Director, INFLIBNET Centre

Dr Jagdish Arora

"DLA Professional Excellence Award-2015" to Dr Jagdish Arora, Director, INFLIBNET Centre

Dr. Jagdish Arora, is the Director of Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET) Centre from August, 2007 onwards. Prior to his present assignment, Dr. Arora has worked as the Librarian and Deputy Librarian at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi from Sept. 2003 to August 2007 and from March 1991 to June 2002 respectively. He was also the National Coordinator of the INDEST-AICTE Consortium, one of the most successful consortia initiatives in India, since its inception in 2002. He was Librarian at IIT Bombay from June, 2002 to August, 2003 and was Documentation Officer at the National Institute of Immunology, Delhi (1983 - 1991) and Asstt. Documentation Officer, ICRISAT, Patancheru, A.P. (1980 - 1983).

Dr. Arora is recipient of Fulbright Professional Fellowship in Library and Information Science (1997- 98), SIS Fellow (1999), Young Librarian of the Year (2001, SATKAL), Librarian of the Year (IASLIC, 1999); ILA-Kuala Best Librarian Award (2004); and Master Motilal Sanghi Best Librarian Award (2009). He delivered 7th Dr. S.R. Ranganathan Memorial Lecture organized by Delhi Library Association in 2009. He was awarded "SATKAL Life Time Achievement Award" for the year 2011 by SATKAL, a Punjab-based Organization.

Dr. Arora was the Principal Investigator for several projects sponsored by agencies like AICTE, Deptt. of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Information Technology (MIT), Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), the National Highway Authority of India and University Grants Commission. He is the Principal Investigator of the Project entitled "National Library and Information Infrastructure for Scholarly Content (N-LIST)" funded by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) under the National Mission of Education through ICT. The project provides for access to selected e-resources to more than 6,000 colleges in India.

He was a member of the delegation that visited selected libraries and library science schools in Germany in 2002. He was a member of the delegation to Jakarta, Indonesia and Bangkok, Thailand deputed by the Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Science and Technology to discuss development of INDO-ASEAN S & T Digital Library in November 2003 and May 2007 respectively. Dr Arora was a member of the International Library Advisory Boards of IEEE and IEE.

Dr. Arora has more than 70 research articles to his credit that were published in learned research journals and as chapters in books and conference proceedings. He has presented research papers in several national and international conferences and symposia in India and abroad.

His current research interests includes consortia-based subscription to e-resources, digital libraries, digitization of old and fragile documents and their storage, database-driven Web interfaces and Web-based library services, Web-based learning and education, access management technologies, scientometric analysis, etc. See detailed Resume