EXTENSION ACTIVITIES

Development of North Eastern Region

On the direction and encouragement of the Department Culture the Central Reference Library, Kolkata is actively participating in the development of the North Eastern Region. As part of this activity the CRL regularly organize training programmes for Library professionals of the North Eastern region on the Compilation of Bibliographies in their respective languages. Many of these languages are very rich but it’s published wealth is not properly listed or preserved .Theses publications do not reach National Library under Delivery of Books Act nor it get listed in the Indian National Bibliography. In order to create an awareness and to encourage the respective language professionals to take up the task of listing their language publications we have organized training programmes at Guwahati (Assam), Agartala (Tripura) , Shillong (Meghalaya), Kohima,( Nagaland) and Aizawal (MIzoram) for the library professionals so that they will be able to compile bibliographies in their own languages. Around 250 professionals of the North East were benefited by this programme by now. This activity was supported by the University of Guwahati, Birchandra State Library, Agartala and North Eartern Hill University, Shillong, State Libray,, Nagaland and Mizoram University, Aizawal . This is a continuing scheme.

Apprenticeship Training Programme

Under this programme Post graduate Library Science Students of different Indian Universities are imparted training in the compilation of bibliographies by manual process and by machine generation in different language scripts at CRL Kolkata, So far 44 batches of student from the universities of Calcutta, Jadavpur, Burdawan, Kalyani, Gauhati, Bhagalpur (Bihar), Utkal, Sambalpur (Orissa), Calicut; Aligarh Muslim University, Madurai Kamraj university, NEHU, Shillong, availed this facility. We are receiving constant enquires from different universities which we are not able to meet to in sufficient space and machines. The trainees are provided with stipend in an added attraction. This is also a continuing programme which involves practice in classification, cataloguing, compilation , editing , directory creation and data entry in language scripts. The last batch of the Apprenticeship Training Programme completed on 31st March 2010 during the last financial year 2009-2010. It is expected that the ensuing batch will start from July 2010 depending upon the approval of the Ministry of Culture.