“Digitalisation of books available in the state archives is necessary though the task will be a challenging one. Digitalisation needs to be taken up gradually for future reference and to preserve the books.”
Director of Art and Culture, Manipur, Aribam Shivdas Sharma made the statement while speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural function of two day seminar on ‘Libraries at the Crossroad: revamp, Innovate and make sustainable’.
Libraries in different districts of the State will be activated during the next financial year, he said. Digitalisation of books in the state library will be the first priority and man power should also be added in the different district libraries of the State, he added.
Speaking as the guest of honour of the function, executive director, NIELIT, Imphal Th Prameshwor Singh said that the taste of reading from a book is different and unique and it also has a different value.
“Even though technology has made different information contained in different books readily available at our finger tips, it is still not able to provide the same satisfaction one gets from reading books,” he noted.
There may be different information in the internet but they are not trustworthy since they lack authenticity, he added.
He further said, electronic books should also be designed in such a way that it also provides the same experience one goes through while reading a book. Leaving aside reading books in the library, the present generation youths do not have habit of reading newspaper, said Prameshwor.
President of Manipur Library Association, Kangjam chaoba Singh said that the status of libraries in the State cannot cope with the changing trends in the world. It needs to be updated with the change of time, he remarked.
If libraries could be set up even in remote areas, people will develop the habit of reading in the library and it will be beneficial for the people, he further said. At present there are schools and colleges still functioning without a library he said while adding that there is still very few scope and placement for people who have finish librarian course in the State.
The seminar was jointly organised by Raja Rammohun Roy Library Foundation, Kolkatta , department of Art and Culture Manipur and Manipur Library Association.