Monday, May 12, 2008

A brilliant lecture by Mr. Venkat Kesavan (Times Group) on : "Future of Librarianship : The Road Ahead" , at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai


May 12, 2008

Mr.Venkata Kesavan
Chief Manager,
Times Archives and Knowledge Centre,
Bennet Coleman and Co Ltd, Times of India Building,
Email :

Dear Mr.Venkat,


Warm Greetings!

It was indeed my pleasure to meet you at TISS on 10th May 2008. Your lecture was informative and timely. Most of us (librarians) unnecessarily think that it is a waste to talk about profession, professionalism and future of the profession. It will be too late if we continue to think that such discussions and deliveries are a fancy and time pass. Unfortunately even the senior colleagues many a times tend to think in the same way. We un knowlingly think that these are the topics which are meant only for those people who are to address valedictories at Seminars and Conferences.

The topic of Profession, Professionalism as you must have realized is a serious research enterprise. It is a research enterprise addressed seriously by Economists, Historians, Sociologists , Political Scientists and Philosophers. We the librarians have to come out of our shells and realize the importance this literature which is ample. This kind of studies as must have realized are known popularly by such terms as : Professiology, Sociology of Professions and Works. The studies in this regard fit into an age old Research Model which encompass models like Functionalism, Conflict, Evolution and Power. There are lots of such studies addressing Engineers, Doctors, Nurses, Teaching and so on. Unfortunately the librarians are rarely addressed by these researchers. Works of Dr.Chopra, Dr.Anand, P.K.Jayswal may be mentioned here.

In a passing way, if I am right you said……………… “……. Times have changes, LIS Professors still continue to teach age old papers like Classification, Cataloguing etc…….. Here I would like to add : For any profession to flourish and bloom into their full being they need :

Ø A core knowledge base
Ø A core value base
Ø A core service base
Ø A core identity

Can we stand upright on our own comfortably by mechanically, technically and technologically fit by moving away from our central issues listed above…..? It is at this moment a loud thinking and proposition. Is it not possible to imbibe the best of contemporary developments not leaving our central base and values visualized by Prof.Ranganathan?

This has been my topic of groping for the last more than 10 years or so. I could not stop writing this letter to you……mainly because of my background. Thanks for sensitizing me once on the issues dearer to my long study and research in this regard. I am shortly to register my self for Ph.D in LIS on the themes listed above. I wish you will respond to my letter and share your concerns in this regard. It is my pleasure to find a professional colleague who has concerns dearer to me. Enclosed as an attachment is one of my papers published in this regard.

Thanking you
Yours sincerely

My Blog/Website :

Library, Akruti Citygold Institute: email address :

INDIA LIBRARIAN 1816 .... gbgv .... WRITES... PUBLISHES ....

List of this Bloggers Important Publications : Papers, Essays : Library and Information Science

Prasad Rao, VTV and Devarai, RS. Place of Library In progressive methods of Teaching. Vidyalaya Patrika, Kendriya Vidyalaya No.II Uppal Hyderabad., 1987

Devarai, R.S. and Damodaram, T.. Ranganathan and the professional development of Librarians : a study in Professiology. University News. November 9, 30(45), 11-13., 1992.

Devarai, R.S. and Damodaram, T. 1993. Information for the common man and the future of Librarianship : a critical analysis. Indian Journal of Information, Library and Society.6(1-2) 84-92.

Kalyane, V.L. and Devarai, R.S. Empathy in Public Librarianship. Indian Journal of Information, Library and Society.7 (1-2) 87-104 pp., 1994.

Ramesh, L.S.R.C.V. and Devarai, R.S. Evaluation of Public Relations under the changed concept of Public Libraries. Library Today 16 (5) 2-5pp., 1994

V.L.Kalyane and Devarai, R.S. 1994. Round the Clock Librarianship vis-à-vis Profession and Society. IN New Vistas in Library and Information Science. New Delhi : Vikas. Prof.G.V.S.L.N. Raju Festschrift Volume. 1984

Kalyane, V.L. and Devarai, R.S.1994. Informatics on C.S.Venkatram. IN New Horizons in Library and Information Science : Dr.Velaga Venkatappiah Festschrift Volume. Madras : T.R.Publications.

Devarai, R.S. Kademani, B.S. and Damodaram, T. Obsolescence in Library and Information Professionals : a critical view. Herald of Library Science., 1993.

Ramesh, L.S.R.C.V. and Devarai, R.S.1994. Librarians Reference tools and the users/readers - a critical analysis. Library Today 16 (11) : 1-3., 1994

Damodaram, T. and Devarai, R.S. Growth of Research in Oilseeds and Collaboration Trends : a case study. Library Science with a slant to Documentation. 1994.

Ramesh, L.S.R.C.V. and Devarai, R.S. Dr. S.R.Ranganathan : a potential library architect. Indian Journal of Information, Library and Society. 1994.

Moushumi Vyas and Devarai, R.S.. Public Libraries and the future of Library and Information Science as a profession. IN Library and Information Science : Some perspectives/M.Shanker Reddy Hyderabad : Viabhav Agencies. 1998

Devarai, R.S. and Devarai, K.S.. Extended Library hours. Indian Journal of Information , Library and Society. 1997.

Devarai, R.S., Ramesh, L.S.R.C.V and Vali, H.M. Informatics on M.N.Srinivas. Annals of Library Science and Documentation.45(4)., 1998

Devarai, R.S., Ramesh L.S.R.C.V. and Padmavathi, J. Librarianship and the professional issues. IN Vistas in Library Information Systems and Networks/Venugopal, M.V. Agra: Y.K.Publishers. 1999.

Devarai, Rajashekhar S. and Ramesh, L. S. R. C. V. Librarianship and the professional model : A sociological tutorial and critique. Library Science with a slant to Documentation and Information Studies 36(3):pp. 155-164. 1999.
Devarai R.S. "Biotechnology, IPR and Biodiversity/M.B.Rao and Manjula Guru .-New Delhi: Dorling Kindersley(Pearson Edn), 2007,pp229, Rs.600.00" : A book review.-Akruti Journal of Infrastructure 1(3)April 2008., pp250-251.

Congratulations Dr.Muttayya.......!!


  • Dr.Muttayya Koganurmath renominated as Chairman of BOSLA.
  • Mr.Kademani Basavaraj nominated as Vice Chairman.
  • Mr.Venkat Kesavan-Chief Manager - Times Archives and Knowledge Centre delivers Lecture on "Future of Librrianship : the road ahead".........assessed LIS by SWOT ANALYSIS.
  • Prof.Tikekar A.C blessed budding professionals and members of BOSLA. He threw a catch word : "Respect Past, and welcome future"
  • For more details go at :