NATIONAL LIBRARY AND DOCUMENTATION SERVICES BOARD ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

PART I

Establishment of the National Library and Documentation Services Board

2. Establishment of the National Library and Documentation Services Board.

3. Constitution of the Board.

4. Functions of the Board.

5. Powers of the Board.

6. Chairman of the Board.

7. Appointment of Committees.

8. Meetings of the Board.

9. Quorum.

10. Procedure at meetings of the Board.

11. Application of property and money of the Board.

PART II

Establishment of National Library and Documentation Centre

12. Establishment and Functions of the National Library Documentation Centre.

PART III

Appointment of the Director-General of the Board and Staff of the Board

13. Appointment of the Director-General of the Board.

14. Staff of the Board.

15. Appointment of public officers to the staff of the Board.

16. Service to the Board deemed to be service to the Government for the purpose of certain contracts.

17. Delegation of powers of the Board to the Director-General.

18. Seal of the Board.

PART IV

Finance

19. Initial Capital of the Board.

20. Fund of the Board.

21. Financial year of the Board.

22. Audit of Accounts.

PART V

General

23. Powers of Minister in relation to the Board.

24. State land or building to be made available to the Board.

25. Board to submit Annual report of its activities.

26. Board deemed to be a scheduled institution within the meaning of the Bribery Act.

27. Members, officers and servants of the Board deemed to be public servants.

28. Protection of action taken under this Act.

29. Regulations.

30. Board Rules.

PART VI

Repeal and Transitional Provisions

31. Repeal of Act No 17 of 1970.

32. Transitional Provisions.

33. Sinhala text to prevail in case of inconsistency.

34. Interpretation.

51 of 1998.

AN ACT to provide for the establishment of the National Library and Documentation Services Board and the National Library and Documentation Centre; and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 18th November, 1998]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the National Library and Documentation Services Board Act.

PART I

Establishment of the National Library and Documentation Services Board

2. Establishment of the National Library and Documentation Services Board.

(1) There shall be established a body which shall be called the National Library and Documentation Services Board (hereinafter referred to as the "Board”)

(2) The Board shall, by the name assigned to it under subsection (1), be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal and may sue and be sued in such name.

(3) The Head Office of the Board shall be at the National Library and Documentation Centre in Colombo. Branch offices of the Board may, with the prior written approval of the Minister, be established in such places as the Board may consider necessary.

3. Constitution of the Board.

(1) The Board shall consist of the following—

(a) seven members appointed by the Minister from among persons who have gained eminence in the fields of Higher and General Education, one of whom shall be appointed by the Minister as Chairman of the Board; and

(b) Seven ex-officio members or their authorised representatives, namely—

(i) the Secretary to the Ministry of the Minister in charge of the subject of Education;

(ii) the Secretary to the Ministry of the Minister in charge of the subject of Cultural Affairs;

(iii) the Secretary to the Ministry of the Minister in charge of the subject of Public Administration;

(iv) the Chairman of the Natural Resources, Energy and Science Authority established by Act, No. 78 of 1981;

(v) the President of the Sri Lanka Library Association;

(vi) the Chairman of the Computer and Information Technology Council of Sri Lanka, established by Act, No. 10 of 1984; and

(vii) a representative from the Treasury.

(2) Where an ex-officio member is represented on the Board by an authorised representative, such representative shall be fully empowered to speak and act on behalf of such member, in respect of all or any of the matters arising at any meeting of the Board, or at any other Committee established under this Act.

(3) The Chairman and every member of the Board appointed under paragraph (a) of subsection (1) shall, unless he earlier vacates office, hold office for a period of three years and be eligible for reappointment.

(4) Every ex-officio member of the Board shall hold office as long as he holds the post by virtue of which he is a member of the Board.

(5) The members of the Board, and the members of any committee appointed under section 7, may be paid such remuneration as may be determined by the Minister with the concurrence of the Minister in charge of the subject of Finance.

(6) The Chairman and any member of the Board appointed under paragraph (a) of subsection (1) shall vacate office as such Chairman or member if—

(a) he is removed from office by the Minister; or

(b) he resigns his office by letter addressed to the Minister.

(7) Where the Chairman or a member of the Board appointed under paragraph (a) of subsection (1) dies or resigns or is removed from office, the Minister shall appoint another person to be the Chairman or member as the case may be in place of such Chairman or member who dies, resigns or is removed from office.

(8) A member of the Board appointed under subsection (7) in place of a Chairman or member who dies, resigns or is removed from office, shall, unless he earlier vacates his office by death or removal, or resignation, hold office for the unexpired period of the term of office of his predecessor in office.

(9) Where a member of the Board appointed under paragraph (a) of subsection (1) is, by reason of illness or other infirmity, or absence from Sri Lanka, temporarily unable to perform the duties of his office, the Minister may appoint another person to act in his place.

(10) A person shall be disqualified from being appointed or from continuing, as a member of the Board, if he is or becomes a Member of Parliament, a member of a Provincial Council or a member of a local authority.

4. Functions of the Board.

The functions of the Board shall be—

(a) to assess the need for library and documentation services among all sectors of the community and to promote the development of library and documentation services;

(b) to administer, manage and control, the affairs of the National Library and Documentation Centre established under section 12;

(c) to advise the Minister regarding plans, programmes and activities for the development of library and documentation services in Sri Lanka;

(d) to provide co-ordination for, and promote co operation in, library and documentation services in Sri Lanka;

(e) to provide professional advice and training, and to facilitate the provision of, technical, material and financial assistance, including the provision of furniture, equipment and library and documentation materials, to libraries and librarians in Sri Lanka;

(f) to promote the development of the library and documentation profession in Sri Lanka;

(g) to initiate, promote, conduct and co-ordinate, research, surveys and investigations in relation to all aspects of library and documentation services;

(h) to formulate and promulgate national standards with regard to all aspects of library and documentation services;

(i) to promote the reading habit through the production of publications, trie provision of advice and assistance to other agencies for the production of publications, and through exhibitions, displays and other promotional activities;

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