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Library and Society

Library and Society



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Published by M S Sridhar
A lead presentation for panel discussion on 'Library and Society' in Bangalore Social Science Forum.
A lead presentation for panel discussion on 'Library and Society' in Bangalore Social Science Forum.

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Published by: M S Sridhar on Apr 13, 2009
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Library and Society
A panel discussion Bangalore Social Science Forum 
DR. H N Hall, National College, Basavanagudi,BangaloreApril 13, 2009 ; 6.00 pm
M S Sridhar
Former Head, Library & DocumentationISRO Satellite CentreBangalore
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Libraries existed as records room and collection of clay tablets since 3
millennium BC
Later forms included other perishables like papyrusand parchment (leather)
Destroying such libraries in war and building newones and at times, from war booty were common
Most were private individual possessions of rulers,rich and aristocrats (later that of religiousinstitutions) with access to selected few
Renaissance generated zeal for learning withdemand for books, which handwritten manuscriptscould not meet
Johannes Guttenberg invented ‘movable printingpress’ in 1439, which gave boost for massproduction of books and brought books andlibraries to the reach of common man
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Library and Society
Library and society are inter-linked andinterdependent
Library is a well acknowledged ‘social agency’
The social role of library is complex and itsresponsibilities are stupendous
There is a strong communication between libraryand society
Library plays pivotal role in molding and shapingsociety (a training school for democracy)
Holds cumulated and consolidated intellectualoutput of society (authors are alive in books andlibraries!)
Transmits and disseminates accumulatedexperience of society to its individual membersthrough the instrument called ‘book’

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