Re: On Vaddera Chandi Das

Nasy Sankagiri (
Tue, 5 Aug 1997 16:50:09 -0400 (EDT)

According to Ramarao, Ram:
> In response to the book availability issue raised by
> >	Prasad A. Chodavarapu
> >and Ramarao Kanneganti:
> >> PS: Guys, wouldn't it be great if we can organize a library based on
> >> Telusa resources, with regional centers and all? When we were in
> >> Houston, we even had casettes filled with our own rederings of Sri Sri
> >> and Tilak which we used to listen while driving. May be if suffient
> >> people are interested, we can have some such setup going.
> >
> There is unique source of books in this country - some university
> libraries. I know of three - UT, Austin; UW, Madison; U. of Chicago.
> There may be others. As part of the PL 480 program, India bartered books
> for wheat and this program was alive until last year. The collection I
> have seen at UT beats most libraries in AP and I believe that Chicago
> has even bigger collection.
> What about people that do not live in these cities? UT has a program
> whereby you can borrow books "by mail". Others too may have similar
> programs. Having not used it, I do not know all the details but I do
> know that they have some patrons that correspond by mail. Finally,
> anybody (I do not know if this is restricted to Texas residents) can
> become a "courtesy member" of the UT library system at a $40 annual fee.
> I may visit them in the next couple of days. I'll then try to get more
> >details and pass them on.

I had been a long time proponent of this plan. It will work for several 
reasons: The university libraries have a well established system to lend 
and track books, inter-library loans can be obtained from your local 
public library, book lists are easily available for searching..etc. In 
effect, we'll have a great library without having to do a lot of spade 
work. We need to do several things to make this useful, though;
1) get the selected libraries interested to accept ou9r books,
2) get them to use a unified approach (something like RIT) to store the 
book data on computers, and
3) make sure that the inter-library arrangement with local public 
libraries will work.
I don't think 1) will be a problem. 2) and 3) will take some money, time 
and effort. I am willing to volunteer  if others are interested. Please 
mail me.