Libraries and Librarianship in India

by Jashu Patel, Krishan Kumar

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February 2001


Pages 280
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Librarianship: Philosophy, Values, and Issues/General
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This guide provides the historical background of traditional and modern libraries and librarianship in India. It focuses, chapter by chapter, on various types of libraries including national libraries, academic libraries, school libraries, and special libraries. It also covers the state of bibliographic control and services, professional organizations, library education, and automation.

From ancient through medieval and modern India to the end of the 20th century, this book offers detailed description of the development of libraries and related activities in the field of librarianship. This is an informative guide to libraries and the profession of librarianship in India that will be of great value to scholars and researchers of world librarianship. Providing a historical background of traditional and modern libraries and librarianship, this book will be useful to library science students and faculty worldwide.

Table of Contents

PrefaceA History of LibrarianshipNational LibrariesAcademic LibrariesPublic LibrariesSchool LibrariesSpecial LibrariesThe State of Bibliographic Control and ServicesProfessional OrganizationsLibrary and Information Science EducationLibrary AutomationSelected BibliographyIndex



This book is a worthy addition to a literature that supports and thereby provides scholarly links to develop comparitive studies...The book has two distinct features: first, it is a handy and updated textbook on the subject, and second, it provides a good research perspective on the basics, even for and advanced reader. The book is also a major contribution to existing resources on the intellectual history of India. It is simple and creative, readable and detailed, gratifying, penetrating, and eloquent, probing and easy to comprehend even by a foreign student who is little aware of the Indian ethos of print and imprint or of the culture of the Orient and the traditions of the sublime but who with an open mind believes in the dictum Wise are those who learn from their own experiences; wiser are those who learn from others' experiences.—Libraries & Culture

This book is a good addition to the library literature and is recommended for all library schools and library collections interested in international comparative librarianship and library education.—American Reference Books Annual

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