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R. K. Sharma

R. K. Sharma

Ravinder Kumar Sharma (born birth Month Date, Year) is a librarian from India. He is currently working as Librarian in the United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan (UNIC), New Delhi.  He is a knowledge management expert in exploring information on the UN system using various online UN information resources.  He is a focal point for providing necessary information support to the public at large on the United Nations and global contemporary issues.

As an active senior professional, he has served on many selection committees as a library expert.  He has delivered lectures at various platforms, organized several seminars, conferences and workshops and chaired several technical sessions at the national and international seminars, conferences and workshops.   Dr. Sharma has contributed many research papers in refereed journals and edited many books.  His interests are library & information management, computerization of library information services, web-based library services. He is always keen to explore further means of co-operation by which he could contribute to the information society at large.


1  Early Life and Education
2  Academic Career
      2.1 United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan       
3  Publications
      3.1 Books (Authored/Edited/Compiled)
      3.2 Papers Contributed to Books
      3.3 Articles Contributed to Journals, Conferences, and Seminars
4  Memberships
      4.1 Life Member
      4.2 Member
      4.3 Associate Member
5  Countries Visited
6  Honors, Awards, Fellowships, Grants
7  References


Dr. R. K. Sharma obtained his Master of Library & Information Science (MLIS) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Library & Information Science from the Doctor H. S. Gour Central University (Sagar) and has undergone several advanced training programmes in Library and Information Management in India and abroad. Dr. Sharma has also done Master of Arts (M.A.) in political science from Rajasthan University, Jaipur and Diploma in International Law from University of Delhi.


Dr. R. K. Sharma has so far served the library profession for more than 35 years - 23 years in the UN System and more than 16 years with the national institutions and has had the unique privilege of working with various libraries attached to some of the most prestigious academic, research, and international organizations. He started his career with the Delhi University Library System (DULS) where he worked as Professional Assistant from 14 April 1977 to 15 Dec 1986. Later he joined the National Institute of Public Finance & Policy (Ministry of Finance, Government of India), New Delhi where he worked as Librarian from 16th Dec 1986 to 25th June 1995. This was followed by his current position as the Librarian of the United Nations Information Centre for India & Bhutan located in New Delhi where he is serving since 26th June 1995 till date. He has also served as Expert/Viva Voce Examiner for Ph.D. (Library & Information Science) at Banasthali Vidyapith (deemed university), Rajasthan, India.

United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan

United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan
UN Information Centres are located in 63 countries worldwide and link the United Nations with people around the world, disseminating global UN messages to local audiences. The Centres serve as a reliable source of up-to-date information about the UN, delivering information in their respective countries to a wide range of people, including elected representatives, government officials, media persons, civil society representatives, students, educators and researchers. UNIC New Delhi services India and Bhutan.

R. K. Sharma's contributions as the Librarian of UNIC- please provide information and photos on works, responsibilities, contributions, and achievements


Books (Authored/Edited/Compiled)

1. Co-Editor- Transforming Dimensions of IPR: Challenges for New Age Libraries. 2015. National Law University, Delhi, 600p.

2. Co-Editor- From Brick to Click: Transforming Libraries into Social Spaces. 2014. Synergy, Delhi, 491p.

3. Co-Editor- ICT Based Information Management in Indian Libraries. Bookwell, Delhi, 2012. 444p.
4.Editor- Managing Information, Knowledge and Power in the Cyber Age. Bookwell, Delhi, 2004. 286p.

5. Compiler- University of Delhi Research in Library & Information Science: A Bibliographical Survey published jointly by Department of Library & Information Science, University of Delhi and NASSDOC (ICSSR), New Delhi, 1987. 308p.

Papers Contributed to Books

1. United Nations Information System: An Overview of Information Resources. In.  R.G. Prasher, ed. Library and Information Science: Parameters and Perspectives. 2 Vols. New Delhi, Concept Publishing Co., 1997, p.175-192.

2. National Institute of Public Finance and Policy Library: A Profile. In. B.M. Gupta and M. Taher, ed. Handbook of Libraries, Archives & Information Centres in India. V.14. New Delhi, Segment Books, 1996, p.289-299.

3. Resource Sharing: Computing Infrastructure and Network. In. D.D. Chaturvedi, ed. Academic Libraries. Delhi, Anmol Pub., 1994, p.183-195.

4. Personnel Problems in Special Libraries: Some Observations. In. R.G. Prasher, ed. Personnel Problems in Indian Libraries. Delhi, Medallion Press, 1994, p.120-124.

Articles Contributed to Journals, Conferences, and Seminars

1. New Choices for Bibliographic Services in a Wired Planet: Reflections on the National Library of India. Library Hearld, 44(2), June 2006, p.160-73.

