[LIS-Forum] Why Kerala Libraries Fail ?
rajankila at hotmail.com
Tue Jan 29 13:00:16 IST 2008
Dear Mr Swetank,
The private institutions are designed for a purpose and to serve a cause.
but the public institutions in Kerala, as in many other states, are not
designed systematically to achieve something. That is why same people fail
in one and succeed in the other.Public institutions and organizations are
nobodys control zone. You can do anything in any public institution
normally. Well delineated do's and don'ts are less in any ordinary
organization in the public sphere. Most of the public organizations do not
have a set of goals, no one find the strategies or set the action points and
never think of any kind of evaluation at all. The tenacious, committed and
capable person having focus on work will find difficult to get along in any
average institution in Kerala. Petty politics, caste and selfish interests
yield better results.
In some institutions library is an appendage with no direct relevance to the
academic activities. The overall decline in academic activities in Kerala
where even Vice-Chancellors are decided on the basis of caste or influence,
you cannot have good libraries.Most of the academics do not bother about
good library services too, except when they are preparing for competitive
examinations or theses.
Job threat and salary are not the determinant factors. Rather you may not
get the freedom and an enabling environment to work better in any library
A well established system can make you love your job than earlier. But we
keep failed systems here in our libraries.Most of the appointments or
activities in Kerala are based on petty party politics. If a good person is
appointed, the political party based organizations will make his world
disastrous. On the other hand most of the appointments in the top are either
political or seniority based, both leaving no room for good work and
designs. It seems that is why Kerala libraries fail.
Professionals Associations like Kerala Library Association,alone can bring
in more light to this world of utter darkness, if it has a motivation to do
Librarian, Kerala Institute of Local Administration(KILA)
Mulagunnathukavu, Thrissur - 680581 , India
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Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2008 16:22:41 +0530
From: "info" <info at deekshasystems.com>
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Very valid point by Mr. Rajan. One point I fail to understand, why the same
people works more efficiently in private organization compared to government
(exceptions are always there). For them is it only Job threat or salary is
the motivation. I feel any one's love for his/her work is also important.
and if he/she don't feel it he should leave the job and go to some other job
where he feels that he is loving the work. There will be always a needy
person who will fill the gap and every thing will keep on moving.
Love for your work is very important and this will only help us to realise
the dream of being a developed country. Why in USA on an average even a
small govt. servant is more sincere for his duty than his Indian
counterpart. Is it only a coincidence or it has to do something with their
With best regards
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