Activities


1. Making People Aware: After the birth of ALA an attempt was made for a wide publicity of the library movement through different avenues like Bihu festivals, public meeting, advertisement through the screen of Kelvin Cinema, Guwahati etc. With the help of daily newspapers and using the market places people were sought to be made aware of the library movement. Children were encouraged to demand books from their parents on the occasion of their birthday or as reward for good performance in examination.  The lower income groups of people were approached for small contribution through “mustibhiksha”, which was a unique way of collecting handful of grains and the money thus collected from the sale of the grains was to be spent on libraries.

2. Organization of Rural Libraries: In the 1st conference of Assam Library Association in 1938 hardly 50 libraries were recorded to have been engaged in library work throughout the villages of Assam and during the span of 10 years (1938-1948) Barthakur organized 250 libraries. Between May-July, 1971 it established GoalparaTezpurJorhatNagaonNalbariBarpetaDibrugarhMangoldoi,Guwahati Mahkuma Committee for carrying out its activities but in the subsequent years it did not give much fruitful result. The Association, further, at its “Granthalok” of 1972/73 listed 169 rural libraries of Assam with detailed address (Granthalok: 1973: 81-87) that were affiliated to ALA.

3. Draft Public Library Act: On the invitation of the 8th conferences (1964) of the All Assam Library Association held at Gauhati under the chairmanship of Pandit Dr. Maheswar Neog, Dr. S. R.Ranganathan prepared a Draft Public Libraries Act for Assam which was submitted to the Government and further in the 9th Annual conference held at Guwahati on 9, 10 and 11th April, 1971 reiterated its earlier demand but it has not got any fruitful result till now. The Draft Public Library Act was published in the Souvenir of Assam Library Association of 1971. Again, since 1998 attempt has continuously been made to enact the library legislation in Assam. A draft Assam State Public Library and Information Bill made by a Govt-appointed committee has been submitted and now it is in the process of being accepted.

4. Certificate Course in LIS: Through a resolution passed in the 8th Conference (1964), the All Assam Library Association had resolved to start a certificate course in Library Science but till now it has not been implemented.

5. Publication: In connection with the 8th Annual conference of 1964 ALA published one Souvenir; A Souvenir was also published by the reception committee with 9th Annual conference in 1971. At the 10th Annual Conference on 24th and 25th November, 1972 at Nagaon the half yearly official organ of the Association titled “Granthalok” took birth. In 1972/73 it brought out another volume of “Granthalok”. One newsletter was published in the year 1999.

6. Seminars, Conferences, Workshops and Training: ALA also made an attempt to build up a voluntary village library system by organizing conferences in different districts and in this way has been able to arouse and enlist public support and sympathy for public libraries by holding different conferences at Dibrugarh (1938), Tezpur (1952), NagawnJorhat (1953), Golaghat (1955), Bokakhat(1957), Mangoldoi (1959), Guwahati (8th conference, 24th and 25th October 1964), Guwahati (9th conference on 9, 10 and 11th April, 1971), Nagaon (10th Annual Conference on 24th and 25th November, 1972) etc.

7. Librarian’s Day Celebration: ALA has been celebrating Librarians’ Day every year (except in 2006) and organized programmes like special talk with some appointed speakers, felicitation to library professionals, symposium, seminar, etc. In 1998 ALA celebrated Librarian’s Day with GuwahatiLibrary Association (GLA) at Guwahati and in 1999 with Jorhat Library Association. It observed its 12th Annual Conference on 12th August at Guwahati District Library Auditorium along with the Librarian’s Day which was also observed in association with the Department of Library and Information Science, Gauhati University and Guwahati Library Association.

2005: The Librarians' Day was observed in association with Guwahati Library Association and Department of Library & Information Science Gauhati University at Sudmerson Hall, Cotton College. A Special talk was arranged on "Library and Reader in the present day Context". Dr. JogendraNarayan Bhuyan, noted writer in Assam delivered the special talk.

2006: The Librarians' Day was observed in association with Department of Library & Information Science, Gauhati University and the ALA Bulletin was published on the occasion.

2007:  The Librarians’ Day was observed in association of DLIS, Gauhati University. Bhaba PrasadChaliha, President of Assam Library Association delivered a lecturer on "Manuscript Preservation and Role of Libraries". Dr. N. N. Sharma, Dr. R. K. Barman , Dr. S. K. Singh, Mr. U. Sharma and Mr. D. Seal delivered lecture on the occasion. Honorable V. C. of Gauhati University was inaugurated the function.

2009: The ALA has observed the Librarians' Day on August 12, 2009 with a day long programme atSatyanath Borah Auditorium, Dighali Pukhuri East, in Guwahati. The programme was organized in collaboration with the Indian Association of Special Libraries & Information Centres (IASLIC) and the Department of Library & Information Science, Gauhati University. In connection with theprogramme a symposium on “Role of Library Association in Development of Librarians” wasorganised. The symposium was coordinated by Dr. N Lahkar, Prof. & Head, DLISC, GU, Dr. AlakaBuragohainRtd. Professor, G.U, Dr. Salil Chandra Khan, Head of the DLISC, Rabindra BharatiUniversity, Kolkata and N. N. Sharma Rtd. Professor, Gauhati University were taken part in the discussion as appointed speakers. A bulletin was also published.

