Dr. Babita Gaur – Senior Library and Information Officer – Delhi Public Library

Posted March 17, 2020 11:51 am by

Dr. Babita Gaur – Ph.D. MLIS, PGDPB, MA, has twenty years of professional experience in various academic and autonomous institutions. She has worked with National Labour Institute, DAV, Amity and University of Delhi. She is also an author, motivational speaker and yoga instructor.

Dr. Babita Gaur has 20 years of professional experience in various academic and autonomous institutions. She has worked with DAV, National Labour Institute, Amity and Delhi University. She has written many research articles and presented papers in National and International conferences. She is an author, motivational speaker and yoga instructor. Presently, working as Senior Library and Information Officer at Delhi Public Library, handling additional charges of Vigilance officer, Head of the Department and Super Librarian.

What is special about the Delhi Public Library? What is the history and major milestones worth noting about this institution?

History of DPL- The Delhi Public Library was established in 1951 by the then Ministry of Education, Govt. of India with financial and technical assistance from the UNESCO as a pilot project. Presently, Delhi Public Library is functioning under the administrative control of Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. From a small library located in Old Delhi, it has since been developed into a premier public library system in the country covering the entire Metropolitan city. Besides providing free library services to the people, children and adult alike, irrespective of any distinction of sex, caste, creed and religion. DPL also looks after their recreational needs and to harness the talent and potential of the members of the public by providing a platform for social education.

Major Milestones-

Mobile Library Service under “Ghar-Ghar Dastak, Ghar-Ghar Pustak initiative”
Free Internet Service in almost all branches for readers of DPL
Web OPAC facility to access Library holdings from anywhere anytime
Practical Training to Library Science Students
Publication of Pustkalaya Bharti and Bhartiye Lok Deepika
Social Media Presence have been lately improved

What have been some major initiative taken in Delhi Public Library under your leadership as Senior Library and Information Officer?

Different activities have been organized by branches of DPL to create awareness about Swachhta Mission started by Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Sh. Narendra Modi. For this, several rallies, nukkad natak, Single use Plastic Waste Management program have been organised specially in slum areas.  Various events like Fit India Program, awareness session on women empowerment, Kriti Samman Yojana and Ghar-Ghar Dastak, Ghar-Ghar Pustak initiative of Mobile Libraries have been some of the achievements of DPL lately.

Please tell us about your education and career background? What made you get interested in the field of libraries?

I have done Ph.D. MLIS, PGDPB, MA. I have twenty years of professional experience in various academic and autonomous institutions. Worked with National Labour Institute, DAV, Amity, University of Delhi. Also, I am an author, motivational speaker and yoga instructor.

Overall personality development of self and all readers to serve the society with their information needs is one of the reasons for me to choose the field of librarianship.

What are the highs and lows of being a librarian? Would you like to talk about any special moments as a librarian?

While serving information needs of readers, irrespective of difficulties faced, serving the society must be top priority for an information officer.

It feels overwhelming when readers get selected in some competition exam and share their success with us. Such progress of readers leads us to contribute more for them for which recently I have been awarded with College Librarian of the Year Award 2019 in recognition of achievements in the field of Library & Information Science.

In your opinion what is the present status of college libraries and government libraries in India?

Presently, college and government libraries have been improving their services and infrastructure to meet informational needs of its patrons. Access to e-resources, software driven services, subscription of various e-journals has been some of the highlights of institutions. Consortiums have played an important role in meeting the needs of readers with shared cost and resources.

What are some big problems in managing a good library in India?

Funds and infrastructure constitute major key points in developing and managing a good library. With this, collection of a library must be maintained in line with the readers of the institution which must be updated from time to time.

How do you compare the libraries in India with those in Western countries? 

Libraries have been striving hard to meet the information standards of libraries in Western countries in terms of services, resources and infrastructure. The online information trends in information sector have been widely adapted by Indian institutions to cater to the emerging needs of readers.

In your opinion what are some of the good libraries in India worth talking about? Tell us also why you rate them as good?

Delhi Public Library and British Council Library are worth mentioning among others as many activities are being organized by these institutions to contribute towards development of its readers and society at large.

Based on your experience, if a school wants to improve up their library, how do you think they should go about it?

A school library is expected to have an energetic librarian who can organize different activities like reading hour, Quiz, Spell Bee among other events to inculcate reading habits among children at young age.

Based on your experience, please give some guidelines on how to hire a good librarian? What factors should be kept in mind?

A school librarian must have zeal and zest for reading, must be informed and updated about latest trends in Library and Information Science, e-Resources and technologies used in libraries to serve the readers with latest and updated information.