Dr. Ravinder Kumar Sharma
Dr. R.K. Sharma is currently working as Librarian in the United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan (UNIC) for the past 20 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. He has delivered lectures at various platforms including to the school & university students in order to sensitize the youth on the understanding of UN documents, various print and web tools and how to conduct online searches using UN library resources and databases.
A practicing librarian for over 35 years, he holds a PhD degree in Library & Information Science and has undergone several advanced training programmes in Library & Information Management in India and abroad. Prior to the UN, he was Librarian at National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), New Delhi. Earlier, he had worked with the Delhi University Library System before joining NIPFP.
He is widely travelled and as a Fulbright Scholar(1993), he was trained at the Graduate School of Library & Information Science, Simmons College, Boston, USA. He is the recipient of Indian Library Leaders-Professional Excellence Award 2014 conferred by the Satija Research Foundation for Library and Information Science (SRFLIS).
Presently, he is holding position of President of the Delhi Library Association (DLA) (2016-2019) and Director of the SLA Asian Chapter (2016-2017). Earlier he was Senior Vice-President of the DLA (2013-2015). He is also a member of the editorial advisory board of two professional journals –Library Hearld and GyanKosh. He has served as an Associate Editor of the DLA’s quarterly journal Library Hearld (2008-2012). He was Chair – Editorial Board, Asian Chapter of Special Library Association (SLA-USA) for one year (2013). Dr. Sharma is a member/life member of various national and international professional associations like AMLA, DLA, ILA, ASIALA, MANLIBNET, SLP, SLA-USA.
As an active senior professional, he has served on many selection committees as a library expert. He has also organized several seminars, conferences and workshops and chaired several technical sessions at the national and international seminars, conferences and workshops. Dr. Sharma has contributed a number of 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.