2010: The Assam Library Association organized a talk on the topic: “Book, Library and Computer” as a part of Librarians' Day on 12 August, 2010. The celebration was held at the seminar hall of the Dept. of Historical & Antiquarian Studies, PanbazarGuwahati. Dr. Alaka Buragohain, Dr. N. N. Sharma, Dr. N. LahkarMahendra Nath Bora delivered lecturer on the mention topics. President of ALA, Prof.Bhaba Prasad Chaliha emphasis the need of organizational strength for enrolling life members.

2012: Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University in association with Assam Library Association and Assam College Librarians’ Association celebrated Librarians’ Day on 12th August, 2012 atShilpgramPanjabari Road Guwahati-781037, Assam. In connection with the programme a regional seminar was also organized on the theme of “Entrepreneurial Approach of Library Professionals”. The programme was inaugurated by Professor Srinath Baruah, Vice Chancellor, Krishna KantaHandiqui State Open University.

8. Felicitation to LIS Professionals: In 2007, ALA felicited Shri Birendra Kumar Sharma, former Librarian, Pragjyotish College in recognition of his contributions to the library profession especially to the college library system of Assam with a Phulam GamochaSarai and Citation. In 2012, eminent Library and Information Science teacher and recipient of Phani Talukdar Dolly Talukdar ByangaRachana, award by Axom Sahitya SabhaBhadra Borah was accorded warm felicitation.
 9.Public Library Day 2016: The Assam Library Association (ALA) observed Public Library Day at the Satyanath Bora Hall on May 22 to mark the 244th birth anniversary of Raja Rammohan Roy.
On the occasion ALA invited Dr Bhupen Deka, retired professor of Gauhati Medical College as well as a social worker, and Kanak Ch Sharma, noted writer and retired government administrator to speak and share their experiences on the topic ‘Expectation of Readers from the Public Library Services’. The meeting was chaired by Prof (retd) Alaka Buragohain, president of ALA and attended by a group of library professionals. Dhiman Seal, general secretary of ALA threw light on the life and social works of the great social reformer Raja Rammohan Roy.

Initiating the discussion, Prof Buragohain pointed out the role of the public library in creating an educated and enlightened society. She also stated that the present society has been suffering from various ill practices, especially among the youths. As one of the alternative means in order to make people free from these habits, the habit of reading can be created by setting up public libraries in the villages. She said it was high time for the library associations and socially conscious people to come forward and start organising awareness programmes and a movement of book reading to eradicate such practices from society.

 Dr Bhupen Deka said; public libraries should have some system through which availability of a particular title could be ascertained immediately. He also pointed out that costly valuable books should be selected for the public libraries for the general people, digitisation of rare and important books and development of a website through which availability of books in different libraries can be known using Internet.

