Proceedings of 32nd All India IASLIC Conference 2019 has been published.


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Participants of the 32nd IASLIC All India Conference held at University Library, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi are entitled to get this Special Publication free of cost. They are requested to collect the same either by post (by sending packaging and posting charges Rs.150.00) or in person from IASLIC Office. If required may e-mail:
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About Us

The Indian Association of Special Libraries and Information Centres (IASLIC) is a non-profit organisation based in India that supports development in the entire field of special librarianship in India. The IASLIC undertakes supports, coordinate research and studies, conducts short term training courses; organises general/special meetings, and hold seminars and conferences in alternate years on current problems of Libraries and Information services and other allied areas are selected as themes for discussions on theses occasions. It also publishes journals, monographs, manuals, newsletters, papers, proceedings and reports.

Aims and objectives

In the forgoing perspective, the IASLIC, acronym for the Indian Association of Special Libraries and Information Centres, was established on 3rd September 1955 as a non-profit making national, professional body to -

• undertake, support and co-ordinate research and studies
• organize general and special meetings, seminars, workshops and conferences at national and regional level
• publish journals, monographs, manuals, newsletters, papers, proceedings and reports
• conduct short-term training courses
• collaborate with other fraternal bodies in promoting the interests of the library and information profession
• undertake such other activities which are incidental and conducive to the attainment of its objects.

Professional status

While the Association consistently strives to improve the standard services in all kinds of libraries, within its scope, systematic efforts are also being made to raise the emoluments and professional status of the library personnel. It brings together the library and information personnel in all kinds of government and non-government organizations. By so doing the IASLIC speaks the professions a whole.

To bring about mutual co-operation and unified action on matters of common interests, IASLIC mooted the idea of forming the Joint Council of Library Associations of India (JOCLAI) especially of those at national level. The JOCLAI meetings take place during the national meets of each IASLIC and ILA. It has formulated a Code of Ethics for the library profession in India.


The revenue of the IASLIC is drawn mostly from the membership subscription and from sale of publications. Ad-hoc grants-in-aid are, however, received from different funding bodies mostly against some specific projects. So far it has practically borne the entire financial burden of its various projects, publications and activities out of its own resources and without substantial and systematic subsidy from the Government or from any other organization.


IASLIC maintains its headquarters at Kolkata in a small three storied building of its own at P-291, CIT Scheme No 6M , Kankurgachi, Kolkata -700 054, West Bengal, India in the vicinity of CIT industrial housing estate behind the Ramakrishna Samadhi Road Post Office. The Office is run by Voluntary workers and remains open from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. except Sundays, second Saturdays and national holidays.


The mark of nineteenth century brought the development of many special libraries in India. By beginning of twentieth century a need was felt to develop an association of such special libraries to have better co-operation among these libraries across the country. An attempt was made in 1949 to set up a special library association as a wing of the Indian Library Association. It did not materialize immediately.

The second attempt was made in 1955. Shri J. Saha of the Indian Statistical Institute, Shri A. K. Mukherjee of the Anthropological Survey of India, and Shri G. B. Ghosh of the Geological Survey of India issued a brief circular on June 18, 1955 convening a meeting. It was sent to a large number of librarians in India. The meeting was to be held on Saturday, 25 June at 4 P.M. in the Lecture Theatre of the Indian Museum.

In addition to the initiative of the three prime movers, the enthusiasm and inspiration of the late Dr. S. L. Hora, a Zoologist of international repute, and the then Director of the Zoological Survey of India were greatly responsible for the success of this venture. The meeting of 25 June 1955 was well attended. Many librarians and documentalists from far of places attended the meeting.

The circular of the meeting specifically mentioned “Perhaps you also have felt along with us the necessity of having a Special Libraries Association in our country to encourage and promote the collection, organization, and dissemination of information; to develop the usefulness and efficiency of special libraries and other research organizations; and to encourage the professional welfare of its members”.

The enthusiasm generated by this meeting ultimately led to the organization of another meeting on 3 September 1955 at the Lecture Hall of the Indian Museum, Calcutta with Dr. S. L, Hora as the Chairman. This is the meeting in which the India Association of Special Libraries and Information Centres (IASLIC) was formally established. Dr. Hora was elected the first President and Mr. J. Saha the first Honorary General Secretary of IASLIC. Since the beginning of the twenty-first century, library professionals across the country at a large scale in seminars, conferences, annual general meetings started demanding to spread out IASLIC’s activities in all spheres of librarianship and libraries viz. Academic Library, Public Library, Special Library, Corporate Library, Gvorment Library etc. Discussions were taken place at a length in different seminars and conferences of IASLIC pertaining to the emergent issues/themes relevant and related to these sections of the library world. Ultiimately to meet the professional and societal needs and to respect the demand of a large number of library professionals of India of different sectors IASLIC has been compelled not to confined itself any more within special librarianship, rather it has extended its activities to all possible spheres of librarianship by creating separate wings for all of them — Academic Library Section, Public Library Section, Corporate Library Section, Government Library Section. Also it has created a separate section viz JOCLAI (Joint Council of Library Associations of India) Section to keep coordination among all kind of Library Associations of India