RAJASHEKHAR DEVARAI SEEKS key professional positions in the domain of Library and Information Science Practice.
Ä A competent professional with over 25 years of experience in Library Establishment, Library Management/ and Administration. Ä Presently associated as Librarian and Documentationalist with Akruti Citygold Institute, Mumbai. Ä Experienced in creating library management system and information programmes, and implementing them in libraries. Ä Proficient in managing overall library management systems encompassing re organizing, restructuring and computerization of the entire library operations and services. Ä A self-motivated team player with excellent communication, analytical, relationship management and problem solving skills. Ä Holds the distinction of being the 1st Professional Librarian in the libraries/information centres. Ä Equipped and highly motivated to graduate from Library to Information to “Knowledge Organization and Management”.
2001 Passed ISO Quality Auditor Test.
Since Oct’ 06: Librarian and Documentationalist, Akruti Citygold Institute, Mumbai.
May’ 95 – Sep’ 06: Head Librarian and I/C Resource Centre, National Institute of Fashion Technology, (A prestigious autonomous Institution under Ministry of Textiles - Government of India)
Jan’ 88 – May’ 95: Assistant Librarian, Directorate of Oilseeds Research (ICAR), Hyderabad (An Autonomous body under Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India)
Jul’ 83 – Jan’ 88: Librarian, Kendriya Vidyalaya, No.II Uppal, Hyderabad (under the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sanghatan - an Autonomous Body under Ministry of Education, Government of India.
Jun’ 82 - Jun’ 82: Librarian, Karnataka Law College and Karnataka Rastriya Education Society, Bidar. (Affiliated to Gulbarga University)
Aug’81 – Nov 81: Librarian, Karnataka Law College and Karnataka Rastriya Education Society, Bidar (Gulbarga University Gulbarga)
As Librarian and Documentationalist, Akruti Citygold Institute, Mumbai
Highlights: ¨ Forefronted all operations as first Librarian, towards establishing re-organizing & managing Library (as a true Knowledge Resource Centre). ¨ Leaded all operations to ensure resource acquisition, classification, cataloguing and documentation / information services. ¨ Initiated and leaded the “Knowledge Forum” of the organization. ¨ Actively involved in teaching and academic programmes of the Institute in the domains of Research Reporting and Documentation and Principles and Practice of Management. ¨ Played an important role in all institution building initiatives and activities.
As Head Librarian and I/C Resource Centre, National Institute of Fashion Technology
Highlights: ¨ Planned & established a new Resource Centre comprising Library, Materials and Audio Visual Wings. ¨ Impacted academic development by laying a sound foundation of Collection Development Programme, covering diverse resources like books, periodicals, materials(fashion, textiles etc) and audio visuals. ¨ Applied various tools and techniques, standardized records, to enhance quality of operations and services of the Resource Centre. ¨ Initiated and successfully managed Resource Centre Training Programme (Internship programme). ¨ Achieved significant levels of self sufficiency through membership drive etc.
As Assistant Librarian, Directorate of Oilseeds Research, Hyderabad
Highlights: ¨ Holds the distinction of being part of the 1st team of professionally qualified librarians. ¨ Streamlined the Library and Information Services for the benefit of the scientists engaged in applied and basic research. ¨ Actively participated in initiating and nurturing documentation and Information Services. ¨ Demonstrated capabilities by computerizing the library system and installing International Software titled, “CDS/ISIS.
As Librarian, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Hyderabad
Highlights: ¨ Holds the distinction of being the 1st professionally qualified librarian. ¨ Assisted teachers and students by revamping the library services by comprehensive planning and organization of the material. ¨ Developed School library as a centre of creative and self learning.
