Father Muller Medical College commemorates National Library Day

Father Muller Medical College commemorates National Library Day

Mangaluru: Father Muller Medical College, Central Library Committee celebrated National Library Day to commemorate the birth anniversary of Father of Library Science Padmashri the late Dr SR Ranganathan on Friday August 12 at the Knowledge Center and Memorial Hall decennial at 3:00 p.m.

To mark this celebration, the undergraduate inter-medical general knowledge quiz ‘MULLER LIBER’ was held and eight medical colleges from DK and Udupi district participated in the event. Dr. Anil Shetty, Professor of Pediatrics, FMMC, led the quiz session.

The program began with a song of prayer, followed by a welcoming address by Dr. Venkatesh BM, Chairman of the Central Library Committee. The program was inaugurated with the lighting of the lamp by the main guest Dr Hima Urmila Shetty President of Dr MV Shetty Memorial Trust along with other dignitaries on the dais namely Fr Richard A Coelho, Director, FMCI , Fr. Ajith B Menezes, Trustee, FMMC, Dr. Antony Sylvan D’Souza, Dean, FMMC, Dr. Venkatesh BM, Chairman, Central Library Committee, Dr. Janet Dotty Lobo Chief Librarian, FMCI.

Dr. Janet Jotty Lobo, Librarian, Father Muller Charitable Institutions, introduced the father of the library, the late Dr. SR Ranganathan. Dr Devina Rodrigues, Deputy Director and PG Coordinator, FMCON Introduces the main guest.

Addressing the gathering, the main guest, Dr. Hima Urmila Shetty, thanked FMCI for the opportunity to be in the midst of the august gathering and to share her experiences with libraries around the world as well as her profound love of reading and books. She highlighted the facts about the father of librarianship, Dr. SR Ranganathan, his presence in Mangaluru and his passion for librarianship.

She opined that a library should cater to different types of readers – both advanced and novice. She noted that in recent times, libraries remain undervalued and underutilized globally. The advancement of technology has only added more fuel to this fire. Technological advances in access to information have taken readers away from printed versions. Ironically, she remembered a few lines from the CEO of Google who believed that books are essential for increasing knowledge.

Dr. Shetty described how reading incorporated complex and higher cognitive functions. Reading is a skill where a person absorbs and digests the entire book. In addition, a good reader transmits knowledge to future generations. She recalled how in ancient times the scriptures had to be memorized and passed on to the next generation. Thus, with the birth of reading and writing, there was a revolution in the way of disseminating knowledge.

She pointed to the fact that Indians stand tall as avid readers and believed that well-read citizens are essential for a vibrant democracy. It is essential that we continue to be avid readers whatever language we prefer and librarians must encourage people to develop a culture of reading. Otherwise, we gradually lose the link with our history, our traditions and our culture.

She believed that reading democratized knowledge and believed that print had its own heritage. While technology robotizes accessibility to books. Although millions of books are available on our screens at the click of a button, we become simple collectors of books and accumulate them, rather than imbibe them.

Dr. Shetty suggested that a healthy reading culture can be developed by embracing a book, reading it, and recommending it to others in return. She urged FMCI to develop a healthy reading culture among students and faculty members of constituent institutes. She recounted an interesting experience where she met a parent who was trying to instill a culture of reading in the child. The parent paid the child $10 each time he finished a book, and gradually the child developed a healthy reading habit. She called it the best investment ever.

Finally, she strongly believed that a library is a treasure for an individual, their family and, more importantly, for the whole nation and urged FMCI to work to develop the culture of reading. The best user awards were given to students based on the highest library usage in the undergraduate section, postgraduate section, and e-resource usage in the e-library. Prizes to academic winners: book prizes for the best scholars were distributed.

The BMJ Research to Publication Recognition selection is based on those who have completed more than 50 Research to Publication modules and are honored with memorabilia. Raffle Winner: M/s CBS Publishers and Distributors held a Manipal Surgery Manual Raffle and the winner was Sandra Paul – MBBS and also honored the sponsors of those who had contributed to the success of the celebration of National Library Day.

During the presidential address, Reverend Father Richard A Coelho, Director of FMCI, expressed his satisfaction that FMCI organized a large-scale program for the second time to celebrate National Library Day. He said a library is a treasure as well as a resource. However, he agreed with Dr Shetty in his view that advances in technology have made libraries a monument in recent times. He noted the fact that libraries across the world remain underutilized and underaccessible. The current generation seems lethargic and does not use resources and facilities to the maximum. Previously, people called an avid reader a bookworm, but unfortunately today, the tribe of avid readers is on the decline.

He strongly believes that availability has overtaken use where libraries remain inaccessible. The golden age of government libraries is over. Moreover, he added that readers’ contribution to society was unprecedented. And everyone must develop a good culture of reading. A simple scan or incomplete reading will not help to soak up knowledge. Rather, we need to dwell on what the book has to offer.

Finally, he acknowledged the contributions of the Chief Librarian for her tireless service in developing and maintaining library facilities with a well-managed team and making resources accessible to all. In addition, he applauded the contributions of the chairman of the FMCI library committee. He appealed to all to read and spread knowledge.

The vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. John Martis, Professor of General Surgery, FMMC, Central Library Committee Member, and the program was professionally and meticulously prepared by Dr. Reshma G. Kini, Associate Professor, FMMC Pathology .

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