Dr. S. R. Ranganathan
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owe a part to Dr. S. R. Ranganathan for his contribution to the field of library
movement in India. This page is dedicated to Dr. SRR.
Dr. S. R. Ranganathan is admired to be the father of Library Science movement in
India. His five laws of library science are ever green.
- Books are for use
- Every book it's reader
- Every reader his book
- Save the time of the reader
- A library is a growing organism
We at Easylib pay our homage to Dr. S. R. Ranganathan by trying
to implement the features in Easylib that help you implement his laws
successfully at your library.
Here is biography of Dr. S. R. Ranganathan for your reading.
SHIYALI RAMAMRITA RANGANATHAN
Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan was born on August 9, 1892 at Shiyali, Madras,
India and died on September 27, 1972. He was considered to be the father of
library science in India and his work has had a profound influence worldwide.
Ranganathan is considered by some as the greatest librarian of the twentieth
century and to have contributed to the many connections between libraries
throughout the world.
Ranganathan began his career as a mathematician and became a librarian in 1924,
at the University of Madras. Ranganathan attended the University College of
London from 1924 to 1925 in order to prepare for his work at the University of
Madras. During his time in London, Ranganathan visited and studied public
libraries, as well as college libraries, across Great Britain. The observations
and studies Ranganathan made during his stay in Great Britain helped him to
focus on subjects such as cataloging, c lassification and reference services. He
appreciated the potential libraries had for helping societies to grow and
flourish and this awareness helped Ranganathan in his lifelong promotion of
libraries and library services.
Ranganathan focused his research on library services when he returned to India
and developed his Five Laws of Library Science which helped changed the role of
public and private libraries, as well as those in colleges and universities
throughout the world. Ranganathan saw libraries as places of service and
librarians as both scholars and teachers. Ranganathan was aware of the need for
India and other countries to have literate populations and this must have been a
significant influence in his life long focus on library services.
In addition to his work on library services, Ranganathan made considerable
contributions to library understanding and use through his development of the
Colon Classification system and the techniques of chain indexing for
subject-index entries. Both of these techniques have had significant influence
and impact on library systems throughout the world and continue to have impact
as libraries grow and change in the modern electronic environment.
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The New Encyclopaedia Britannica, 15th ed., s.v. "Ranganathan, Shiyali
Created December 3, 1999
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