LIS Associations Elections – Demand by Members!

Hi to All those who are reading my blog – request you to click links highlighted in blue provided as proof of substantiation – sources of what is discussed.

Came across a Google Form “ILA Election is Transparent? created by Vinod Kumar Mishra on 10 Dec 2018. He has also posted the complete list of members at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Ze-l6zmCMki-t8McDPrOHAvYB8BheRmt/view But all the members email is not given – apron 800+ members are given (not sure if they are working) and rest have @nitinswaroop.com not belonging to members.

You can connect with creator of this form incase there are any queries, clarifications, feedback, suggestions to add more questions etc. 

My opinion:

  • I would not like my personal mobile or email to be displayed on the internet beside my membership name and number – for obvious reasons of security and privacy.
  • But did the ILA take WRITTEN PERMISSION of all members to sell/re-sell/share their contact information? I think that ILA CANNOT make available all the contact information of (800+) members (voters list) is being sold to contesting candidates for price of Rs. 6000/- + Rs. 250  as its security and privacy infringement and not authorised by ILA members
  • On other hand for sake of argument – the information that was freely given by all members should be freely shared with contesting candidates! 
  • Another question is – Can the ILA current President and council members attest that the contact information provided is most current and all the mobile and emails are working? SL No 2012 with Membership SL-5415 has sl-5415@nitinswaroop.com and not AchalaMunigalRao@gmail.com which is my working email id,
  • I also think that members interested in contesting can use social media, discussion groups, Facebook groups etc as a alternative to connecting with various LIS professionals – members (for voting) and non-members (for awareness). 

If anyone is interested please read my blog post “My Professional Adventures which contains my self nomination to ILA as one of its members and ILA confirming receipt via email; but later on there is no mention of my candidature in final list published. A unanimous elected panel declared later. I did not receive the ballot paper as a life member to cast my vote too. So how can I be assured that the election for 2016-19 was transparent!

I am still optimistic and would like to contest ILA 2019-22 elections and hoping to file my nomination soon for Council Member. I also encourage like minded professionals who want to contribute to nominate themselves for various posts. 

Calling all members from South of India to stand for President Post, Vice President Post, General Secretary Post, Council Member(s) Post in South Zone and Open Zone, Institutional Members and ensure that we have representation from South in the national association – ILA. I have already mentioned that I will be contesting as Council Member from South. Each of you from south India has a right to contest for the same post that I am nominating myself. I am not saying if I nominated myself you should not! Requesting all members from south to take membership to ensure that issues specific to south are properly represented. REQUEST ALL TEACHING FACULTY AND WORKING LIS PROFESSIONALS TO UNITE AND WORK FOR THE PROFESSION.  KINDLY NOMINATE SELF FOR POSITION OR NOMINATE PERSON WHO IS A DOER FOR ALL ABOVE POSITIONS – NOT A PERSON WHO WILL SIT IN CHAIR FOR NAME ONLY! AS WE AS MEMBERS WILL DEMAND TO KNOW WHAT WAS HIS/HER CONTRIBUTION DURING THE SAID PERIOD. I request south Indians Please email me at AchalaMunigalRao@gmail.com 

  • Your full name
  • Designation
  • Affiliation
  • Contact Information
  • if you are a member  with membership number or not!

I have made a form Library and Information Science (LIS) Professionals – ELECTION AWARENESS POLL. Request all LIS Professionals to fill it

CALLING ALL LIS PROFESSIONALS TO TAKE MEMBERSHIP IN ILA AND IASLIC TO ENSURE THAT WE HAVE TWO BODIES TO REPRESENT US ON NATIONAL SCALE.

After the ILA fiasco I submitted my application to IASLIC and was elected on GB. 

AS MEMBERS OF VARIOUS ASSOCIATIONS – WE SHOULD ALL GET UNITED AND DEMAND THAT FAIR AND TRANSPARENT ELECTIONS BE CONDUCTED.

ALL THOSE WHO THINK THEY CAN CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS PROFESSION SHOULD COME TOGETHER AND MAKE A PANEL BEFORE CONTESTING WITH A ELECTION AGENDA/MANIFESTO TO CONVINCE WHY THEY SHOULD BE VOTED.

PEOPLE WHO WANT TO GET ELECTED INTO VARIOUS ASSOCIATION BOARDS/COUNCILS FOR NAME ONLY SHOULD BE IGNORED!

