Press Esc to close

New proposal mooted to digitise libraries in State

Ramzauva Chhakchhuak, Bangalore, Nov 19, 2012, DHNS: 23:47 IST
The process of digitising government-run libraries in the State, which had hit a roadblock some years ago, may gain pace if the government responds positively to a new proposal submitted by the Directorate of Libraries.

In 2006, a plan was envisaged under the Universal Digital Library Project to digitise libraries in the State with assistance from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg and the Union government.

“When the project was initiated in 2006, 10 scanners were provided by the Carneige Mellon University and government bore the cost of scanning. The Directorate provided infrastructure such as computers,” said Rajendra Kumar, former Director of Public Libraries, during whose tenure the plan was put into action.

Despite a vigorous beginning, during which nearly 30,000 books were digitised, the project started to wane and, was shelved by the time Rajendra Kumar completed his tenure in 2008. Now, the scanners are lying unused at the State Library in RPC Layout, Vijayanagar, Bangalore.

Interest in the project was rekindled about three months ago when a technical committee was formed to decide on the future course of action. A proposal was also sent to the government. “We are looking at things such as e-libraries, e-journals and the total computerisation of our systems,” said K G Venkatesh, another former Director of Libraries, who retired in August 2012. However, the government has not responded to the proposal so far.

“There are numerous and, rare books in libraries of the State. But, there are no proper catalogues of books. Finding books without a computerised catalogue is difficult. Some old books are in a mutilated condition,” Venkatesh said.

Reacting to the issue, Mahantesh Badni, Director of Libraries said, “The Directorate has other, if not more serious, concerns that it needs to address urgently. Although digitisation is a must, serious shortage of staff is among the problems we have to deal with as of now.”

Bal Bhavan

Bal Bhavan has shown some interest in digitising its library. The children’s library has 1,984 English, 2,630 Kannada and 300 Hindi books. “Digitisation will help in preserving books and hopefully bring back reading habit in children, which is fast diminishing. The plan is, however, at an initial stage,” said Divya Narayanappa, Secretary, Bal Bhavan.

Go to Top

More from this section
Most trending stories
Photo Gallery
Greenpeace demonstrators in all-over bodysuits protest against pollution...

Greenpeace demonstrators in all-over bodysuits protest against pollution...

A Marathi mother-daughter duo during a procession to commemorate Shivaji Jayanti...

A Marathi mother-daughter duo during a procession to commemorate Shivaji Jayanti...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets the saints during the...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets the saints during the...

Raphael Manet checks the growth of radish seedlings as he works at the...

Raphael Manet checks the growth of radish seedlings as he works at the...

Director and screenwriter Emily Atef and actors Marie Baumer, Birgit Minichmayr...

Director and screenwriter Emily Atef and actors Marie Baumer, Birgit Minichmayr...

Devotees celebrate ahead of Holi festival in Raman Reti near Mathura...

Devotees celebrate ahead of Holi festival in Raman Reti near Mathura...

Bronze medalist in the women's 4 x 5km relay cross-country skiing the team from Russia...

Bronze medalist in the women's 4 x 5km relay cross-country skiing the team from Russia...

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with his son Hadrien, 3, feeds an elephant during...

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with his son Hadrien, 3, feeds an elephant during...

Bollywood actress and dancer Smilie Suri during the Pole Dance practice...

Bollywood actress and dancer Smilie Suri during the Pole Dance practice...

A child plays with soap bubbles at the Surajkund Mela in...

A child plays with soap bubbles at the Surajkund Mela in...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.