2. Digital Libraries: Development and Challenges. The Library Review, 50(1&2), 2001, p.10-16 (jointly by Prof. K.R. Vishwanathan).

3. New and Innovative Measures in Special Libraries. In. C.P.Vashishth, ed. Library and Information Technology: In Pursuit of Excellence.  ILA Seminar Papers, 1992. Delhi, ILA, 1992, p.55-62.

4. Computer in Library & Information Activities at NIPFP: An Overview. In. C.P.Vashishth, ed. Library & Information Services in India: Assessment and Effectiveness. ILA Seminar Papers, 1988. Delhi, ILA, 1989, p.206-219. (jointly by Dinesh Chand Sharma).

5. Research Work at Post Graduate Level in Library & Information Science: Dissertation study of Delhi University and Punjab University. Annals of Library Science and Documentation, 34(3), 1987, p.119-124. (jointly by Shailendra Kumar).

6. Library of Congress Classification. Annals of Library and Information Studies. 2017, 64 (3), p.190-201. (jointly with Salman Haider).


Dr. Sharma is a member of various national and international professional associations. He has also served as Chair – Editorial Board, SLA- Asian Chapter. Under his chairmanship, two issues of SLA Asian Chapter News were published and launched on time on the SLA website. He has served as an Associate Editor of the DLA’s journal Library Hearld and presently on its advisory board. Presently, he is holding positions of President of the Delhi Library Association; Director, SLA Asian Chapter; Member Selection Committee for Tagore National Fellow (Min. of Culture); Member, Delhi Library Board (Min. of Culture); Member, Governing Board, Delhi University Library System; and Member, Governing Body of Ramanujan College (Delhi University).

Life Member

1. Asian Library Association (ASIALA)

2. Association of Media Libraries and Archives (AMLA)

3. Delhi Library Association (DLA)

4. Indian Library Association (ILA)

5. Management Libraries Network (MANLIBNET)


1. Fulbright Alumni Association

2. Society for Library Professionals (SLP)

3. Special Library Association- Asian Chapter (SLA), USA

Associate Member

1. India International Centre

2. India Islamic Cultural Centre


Dr. R. K. Sharma has widely traveled for his professional assignments in Library and Information Science. He has visited countries Canada, Italy, Nepal, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, UK, and the United States. As a Fulbright Scholar, he was trained at the Graduate School of Library & Information Science, Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts in 1993.


Dr. R. K. Sharma has been honored with many awards for his contributions to the profession of librarianship, some notable ones are listed below:

1. Received grant from NIPFP for attending a three months course on ‘New Information Technologies and Computerized Library Services’ organized by LRDC of AIT (Asian Institute of Technology), Bangkok, Thailand. (August 31, 1992, to November 20, 1992) 

2. Received UGC Visiting Fellowship for delivering lectures at the Dept. of Library & Information Science, Dr. Hari Singh Gour (Central) University, Sagar, India. (March 1, 1993, to March 15, 1993).

3. Received British Council grant for visiting important libraries in the United Kingdom. (March 1, 1994,  to March 15, 1994).

4. Recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship in Library & Information Management at Graduate School of Library & Information Science, Simmons College, Boston, USA. For practical training, I had worked for one month each to the libraries of Harvard University; John F. Kennedy School of Government, MIT and Boston University, USA. (June 13, 1993, to February 28, 1994). 

Simmons College, Boston, USA
Simmons College, Boston, USA

5. Recipient of Indian Library Leaders: SRFLIS-Professional Excellence Award-2014 by the Satija Research Foundation for Library and Information Science (2015) 

R K Sharma receiving SRFLIS Professional Excellence Award-2014
R K Sharma receiving SRFLIS Professional Excellence Award-2014

6. Distinguished Service Award on 15th September 2018 by the Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs, SCC online and Symbiosis Law School during Librarian Leadership Summit at Symbiosis Law School, Noida 

7. Life Time Achievement Award on 16th September 2108 by the Madhya Pradesh Library Association in the one-day ‘National Seminar on Transformation of Society by Strengthening Library Resources and Services’at Regional Institute of Education, Bhopal 

8. Vishwa Laxmi Best Management Librarian Award on 5th October 2018 by the INMANTEC Institutions in the three-day ‘National Workshop on Open Source Software KOHA & DSPACE’at Inmantec Institutions, Ghaziabad.

  1. Delhi Library Association, "About President," (accessed April 2019).
  2. United Nations in India, "United Nations Information Centre (UNIC)," (accessed April 2019).


Article Title
  • R. K. Sharma
  • Salman Haider
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  • Librarianship Studies & Information Technology
Last Updated
  • April 21, 2019
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  • April 19, 2019

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