DOERS (history of substantial contribution) MUST BE GIVEN PREFERENCE AND VOTED FOR.

ONCE ELECTIONS ANNOUNCED – DEMAND TO SEE NUMBER OF BALLOTS SENT FOR VOTING TO MEMBERS AND THE POLLED NUMBERS ARE SAME OR NOT! SIMILAR TO ALA 2018 ELECTION

THEY SHOULD ALSO DECLARE HOW MANY POSITIONS WERE NOT CONTESTED AND ON WHAT BASIS DID THE POST GET FILLED.

Contesting members of ILA, IASLIC or any other numerous LIS association in India do not have a ELECTION MANIFESTO – AGENDA. So Im curious on what basis are they contesting and winning till date? If there is no issue – on what basis are voters electing members?  

Why is not a single LIS professional who is a member of LIS association – questioning what concrete measures or developmental activities were undertaken by elected members in their term.

Now coming to my observations and opinions on specifically LIS Associations! I have discussed only ILA and IASLIC only as an example not to target them for any ulterior motives. Hoping these suggestions will be taken in right spirit as intended. I have also taken examples of ALA, IFLA, CILIP etc as way of standard example not for any particular affinity towards them.

Which LIS Association is truly national in nature?

What is the definition of national association? 

According to me a National Association should be representative – in terms of zones-state/UT, male:female ratio as 50% in Council/GB, issues discussed:resolved, having various state/UT chapters etc The members of national association should be working on various issues faced by professionals and resolve them.

My opinion: Why don’t we have ONE national organisation and various state chapter(s) representing 29 States and 7 Union Territories of India similar to Chapters of American Library Association (ALA) from USA and Special Interest Groups (SIGs) of Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) from UK?

All state chapters can still have same name as chapter name and greater degree of autonomy but should be a member of the national organisation.

Suggest that various existing associations in one state can be merged and made into state chapters. But there is a challenge because each association is having certain amount they have collected over time as membership fees and by conducting various seminars/conferences/workshops etc and would not like to part with the said amounts. 

An ideal association should have

  • One President (rotated every two years – North, South, East, West, UT zones)  so that there is equal representation
  • Five Vice Presidents (one from North, South, East, West, UT zones).
  • Ten Executive Members ( two person each from North, South, East, West, UT zones). 

Note:

  • It should be made mandatory for all LIS students when they qualify (pass) to become basic members of National LIS Association and State Association without any fee being charged. The full membership and voting rights can be extended when the membership is paid. This will help in knowing how many candidates qualified, how many with jobs vs how many without jobs and also most current contact information will be available to the association.
  • There should be only two contesting teams – each having a panel. Each Panel should have a election manifesto – agenda  will will help voting members decide who amongst the two panel will be a best choice to represent their voice.
  • No member (President/Vice President/Other Members) should have more than two terms (consecutive or at different times).
  • Retired people can only be given advisory roles at national/state/UT/special groups levels – never as contesting candidates and can have a special group similar to ALA’s Retired Members Round Table (RMRT) or CILIPs Retired Members Group as I feel that the profession would benefit from their experience and develop with their advice.

Most of the LIS associations are run like fiefdoms and cronyism is rampant. Most of the members of these associations do not question for many reasons including

  • Respect or fear of Senior professionals or faculty who taught them – who are on these associations
  • Fear of repercussions on their job or favourable placement or PhD
  • Juniors members are largely seen as without experience and not allowed to participate in elections and Seniors who are favourable to the rest in panel are given leverage. It is run on basis of what benefits a person gets to table who is given preference. You call me to your events and the favour will be returned very soon basis. So those who cannot extend any of these perks are ignored even if they can work hard and contribute. So the doers and young professionals are de-moralised.
  • Most of these members are already working so do not want to make waves so keep quiet
  • Others who are not in job do not want to irritate any association member who maybe on interview board or can influence via his cronies the outcome
  • Majority are Indifferent, apathetic un-motivated members 
  • Few who believe that nothing will happen as they are individual persons.  
  • Few who make a protest are targeted – on personal and professional basis
  • Others who make an effort and try to make a difference by nominating self and fighting individual battle are either not allowed to enter or snowed down by rules and regulations.

Request both ILA and IASLIC Presidents to tell what kind of developments or changes made in their tenure from time they got elected – till date? Each association with strong team of 35 ILA and 60 IASLIC contributed what?

