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Government run libraries in poor condition
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAR 7 (NPN):
Published on 8 Mar. 2011 12:30 AM IST
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The condition of government-run libraries in Nagaland are in poor condition, said North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC) director Som Kamei Monday.
Kamei said this during the inaugural function of the five-day training on conservation of library materials and book binding at Centre for Community Transformation (CCT), Dimapur. It may be mentioned that Nagaland has a total of 480 rural libraries, 11 district libraries and one state library. Addressing the gathering as chief guest, Kamei called for upgrading the condition of libraries and documentation part.
While pointing out that the poor condition of libraries was a stumbling block for many researchers, the director averred the state has tremendous information lying unused and urged the authorities to preserve and classify it. Dwelling on the same point, Kamei said preservation of Naga heritage was priceless and suggested some measures to be undertaken. He guest urged the authorities to inculcate the advantage of IT for preserving valuable information.
Additional director of Art and culture K Kughazhu Yepthomi also admitted that state libraries were in need of desperate revival and help. Underscoring the important role of employees, Kamei pointed that a person in this profession has to be bibliophile.
Principal library and information officer, National Library Dr. R Ramachandran who was also present during the inaugural function said quality of books deteriorate after 40-50 years and pointed out that chemical and binding were some of the methods to preserve them. He also elucidated on the role of National Library, Kolkata.
The resource persons for the five days training are employees of National Library, Kolkatta.
The training is sponsored by National library of India, Kolkata and organized by state department of Art and Culture.

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