Review Committee Meeting on the development of the Central
Secretariat Library was held on April 30, 2003 under the
Chairmanship of Joint Secretary Shri K. Jayakumar.
One of the terms of reference of this Review Committee was to
examine the collection development and weeding out policy of CSL.
The recommendations of the Review Committee in matters of
collection development are as follows :
The focus of the collection development is to provide
services to the academic community engaged in the studies related to
socio-economic and cultural development of India and its States.
Hence, the collection development should focus on the above
collection development would ultimately lead to development of
resource center on developmental literature.
CSL should also be converted as a resource center on various
reading materials on and about Delhi by building its collection in
CSL should strengthen the area study collection by
emphasizing its collection policy to select documents on India and
its States. It will also lay emphasis on other Asian countries.
The reference collection of the CSL should be properly built
up so as to provide an opportunity to the reader to have current
information available through these collections.
The biographical collection which has been a useful source in
CSL should be strengthened.
In addition, CSL should focus on collecting the Indian and
European literature especially of fictional nature so that the
Government employees under stress may relieve their tensions by
going through such fictional studies.
CSL should continue to collect literature related to Indian
culture and civilization, art and archaeology, music and dance and
all other disciplines that are directly connected with the activity
of the Department of Culture.
is a tentative guideline, which is being followed for purchase of
reading materials at CSL
well established Book Selection Committee consisting of former
Librarians, subject experts drawn from University of Delhi,
Jawaharlal Nehru University, Indian Institute of Public
Administration and IGNCA makes extensive selection of books in
different subject fields and adheres to the guidelines. While the
preliminary selection of books are done by the Director, CSL and
reference books, books on library and information science,
Information Technology related books, biographies are out rightly
purchased by CSL with the approval of the Bureau Head, the books on
other subjects are submitted to subject experts for their view.
Development Policy at TSL
was established in 1974 to commemorate Goswami Tulsidas’s
Centenary Birthday and is presently located in the complex of
National School of Drama at Bahawalpur House, New Delhi. Its
collection of reading materials is in Hindi, Sanskrit, and all other
regional languages mentioned in the 8th schedule of the
Constitution. The collection of books are in the field of
literature, language, drama, poetry, literary criticisms,
biographies, bibliographies, Indian culture and traditions,
education, Indian History, mythological epics and other subjects
close to the development of India available in different languages.
In addition, it has large number of newspapers and periodicals in
different vernacular languages. As of now it has a collection of 1.9
lakh volumes and also has thousands of rare books under Gaikwad
Oriental Series, and Kasivur Series covering various classical
aspects having both sacred and secular components.
TSL is one of its own kind in Delhi and very much closer to the
collections available at Sahitya Akademi except that SA concentrates
only on literature and language materials in different languages,
and TSL holds its collection on all most every possible subjects
which could be useful for present day environment for users and also
for posterity. None of the Libraries in Delhi has such unique
collection in different constitutionally approved languages.
well-established and duly constituted Book Selection Committee
exists and is in existence since its inception. Sahitya Akademy who
passes list of such experts to TSL are being nominated as an expert
of the BSC and the competent authorities at DOC have been approving
the same. These experts
are of high repute in their own language and there is
well-established guidelines on the selection of books in different
languages covering the subjects mentioned above. Therefore the
policy of the TSL has been to invite the experts and requests them
to select books on the subjects mentioned above.
It is also important to inform that books for TSL are
being purchased from the Non-Plan Grant and this practice is
prevailing for so many years. The total allocation on purchase of
books in Plan and Non-Plan is to the tune of Rs. 80 lakhs and it is
only this year that expenditure on TSL has been un-precedented in
comparison to previous years and reasons have been explained above.