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4 out of 140 libraries digitalized in JK

At a time when government of India laying stress on the digitalization of libraries, Jammu and Kashmir is lagging behind as so far only 4 out of 140 libraries have been digitalized by the department of libraries and research in the Himalayan state.

Sources told Greater Kashmir that the failure of the state government to allocate funds for the purpose has rendered a severe blow to the automation and digitalization of the libraries in Jammu and Kashmir.
4 out of 140 libraries digitalized in JK
“We have failed to keep pace with the growing internet technology due to which public libraries are failing to attract students and general public,” said a senior official of department of libraries and research.
The JK government in 2011 had publicized their move of digitalization of all the libraries in JK, but so far only four central libraries namely  SRS Central Library Jammu, SPS Central Library Srinagar, Oriental Research Library Hazratbal and City Central Library were taken up for automation and networking under the pilot phase.
“Unfortunate part of the public libraries is that neither the people are serious about libraries nor the JK government has shown any interest to bring modernise these treasure troves in order to make them available to the current and future generations,” he said.

Unique libraries around the world

Rows upon rows of shelves, the smell of old books and the silence -for a book lover, there’s no greater place than a library and no greater feeling than cooking up new ideas there. Sure the city has many uppity bookstores to offer but they will never be as satisfying as the good ol’ ones like National or Barabazar libraries. We take a look at some of the most amazing bookstores across the world that provide you with much more than just a quiet reading zone. Read on to find more.

Andhra Pradesh Assembly (Photo: PTI)

Fancy a camel that stacks up your favourite books on its back? Well, your dream has come true! The library camels of Kenya, as they are popularly known, serve the nomadic population in the country with books. A programme which was started way back in the late 80s, these book toting humps just sit around in empty spaces, allowing you to come and choose your book, read it and then keep it back in the book trunk. Now that’s something everyone should experience!.


Forget about floating restaurants, the world has gotten its first, one-of-a-kind floating bookstore. In a tiny county called Hordaland in Norway, this floating library sails to more than 250 small communities on the islands of Fjords every year between September and April. On board, this vessel can house about 6,000 books at one time. A captain, a cook, a couple of libraries and one or two entertainers (clowns and a contortionist) make this library a unique experience.


Don’t go by the literal meaning of the name -this library in Argentina represents a dark time in the nation’s history. A mobile library which displays about 900 odd books, is in the shape of a tank (representing the Argentine War of Independence) and cruises along the streets of Buenos Aires and other smaller towns which do not have access to traditional libraries. It pulls up besides pedestrians and allows them to borrow books.


The camels in Kenya are not the only ones who deliver books to readers. A primary school teacher in Colombia, South America loads his donkeys with books and heads off to the rural areas in the town and delivers books to children, who have no access to a library.

These burros have introduced the joy of reading to these little children who wait eagerly for their `mobile library’ to arrive!


 Well there’s nothing like walking into a bookstore, smelling the dusty tomes and asking for suggestions on books from the good ol’ librarian. But, to make reading easier and convenient for its patrons, a library in California is designed as a vending machine which is stocked with both fiction and non-fiction books. This library is open 24×7 and just like you would vend out a bottle of cola from the machine, you pay a fee and vend out the book that you wish to read. Taking the tradition forward, a few districts in Beijing, China have also followed suit.


While there are a bunch of free libraries across the globe, have you ever thought of converting your front yard or your mailbox into one? A few counties in England and Europe have converted their mailboxes into libraries and offer a free read to passers-by. These tiny libraries can house about 10 odd books and mostly cater to children in the vicinity. However, some of these libraries do stock up on books for adults and often charge a nominal fee. Talk about innovative hacks!



Source- timesofindia

Visually challenged to get new audio library in Kerala

For the visually challenged, getting access to study materials or reading a fiction of their favorite author or getting information in general, perhaps, are the toughest challenges. The National Service Scheme (NSS) in Kerala has introduced digital audiobooks for them.

More than 25,000 volunteers from 250 NSS units of engineering and polytechnic institutions are at present busy working on the audio library of books with the Kerala Federation of the Blind members.

Technical Institute vice-chancellor Dr Kuncheria P. Iasac releases the logo of the digital audio library project of the NSS Kerala Unit. (Photo:  DC)


The library, N-Vast, would include academic and literary books for all age groups.
“According to Stephen King, books are uniquely portable magic. Hence, here we help them to experience this magic,” said Abdul Jabbar Ahmed, programme coordinator of NSS Kerala cell.

“It will contain the maximum number and variety of speaking books to support visually challenged fraternity. This library would help in reading a book over and over again without difficulty.”

“The KFB has an extensive collection of books of different genres they read with the aid of others,” he said. The first set of audiobooks was released in Thiruvananthapuram, and the NSS unit now plans to spread it to other districts