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National Mission on Libraries 2012 : Your valuable suggestions required ...

It really makes all library professionals feel happy to hear this news. We have a new national mission on libraries. First of all, we should congratulate all the members who have been selected to frame piolicies.


1.Prof.Deepak Pental (Chairman)

2.BS Barwan

3.Dr.Sanjiv Misra


5.Prof.ARD Prasad

6.Prof.Subbiah Arunachalam

7.Mrs.Sudha Murthy

8.One of the trustees of Ratan Tata Trust

9.Secretary to Dept. Higher Education, HRD Ministry (Ex.Officio)

10.Secretary to Ministry of Culture (Convenor)

Functions of the Committee

1.Advising the Government of India on all library and information sector matters of national importance.

2.Preparing long term plans and strategies for development of the library sector, including conceptualization and approval of projects and preparation of a "National policy on Library and Information Systems for India"

3.Interacting with state governments on all library matters, especially on public library matters.

4.Setting standards, including quality standards for library collections, services, technical work and infrastructure, and devising in-built mechanisms to ensure compiance for all types of libraries. 5.Encouraging and promotig partnership with corporate sector philanthropic organisations as well as bilateral and international agencies in the development of the library and information sector.

6.Revieving and assesing current status of library and information service education and inservices training facilities and working with agencies such as the UGC and universities to address the identified issues. 7.Coordinating with stakeholder ministries such as the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ministry of Information Technology, Deartment of Panchayat Raj, etc, to ensure effective implementation of the NRC recommendations and management of the post-implementation scenario.

8.Coordination with other national stakeholders of the library and information sector, such as the UGC, and AICTE, RRRLF,CSIR, ICMR, ICSSR and so on, to ensure effective implementation of the recommendations and management of the post-implementation scenario.

9.Collaborating with counterpart agencies in other countries to explore areas for cooperation which will lead to strengthening of India's library and information sector.

10.Securing public support through advocacy and media by providing evidence of delivery, usage, outcomes and impact.

11.Helpig state governments (that do not yet have library legislation) in formulating state library acts. Tenure of the Mission The tenure of the National Mission on Libraries willbe three years.


Dear friends we too can contrubute something for this National Mission. Please post your valuable suggestions here. We can convey to the decision making authories.

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I don't know whether this point comes under the aegis of this mission or not but I feel this is an important factor for immediate attention so I mention here. The disparity in the  field of library science in terms of remmuneration is affecting the profession's growth negatively and immediate corrective measures are required

Co-ordination with Department of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions or Finance Ministry for setting up standards for pay structure for professionals working in / for  library systems should be taken up by this mission or any other such agency . This standardization is essentially required on the basis of qualifications, experience and age in the library sectors other than academics as well. Furthermore standards for internal review system for promotion and increaments should also be standardised as is in the case of many posts existing in Government sector.

I hope such missions with  time frame as three years can bring about quick change  in the existing salary system and contribute to the progress of the libraries and its professionals at least in the Govt. Sector.



Pragya Pandey



Dear Pragya Pandey,
Thanks for your valuable sugestions. This is the basic thing the government should consider. Today almost all the states are treating the professionals working in public library as unwanted manpower , so they are not ready to pay equal remuneration par with staff in other departments. Its the basic unjustice ttodays lis professionals face. Here one thing the government and all decision makers should understand .... If the government wants to make a revival in the public library movement , it is not possible with out the committed staff. If the governments want the staff should be fully committed and dynamic ....they should be provided with equal remuneration and respect. So remuneration plays a vital role and its the mosy fundemental thing for the entire development.

a few Suggestions

1. The committee should study the socio-economic status of the librarians and should take necessary constructive steps to improve the the socio-economic status based on the present scenario for motivating the library professionals.

2. The committee may take necessary steps for linking of all the State Central Libraries In India and work towards upgradation of infrastructure of reading resources, and seek to modernize and promote the networking of libraries across the country.

3. The committee may do the documentation of each and every Library and repository, for creating a National Electronic Database that will contain all the information and further making it the largest database on Indian Library in the world.

4. The committee may Conserve Library through Conventional and Digital methods of conservation for endangered resources, which can be accessed through a digital mode.

5. The committee may train Librarian in areas such as Classification, Cataloging, Indexing, Abstracting, Digitization, Networking, languages.

6.The committee may conduct lectures, seminars, publications and other outreach programmes regularly.

Thanks sir... Really great ideas

dear professional please mail to above said committee about the library department'sdevelopment

1. every school, college and other educational institute should be a subject to students and librarian       in compulsary.

2. all the public library should come under the direct of government

3. the salary of public library staff should be par with school and college library staffs.

4. commen rules and regulation and bylaw to should be over in india.

5.we want resposible from academic staffs and publics because they are thinking library staffs are not knowledged persons.


Thank you sir... I will convey the sugestions

Thank you sir, But, It is unbelievable making commission esp for libraries. its good to feel. i will do.    

The commission should also advice a predefined salary structure for lower level staff of Library. As AICTE has mentioned the grade of Librarian but has not mentioned the grade for Asst. LIbrarian, Dept. Librarian, Library Asst., and Book Lifters.

Syllabuses of B.LIb. and M.Lib. should also be revised as per the digital age.

A policy should be designed for increasing the reading habits from primary level as well.

A proper Information literacy Plane should be designed and arrangement should be made for the evaluation of execution of the same.

Thanks Ritesh sir, your suggestions regarding educational reforms should be considered.

Dear sir

           I am very happy to know ing the establishment of NCL it is the latest stag of development fieldpment in library fieldin india. Dr.Ranganathan's dream  must fruitfull. i give some suggestion

1. The National mission of library should administrative & function as NRHM

2,There should be National Library Mission like NRHM


3 It mostly stress to development of public library

4.It mostly envolves with general people of  rural area

5 It must  decentralise its functional & service area

6There should be feed back & evaluation for getting goal & objective



Very good ideas .....thanks banamali sir

Mr. Jeba/ Ritesh: -  There are many points to be considered -

What you people mentioned is very true , there are several such examples - Library Assistants in CSIR , DST, DAE , IIT's, IIM's  are recruited with almost same qualifications but are in different pay bands or grade pays. similarly even there is no standardization for designations at some places they are called Lib asst, somewhere  else Technical Asst,  while at other places Scientific Assistant or Professional assistants . Further in some places they are even called Librarian Grade 1 or 2 with GP's as less as 2800. Hard to believe but this the case. Public library services and remuneration system are in a wreck. KV is offering 4600 GP to Blib qualification Navodaya even more and a Univ Library is offering just a GP of  2000 to MLIb qualification for the lib assistant position. What a mockery of the system ??

What I think is a regulatory body like UGC should look after this disparity in the Govt sector, This issue essentially can not and should not be overlooked at any cost.

A technical position where professional skills are required the employees are made to do the semi skilled or even unskilled labour. This is nothing but exploitation.  I ask a question can a person with MEd. or MSc in Physics/ Chemistry be made to do unskilled job then why a post graduate in Library science is made to carry out unskilled labour like shelving, binding etc. Why this kind of partial treatment towards the professionals in LIS ?? Why is there not a defined system which decides the work structure of professionals at different stages (Top level, middle level, lower level)based on the  qualification and experience.

I request  professionals to start listing changes required in the Library Services in the country . It is very fortunate for us that emminent personalities from LIS field are in the committee and they can take care of these issues brilliantly. This is the time we can put forth issues of national importance in the context of libraries, library services, systems and professionals at the appropriate forum.

Please contribute in the best interest of our profession and precious libraries. 

With Best Regards,

Pragya Pandey


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