Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/106058
Title:
National Library of India: A Historical Perspective
Author:
Raman Nair, R
Editors:
Bhagi, Surya N.K.
Citation:
National Library of India: A Historical Perspective 1987, 9(1):8-21 International Library Movement
Publisher:
ILM
Journal:
International Library Movement
Issue Date:
1987
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/106058
Submitted date:
2007-02-06
Abstract:
Traces the history of organized document collections of India from very ancient times, the contribution of Europeans especially the British rulers of India for systematization and conservation of such collections, and the origins of public library systems that culminated in the establishment of the National Library of India. Critically evaluates the National Library system of India as well as its present set up, resources and services. The paper argues that the main characteristics of a national library, which distinctly delineate it from other types of libraries is its specialization in a particular geographical area for its content. It should achieve maximum reliability of the collection in that mandatory area. The paper points out that in coverage and reliability in the mandatory areas as well as in extending services to the expected users including those living in remote villages; Indian National Library has failed. The study suggests decentralization of the resources by physically spreading it among the regions of concerned languages, establishment of subject specific divisions and other measure that can enable the National Library of India to fulfill its objectives.
Type:
Journal Article (Paginated)
Language:
en
Keywords:
Libraries
Local subject classification:
National Library Indian

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorRaman Nair, Ren_US
dc.contributor.editorBhagi, Surya N.K.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2007-02-06T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:39:01Z-
dc.date.issued1987en_US
dc.date.submitted2007-02-06en_US
dc.identifier.citationNational Library of India: A Historical Perspective 1987, 9(1):8-21 International Library Movementen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/106058-
dc.description.abstractTraces the history of organized document collections of India from very ancient times, the contribution of Europeans especially the British rulers of India for systematization and conservation of such collections, and the origins of public library systems that culminated in the establishment of the National Library of India. Critically evaluates the National Library system of India as well as its present set up, resources and services. The paper argues that the main characteristics of a national library, which distinctly delineate it from other types of libraries is its specialization in a particular geographical area for its content. It should achieve maximum reliability of the collection in that mandatory area. The paper points out that in coverage and reliability in the mandatory areas as well as in extending services to the expected users including those living in remote villages; Indian National Library has failed. The study suggests decentralization of the resources by physically spreading it among the regions of concerned languages, establishment of subject specific divisions and other measure that can enable the National Library of India to fulfill its objectives.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherILMen_US
dc.subjectLibrariesen_US
dc.subject.otherNational Library Indianen_US
dc.titleNational Library of India: A Historical Perspectiveen_US
dc.typeJournal Article (Paginated)en_US
dc.identifier.journalInternational Library Movementen_US
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