Dr. Ravinder Kumar Sharma; is currently working as Librarian in the United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan (UNIC) for the past 23 years. He is a knowledge management expert in exploring information on the UN system using various online UN Information Resources. He is a focal point for providing necessary information support to public at large on the UN and global contemporary issues.
Prior to this, he was Librarian at National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), New Delhi. Earlier, he had worked with the Delhi University Library System (DULS) before joining NIPFP. Dr. Sharma has so far, served the library profession for more than 35 years – 23 years in the UN System and more than 16 years with the national institutions, and has had the unique privilege of working with various libraries attached to some of the most prestigious academic, research and international organizations.
Dr. Sharma obtained his MLISc and PhD degrees in Library & Information Science from the Doctor H. S.Gour Central University (Sagar) and has undergone several advanced training programmes in Library and Information Management in India and abroad. He is one of the few recipients of the Fulbright Scholarship in Library & Information Management at Graduate School of Library & Information Science, Simmons College, Boston, USA, which is given to professionals with outstanding achievements. He has been honoured with many more awards – (i) Indian Library Leaders-Professional Excellence Award 2014 in 2015 by the Satija Research Foundation for Library and Information Science (SRFLIS) (ii) Distinguished Service Award on 15th September 2018 by the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, SCC online and Symbiosis Law School during Librarian Leadership Summit at Symbiosis Law School, Noida (iii) Life Time Achievement Award on 16th September 2108 by the Madhya Pradesh Library Association in the one-day ‘National Seminar on Transformation of Society by Strengthening Library Resources and Services’at Regional Institute of Education, Bhopal (iv) Vishwa Laxmi Best Management Librarian Award on 5th October 2018 by the INMANTEC INSTITUTIONS in the three-day ‘National Workshop on Open Source Software KOHA & DSPACE’at Inmantec Institutions, Ghaziabad.
Presently, he is holding positions of President of the Delhi Library Association; Director, SLA Asian Chapter; Member Selection Committee for Tagore National Fellow (Min. of Culture); Member, Delhi Library Board (Min. of Culture); Member, Governing Board, Delhi University Library System; and Member, Governing Body of Ramanujan College (Delhi University).
He has also served as Chair – Editorial Board, SLA- Asian Chapter. Under his chairmanship, two issues of SLA Asian Chapter News were published and launched on time on the SLA website. He has served as an Associate Editor of the DLA’s journal Library Hearld and presently on its advisory board. He has served as Expert/Viva Voce Examiner for Ph.D (Library & Information Science) at Banasthali Vidyapith (deemed university), Rajasthan. Dr. Sharma is a member / life member of various national and international professional associations like DLA, ILA, ASIALA, LPA, MANLIBNET, SLP, SLA-Asian Chapter.He has visited countries – Canada, Italy, Nepal, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, UK and USA.
As an active senior professional, he has served on many selection committees as a library expert. He has delivered lectures at various platforms, organized several seminars, conferences and workshops and chaired several technical sessions at the national and international seminars, conferences and workshops. Dr. Sharma has contributed many research papers in refereed journals and edited many books. His interests are library & information management, computerization of library information services, web-based library services. He is always keen to explore further means of co-operation by which he could contribute to the information society at large.
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