NOTABLE CREDENTIALS ¨ Dexterously handled the establishment and management of Resource Centre comprising Library, Materials and Audio Visual Wings. ¨ Directed all operations towards obtaining ISO certification through standardization of policy, plan, objectives and procedures. ¨ Successfully introduced Resource Centre Training Programme. ¨ Oversaw the computerization of Resource Centre and database. ¨ Introduced Bar-coding and automation of circulation system. ¨ Played an instrumental role in Press Clippings Service. ¨ Notable contributed towards Face lifting of reputed Indian Fashion Journal viz. “Fashion and Beyond” as a Centre Coordinator (for NIFT Hyderabad). ¨ Facilitated students and professors by extending the library hours from 8 hours to 13 hours a day. ¨ Actively engaged in teaching for various classes in “Library/Resource Centre Instructions”, Research Reporting and Documentation and Principles and Practice of Management. ¨ My Professional LIS blogs : http://indialibrarian-intl.blogspot.com/ ; http://rajlibrarianslibrary.blogspot.com/ ; http://lisreviews.blogspot.com
ACADEMIA 1995 Masters in Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S) from Annamalai University
1982 Master of Arts (M.A) from Department of Studies in Sociology, Gulbarga University, Gulbarga
1980 Bachelors in Library and Information Science (B.L.I.Sc) from Department of Library and Information Science, Karnataka University, Dharwad
1979 Bachelor of Arts(B.A) from Karnataka Arts College, Dharwad, Karnataka University
Date of Birth : 31st March 1958 Language Proficiency : English, Hindi, Kannada and Telugu
AFFILIATIONS Life Member: ¨ Academy of Library Science and Documentation ¨ Indian Association of Special Libraries and Information Centres ¨ National Academy of Agricultural Research Management Alumni Association ¨ Indian Sociological Society ¨ Indian Academy for American Studies (Formerly : American Studies Research Centre - ASRC), ¨ Indian Library Association ¨ Karnataka Sahitya Mandira., Hyderabad ¨ Bombay Science Librarians Association (BOSLA)
EXTRAMURAL ENGAGEMENTS 1980: Participated in the “Orientation – cum – Workshop for NSS Officers and Volunteers on - Family life and sex education” conducted by Family Planning Association of India, Gulbarga Unit, Gulbarga. 1980-81: Served as Group Leader of the National Service Scheme Unit, Gulbarga University, Gulbarga.1980-81: Secured 3rd prize in the Essay competition conducted by the National Service Scheme Unit, Gulbarga University, Gulbarga . 1980-81: Secured Second prize in the debate competition organized by the National Service Scheme Unit, Gulbarga university, Gulbarga. 1981: Participated in the Radio Programme on “How to get rid of our inferiority complexities” broadcast on 6-8-1981 at 7.45pm by All India Radio Gulbarga. 1981: Participated and Assisted Organizers in Laproscopic Operations camp organized by Family Planning Association of India, Gulbarga as a student volunteer. 1982-87: Actively participated in Planning exercises, surveys and group projects as a student of School of Planning, Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT), Navarangpura-Ahmedabad-Gujarat. Enacted and directed 4 English plays/skits in Kendriya Vidyalaya No.II, Uppal, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh o 1984: The Princess and the Woodcutter on School Annual Day o 1986: “The man without a name”, enacted for Inter Kendriya Vidyalaya Cultural Competition. The play bagged the 1st Prize with a rolling shield in Inter CBSE One Act play competition conducted by Oasis School, Hyderabad. o 1987-88: “Chandalika” One act play was the Kendriya Vidyalaya No.II entry for Inter CBSE one act play competition conducted by Oasis School, Hyderabad.
1987- 95: Assisted Project Director/Junior Scientific Officer, Directorate of Oilseeds Research, Hyderabad, in the preparation of Annual Progress Reports: 1. Correction of stencils, 2. Sorting and set making etc.
1989 - 1989: Participated in the “Workshop on Information Technology & Agricultural Information Network”, conducted by National Academy of Agricultural Research Management - ICAR.1991: Provided editorial assistance to Dr.V.Ranga Rao and Dr.M.Ramachandram (Editors) in bringing out the publication, “1991: ISOR (Indian Society of Oilseeds Research). Proceedings of the Second International Safflower Conference, January 9-13, 1989. Directorate of Oilseeds Research, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad - 500030, Andhra Pradesh.
