The Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) library has a rich depository of
materials that are generally not available in ordinary and even specialized collections.
These include Microfilms, Microfisches, Film strips, Slides, Old Gramaphone records,
CD-ROMs and numerous types of audio and video CDs besides audio and Video
cassettes. These apart, the library also has a very rich collection of maps and atlases
as well as charts, diagrams and reports that would be invaluable to the present and
future generation researchers in linguistics and related disciplines including Indian
languages. The photographs and palm leaves and dissertation copies in both print
and microfilm formats only add to these.
That the library is rich in books and journals including back numbers are facts
known to all linguists and specialists of Indian languages. But most users are not
even aware of its variety and richness in non-book materials. The present list
prepared in the best traditions of Bibliography-making could be of great use for
many of us who would perhaps be able to save a lot of labor and time in running
around different libraries in the country to access such information and materials.
I would like to congratulate the library and Bhasha Bharathi teams for having
come up with a useful product which all of us should be able to access through the
web as well as in print. Comments, suggestions and enquiries are all welcome.
The Central Institute of Indian Languages Library, in addition to its rich collection
of books, has acquired non-book, non-print and multi-media resources. They include
materials that accompany published books and periodicals, and products purchased
separately such as microfilms, CDs, etc. Though these resources have been
available since the time of inception of the library, with the advent of computers,
powerful library management software, and online CD-Share device, they are much
more accessible to users today. Most of the multimedia resources have been
digitized and made available in the library OPAC (Internet) or on CD-Share device
(intranet). With a single click, these materials allow the readers to listen/view
required information sitting in their work station.
The present bibliography is an attempt to bring together all the non-book
resources of the CIIL Library at one place and bring it to the knowledge of readers.
Few months earlier, similar steps were teken for the collection of Maps in the CIIL
Library, and a separate Map section was developed. Now all the Maps are laminated
and ready to use. A ‘Multimedia Section’ on similar lines, was developed recently.
The microfilm collection refers to Thesis & Dissertation and the microfiche
form covers Journals, Census of India - district census handbooks, Imperial
gazetteers from 1872 to 1951, Imperial Gazette of India, State assembly debates on
language policies of Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat etc.
The film strips collection includes "Origin of different languages’,
"Encyclopedias for children", "LadyBird series" etc. The audio tapes and video
cassettes consist of language teaching tools, epics like Ramayana in various
languages, dictionaries, children’s encyclopedia, SchoolNet tools, etc. Gramophone
records and slides collection is related to language teaching, psychological aptitude
tests and few discs accompanying journals. CD-ROMS include both educational and
entertainment topics. Maps collection include topo sheets consisting of both restricted
and un-restricted maps of India and other related materials such as atlas, charts, wall
maps, etc. Photographs are on story and development of Indian scripts, Tamrapatra,
palm Leaf, etc. Theses in manuscript form are related to language and linguistics.
Among the items mentioned in Table‘, items 3 to 6 are digitized and 1 and 2
are partially digitized. Microfilms for example, will be digitized on user priorities. In this
direction, a microfilm reader, connected to a computer, is available in the library.
Digitized content can be accessed through a computer instead of different media for
different materials such as tape recorder, record player, microfilm reader, microfische
reader and VCR, and at the same time they may be preserved for posterity in a
Each entry in the bibliography has a unique running number. The
arrangement in the bibliography is author alphabetical for entries having author's
name followed with title, imprint and accession number.
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