GUWAHATI, Sept 2 - The Assam Library Association has decided to ask the State government and the Directorate of Secondary Education to appoint librarians in senior secondary schools in the State, so that the reading habit is inculcated at the school level itself.
In an executive committee meeting of the association held yesterday, the resolution was taken to approach book-related organisations and institutions of the State to promote book-reading habit among people in general and children in particular.
A charge handover meeting of the old and new executive committees of the association was also held yesterday in the Department of Library and Information Science, Gauhati University, under the chairmanship of Mahendra Nath Bora, past working president and retired librarian of Tezpur University.
In the meeting, the newly selected working president, Dr Mukesh Saikia, Librarian of Tezpur University, and general secretary, Dr Badan Barman, Assistant Professor of Gauhati University, took charge from the old executive committee. The new committee includes Dr Sanjay Kumar Singh, head of the Department of Library and Information Science, and Dr Prasanta Kumar Deka, Librarian of KC Das Commerce College as vice-presidents, Dr Zabeen Ahmed, librarian of Cotton University and Dr Jyotika Devi, librarian of Assam Engineering College, as joint secretaries.
The executive committee meeting also decided to approach the Assam College Principal Council, Assam College Teachers' Association, Assam College Librarians� Association, All Assam Publishers & Booksellers Association, Assam Prakashan Parishad and other organisations for institutional membership of the ALA. The meeting also highlighted the importance of a fresh approach for enactment of library legislation in Assam and steps to upgrade rural libraries in the State.