Library Committee definition:
W.H Newman, ”A committee consists of a group of people specially designated to perform some administrative work”.
Krishan Kumar, ”A library committee is a body or an organization consisting of persons assigned a particular job”.
Brian Young, “A library committee is such a body which is responsible for all the matters pertaining to the efficient library management”.
A library may have a number of committees depending upon its size and number of activities and operations. The entire library committee can be broadly classified into following six kinds.
1. Self-perpetuating committee:
- The librarian requires the library committee to interpret the needs of the library to the committee.
- In the absence of a library committee, the librarian would find himself defenseless and unprotected, so the library committee may serve as a safe guard of a librarian.
- To overcome financial troubles, the library committee is too much necessary.
- Working as an active member of a library committee a librarian can prove himself as an efficient administrators.
- The committee assesses the financial needs of the library in accordance with the national library standards.
- The committee ensures understanding between the readers and the library policies.
- The committees having strong voice can easily convince the authorities and the public.
- Keep the librarian alert.
- Helps the librarian in the smooth functioning of the library.
- Appoint qualified and efficient librarian.
Powers and functions of a library committee vary according to its nature.The library committees generally serve the following purposes.
Library building: A library committee should ensure that a library building is properly decorated, structured, functional, situated centrally and have necessary arrangement for efficient management.
Library furniture and fittings: Library committee also ensure that adequate, standard and comfortable without any dislocation or wastage of money or space.
Library staff: Library committee will fix the needed number of staff, their salary scale, promotions and other regulations related to staff development. They will determine certain principles and formulas that will encourage the intellectual and capable person to enter into the profession.
Library finance and book collection: The library committee will raise enough funds for purchasing books and making the collection rich and suitable for the committee to be served. If necessary they will appoint sub-committee for the job.
Library rules: Efforts should be made by the library committee to frame a set of library rules that will be flexible to suit the needs of the readers.
Library accounts and audit: Proper machinery should be established by the library committee to check the library account. It may appoint an accounts sub-committee for auditing the accounts.
Library acts and rules: A library committee should keep library acts and rules up-to-date. The rules and acts which depend on the nature of library must be kept in mind.
Standard library service: A library committee should put in its best efforts to secure full coverage and standard library service by opening new branches and by providing more books and staff numbers.
Library cooperation: A library committee should find out ways and means of securing cooperation between various branches within a locality and between other authorities especially educational ones.
Library policies: It should lay down a policy for the guidance of the librarian for general day-to-day administration of the library.