First best practice followed by the college: “Best Book Review Competition”
Title of the Practice:
“Best Book Review Competition” hosted by Library
Objectives of the Practice:
- To introduce library as knowledge and information centre.
- To motivate students to browse and read books apart from management and specified areas.
- To attract students to the library.
- To inculcate habit of learning through reading.
Library is a place where students’ visit to browse information related to curriculum. Students tend to learn most when they are actively involved in developing their knowledge. At IBMR, we in Library try to motivate the students to read not only syllabus related books but also the books apart from syllabus as well. To enable the students to exploit all possible information resources available in the library and supplement their learning process and to read maximum books from the library and to increase the footfalls of students in library, Institute organizes an activity named Book Review competition and gives an award as” Best Library User” to the students.
From 2017 an annual book review competition is organized at Institute of Business Management and Research. MBA Students are directed to choose a book of their choice related to management, motivational, autobiography or books apart from syllabus. Time span is given to all the students to submit the book reviews. The student is guided to prepare posters of written book review and make PPT presentation on selected book in front of an expert panel.
In IBMR an exhibition of written book review is organized. Book Review and Presentations are judged by eminent personalities. The best presentations are awarded.
Impact of the Practice:
- Visiting Library a joyful experience for students.
- It gives the students stage daring, public speaking confidence and enhances their ability to adjust and work in groups.
- While giving presentations students are acquainted with different titles and their curiosity to read the book arouse.
- It increases the footfalls of students in library.
Evidence of Success:
The library register shows the increased footfalls and involvement of the students. The level of involvement and enthusiasm of students shows how much students have enjoyed the journey from choosing the book, reading it, interpreting the contents, developing posters, writing book review, giving presentations and developing their ideology based on their learning from the book. Innovative idea of book review has supported by the students by giving their near about 75% involvement and participation. Overall feedback of all the examiners was good. They appreciated this innovative idea.
Problems encountered and Resources required:
Sitting in one place in the library for hours without any social media or mobile was a difficult task for the students to read a book without distracting their attention. In addition, by attending other lecture periods, it was also a big task to create awareness and interest among the children about the library and books
The duration for mentoring 5 students for a single mentor was very short, so after college, the mentor and mentees was discussing all the points about the reviews and presentation.