“Libraries are suppose to be open seven days a week but many times they are either closed or the staff is not willing to help me find a book that I need”.
When Richa Gupta, a student in Delhi, says this about the present condition of libraries in the national capital, including the famous Delhi Public Library (DPL) System, the librarians and library administrators all around the country should listen and think over it. The fading charm of once indispensible Public Libraries in India is definitely a matter for serious discussion. The expectations of the net generation users from libraries are very much different and dynamically volatile. How Library Professionals can cope with this pressure of unforeseen changes and demands in the field of information, technology and media will eventually decide the future of Librarianship in the country.
Read an interesting report on the “Declining popularity of libraries” appeared on Deccan Chronicle (Jan.30 2012).