Mr. Kanak Ch Sharma said; the library movement in Assam in the pre-Independence period was started by the Satra Sanmilan in 1916-17 for creating a reading environment in the villages, adding that the common masses, including students of that time had participated in activities for building village libraries. He pointed out that the library movement in Assam under the leadership of Kumudeshwar Barthakur starting from 1938, continued growing till the 1960s, and then gradually started diminishing from 1970 onwards. Mr. Nila Sarma, Dr. Dhrubajit Das, Dr. Utpal Sharma, Dr. Bhupendra Nath Sharma and Dr. Nabajyoti Das etc. addressed on the occasion.
The Association has been performing the following functions and activities
1. Making People Aware: After the birth of ALA an attempt was made for a wide publicity of the library movement through different avenues like Bihu festivals, public meeting, advertisement through the screen of Kelvin Cinema, Guwahati etc. With the help of daily newspapers and using the market places people were sought to be made aware of the library movement. Children were encouraged to demand books from their parents on the occasion of their birthday or as reward for good performance in examination.  The lower income groups of people were approached for small contribution through “mustibhiksha”, which was a unique way of collecting handful of grains and the money thus collected from the sale of the grains was to be spent on libraries.
2. Organization of Rural Libraries: In the 1st conference of Assam Library Association in 1938 hardly 50 libraries were recorded to have been engaged in library work throughout the villages of Assam and during the span of 10 years (1938-1948) Barthakur organized 250 libraries. Between May-July, 1971 it established Goalpara, Tezpur, Jorhat, Nagaon, Nalbari, Barpeta, Dibrugarh, Mangoldoi, Guwahati Mahkuma Committee for carrying out its activities but in the subsequent years it did not give much fruitful result. The Association, further, at its “Granthalok” of 1972/73 listed 169 rural libraries of Assam with detailed address (Granthalok: 1973: 81-87) that were affiliated to ALA.
3. Draft Public Library Act: On the invitation of the 8th conferences (1964) of the All Assam Library Association held at Gauhati under the chairmanship of Pandit Dr. Maheswar Neog, Dr. S. R. Ranganathan prepared a Draft Public Libraries Act for Assam which was submitted to the Government and further in the 9th Annual conference held at Guwahati on 9, 10 and 11th April, 1971 reiterated its earlier demand but it has not got any fruitful result till now. The Draft Public Library Act was published in the Souvenir of Assam Library Association of 1971. Again, since 1998 attempt has continuously been made to enact the library legislation in Assam. A draft Assam State Public Library and Information Bill made by a Govt-appointed committee has been submitted and now it is in the process of being accepted.
4. Certificate Course in LIS: Through a resolution passed in the 8th Conference (1964), the All Assam Library Association had resolved to start a certificate course in Library Science but till now it has not been implemented.
5. Publication: In connection with the 8th Annual conference of 1964 ALA published one Souvenir; A Souvenir was also published by the reception committee with 9th Annual conference in 1971. At the 10th Annual Conference on 24th and 25th November, 1972 at Nagaon the half yearly official organ of the Association titled “Granthalok” took birth. In 1972/73 it brought out another volume of “Granthalok”. One newsletter was published in the year 1999.
6. Seminars, Conferences, Workshops and Training: ALA also made an attempt to build up a voluntary village library system by organizing conferences in different districts and in this way has been able to arouse and enlist public support and sympathy for public libraries by holding different conferences at Dibrugarh (1938), Tezpur (1952), Nagawn, Jorhat (1953), Golaghat (1955), Bokakhat (1957), Mangoldoi (1959), Guwahati (8th conference, 24th and 25th October 1964), Guwahati (9th conference on 9, 10 and 11th April, 1971), Nagaon (10th Annual Conference on 24th and 25th November, 1972) etc.
7. Librarian’s Day Celebration: ALA has been celebrating Librarians’ Day every year (except in 2006) and organized programmes like special talk with some appointed speakers, felicitation to library professionals, symposium, seminar, etc. In 1998 ALA celebrated Librarian’s Day with Guwahati Library Association (GLA) at Guwahati and in 1999 with Jorhat Library Association. It observed its 12th Annual Conference on 12th August at Guwahati District Library Auditorium along with the Librarian’s Day which was also observed in association with the Department of Library and Information Science, Gauhati University and Guwahati Library Association.
2005: The Librarians' Day was observed in association with Guwahati Library Association and Department of Library & Information Science Gauhati University at Sudmerson Hall, Cotton College. A Special talk was arranged on "Library and Reader in the present day Context". Dr. Jogendra Narayan Bhuyan, noted writer in Assam delivered the special talk.
2006: The Librarians' Day was observed in association with Department of Library & Information Science, Gauhati University and the ALA Bulletin was published on the occasion.
2007:  The Librarians’ Day was observed in association of DLIS, Gauhati University. Bhaba Prasad Chaliha, President of Assam Library Association delivered a lecturer on "Manuscript Preservation and Role of Libraries". Dr. N. N. Sharma, Dr. R. K. Barman , Dr. S. K. Singh, Mr. U. Sharma and Mr. D. Seal delivered lecture on the occasion. Honorable V. C. of Gauhati University was inaugurated the function.
2009: The ALA has observed the Librarians' Day on August 12, 2009 with a day long programme at Satyanath Borah Auditorium, Dighali Pukhuri East, in Guwahati. The programme was organized in collaboration with the Indian Association of Special Libraries & Information Centres (IASLIC) and the Department of Library & Information Science, Gauhati University. In connection with the programme a symposium on “Role of Library Association in Development of Librarians” was organised. The symposium was coordinated by Dr. N Lahkar, Prof. & Head, DLISC, GU, Dr. Alaka Buragohain, Rtd. Professor, G.U, Dr. Salil Chandra Khan, Head of the DLISC, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata and N. N. Sharma Rtd. Professor, Gauhati University were taken part in the discussion as appointed speakers. A bulletin was also published.
2010: The Assam Library Association organized a talk on the topic: “Book, Library and Computer” as a part of Librarians' Day on 12 August, 2010. The celebration was held at the seminar hall of the Dept. of Historical & Antiquarian Studies, Panbazar, Guwahati. Dr. Alaka Buragohain, Dr. N. N. Sharma, Dr. N. Lahkar, Mahendra Nath Bora delivered lecturer on the mention topics. President of ALA, Prof. Bhaba Prasad Chaliha emphasis the need of organizational strength for enrolling life members.
2012: Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University in association with Assam Library Association and Assam College Librarians’ Association celebrated Librarians’ Day on 12th August, 2012 at Shilpgram, Panjabari Road Guwahati-781037, Assam. In connection with the programme a regional seminar was also organized on the theme of “Entrepreneurial Approach of Library Professionals”. The programme was inaugurated by Professor Srinath Baruah, Vice Chancellor, Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University.
8. Felicitation to LIS Professionals: In 2007, ALA felicited Shri Birendra Kumar Sharma, former Librarian, Pragjyotish College in recognition of his contributions to the library profession especially to the college library system of Assam with a Phulam Gamocha, Sarai and Citation. In 2012, eminent Library and Information Science teacher and recipient of Phani Talukdar Dolly Talukdar Byanga Rachana, award by Axom Sahitya Sabha, Bhadra Borah was accorded warm felicitation.