New Delhi: ‘National Librarian’s Day’ was celebrated at Sir Jehangir Ghandy Library, XLRI, Jamshedpur on Sunday, 12th Aug, 2018. At a formal function held on the occasion, an image of Dr. S R Ranganathan was installed at the Library as a part of the celebrations.
Mr. Shankar Gupta, Staff Member, XLRI Library welcomed the gathering comprising XLRI Faculty members, staff and students. Fr. Oswald Mascarenhas, S.J. JRD Tata Chair Professor of Business Ethics at XLRI and the Chief Guest at the function, described the ‘Five Laws of Library Science’ put forth by Dr S R Ranganathan and the role of librarians in adhering this.
Mr D. T. Edwin, Head-Library, XLRI spoke about the significance of this celebration and the mission of the libraries to full fill Dr S R Rngananthan’s dreams. The IT Team of XLRI also launched an updated ‘Library Knowledge Portal’ encompassing eye-catching user interface of its resources and services. Surprise gifts were presented to the outstanding library staff on their library skill development programmes.
Mr Pravin Shandilya, Staff Member, XLRI Library expressed thanks on behalf of the library. The academic and research community of the institute appreciated the celebration of National Librarian’s Day in their campus which enriches the harmony among the team members and ultimately enhances the library services.
Explaining the significance of occasion, Mr D. T. Edwin, Head-Library, XLRI said, “August 12th is being celebrated as National Librarian’s Day in India, in remembrance of national professor of library science, Dr S R Ranganathan (1892-1972), who had spearheaded library development in India. Ranganathan began his professional life as a mathematician. He is considered to be the ‘Father of Library Science, Documentation, and Information Science in India. He was a University Librarian and Professor of Library Science at Banaras Hindu University (1945–47) and Professor of Library Science at the University of Delhi (1947–55). The Government of India awarded Padmashri to Dr. S.R. Ranganathan in 1957 for valuable contributions to Library Science.”