Dr. Harish Chandra

Central Library
Indian Institute of Technology Madras
Chennai-600 036, India
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Dr. Harish Chandra is the Librarian since January 1995 of Indian Institute of Technology Madras.  Prior to this, he has also worked in IIT Delhi, Geological Survey of India (WR) Jaipur and Indian Institute of Foreign Trade., New Delhi.  He has M.A. Economics, Public Administration, M.L.I.Sc, Ph.D,  Library Automation Training from University of Cambridge, UK and Digital Library from University of Tilburg, The Netherlands.  His major contribution areas are, creating patents information support services, ISO-9001 application in the Central Library of IIT Madras, digital library initiatives, implementation  RFID, Smart Card, establishment of automatic bindery,  website creation, new library building planning, shifting, implementing information literacy, funds raising through projects, implementation of INDEST Consortium at IIT Madras.  Dr. Chandra is the member-of the Senate of IIT Madras since January 1995, Member Secretary,, Library Advisory Committee and Member-Degree Preparation Committee of IIT Madras.   He has also been the member of the Task Force for higher education library system, Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India, Member, National Review Committee and National Steering Committee of INDEST Consortia, Editorial Board member of The Review of Information Networking – an International Journal published by Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, August 2004- Dr. Chandra is the Member advisory editorial board of OCLC Systems and Services- an International refereed International Journal now changed to OCLC Systems and Services: International Digital Library Perspectives, published by Emerald Group Publishing Ltd (2002-2004),  Member–Editorial board– Journal of Digital Information Management. ISSN 0972 7272. w.e.f. 16-12-2003. Since 1st September 1995 -2008  worked as the Secretary- Editorial Board, Journal of Mathematical & Physical Sciences l Board-Journal of Digital Information Management (The Peer Reviewed International Journal in Digital Information Science and Technology), Editor-in-Chief, SALIS Journal of Library and Information Science,  Reviewer : Journal of Community Informatics (http// published by Georgia Institute of Technology and Webology ISSN 1735-188X  Reviewer: Proceedings of the First IEEE International Conference on Digital Information Management (ICDIM2006) 6-8 December 2006 

Dr. Harish Chandra has organized various professional events including (NACLIN 2000) READIT 2001), SIS2004, XXV IASLIC National Conference during 26th to 29th December 2005, National Workshop on building digital library using DSpace software during 16-17th December 2004 in association with SALIS and National Workshop on LIS Teacher and Digital Future during 17th to 19th January 2007 in association with IATLIS and INDEST-AICTE CONSORTIUM National Workshop on E-Resources Management for Excellence during 16th to 18th July 2007. Currently organizing INDEST Workshop and 8th Annual Meet during 18-20th Feb.2011 Dr. Chandra has been National Consultant (Library Management) for World Bank project on forestry research education and extension for setting up a modern National Forest Library and Information Center for Indian Council of Forestry Research Education and Extension, Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India at Dehra Dun and also the Consultant of National Bibliographic Database Project of DELNET, New Delhi during May 1998 to May 1999. He is also an elected  Member: Governing Board of Developing Library Network (DELNET), 2004-2006, 2006-2008, 2008-2009 and 2009-2010,

He has received several national and international honors and awards including   SLA Asia Professional Award 2010 at SLA Conference on 14th June, 2010 at New Orleans USA.   Punjab Librarian Award 2008, Silver Rolling Trophy for being selected as the Best Maintained Library in Colleges for the year 2007, Best Technology Librarian Award 2004, Dr. S.R.Ranganathan Award for best library services, SALIS 2005 Life Time Achievement Award and Gold Medal. He has contributed more than 100 papers in international and national journals, festschrift volumes and conferences proceedings and also guided and handled various projects. He has chaired number of technical sessions, presentations and delivered number of invited talks, keynote and inaugural addresses in India and abroad. He has five edited books to his credit. Dr. Chandra is also member of Board of Research Studies of the Department of Library and Information Science of various universities including Board of Business School of KSR Business. He has been listed in various international and national biographical sources including Dictionary of International Biography, Indo European Who’s Who, Indio-Asian Who’s who. He was also awarded an International Fellowship for attending RSIS at CERN, Geneva during Feb 2004 he has also visited World Maritime University, Sweden.  He has actively engaged in the development of networked collaborations, digital initiatives, electronic security system, e-commerce application, information literacy and integration of new information technologies into library and information services. He has visited 20 countries. He has recently delivered invited Asian lecture  at New Orleans, USA. More details are posted on his personal website