SPPL holds national seminar

The flow of funds into public libraries should be increased to make them information hubs, said Krishna Kumari Areti, Legal Head of GMR Infrastructure Ltd. She was speaking at a national seminar on corporate social responsibility and public libraries organised by the Society for Promotion of Public Libraries (SPPL) here on Sunday. She said for a country like India , a massive investment in public libraries was needed to make them true information resource centres. Ms. Krishna Kumari underlined the need for the industries to fund the public libraries under CSR programme and said the country needed good, ventilated and reader-friendly buildings for libraries. The libraries, she said, were supposed to have a wide array of other media including audio books, e-books, CDs, cassettes, videotapes, DVDs, video games as well as facilities to access the internet and inter-library loans. Ms. Krishna Kumari said the new technology emphasised to redefine the concept of library and librarians. She said every educated person should have a library membership card to borrow books like debit and credit cards and feel proud of possessing the library card. Secretary of Prof. Kaula Endowment Velaga Venkatappaiah said the public libraries were in a bad shape for want of patronage from the government and NGOs. He said now it was the turn of the industries to part with certain percentage of CSR allocation for developing public libraries. Former Minister Mandali Budha Prasad, who released a brochure, said promoting library movement and a habit of reading among children should be given top priority. SPPL president and former Manager (library), VSP P.S.N. Murthy presided. City MLAs T. Vijay Kumar and Malla Vijaya Prasad, noted Telugu writer Kalipatnam Rama Rao, VSP General Manager D.S. Sastry, Zilla Granthalaya Samstha chairman Thota Nagesh and Regional Manager of SAIL Anil Kumar Gupta spoke.