Librarian, Blogger, Dreamer…
The Annual General body meeting along with an extra-ordinary General body meeting of Kerala Library Association has held today at its Head Quarters (No.36.II Floor, Kairalie Plaza Annexe, Karamana P.O. , Thiruvananthapuram-02).
Nearly forty members participated (mostly from the host district). The extra-ordinary General body meeting was to amend three constitution bye-laws regarding the location of the head office (Article II), Ordinary membership fee (Article V, Clause a (i) and life membership fee and qualification ( the member should hold a Degree in Library Science rather than a Diploma). The general body passed the amendments.
The Annual General body meeting was very live with the presentation of last two years report by Dr. Vijayakumar, K.P. (General Secretary) and accounts by the treasurer Mr. Suresh Kumar. Main achievements cited were, “Redefining the role of Public Libraries”, the national seminar, Association website and blog, KOHA workshop, activities regarding the UGC-NET service matters of University and college librarians, part-time PhD in Kerala University, KLA bulletin, etc
The general body elected new office bearers for the coming two years. Dr. P. K. Sadasivan (President), Dr. Gopikkuttan (Vice President), Mr. Suresh Kumar(Secretary) and Dr. Lalitha M. (organizing secretary).
During the discussion on the report, I have put some queries regarding the activities done by the Association on the condition of state’s school libraries and school librarians. Although I knew the work done by the Association on the matter (V. P. Joy Committee, representations and meetings held, Minister’s approach, politics, etc), my aim was to rekindle the interest of members and KLA on the issue.
The President Mr. N. Sukumaran Nair reacted passionately with detailing the steps taken by the Association to convince the authorities on the appointment of school librarians. He explained the forehand the politicians are getting on the issue. Dr. Gopikkuttan also said about the Associations hand to take the matter to the authorities.
I am happy to say that the matter is still live and appreciate the work done by the Association. But our schools still have no qualified librarians and equipped libraries. I hope that the new committee will take the issue seriously and try to achieve it.
One suggestion was there on preparing standards for school and college libraries which are functioning in an entirely different mode when we compare that with University and Public libraries. Dr. Lalitha. M., said about her experience on that matter and put forwarded a model standard that was prepared by SCERT. I like to support the initiative and like to discuss KV Library Charter which is like a standard for KV libraries all over the country.
I think the Association is giving more thrust on the service related matters rather than professional development. I accept that it had conducted many seminars. But considering the fact that the quantum shifts happened in the librarysphere and the advent of web 2.0 and then library 2.0 asks for more professional skill development programmes.
Some suggestions that can be included in forthcoming KLA activities
One day skill development programmes on new concepts (web 2.0, Library 2.0, KM, OSS,DL, etc
Librarian of the year award (may be for life time achievement)
E-journal or newsletter
Launching an online social network of members (e.g. IASL meeting place)
Formation of core committees within the existing committee (for academic (school, college, school), public and special libraries to discuss area specific matters and activities)
Overall I would like to appreciate the outgoing team and wish all success to new faces.