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  • Immense need and impact of ICT Enabled Public Libraries in Odisha

    Sushant Satapathy,

    President, Odisha Society of the Americas

    Nishikanta Sahoo,

    Chair, OSA Public Library Initiative

  • Socio-cultural, Public, Non-Profit organization in the USA and Canada

    Largest non-resident Odia (NRO) organization established since 1969

    Interested in Socio-Economic Development in Odisha

    About OSA

  • Libraries are NOT only for books, but. Build Stronger Community, Empower people

    Provide Access to Information/Knowledge

    Promote Literacy

    Protect Peoples Rights, Strengthen Democracy

    Bring Innovation

    Function as catalyst for economic development

    Better Governance and bring transparency

    Why Public Libraries and OSA ?

  • Carnegie libraries were built in USA, Canada, UK and other countries during 1883-1929, worked as a key catalyst for economic development

    Excellent Public Library System in Kerala and first digital state in our country with 95 % broadband connectivity and 100% mobile penetration at Panchayat level.

    Many developed countries have well-integrated Public Library System

    Any Proven Models ?

  • 95% of Americans ages 16 and older agree that the materials and resources available at public libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed

    95% say that public libraries are important because they promote literacy and a love of reading

    94% say that having a public library improves the quality of life in a community;

    81% say that public libraries provide many services people would have a hard time finding elsewhere.


  • In USA more Public Libraries than McDonalds

    Now there is a library in every town, every city, everywhere in the country. It is the pure expression of democracy. It is open to everybody and its all free. No other country in the world has anything like our public library system. . . . If you get down about the state of American culture, just remember there are still more public libraries in this country than there are McDonalds. -David McCullough Source: American Library Association(ALA)

  • Libraries have the priorities than Roads in Latvia

  • Contributed 40 Lakhs to CMRF for Establishing Information & Communication Technology(ICT) enabled Model Public Libraries in Phailin/flood affected area of Ganjam, Balasore, Mayurbhanja

    Proposed and working with CMO, GA department to setup one Urban Model Library, two Rural Model Libraries

    OSA Public Library Initiatives is to Promote, Facilitate, Advocate, Support for a Well Integrated Public Library System in Odisha using Proven Models

    OSA Public Library Initiative

  • Computer Center for access to information for All

    Audio/Video/Internet Enabled Community Center

    Function as Information House, Resource Center

    Reading Room with books, e-books

    User Group/Friends of Libraries

    To build a vibrant community and drive the need from community

    Proposed OSA Model Public Library Requirements

  • Educational Seminars

    Awareness programs on Govt. schemes, health issues, social problems

    Childrens activity

    Skill Development programs

    Mentoring programs

    Community Meetings

    Resource Center for all ages

    Activities in Model Library

  • Will the Investment in Odisha yield better result while people are NOT Empowered with Information and NOT Connected ?

    How the youth will compete in a Global economy ? More than 85% people in developed countries have access to

    Internet where as in Asia it is less than 35%. Whats about Odisha ?

    How many kids/students have access to World Class Education like MIT, Harvard, Khan Academy

    Is our Education system good enough to encourage Innovation without Internet ?

    Do we have enough support for Library Professionals ?

    Need in Odisha ?

  • Where we are on Access to Information

  • Centers Digital India Initiative 50% by Center and 50% by State( 4000 crore budget )

    National Mission on Library (NML) Scheme Model Libraries across India Rs 1,000-crore plan to digitally link 9,000 libraries across India.

    National Knowledge Commission (NKC) Raja Rammohun Roy Library Foundation Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR) Funding

    Gates Foundation for Global Libraries, Facebooks initiative on Internet for all

    Many Proven models of Integrated Public Library System Odisha Library Act 2001 Huge Business and Employment Opportunities

    Do we have the Opportunities ?

  • Whats the status so far ?

  • Berhampur BMC is working on the Plan

    Balasore, Mayurbhanja yet to be done

    Requires Govt. of Odishas support for timely implementation

    Status On OSAs Model Library

  • 14 years have been passed since the Act passed in Assembly ?

    Current Culture Minister Sri Ashok Chandra Panda, Mass Education Minister Sri Debi Prasana Mishra, MLA Sri Priyadarsi Mishra participated in OSA Public Library Panel discussion in Washington, DC in July 2015. The process is with Select Committee and was to be done by end of Dec. 2015

    Recently OSA has urged the CM to expedite the Notification of Library Rules

    Status on Odisha Public Library Act 2001

  • Notification of Library Rules of Odisha Public Library Act-2001 in Six months

    Public Libraries at every Block Head Quarter

    Information & Communication Technology(ICT) enabled infrastructure, High-speed Broadband Internet connectivity

    Transparency in Library Fund with Public disclosure and Audit

    Provision to have better participation by User Groups, Civil Society, NRIs, Intelligentsia, Library Management Bodies

    Odisha Public Library Vision 2020

  • i) Andhra Pradesh (Hyderabad) Public Libraries Act, 1960; ii) Arunachal Pradesh Public Libraries Act, 2009; iii) Bihar Public Libraries Act, 2007; iv) Chattisgarh Public Libraries Act, 2007; v) Goa Public Libraries Act, 1993; vi) Gujarat Public Libraries Act, 2001; vii) Haryana Public Libraries Act, 1989; viii) Karnataka (Mysore) Public Libraries Act, 1965; ix) Kerala Public Libraries Act, 1989; x) Maharashtra Public Libraries Act, 1967; xi) Manipur Public Libraries Act, 1988; xii) Mizoram Public Libraries Act, 1993; xiii) Orissa Public Libraries Act, 2001; xiv) Pondichery Public Libraries Act, 2007; xv) Rajasthan Public Libraries Act, 2006; xvi) Tamil Nadu (Madras) Public Libraries Act, 1948; xvii) Uttar Pradesh Public Libraries Act, 2005; xviii) Uttarakhand (Uttaranchal) Public Libraries Act, 2005 and xix) West Bengal Public Libraries Act, 1979.

    List of legislations on Public Libraries by various states

  • Policy Makers( CMO, Culture, IT, Education )

    Press, Media, Social Media

    Academics, Library Professionals

    Think tanks, Celebrities

    Activists, Library Enthusiasts, Supporters

    Industry Experts( ICT Solution providers/vendors )

    What we can do together ?

  • Bakul Public Library

    Praful Public Library


  • 1. Sri Sushant Satapathy, President, The Odisha Society of The Americas(OSA), USA

    2. Sri Nishikanta Sahoo, OSA Public Library Committee, USA

    3. Sri Sandip Dasverma, OSA Public Library Committee, USA

    4. Dr. Priyadarsan Patra, OSA Public Library Committee, USA

    5. Dr. SriGopal Mohanty, OSA Public Library Committee, USA

    6. Sri Sujit Mahapatra, Founder/Secretary, Bakul Library, Bhubaneswar, Odisha

    7. Sri Prasana Dash, Founder/Advisor, Praful Library, Odisha

    Steering Committee

  • Sri Surya Padhi from Berhampur who is helping in our Berhampur Model Library

    Special Thanks

  • Any Questions/Feedback in the future @

    Thank You







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