ARL Standing Committee elections – seventh candidate

Seventh candidate statement: Dr Ramesh C Gaur

IFLA Standing Committee elections are currently underway, and the ARL Standing Committee is excited to be welcoming new members.  We have invited our candidates to submit short biographies so that those of you who are voting members will have some background in making your selections.


Currently I am the University Librarian, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi India since 2011. My past assignments include Ministry of Culture(IGNCA), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research(TIFR), CRRI-CSIR, Management Development Institute(MDI), IMT Ghaziabad etc. I am a Fulbright Scholar(VT, USA), and  have visited USA, UK, Australia, Russia, Germany, France, China, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong and the Netherlands in relation to various assignments related to Digital Library and allied areas.  Honours & Awards: IASLIC- S M Ganguly Best Librarian award for year 2007 ; Satkal Young Librarian award for year 2009 , SRFLIS India Professional Excellence Award 2013 and Professional Excellence Award 2015 by ADR Publications’.

I am member of IFLA since 2004. Currently I am Member of IFLA Regional Standing Committee on Asia Oceania (RSCAO) and had served IFLA Standing Committee on Art Libraries Section for period 2010-2014. I have also organized IFLA Newspaper section conference 2010 and Mid-Term Meeting of RSCAO 2017.  I am the Member of Think Tank on Library and Information Services formed by Ministry of Culture, Government of India to advise Government on Library policy matters. I am the member of many important national and international professional bodies. Important affiliations includes; Member-International Consultative Committee on Digital Dunhuang, China, NDLTD Board of Directors, Member of UGC National Committee for Implementation of Submission and Access to Electronic Theses and Dissertations in Universities in India, Member-National Advisory Board-E-Shodh Sindhu National Consortia, Member Databib Advisory Board, USA. Academic Advisory Board of many major publishers; Elsevier, Springer, Royal Society of Chemistry, EBSCO, PROQUEST, OUP, CUP ,etc.. Member of Library Advisory Board / Committees of various Universities in India .

I am the Member of Editorial /Advisory Board / Guest Editor in several International and National Journals. In over 25 year’s professional career, I have authored and edited 6 books, have published over 65+ articles /papers and have presented / delivered over 300 papers / talks in various national and international conferences etc . Have organized and directed number of national and International conference.

Having associated with one of the most reputed University in India, I wish to serve IFLA-ARL to work for Academic and Research Libraries. With my experience and exposures in international library filed, I may be helping other colleagues in understanding the changing role of Academic  libraries and librarians.