1991: Participated in the Indian Council of Agricultural Research Inter Institutional Sports Meet (Table Tennis)., conducted by National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad
1992: Participated in Indian Council of Agricultural Research Inter Institutional Sports Meet (Table Tennis), held at Cochin.1992 Completed a Course on Computer application in libraries (CDS/ISIS) conducted by National Academy of Agricultural Research Management - ICAR, Hyderabad.
1993: Served as a member of the Press and Publicity Committee (Local Organizing Committee) for the National Seminar on “Oilseeds Research and Development in India : status and strategies held on 2-5, August, 1993, Hyderabad. 1993: Participated in a Workshop tilted, “Karyalayeen Hindi organized by Directorate of Oilseeds Research, Hyderabad. The objective of the Workshop was to implement Hindi Language in Official correspondence. 1994: Associated in the proof correction work of the publication: MVR Prasad, R.Kalpana Sastri, C.V.Raghaviah and T.Damodaram.1994. Sustainability in Oilseeds. Indian Society of Oilseeds Research, Hyderabad (Papers and Proceedings of the National Seminar on Oilseeds Research and Development in India: Status and Strategies” held in Aug’ 93, Hyderabad. 1994: Secured 3rd Prize in Prashnottari Pratiyogitha (Hindi Questionnaire test) conducted on account of Hindi Day Celebration by Rajabhasha Karyanvayan Samithi - Directorate of Oilseeds Research, Hyderabad. 1995: Appointed as an Honorary Member of the International Biographical Centre - Advisory Council - Cambridge : England, May, 1995. A biographical note included in the publication titled ‘Men of Achievement/Hellen Turnbull - 16th edition, Cambridge, England
Appointed Honorary member of the Research Board of Governors, The American Biographical Institute. 1990-2001: Member, Management Committee, Academy of Library Science and Documentation, Hyderabad.
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.http://eprints.rclis.org/archive/00003052/. 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 et.al. 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). http://eprints.rclis.org/archive/00003042., 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. et.al.(eds). 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
Papers, Essays (Kannada) ¨ Devarai, Ra. Sha. 1977. Kayaka mattu shranaru. pp12-15 IN Karnataka Arts and Science Colleges Miscellany/M.N .Joshi(Ed.in.Chief). Dharwad:KCD. ¨ Devarai, R.S. 1991. Marmika Chintana. Uttara karnataka. 6 March, 1992 (Letter to the editor.) ¨ Devarai,R.S. and Sharada,R.D.1993. Huttu Saavu : Chintane (Life and death - analyses). Uttara karnataka. January 9, 1993 (an essay in Kannada). ¨ Devarai , R.S. 1993. Hora naadally kannada (kannada outside karnataka) . Uttara Karnataka. January 23, 1993. Verse (English) ¨ Devarai, R.S. 1989. Restless Union. Independent Spirit Weekly. March 3, 1989.
