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‘2.26 lakh people visited 131 public libraries in J&K last year’

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Dr Abid highlights need for transformative changes in Libraries Deptt 

JAMMU: Secretary Culture, Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed Shah, today took an extensive tour of Shri Ranbir Singh Library here and took stock of facilities being provided to the public there.

He held an extensive tour of the library and visited different sections of the public library viz reading room section, children section, Raja Ram Mohan Roy Section, automation, a reference section, etc.

On the occasion, he also interacted with the students who visit the library regularly and enquired about the facilities being provided there.

He also asked the students for suggestions and the requirements, if any, to make the library better and have smooth access for them.

During his visit, he was informed that last year 2.26 lakh people visited the 131 public libraries of Jammu and Kashmir.

During the tour, he was accompanied by Special Secretary, Trishala Kumari; Director Libraries & Research, M Rafi; Deputy Secretary Culture, Abdul Qyume, and other officers.

The Secretary highlighted the need for certain transformative changes in the department to better serve the public in this digital age and to diversify these public libraries to address the needs of today’s library members.

He also suggested exposure visits and training to the staff and officials of the Libraries Department in order to enhance the personal and professional level skills for effective delivery of library and information services.

The secretary underlined the adoption of new technology in the Department of Libraries & Research which would eventually increase the efficiency and effectiveness of day-to-day library work and services and added that information technology interventions in public libraries would help the readers’ services also.

Shah urged the officers to make the public libraries attractive to youngsters by focusing on youngsters and youth engagement by drawing them towards libraries of Jammu and Kashmir.

He said that youngsters can be attracted to these libraries by employing several steps like offering diverse lineup programmes, organizing public library trips for school students, and providing cutting-edge technology.

He also suggested increased public participation by opening invitations to all stakeholders for sharing ideas that can be implemented and asked people to post their suggestions on [email protected] in order to make the library experience better and more beautiful for all age groups.

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