Archive for March, 2016

Important Dates for LIS Professionals….

March 9, 2016
  • Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan (12 August 1892 – 27 September 1972) is known as Father of Indian Library Science. His actual birthday is 9th August but official records state 12th August. So 12 August is celebrated as National Librarians Day due to official recorded information.  But library professionals celebrate on any of the following days from 9-12 August depending on convenience.


  • Iyyanki Venkata Ramanayya (24 July 1890 – 1979) is known as Granthalaya Pitamaha. He was the Architect of Public Library Movement in India. 14-20 November is celebrated as National Library Week.


March 4, 2016

Few Interesting Lines on Relevance of Librarians

  • Technologies and Internet cannot replace librarians….But Librarians who use internet as well as latest technologies and tools will replace librarians who do not!
  • Library Sciences is a noble profession like teaching and practicing medicine!
  • A library is the foundation for all existing professions!
  • A librarian is the only person who can help the researcher or person requiring information sift grain from the chaff.
  • One needs to work out in the gym to build the body and work out/read in a library to build their brains!
  • Teachers get jobs in academic institutions only; Engineers  and doctors should be micro-specialized to get placements; but with basic qualifications, a LIS person can get placements anywhere and everywhere.
  • Libraries are not only about what is stacked on its shelves. It is also about what LIS professionals do and what services are extended.

‘Mobile Rotating Library’

March 4, 2016

I was volunteering as an ‘Library Advisor’ for Bodakha (meaning Teacher) Library at Centre for Environmental Protection & Cultural Exchange  India (CEPCE India ) Society an NGO with Regn. no. 2/2007 .

Funding for the library was an issue. All were volunteers in the centre and contributed what each could for the library. But we did not reach a substantial number. I requested close family, friends, neighbors to donate ‘new/used”books’ and not ‘money’ to the ‘venture’.  This way I felt there would be no problem as there would be no money involved for corruption to arise. Even the people donating books would not wonder how it was being used as opposed to money being properly utilized! Studies are available on net where its reported that ‘Most’ NGO’s spend money on marketing and the money donated is not ‘properly utilised’ in providing services. Only those books in good condition without mutilation were accepted. We stressed on story books in English/Hindi/Telugu, Atlas, Dictionary, Thesaurus etc We did not stress on textbooks; although reference books were accepted. Each book donated was duly recorded as gift and collected over a period of time. Once substantial number was reached we gifted it to a center identified by CEPCE. The concept of ‘Mobile Rotating Library’ was that once the books were read in one center, books were taken in a mobile van to the next center. This way even with limited resources children had more books to read.

If there is anyone who would like to donate new/used books can contact me via email at Please note that ‘money’ will not be accepted.



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