ESTD. 1925

BENGAL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION AT A GLANCE

Bengal Library Association, formerly known as All Bengal Library Association, was established in 1925 under the presidentship of Poet Rabindranath Tagore and the first Secretary of the Association was Mr. Sushilkumar Ghosh.


HISTORY

With the spread of Western education, Libraries started growing in different parts of undivided India. In the 19th century, various types of libraries emerged in different parts of undivided Bengal. The Calcutta Public Library was established in 1836, followed by establishment of the one hundred more public libraries in different districts of undivided Bengal by the end of the 19th century. At the beginning of the 20th century necessity was felt to co-ordinate the activities of those libraries and to organize the library movements in the province. It is in this context, the All India Public Library Conference, held at Belgaon in the year 1924 under the president ship of Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das, adopted a resolution urging the formation of library associations in each province of India. The resolution was moved by Sushil kumar Ghosh, a delegate from Bengal. A meeting was held in Calcutta, in Albert Hall on the 20th December, 1925. The meeting was presided over by J. A. Chapman, Librarian, Imperial Library. In this meeting All Bengal Library Association was formed with Poet Rabindranath Tagore as President. Sushil Kumar Ghosh became its first Secretary.

With the establishment of All Bengal Library Association, a province-wise library movement started gaining grounds.

In 1933 the All Bengal Library Association was renamed as Bangiya Granthagar Parishad in Bengali and Bengal Library Association in English and the All Bengal Library Conference was renamed as Bengal Library Conference.

ASSOCIATION BUILDING

Initially the Association had no premises for its office and for sometime it functioned from Bansberia (Hooghly District) and later got its registered office at the Calcutta University Central Library. After some years, the Association moved its office to a rented room at 29 Huzurimull Lane later in 33 Huzurimall Lane near Sealdah Railway Station. After few years the Association constructed its own building with the financial assistance from the State Government and donation received from members and well-wishers. The foundation stone of the Association building was laid by Dr. S. R. Ranganathan in 1967. Presently, the Association is housed in its four-storied building accommodating its office, library, class rooms and computer room at P64, CIT Scheme 52, Kolkata - 700 014.


OBJECTIVES

The Objectives of the Association are to :

  • Promote the library movement in Bengal
  • Diffuse the knowledge of scientific method of maintenance and organization of libraries and to organize library talks, lectures, conferences and exhibitions.
  • Print and publish any newspapers, periodicals, pamphlets, books, and leaflets, charts, posters, statistics that the Association may think desirable for the promotion of its objects
  • Collect and maintain a library and museum of publications and materials pertaining to the library movement and library science.
  • Promote and encourage bibliographical study and publish bibliographical information
  • Work for the enactment of such legislation as would be conductive to the extension of library facilities, better utilization and administration of libraries
  • Organize and conduct or help other institutions and organizations for maintaining and conducting training classes for library science or any of its nature
  • Work for the betterment of service conditions and for status of library personnel.
  • Promote and to establish and support and to aid in the establishment and support of other library organizations and kindred organizations engaged in promotion of education formed for all or any of the objects of the Association.
  • Work for the co-ordination of library and systematization of their methods
  • Help libraries in securing grants from Government and other public bodies and to help them in all possible ways.
  • Conduct examination in library science and to confer or award certificates and diplomas.
  • Raise donations and accept endowments for furtherance of library movement
  • Serve as an information bureau in respect of library matters
  • Borrow and raise money in such manner as the Association may think fit and proper for the attainment of any of the objects of the Association
  • Invest any money of the Association not immediately required for any of its objects, in such manner as may from time to time, be determined.
  • Purchase, take on lease or in exchange, hire or otherwise acquire any real or personal estate which may be deemed necessary or convenient for any of the purpose of the Association
  • Construct, maintain or alter any house, buildings or works necessary or convenient for the purpose of the Association
  • Take any gift or property, whether subject to any special trust or not, for any or more of the objects of the Association
  • Do such other lawful things as are incidental or conductive to the attainment of the objectives

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

The three-tier organizational structure of the Bengal Library Association is as follows :

  1. General Body
    1. All Members
  2. The Council
    1. Office Bearers
    2. Executive Committee
    3. Secretaries of the districts
    4. Elected as Council Members
  3. Executive Committee
    1. Office Bearers
      • One President
      • Five Vice Presidents
      • One General Secretary
      • One Joint Secretary
      • One Assistant Secretary
      • One Treasurer
      • One Editor
    2. Ten Executive Committee Members elected from Council Members

ACTIVITIES

The major activities of the Association are :

  • Propagating the importance of library and information services for individuals and for the society and developing awareness for the library and information services
  • Suggesting measures for improvement and expansion of library services for all categories of libraries in the state
  • Organizing movement for improvement of the service conditions and proper pay and status of the library workers
  • Organizing conference and seminars for apprising people of various aspects of the library movement and library services
  • Organizing training courses, refresher courses, workshops etc. and publishing books, periodicals, reports etc pertaining to library science and library services.

