12th Aug 2021 10:08:PM Editorials
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

As the world has become more technologically advanced, one pitfall has become the loss of ‘reading culture’ like we used to know it. Gone are the days when people made a bee-line to the nearest library to go through the pages of a newspaper or the latest issue of a magazine. The popularity of libraries is declining and most of them wait in silence for book readers to come and dig into the variety of journals, books and periodicals on offer.
With information now just a click away, habits such as reading hard copies of newspapers and books seems to be falling out of popularity. 
So is library becoming obsolete?
Arunachal with its poor and low internet connectivity still depends on libraries for authentic and accurate information. 
But we are guilty of not inculcating reading habit amongst our youths. Most district libraries are in tatters with a bleh inventory and hardly frequented by anybody. We are a state where one will have to walk miles and miles to come across a library let alone a well stocked one.
In this scenario, the celebration of National Librarian’s Day today, on August 12 holds a greater meaning. The day is celebrated in remembrance of Dr S.R Ranganathan, National Professor Library Science, who has spearheaded library development in India. Libraries are treasure troves of knowledge and librarians play a very crucial role in making students read newspapers and books to excel in their careers. We need to focus on this.
Libraries are the need of the hour to inculcate reading habits in children. Today our society if drifting from reading to simply viewing a screen, due to which students are losing creative and analytical abilities.
("As gateways to knowledge and culture, libraries play a fundamental role in society. The resources and services they offer create opportunities for learning, support literacy and education, and help shape the new ideas and perspectives that are central to a creative and innovative society. They also help ensure an authentic record of knowledge created and accumulated by past generations. In a world without libraries, it would be difficult to advance research and human knowledge or preserve the world’s cumulative knowledge and heritage for future generations.")
Ben White, Head of Intellectual Property, 
British Library

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
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