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Title: Blending new with old – A heritage library re-lived
Authors: Birdie, C
Keywords: Indian Institute of Astrophysics;Kodaikanal Observatory Library;Heritage Collection;Astronomy Library
Issue Date: 18-Oct-2014
Publisher: DVK Central Library
Citation: International Conference on 'Library Space and Content Management for Networked Society' (IC.LISCOM-2014), 18-20 Oct. 2014 at DVK Central Library, Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, Bangalore.
Abstract: More and more libraries all over the world are ready to re-model their space as technology has radically changed the way the libraries function. It is the balance between print and electronic resources which has necessitated the librarians and administrators to re -plan the space for optimum utility and also economically. It is a daunting task to satisfy all the requirements of space, resources, services and clientele to make the library more visible and better utilized. It is an additional challenge if the collections range from archival to current and to take care of the conservative procedure along.Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) library is an example with heritage collections and branches at different locations in India. IIA has a rich heritage dating back to 18 th century, originating from Madras, and subsequently shifting to Kodaikanal and finally to Bangalore. It has unique challenges in blending the new with old in terms of resources and services and also to meet the mandate of retaining the heritage structure of the original library building at Kodaikanal. The onus of responsibility lies in retaining the status of the library at Kodaikanal, as one of the oldest libraries in India and at the same time utilize the historical contents for current research . The library has acquired valuable collections over the period and has the task of maintaining the asset. In the course of maintaining the collections within the static space, the present library personnel have learnt special skills and techniques to make the library more visible and meet the requirements of a state-of the art special library in astronomy in the country. As the institute is doing cutting edge research in astronomy & astrophysics in the country, it is imperative for the library also to remain current in collection and technology based services without sacrificing the essence of the in herited historical collections and the safeguarding techniques for preservation.
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