LIBRARY

Our Libraries :

  1. Library for LIS Professionals ( at Padmapukur )
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  2. Bengal Library Association Public Library ( at Salt Lake )
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DIFFERENT COMMITTEES

For Year 2018-2020

OFFICE BEARERS:

President:

Dr. Bimal Ch. Chatterjee

Vice-Presidents:

Sri Ramkrishna Saha  Sri Arun Roy  Smt. Bithi Bose  Dr. Asitabha Das  Sri Ashoke Kumar Das

General Secretary:

Dr. Krishnapada Majumder

Joint Secretary:

Sri Biswabaran Guha

Assistant Secretary:

Sri Nirmalya Roy

Treasurer:

Sri Joydeep Chanda

Editor:

Sri Goutam Goswami

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
  1. Dr. Barun Kumar Mukherjee
  2. Dr. Rukmini Mitra
  3. Sri Bhupen Roy
  4. Smt. Ballari Bandyopadhyay
  5. Dr. Swapna Roy
  6. Smt. Papri Sengupta
  7. Sri Arup Roychaudhury
  8. Sri Pulak Kar
  9. Sri Sibaprasad Chakraborty
  10. Sri Sanjoy Guha
COUNCIL MEMBERS:
  1. Sri Ranapratap Chatterjee
  2. Dr. Nitai Roychaudhury
  3. Sri Bhupen Roy
  4. Sri Kiranmoy Dutta
  5. Prof. Pijush Kanti Panigrahi
  6. Sri Sibsankar Maity
  7. Sri Bimal Narayan Sur
  8. Sri Pushpendu Mandal
  9. Sri Abhijit Halder
  10. Sri Biswajit Banshore
  11. Smt. Jhunu Mukherjee
  12. Sri Anup Kr. Sarkar
  13. Sri Ajay Kumar Ghosh
INSTITUTIONAL COUNCIL MEMBERS:
  1. Chinsurah Kishore Pragoti Sangha [Hooghly District]
  2. Bantra Public Library [Howrah District]
  3. Asansol District Library [West Burdwan District]
  4. Kumirkola Pyarimohan Rural Library [East Burdwan Library]
  5. Dhruba Sanhati Library [Bankura District]
  6. Federation Hall Society [Kolkata]
  7. Sridhar Milan Mandir [East Midnapur District]
  8. Rabindrabhaban & Sahid Nityananda Memorial Library [Nadia District]
SUB-COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Library Science Training Sub-Committee:

Director: Dr. K.P. Majumder
Convener: Dr. Rukmini Mitra
Members: Prof. Amitabha Chatterjee, Prof. Pijush Kanti Panigrahi, Sri Satyabrata Ghoshal, Sri Nandadulal Basak, Sri Ranapratap Chatterjee, Dr. Biswajit Das Thakur, Smt. Ballari Banerjee, Dr. Tarun Kumar Mondal, Smt. Dipika Neogi, Smt. Papri Sengupta, Smt. Bithi Basu, Sri Bhupen Roy, Sri Arup Roychaudhury, Sri Samik Barman Roy and Librarian (Bengal Library Association)

Finance & Building Sub-Committee:

President: Sri Ramkrishna Saha
Convener: Sri Joydeep Chanda (Treasurer)
Members: Sri Arun Roy, Sri Biswabaran Guha, Sri Pulak Kar, Sri Ashoke Kumar Das, Sri Debabrata Kundu, Sri Bimal Narayan Sur, Sri Anup Kumar Sarkar, Sri Pushpendu Mondal and Sri Nirmalya Roy

Granthagar Magazine Sub-Committee:

President: Sri Arun Ray
Convener: Sri Goutam Goswami (Editor, Granthagar)
Members: Sri Ajay Kumar Ghosh, Prof. Amitabha Chatterjee, Sri Ramkrishna Saha, Sri Satyabrata Ghoshal, Dr. Swapna Roy, Sri Saikat Kumar Giri, Smt. Bithi Bose, Sri Biswabaran Guha and Sri Samik Barman Roy

Publication Sub-Committee:

President: Prof. Pijush Kanti Panigrahi
Convener: Sri Pulak Kar
Members: Prof. Amitabha Chatterjee, Prof. Arjun Dasgupta, Dr. Asitabha Das, Dr. Swapna Roy, Sri Arun Ray, Smt. Dipika Neogi, Sri Samik Barman Roy, Sri Ajoy Kumar Ghosh and Sri Ramkrishna Saha

Library Sub-Committee:

President: Sri Satyabrata Ghoshal
Convener: Librarian, Bengal Library Association
Members: Sri Biswabaran Guha, Sri Nirmalya Roy, Sri Ranapratap Chatterjee, Smt. Papri Sengupta, Smt. Kanak Ghosh, Sri Sanjoy Guha, Sri Abhijit Halder, Dr. Nitai Roychaudhury and Convener, Library Science Training Sub-Committee

