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Libraries Development Programme

Public libraries are trusted spaces, free to enter and open to all. In them, people can explore and share reading, information, knowledge and culture. Libraries will continue to be valued as trusted, safe, democratic places that offer valuable resources and expertise to support the activities of the people who use them. People will engage in creative and cultural activities as well as reading and learning, exchanging ideas, conversation and knowledge through libraries.

There is a clear, compelling and continuing need for a publicly funded library service in India. But such libraries will need to find other sources of funding to supplement local authority support. Alongside this, communities must become more involved in the design and delivery of library services.

Libraries Development Programme

The Taj Colloquium Foundation has created the Libraries Development Programme (LDP) to test new approaches to library service delivery to build vibrant and sustainable 21st century libraries. The libraries should serve as formidable knowledge centres.

The focus of the LDP is on public libraries. We recognize that public libraries operate within a wider framework of library provisions of local government services. The aim of the project is to support the local authorities to intensify or widen their area of operations in an enterprising way without losing or compromising their ethos and core objectives. We aim to build effective partnerships with a range of national, regional and local organisations, both private and public.

As a part of LDP, we are presently engaged in development of two projects: (i) Prof. S.P. Passi Rural Library (in Uttarakhand) and (ii) Development of The Queen-Empress Mary Library (in Agra).

Partnership Model

The TTC Foundation offers technical support and generates some financial support for meeting the cost of technical development and management through corporate social responsibility resources and donations made by citizens and eminent individuals:

  • Reconstruct and develop the soft infrastructure of the Library by adding new books in consultation with experts. These books will be added mainly through donation.
  • Donate adequate number of computers, printers and other technical equipments required.
  • Restore, catalogue, archive and digitalise existing books. We may invite British Council or any other such entity to collaborate and support this initiative to work with us.
  • Develop a membership plan and promote Library membership in the city through a number of initiatives.
  • Prepare a calendar of events to be held in the Library and manage these events. These events will be addressed by literary and cultural personalities.
  • Prepare a financial plan for financial sustainability of the Library and undertake to raise resources to meet the cost of the Library.

Management and oversight of Libraries

LDP prefers to provide outside support to libraries through a oversight committee formed together with the library management and local stakeholders to ensure effective and sustained implementation of plan prepared.

Wherever invited and feasible, LDP will take over the management of a library together with the local authorities and stakeholders.

The Library will be managed through a Management Committee to be chaired by the local administration/management or a person of eminence to be nominated by administration/management. The other members are (i) a representative of Taj Colloquium; (ii) a representative of local book club; (iii) a representative of a corporate house, which offers funds for the technical support; (iv) two or three members to be nominated by the administration/management from amongst the citizens of that place.

Steering Committee

The LDP is managed by a Steering Committee. Following is the composition and term of the Steering Committee:

  • The Steering Group will have a maximum of eight (8) members, including the chairperson. Mr. Sumant Batra is the first Chairman of the Steering Committee.
  • One member of the Steering Committee will be co-opted from Uttar Pradesh and one from Dehradun. The rest of the members will be drawn from other parts of the country.
  • The Chair of the Steering Committee will be the ex-officio Special Invitee Member of the Advisory Board of the Colloquium.
  • The Planning Committee, in consultation with the Chairperson of the Steering Committee, will appoint the members of the Steering Committee.
  • The term of the Steering Committee will be two (2) years.
  • The Steering Committee will be responsible for steering this programme.
  • The Steering Committee will work under the guidance of the Planning Board of the Taj Colloquium.

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