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- Newly launched website to link all state libraries

All information about libraries across the state will soon be available at a click of the mouse.

Jharkhand Information and Library Association launched its website www.jila.350.com on September 12.

Association secretary Shiv Prakash said the website would facilitate smooth communication among its 150 members and provide all information about day-to-day activities of the body.

“We had formed this association in 2007. But it was difficult to inform all 150 members about our meetings and activities individually. However, we will now regularly upload information about all our activities so that the members do not miss anything,” he said.

The portal has been designed by association member Bharat Bhushan, who is in the process of uploading more links such as objectives, future plan, activities of the organisation and list of members with their names and contact numbers.

The future plans of the association include developing a strong network by connecting the libraries of Vinoba Bhave University, Ranchi University and St Xavier’s College to their website.

The secretary further said their quarterly journal, Infolib, would also be uploaded on the website. “By next month, our portal should be a complete source of information,” he added.

Prakash rued that although state libraries existed in Ranchi, Hazaribagh, Chaibasa, Godda, Deoghar and Dhanbad, they lacked basic infrastructure.

“We will be glad to upload information related to all state libraries. But the state government should lend us financial support to strengthen the libraries,” he said.

He added that even university and college libraries were not in proper condition because of an acute shortage of funds and manpower.

“At Khunti, the construction of building of the library has been completed two years back, but it is yet to stock books,” he said.

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