Do you know actual librarians day?

Do you know actual librarians day?

Dear All,

Sometimes it is very irritating/confusing situation when we do not know the exact date of birth of any great person. We librarians used to celebrate Librarians day on 9th or 12th of August each year in honor of Dr. Ranganathan birth date but it is a very embarrassing situation in my view. We library professional must decide together one particular day for librarians day celebration because it divides library professionals into two groups in one of the most important days for the library profession. Some say’s Ranganathan official DOB is 9th and some say on 12th August and vice versa.

Imagine a situation if top leaders/intellectuals from another domain of knowledge ask this question to some top library professionals in a meeting  conducted to upgrade the librarian states or to give huge funds to celebrate librarians day and if two dates will be disclosed by LIS professionals then it will be really a situation when people sitting in the meeting have to say all Librarians to first decide a particular day for your librarian day then come to upgrade your status etc?

Dear friends these are the small things which can be easily improved and bring library professionals on one single platform but ignorance of such small but most important thing is the major cause of declining library profession and professionals status in my view. Therefore i appeal all the professionals to come together and decide when is your actual librarians day (9th or 12th August) and celebrate it together in mass.

Thanking You.



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  1. Shiyali Ramamrita Ranganathan (SRR) was born on 9th August 1982 but the official records display his date of birth as 12th August – on basis of which National Librarians Day is celebrated every year. Library professionals celebrate SRR birth anniversary on any of the days in August every year by conducting various events, meetings, Seminars, Conferences, Workshops, Symposia etc. are held to commemorate this day and remember his contributions to librarianship.

    I would like to share with you an article I have written “Homage to S. R. Ranganathan a Great Seer on 124th Birth Anniversary (1892-2016): Remembering his contributions!”. It was translated and published in “Granthalaya Saraswamu” the second oldest LIS journal published in India – in Telugu language in the August 2016 issue. For those of you who cannot read Telugu the English version is available on my blog at

  2. Yes sir, fully agreed with your suggestion. It is really a matter of great concern that we ourselves are not well aware about the actual DOB of Dr Ranganathan. We should come together and celebrate it only on one fixed day.
    Thanks for the suggestions.

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