Public Library Sub-Committee:

President: Dr. Swapna Roy
Convener: Sri Asok Kumar Das
Members: Sri Ashok Kr. Roy, Sri Tapas Kumar Sarkar, Jakirul Islam, Smt. Kanak Ghosh, Smt. Keka Panti, Sri Tarun Basu, Sri Prabir De, Sri Pulak Kar, Sri Biswabaran Guha, Sri Uttam Kumar Roy, Sri Lakshmikanta Nandi, Sri Arunabha Bhowmick, Smt. Papri Sengupta and Smt. Bithi Bose

College, University & Special Library Sub-Committee:

President: Dr. Asitabha Das
Convener: Dr. Nitai Roychaudhury
Members: Sri Abhijit Kumar, Dr. J.N. Satpathi, Dr. Nitai Ch. Ghatak, Dr. Ranjan Samanta, Sri Debashis Mukherjee, Sri Sanjoy Guha, Sri Swapan Kumar Ghosh, Sri Milan Sarkar, Sri Bhupen Roy, Abdul Ahad Midda, Dr. Jayati Ghosh, Sri Anupam Ghosh, Sri Pradip Kumar Bhattacharya and Dr. Madhusree Ghhosh

School Library Sub-Committee:

President: Sri Sibsankar Maity
Convener: Sri Kiranmoy Dutta
Members: Sri Ashoke Kumar Roy, Sri Surajit Shil, Sri Nayan Pratihar, Sri Arun Sarkar, Sri Jagadish Mahato and Smt. Soma Ghosh

Students Relation Sub-Committee:

President: Sri Nirmalya Roy
Convener: Sri Abhijit Halder
Members: Dr. Biswajit Das Thakur, Sri Pulak Kar, Sri Sanjoy Guha, Sri Biswajit Banshor, Sri Mainak Dutta, Sri Pushpendu Mandal, Sri Debashis Mukherjee and Sri Surajit Shil

Computer Training Sub-Committee:

President: Sri Arup Roychaudhury
Convener: Sri Joydeep Chanda
Members: Sri Ramkrishna Saha, Dr. Tarun Kumar Mondal, Sri Ranapratap Chatterjee, Dr. Nitai Roychaudhury, Dr. Bidyarthi Dutta, Sri Pushpendu Mandal, Sri Biswajit Banshor, Sri Bhupen Roy, Smt. Bahni Mukhopadhyay, Sri Bhaskar Ghosh, Sri Biswaranjan Manna and Sri Nabajiban Mukherjee

Prabir Roychaudhury and Amita Roychaudhury Endowment Sub-Committee:

President: Sri Arun Roy
Conveners: Dr. K.P. Majumder
Members: Dr. Ratna Bandyopadhyay, Dr. Rukmini Mitra, Smt. Dipika Neogi, Sri Ramkrishna Saha, Sri Bhupen Roy, Dr. Arun Kumar Chakraborty, Dr. J.N. Satpathi, Sri Pulak Kar, Smt. Bithi Bose and Smt. Papri Sengupta

Public Library (Salt Lake) Sub-Committee:

President: Sri Ramkrishna Saha
Convener: Librarian, Salt Lake Public Library
Members: Dr. Barun Kumar Mukherjee, Sri Prabir De, Sri Biswabaran Guha, Sri Satyabrata Ghoshal, Dr. Swapna Roy, Sri Ashoke Kumar Das, Smt. Ballari Bandyopadhyay, Smt. Jhunu Mukherjee, Smt. Anjana Dutta, Sri Pulak Kar, Smt. Bithi Bose and Smt. Papri Sengupta

N.B. General Secretary, Treasurer and Editor, Granthagar are the members of each Sub-Committee


GRANTHAGAR

First periodical on Library Science in Bengal was published by the Bengal Library Association in 1937 as Bengal Library Association Bulletin 'Bangiya Granthagar Parishad Patrika'. It was a bilingual journal, which continued upto 1952. The Bengali journal 'Granthagar' was first published in 1953 as quarterly and continued upto 1956. Since 1956 the Association publishes a monthly journal in Bengali with English Abstract named as 'Granthagar'. Articles on Library and Information Science, memories of leading librarians, important circulars of the State and the Central Governments are published in the journal.

GRANTHAGAR AT A GLANCE

  • The only monthly journal on Library and Information Science in Bengali â¡®thagarà°µblished on 25th of every month (the second week of the Bengali Month). The yearly subscription rate is Rs. 120.00 (with postage) and price of each issue is Rs. 10.00.
  • The journal may be subscribed from any month of the year. The members of the Association get the journal free.
  • Articles on Library and Information Science, news on Library as well as Librarians, Book review and the opinion of the reader are published in the journal
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