Verse (Kannada) ¨ Devarai, R.S.1989. ° Saavugalu badukugalu.Independant Spirit Weekly. February 27, 1989. ° Halatu Hosatu. Janadani. March31,1989. ° Karagi hodaavu digantagalali. Parihara Dina Patrike. June 15, 1989. ° Aake nannaakeyaguvake. Parihara Dina Patrike. July 22, 1989. ¨ About 150 Poems in Kannada on Few Facets of Life
Reports (Unpublished) ¨ Devarai, R.S. 1982. An outing in to the industries - an industrial tour report submitted in partial fulfilment of the degree of Master of Arts (Sociology), Department of Studies in Sociology, Gulbarga University, Gulbarga. ¨ Devarai,R.S.1989. Workshop on information Technology and Agricultural Libraries Information Network. December 4-8, 1989 (NAARM). A report submitted to the Project Director, Directorate of Oilseeds Research, Hyderabad. ¨ Presentation of Papers in Seminars/Symposium o Devarai, R.S. 1991. Information for the common man and the future of Librarianship : critical analysis (Paper presented in the seminar on “Books for the Common Man” Jointly organized by Academy of Library Science and Documentation, . Hyderabad and Hyderabad Book Fair Authority held at City Central Library, Hyderabad on 10.03.1991 (Paper published in Indian Journal of Information, Library and Society 6(1-2) 1993. ¨ Devarai, R.S. and Damodaram, T.1992. Contribution of Rao Saheb Ranganathan Vis-a-vis the professional development of librarians: study in Professiology (presented in the Seminar on “Impact of Dr. S.R. Ranganathan on the Growth and Development of Library and Information Science organized by the Department of Library and Information Science, Osmania university, Hyderabad on 11th and 12th August 1992. (Paper published in University News XXX (45) 11-13pp. ¨ Ramesh,L.S.R.C.V and Devarai,R.S.1994. Evaluation of Public Relations under the changed concept of Public Libraries. Submitted for reading the paper in the Seminar on “New Trends in Public Library Services” being Jointly organized by State Central Library Hyderabad and Academy of Library Science and documentation Hyderabad (Communicated for presentation in the Seminar). Paper Published in Library Today 16 (5) 2-5pp May 1994.
Invited Lecture ¨ Delivered an invited lecture organized by Academy of Library Science and Documentation, Hyderabad at City Central Library Hyderabad o n 25th February 1994. Topic: Librarianship and the Professional model: Sociological critique. Foreign Visit ¨ Participated as an Official Delegate of National Institute of Fashion Technology Hyderabad in the 64th IFLA Conference on “Cross Roads of Information and Culture” August 16-21,1998 (www.ifla.com ) and International Fashion Fairs : MXL Men’s Wear - Exchange-Pure Women’s Wear r-40’ - The future of fashion, 23-24 August, 1998 at Amsterdam and London.
Participation in International Seminar ¨ Participated as an official delegate of NIFT Hyderabad in the International Conference organized by Federation de Documentation viz, “FID Conference” held in New Delhi, 1998. (www.ifla.org/III/misc/dg-fid-ifla.htm ) Editing ¨ Ranga Rao,V. and Ramachandram,M.(Eds) ; Damodaram,T., Devarai,R.S. and Vittal,K.S.R (Editorial Assistance). 1991. Second international Safflower Conference, Hyderabad, India, January 9-13, 1989: Proceedings. Hyderabad: Indian Society of Oilseeds Research. ¨ Damodaram,T (Editor / Compiler) ; Devarai, R.S. (Editorial Associate). : OSDOC Bulletin (Monthly Documentation Serial on Oilseeds) . Hyderabad: Directorate of Oilseeds Research. ¨ Damodaram , T (Editor / Compiler) ; Devarai, R.S. (Editorial Associate). : DOR PRESS CLIPPINGS. Hyderabad: Directorate of Oilseeds Research. ¨ Devarai, R.S. and Mohan,M.C. 2000. HYFASHION - Celebrating Half a Decade of NIFT Hyderabad - Souvenir. Hyderabad: National Institute of Fashion Technology.
Name : Rajashekhar Devarai, Fathers Name : Shanthappa Devarai (a renowned poet of Northern Karnataka;
Sex : Male,
Marital Status : Married,
Name of the Spouse : Sharada
Children : one daughter – Chennabasamma Devarai studying in std XII (TCLV Jr.College, Ville Parle Mumbai) and one Son – Pankaj Devarai (studying in std VII – KV IIT Powai – Mumbai);
Date of Birth : 31st March 1958;
Nationality : Indian;
Native Place : Village - Hudgi, Taluq - Humnabad, District - Bidar, State : Karnataka State;
Parents : Mother : Mahadevi, Father - Shantappa Devarai – a renowned poet and literary figure of Northern Hyderabad Karnataka region - staying at Bidar:Karnataka : Address : Allama Prabhu Nagar, Behind Shivakumar Swamy Ashram, BIDAR, Karnataka State. Three younger brothers and two younger sisters – all independent now.
