Tag Archives: India

Course packs for education ruled legal in India

Supreme Court ruling a huge triumph for access to educational materials in India ‎(12 July 2017) On 9 May 2017, a five year court battle between publishers and universities finally came to an end when the Supreme Court of India dismissed an appeal by the Indian Reprographic Rights Organization (IRRO) challenging an earlier judgment of […]


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16,000 books from India for the Jaffna library

(1 July 2017) The Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu handed over as many as 16,000 books to the iconic Jaffna Public Library on Thursday. The collection will be kept at the ‘India Corner’ in the library, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated during his maiden visit in 2015. “The titles cover […]


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India’s 70,000+ public libraries and its untapped potential: A study in contrast

(31 May 2017, New Delhi) A meagre total of 75 public libraries are serving the over 200 million population of Uttar Pradesh. Compare this to 4,028 public libraries in Tamil Nadu that serve its 67.8 million population and a study in contrast emerges. To add to its woes, Uttar Pradesh spends just about Rs 22 […]


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2nd International Conference of Asian Libraries

(4 May 2017) The Dr. Zakir Husain Library, Jamia Millia Islamia, New  Delhi and the Asian Library Association, New Delhi are hosting ICAL-2017, the 2nd International Conference of Asian Libraries, 26-28 October 2017. The theme is Expanding Digital Footprints: Role of Libraries  & Information Centres. Download the conference brochure. Headquartered at New Delhi, the Asian Library […]


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British Library launches OCR competition for rare Indian books

(22 March 2017) Calling all transcription enthusiasts! The British Library has launched a competition to find an accurate and automated transcription solution for its rare Indian books and printed catalogue records, currently being digitised through the Two Centuries of Indian Print project. The competition, in partnership with the University of Salford’s PRIMA Research Lab, is part of […]


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India’s public libraries undergoing revolutionary change

(14 February 2017, New Delhi) Images of ill-maintained public libraries – laden with dust and poor-infrastructure, barely prompting a second visit – is undergoing a complete makeover thanks to the government’s ambitious National Mission on Libraries. More significantly, state-of-the-art facilities combining the latest internet technologies are being plugged in to attract the younger generation. “Some […]


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Publication of Quarterly Lists: Catalogues of Indian Books

(24 January 2017) The BL’s Two Centuries of Indian Print project is pleased to announce the online availability of some wonderful catalogues held by the British Library, generally known as the Quarterly Lists. They record books published quarterly and by province of British India between 1867 and 1947. Digitised for the first time, the Quarterly Lists can […]


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World’s most beautiful libraries in India

Libraries are the most incredible invention of men. It is a single most beautiful tribute to knowledge and experience. There are a lot of libraries in India that stand as a part of most beautiful ones in the world. If you are visiting India, you ought to visit at least a few of these libraries. […]


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Government to digitise iconic Old Delhi library

(2 January 2017, New Delhi)  The new year promises to be a hopeful one for the iconic Hardinge Library in Old Delhi with plans afoot to revamp the historic institution through digitisation of rare books and restoration of its century-old building. Authorities are also endeavouring to put this city landmark on a tourism map, besides […]


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Manga, in the heart of Delhi

(2 January 2017) In New Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar, barely 15 steps away from the Moolchand Metro station, is a not-so-large space, filled to the brim with gems for the lover of Japanese comics (manga). This is the Japan Foundation Library. Founded in 2007, it is home to a whole host of Japanese DVDs, audio books, […]


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Ruth’s Rankings 22: Indian University Rankings – The Good the Bad and the Inconsistent

By Ruth A. Pagell* (3 January 2017) The Good:  More Indian universities are appearing in international rankings, as more institutions are ranked. The Bad:  Most ranked Indian universities are in the bottom half of global rankings The Inconsistent: There is a disconnect between India’s internal initiatives and rankings and the global rankings Two current headlines […]


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Amazon launches digital books in Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati and Malayalam on Kindle

(1 December 2016, Bengaluru)  Amazon announced today the addition of thousands of digital books in Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati and Malayalam, including the largest digital selection of best sellers, hundreds of exclusive titles, and free classics to the Kindle Book Store. Readers can access these books on their Kindle eReaders and free Kindle apps for […]


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British literary icons head for China and India

(2 December 2016) In 2017 the British Library will, for the first time ever, take some of its most spectacular items on tour to cities around China, beginning with the National Library of Beijing in April. Ten iconic items from the Library’s collections, including Charlotte Brontë’s handwritten manuscript of Jane Eyre and one of the […]


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E-library for inmates at Kerala jail

(27 November 2016) Inmates of a central prison in Kerala will soon have eBooks in their hands, thanks to a digital library being set up in the jail premises, which is considered as the first such facility in southern India. Authorities of Poojappura Central Prison, one of the oldest recorded prisons in the state, are […]


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Library a waste of space: Doctors

(22 November 2016, Kolkata) Doctors and students are asking whether it was necessary to devote 10,000 sq.ft. of valuable floorspace in the Ronald Ross building to a facility which is in the process of being digitized. Few students actually do library work offline since most books are available on the internet, they said. The authorities […]


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