The Tamil Nadu Library Association (TNLA) and the Public Library Department Pensioner’s Association have urged the State government to immediately fill 10 posts of University Librarians and more than 50 posts of college librarians in government colleges that have remained vacant for years.

Presenting their charter of demands, TNLA Secretary M. Muthuswami said that the government should appoint only qualified and experienced persons for the post of Director of Public Libraries, instead of deputing someone from the Directorate of School Education.

Over 50 per cent of the sanctioned posts were lying vacant, including the posts of deputy librarian and librarian in Connemara Public Library for the last few years, he said, adding that though public were paying more than Rs.200 crore per year as ‘library cess’ the Directorate of Public Libraries had not purchased books published during 2010 and 2011 for their libraries, he charged.

Mr. Muthuswami also requested the State government to declare August 12 as ‘Librarians Day’ to mark the birth anniversary of S.R. Ranganathan, regarded as the father of library science; form State Library Committees and also District Library Committees for each district; publish seniority list of grade-II librarians and grade-I librarians every year; promote grade-I, grade-II and grade-III librarians to their next cadre and fill up more than 1,000 posts of grade-III librarians.

It wants qualified persons to be posted instead of deputing officials from Directorate of School Education