2017-19 ILA President: Prof. Shabahat Husain. Number of elected members in ILA: Total 35 (Including 1 President, 6 Vice Presidents, 1 General Secretary, 1 Secretary, 6 Council Members, 17 Council Members Open, 3 Institutional Members)

2017-19 IASLIC President – Jatindra Nath Satpathi. Number of elected members in IASLIC: Total 60  ( Including Office bearers 13, Individual Governing Body Members 21, Individual Governing Body Members 20, Institutional Governing Body Members 6) 

If I am questioned – Who I am – to ask? 

I BELIEVE EVERY MEMBER HAS A RIGHT TO ASK WHAT THEIR ASSOCIATION DID IN THE ELECTED TERM!

I AM A LIFE MEMBER OF BOTH ASSOCIATIONS – ILA ( SL-5415) and IASLIC (3757-L[Z1])   AND one of the Open Individual Governing Body (GB) Member of IASLIC for year 2017-19

And What contributions I have made as member elected?

If anyone wants to know what my contribution was as GB member of IASLIC till date!

  • I have repeatedly requested IASLIC to give me responsibility of posting on social media on behalf of IASLIC – which has been largely ignored. 
  • I have conducted Librarians Day 9 Sep 2017 in Osmania University on Vice President of South Zone T Ashok Babu (549) advice. I tried to connect again in 2018 but was not successful as he did not respond – later on got to know that he was in USA and unwell. 
  • I have tried to connect with Vice President of South Zone  with numerous proposals but it was not pursued and materialised due to his ill health
  • I tried to connect with via email, phone and in person to Sajal Kanti Goswami and Prof Pijushkanti Panigrahi  in numerous Conferences held in elected years with various suggestions but none materialised 
  • I have used social media and also sent individual emails and whatsapp messages to LIS professionals requesting them to become members
  • I am updating the south zone database by myself without being asked to; as it will only strengthen the database and not a way to tread on anyones toes!
  • As a GB member do not want to proactively take on leadership mantel especially when there is a Vice President and many senior members from our zone on board.
  • I believe that if the Council/GB board trusts its various members – not by just keeping their names on Board – instead request them to contribute – then all members would be proactive and will try to contribute in various capacities and development of profession.

What professional activities should a LIS Association include?
Currently LIS association are just conducting seminars/conferences/workshops; publishing journals/bulletins and giving awards.
Are there any other additional things that these associations should take up?

 My Opinion: How a LIS Association can contribute?

Asst. Librarian = Asst. Professor
Deputy Librarian = Associate Professor
Librarian = Professor

But as per UGC 

– Asst. Librarian = Asst. Professor at Academic Level 10 (6000 AGP) 

– Asst. Librarian = Asst. Professor – Senior grade at Academic Level 11 (7000 AGP)

– Deputy Librarian = Asst. Professor – Selection grade at Academic Level 12 (8000 AGP) 

Deputy Librarian = Associate Professorat Academic Level 13 A(9000 AGP)

– Librarian = Professor at Academic Level 14(10000 AGP)

– Librarian = HAG Scale – Senior Professor at Academic Level 15

There is an anomaly Deputy Librarian designation is equivalent to Associate Professor. But as per UGC Deputy Librarian designation is equivalent to Asst. Professor – Selection (8000 grade pay).  A letter was prepared and circulated on social media by one of the LIS professionals who’s name is not known which is documented on IndiaLibraries Blog – Wake Up Call and Open Request to All LIS Professionals requesting all LIS professionals to send in their Feedback/comments/suggestions for UGC Draft Regulation 2018 to The Chairman, University Grants Commission via email to ugcregulations2017@gmail.comand follow up by India Post To, The Chairman, University Grants Commission, New Delhi – 110002 on or before February 28th, 2018 by midnight in answer to Public notice No.F.1-2/2017 (EC/PS) Dated: 9th February, 2018

I have come across these issues. There are many more which I did not cover. Seeking LIS professionals views/opinions and also any discussion points with sourcing given which I aim to include mentioning their name. Kindly email me at AchalaMunigalRao@gmail.com

PLEASE NOTE: PLEASE NOTE: THESE ARE MY OPINIONS ONLY EXCEPT WHERE SPECIFICALLY MENTIONED!

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