C, D, E, F), KSLC has introduced various novel programs for the popularity of library services,
  12. 12. Chanllenges Economic liberalisation, Satellite television, Internet, mobile phone,
  13. 13. Challenges... New generation youngsters are away from public libraries, Nominal librarian allowance, Lack of professionalism in library services, Lack of modern library training, Very few public libraries computerised yet,
  14. 14. Modernisation project Make available IT infrastructure, Training, Library Management System, Bibliographic details. Selected Koha ILMS for the networking of public libraries, 600 library branches with bibliographic details made available for trial run,
  15. 15. Suitability of Koha in public libraries Koha is suitable for libraries with multi branches, Many features are suitable for public libraries; multi branches, branch transfer, offline circulation, muti-format notices, unicode etc. Koha implementation at Delhi Public Library system (35+ branches, 1.6 million records)
  16. 16. Training Training for resource persons and library volunteers completed in 2016-2017 period. Sessions on the History of public library movement, Library Management, Cataloguing, Classification, IT, Library Automation, Koha hands on training. 21 days training for Library Volunteers in district level.
  17. 17. Kerala State Library Council Online Catalogue
  18. 18. Second phase of the project The training at the first phase could enhance the confidence level of library volunteers, Make available computer and Internet in public libraries, Ongoing training is necessary.
  19. 19. Latest news Govt. of Kerala offered 30 cent land in Thiruvananthapuram for Kerala State Library Council to build Information Technology Institute.
  20. 20. Conclusion Networking of huge number of libraries would be the first of its kind, District level training centers are necessary for ongoing training, Need initiative to attract young generation to public library activities and modernisation project, IT infrastructure is necessary in public libraries,
  21. 21. Conclusion.... Working committees in district and taluk level to monitor the progress of modernisation project, Professional librarians service is beneficial in the monitoring committee, Kerala State Library Council can make use the service of LIS students.

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