Since 1982, he has presented 25 papers at various conferences and has served on more than 30 committees of ACRL and ALA. Dr Sharma has sustained a distinguished record of writing books and journal articles as well as
presentations which have made Americans and others more aware of global issues in librarianship. He has served ALA, ACRL and the International Federation of Library Associations
admirably by chairing and serving on many committees dealing with international issues.
It was a great honor for the Librarians of color in North America that for the first time in the history of ACRL, the award for the year 2005 was given to Dr. Ravindra Nath Sharma for his significant contributions to the profession of academic librarianship. Dr Sharma is the only librarian of color to achieve this distinction so far.
As tribute to this dedicated professional, his friends, colleagues and well wishers
have proposed to bring out a festschrift volume in his honor on the topic: "Challenges for South Asian Resources & Information Services". The
Felicitation Committee will highly appreciate if you kindly submit an article/research paper or your
tributes/ comments for inclusion in this volume by 31 st October 2006. Following is a tentative table of contents:
·Library Services & Information Centers in South Asia
·Information Resources on South Asia- Printed, Online & Digital
·Problems in Collection
Development in South Asian Studies- Bibliographical Resources, demise of South Asian Bibliographer, Bibliographical control of South
Asian languages publications
·Issues of Cataloguing in South Asian Languages Material
·Education and Training for South Asian LIS professionals
·Role of South Asian Institutions- American Institutes of Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka etc
·South Asian Professional Associations- CONSALD, SALG, AAMES
·Information & Resource Sharing among South Asianists
·South Asian Collections and Library Services in USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Sweden and Others
·Future of South Asian Information Science & Services
Rajwant Singh Chilana, Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL 61801, USA
E-mail: rchilana@...http://www.slla.org.lk/CALL %20FOR%20PAPERS.htm