Identification Marks : A wound mark on right hand side of forehead.
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Human mind indeed is more mysterious than we have understood it so far. So many incidences happen from morning till evening. In between we may happen to listen to our family members, friends or relatives or happen to read or see some things. The interesting part is we can interpret these things as we like them as we understand them, as we associate those things to actually what we really are and what we really think in terms of our backgrounds , readings and experiences. Another exciting and interesting thing about our mind is, we hear just the opposite of actually what is heard, we see and visualize things that are just the opposite of what they are. We hear to some one justifying the merits of socialism, and the fun is we reaffirm our stand on the merits of capitalism and democracy. This is one of the uniqueness of our mind. Yesterday night when I slept I had put alarm on my mobile to get up at 6.00pm so that my kids will get up for studies for their examinations (they are half way through their exams), I can plan well for the better utilization of the Sunday. My morning alarm at 5.00am or 5.30 or 6.00am is always a nuisance to Sharada. Everyday she gets up early…..but any thing earlier that she cant tolerate. She cant sleep once she hears the alarm and where as I never get up at the time the bell rings. She says when you cant get up why do you put the alarm? It is to wake me up….. What I think for the last so many years…….whether one achieves whatever is planned/anticipated or one needs to focus on the goal by planning and visualizing continuously non stop., I remember Michelangelo’s words from the quotes, next to “Mind over Matter” of today’s Times(Times of India 8-3-2009). “ The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low and achieving the mark”. And it is such of the thoughts that have deep rooted in mind, which continue to push forward on a regular basis to focus on higher aims, irrespective of whether I have ever been able to proceed even an inch forward!
This is my psyche and thought!
Today as it happens sometimes, I happened to glance through the centre page paper on Mind over matter(Follow your spirit/Shalini Singh.-Times of India, 8th March 2009). The author seemed to be quite well read with regard to global warming, climate change and spirituality as such. As I understand the paper tries to bring out the side effects of organized religion. Her commentary on the works of a spiritual guru and mass exodus of devotees towards his yoga camps is too rough and unpolished and to a certain extent uncalled for and….. One cannot understand spirituality and divinity by reading and scholarship. If the author has time at all, she should try to understand what it is actually otherwise she should be able to Offer an alternative. The so called educatedness and bookish scholarship does not lead one any where except for misleading the other innocents, who may at times be ill read and ill informed at times ill equipped in terms of logic and reasoning. The whole materialistic World(West), lost in their materialistic and lopsided thinking has been looking at India and Indian guru’s ( may not be connected to religion), for understanding , inspiration and divinity. Let us not forget this!
Being librarians I know we are too engrossed in our Endeavour to bring quality services to our readers. We need to acquire knowledge, classify, catalogue and disseminate. We have fortunately now arrived at a prominent best practices that lead us effectively from establishing a library/knowledge back to maximizing the impacts of our professional services!
Let us not be lost in the box, let us not succumb to the situations and circumstances.
Let us empathize, look around and interact with the environment with an open mind,. Let us widen our scale of work and thinking. Let us keep-0 our thoughts ventilated. Let us assume consciously different possible roles to bring in fresh air into our set thought processes and isms. Let us be keen observers conscious citizens, pro active, leaders, scientists, social scientists poets, painters, philosophers and pragmatists at times as often – as regularly as possible.
Librarians, welcome home, widen our personal space, identify our uniqueness be ourselves that is what society and people around expect of us, identify ourselves, define ourselves in as clear terms as possible…….. shall we resolve?
Let us be as far away as possible from the so called “ IDENTITY CRISIS!”
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