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Library Association of Bangladesh PDF Print E-mail

Library Association of Bangladesh

About two third province of Bengal became the Eastern part of Pakistan due to partition of Indian subcontinent into India and Pakistan in 1947. Bangladesh then called East Bengal, later East Pakistan received no share of books and other library materials from important libraries of Bengal as the division of the provincial assets. However the library movement in Bangladesh was started in 1850 with the establishment of 4 public libraries during the period of British role in India. The year 1850 is known as the milestone in the history of librarianship in Bangladesh. Since then no more significant libraries were established till 1954. As we knew that Pakistan Bibliographical Working Group (PBWG) was formed in the year 1950 under patronization of then Pakistan Government at the suggestions of UNESCO. The Group was reorganized in 1953, in its meeting which was held on 6 July 1954, constituted an ad hoc Committee to form a National Association. Thus Pakistan Library Association (PLA) came into being in July 1956. The representative of erstwhile East Pakistan (now The People’s Republic of Bangladesh ) was in the adhoc Committee. So that Karachi led in founding the All Pakistan Association. Few meetings were held in Karachi.Read More...


Library Association of Singapore (LAS) PDF Print E-mail

The Library Association of Singapore (LAS)

The Library Association of Singapore (LAS) is the national organization representing the interests of the library and information professionals in Singapore. Membership comprises professional librarians as well as others who are interested in library and information work. LAS provides opportunities for networking and professional development through its publications, talks, visits, conferences, training courses and social activities. LAS traces its history to 1955 when the Malayan Library Group was formed. On 25 March 1972, coincidentally the founder day of the Association, the Association formally adopted the Library Association of Singapore (LAS) as its official registered name, which has since been known locally and abroad.Read More...

Medical Library Association of India PDF Print E-mail

Medical Library Association of India

The need to organize the professional health science librarians into an active and effective forum was felt for quite some time. In order to give a practical shape to the need, it was only on August 18, 1980 a large number of prominent medical librarians/information scientists met in New Delhi and resolved to form the Medical Library Association of India.

To serve as an institution for the exchange of professional knowledge and experience by organizing training courses, seminars, conferences, lectures workshops etc., and by publishing reports, monographs, bulletins, catalogues, bibliographies, journals etc., and to promote the interests of the biomedical and allied sciences, libraries and librarianship.Read More...

Pakistan Library Association PDF Print E-mail

Pakistan Library Association

Pakistan Library Association is the representative National Body of the Librarians in Pakistan. The PLA was formed in Karachi in March 1957. Prior to the formation of PLA there was Pakistan Bibliographical Working Group (PBWG) working for the promotion of library activities. According to Dr. Anis Khurshid '' it was PBWG which in its meeting held on July 6, 1954, constituted an Adhoc Committee with H. A. Qazi as its Chairman, to form a National Association for Librarians". The Adhoc Committee members include Syed Vilayat Hussain, Khawaja Noor Elahi, Fazal-e-Elahi and Akhtar H. Siddiqui.

The PLA is responsible to look after the interest of the professional librarians and to work for the development and improvement of libraries both in formal and informal sectors of education and research. The PLA also acts as a liaison between Pakistani organizations with similar aims and objective and international library organizations. It also managed to create a better image of librarians in the society.

The PLA is a registered body under societies Act XXI of 1960. Its membership is open to all library professionals of the country. The Association has organized 17 conferences so far, since 1958 to 2007. In addition to regular meetings, the PLA arranges library seminars, workshops, discussions and book exhibitions etc. It also published Newsletter and a quarterly journal entitled PLA Journal. The Association has a Headquarter and five Branches in four provincial capitals and one in Islamabad in the Federal Capital of Pakistan. The Headquarter of the PLA rotates between Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar and Quetta every two years.Read More...

Sri Lanka Library Association (SLLA) PDF Print E-mail

Sri Lanka Library Association (SLLA)

The Sri Lanka Library Association (SLLA) is the main library association of Sri Lanka.It was founded in 1960 as the Ceylon Library Association (CLA), based on organization carried out in the late 1950s by a group of senior librarians. In 1974, it was given official status by Act No. 20 of the Parliament of Sri Lanka, which also changed its name to the current one.Read More...


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