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Title: National Librarian's Day Celebration (12 August 2021)
Authors: B.C. Roy Memorial Library
Keywords: Librarian's day
Father of Library Science
Issue Date: 30-Aug-2021
Publisher: IIMC, B.C.Roy Memorial Library, Joka
Abstract: 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. This year 2021, we have celebrated his birthday. Our IIM Calcutta Director in charge, our Librarian and other library staffs attended the programme, delivered their opinion about the importance of the library and the library profession.
Description: Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan (S.R.R.) 12 August 1892 – 27 September 1972) was a librarian and mathematician from India. His most notable contributions to the field were his five laws of library science and the development of the first major faceted classification system, the colon classification. He is considered to be the father of library science, documentation, and information science in India and is widely known throughout the rest of the world for his fundamental thinking in the field. His birthday is observed every year as the National Librarian Day 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 last appointment made him director of the first Indian school of librarianship to offer higher degrees. He was president of the Indian Library Association from 1944 to 1953. In 1957 he was elected an honorary member of the International Federation for Information and Documentation (FID) and was made a vice-president for life of the Library Association of Great Britain. By recognising his noble works for the profession, he had been honoured with Padmashri Award by the Government of India in the year 1957.
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