Library educator course to promote reading habit: Amrita Patwardhan

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 25 Nov 2017 09:22:24

Staff Reporter,

At a press conference organized at Pastrol centre in Arera Colony Amrita Patwardhan, Head – Education and Sports, Tata Trusts, said that library can play vital role in developing higher order thinking skills (HOTS) in students but there is need to renovate librarian concepts as per international standard teachings .Further she said that the Parag initiative of Tata Trusts, focuses on promoting reading among children. Libraries are places where children get to engage with a good collection of books. Vibrant libraries require professionally trained educators who understand theimportance of engaging children with a good collection, and have vision and skills to activate library for diverse learners. Through this course, we aim to address this sector gap and are proud to be producing a cadre of 29 proficient and trained educators as part of this batch.

The ‘Parag’ initiative of Tata Trusts announced the successful conclusion of a unique Library Educator’s Course (LEC) for professional development of library practitioners.The course enrolled participants from eight states including Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Delhi, and Gujarat. A professionaldevelopment course, the LEC has been developed by Tata Trusts, and is being offered in Hindiin Bhopal.Designed for librarians, teachers and other practitioners, the initiative focuses on settingup and running vibrant children’s libraries. LEC has been designed to help practitionersto imagine alibrary as an open and creative space for all children.In its third edition, the course enrolled 30 participants from NGOs working in rural tribal, urban poor areas working on improving quality of school education with library components to enhance reading in children and school librarians.

Conducted in dual mode that includes contact sessions and distance-learning, the 7-month long course equips participants to understand the critical role of libraries in education and build children’s life-long relationship with books. Set up and run vibrant children’s libraries in schools and community spaces. The initiative is also been working in collaboration with non government organizations like Ekalavya and Muskan in city which help to imbibe book reading among slum children .To develop strategies for collaborating with parents and community to ensure sustained library use it is necessary to renovate school libraries.

This course in Bhopalwas started a year ago. To enrich a child with socio-cultural experiences, it is essential that the library educators, and teachers, build context and create a connection with reading and books. Education research also emphasizes the importance of children engaging with reading beyond textbooks and course-related material to diversify their range of reading material and broaden their horizons.