Dr. S.R.Ranganathan, was born on 9 August 1892. He came from a moderate background in British-ruled India. Ranganathan began his professional life as a mathematician; he earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in mathematics from Madras Christian College in his home province, and then went on to earn a teaching license. His lifelong goal was to teach mathematics, and he was successively a member of the mathematics faculties at universities in Mangalore, Coimbatore and Madras (all within the span of five years). As a mathematics professor, he published a handful of papers, mostly on the history of mathematics. His career as an educator was somewhat hindered by a handicap of stammering (a difficulty Ranganathan gradually overcame in his professional life). The Government of India awarded Padmashri to Dr. S.R. Ranganathan for valuable contributions to Library Science.
Five Laws of Library Science:
• Books are for use
• Every reader his/her book
• Every book, its reader
• Save the time of the reader
• A library is a growing organism
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.
As a librarian myself, I decided to pay tribute to our Guru by celebrating the day in our school. Not much is known about the day and thus I was unable to create a stir. But yes at my own level accompanied with the support of my colleagues we managed to celebrate the day in our own way. Library is perceived as a boring place because not much is done to enhance the face of the library. But it has been my passion to make library as lively as possible. And so I planned on doing something that was fun and yet related to books. So what better than “BOOKFACE”.
Next step was the selection of books to do the activity. I managed to get hold of some books that would excite children to participate in the activity. And I was in for a surprise as I had not expected that this would stir interest. Anyways, the day was fun as we too participated with the kids in the activity. There was laughter, mirth and hilarity as the pictures made us all topple with laughter.
I enjoyed the day and so did my colleagues. In our own small way we paid tribute to the man who made us who we are.