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UN launches electronic library

The Un launched Friday an electronic library, the first comprehensive global search, discovery, and dissemination platform for digital content created by the United Nations, said a UN spokesman on Friday To begin with, the United Nations iLibrary, launched by the UN Publications, includes publications, journals and series comprising facts and expertise on international peace and security, human rights, economic and social development, climate change, international law, governance, public health, and statistics, said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.


In future releases, the platform will also provide access to other resources such as working papers series and statistical databases, said Dujarric. At its launch, the iLibrary comprises 750 titles in English, and 250 in the other official languages of the United Nations: French, Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Arabic, he said.




NASSCOM Foundation today announced the launch of the Indian Public Library Movement (IPLM), a multi-stakeholder effort to revitalise and transform public libraries into inclusive knowledge and information centres catering to the information needs of communities across India.

In the 21st century, digital technology is changing how citizens learn, share information, and stay connected. Indian public libraries can make the benefits of technology accessible to millions of Indians who do not currently have access to computers and the Internet, and provide training on how to use technology to access information that improves lives.

Speaking at the launch, Dr. Ganesh Natarajan, Chairman, NASSCOM Foundation, said, “In such a vast and diverse country like India, nothing short of a public movement can succeed in bringing a nationwide change. The Indian Public Library Movement will draw strength from the presence of a strong public library network in India, the committed leadership demonstrated by partners, and the ongoing support for public access to technology through the Government’s Digital India initiative.”

The IPLM seeks to change the landscape of public libraries and the services they provide to the country’s billion-plus citizens. The movement will start by reaching out to a million library users at 300 district-level libraries and proving them with community driven services such as computer training classes to build digital skills, access to online information about agriculture and health, a safe place for students to study, and learning opportunities for people of all ages.

Highlighting the importance of public libraries and commenting on the relevancy of the Indian Public Library Movement, Shrimati Shantwana Tiwari, Officer on Special Duty, Department of Secondary Education, Uttar Pradesh said, “The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provided support for a pilot project for modernization of 7 government public libraries in the State of UP.  Based on the positive outcomes of the pilot project, the state government will now participate in the Scale Up Program, to be implemented by the Indian Public Library Movement/ NASSCOM Foundation. 16 Government Public Libraries of the state will be covered under the Scale Up Program including 7 Libraries covered under Pilot Phase. State Government has signed an MOU with IPLM for the smooth implementation of the Scale Up Program. We hope that this association will definitely benefit the Public library services of the state.”

With a grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation IPLM implementation, NASSCOM Foundation will have an independent team of professionals, the IPLM Secretariat, to manage all programmatic activities. The Secretariat will work to strengthen the library sector in India through increased collaborative work and support from the government (national, state and local level) as well as non-government stakeholders (NGOs and corporations through their CSR initiatives), among other like-minded organizations.

“Public Libraries have played a critical role in all aspects of India’s social, economic and cultural development,” said Mr. Shrikant Sinha, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation. “From being the centre of knowledge in the ancient times to the cornerstone of India’s freedom movement, public libraries have provided citizens with access to information and enhanced the flow of ideas, culture and national heritage. We are proud to partner with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the Indian Public Libraries Movement and hope to bring back the glory of the Indian public libraries to take their rightful place as the centre of the community across the country.”

The IPLM team has also found a very able partner in DELNET to host the The India Public Libraries Conference. DELNET, with the prime objective of promoting resource sharing among the libraries through the development of a network of libraries, aims to collect, store, and disseminate information besides offering computerised services to users, to coordinate efforts for suitable collection development and also to reduce unnecessary duplication wherever possible.

Speaking at the event, Dr. H. K. Kaul, Director, DELNET, said, “Moving in Sync with the larger goals of IPLM, IPLC 2016, is providing for a platform to study global trends, issues and innovations that

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donates Rs 32 crore for public libraries in India

Nasscom Foundation on Monday said it has received a grant of $4.78 million (Rs 32.13 crore) from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to strengthen public libraries in India with access to technology, training and advocacy.

Nasscom Foundation has launched Indian Public Library Movement (IPLM), a multi-stakeholder effort to revitalise and transform public libraries into inclusive knowledge and information centres.


Indian public libraries can make benefits of technology accessible to millions of Indians who do not currently have access to computers and the Internet, Nasscom Foundation said in a statement. These can also provide training on using technology to access information that