R. Ramachandran



Ramachandran Rasu Naidu (b. 5 September 1942, Malaysia–) is the executive director of the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS).He was formerly the deputy chief executive of the National Library Board and the director of National Library Singapore. He was the first secretary-general of the Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians, and has served as the secretary and president of the Library Association of Singapore.2 He was also the chairman of the NBDCS for several terms.3  

Education4
1955–62:
Anglo-Chinese School, Ipoh.

1969: BA Hons. in History and Russian Language, University of Malaya, on a scholarship awarded by the Indian High Commission.
1972: Certificate in Public Relations, Institute of Public Relations London.
1973: Masters in Library Studies, University of Hawaii.
1973: Certificate in Communication Studies, East West Center Communication Institute, Honolulu.

Library career

Ramachandran joined the National Library (NL) in 1969 as a library officer after a teaching career in Malaysia. He progressed to become a librarian, the acting director and later, director in the Library. Since joining the Library, he had headed different departments including technical services, reference and support services, public relations, and the Bedok Branch Library.5

Ramachandran was a member of the Library 2000 committee set up in 1992 to review and formulate a master plan for developing library services in Singapore.6 In line with the recommendations of the Library 2000 Review Committee, the National Library Board (NLB) became a statutory board on 1 September 1995, and Ramachandran was appointed the director of NL. He contributed much to make the proposed recommendations a reality.7

Ramachandran introduced a range of library services. In 1996, he implemented the Reference Point, dedicated to answering requests from remote users of the library.8 InfoXpress, a quick information resource about Singapore, was also spearheaded by him.9 Under his leadership, events such as the Asian Children’s Festival, the Emerging Trends in Library and Archival Services and the World Library Summit were held.10

Ramachandran was appointed as the first secretary-general of the Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (CONSAL) in April 2000.11 In 2004, he was elected the secretary-general of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).12 He was awarded the CONSAL Outstanding Librarian Award in 2006 at the 13th CONSAL General Conference in Manila.13

Timeline
1962–66:
Teacher and school librarian, Methodist English School, Selangor, Malaysia.14

1969: Teacher, St Anthony’s Secondary School, Malaysia.
1970–74: Library officer, NL.
1974–78: Assistant librarian and head, YP section, NL.
1978–83: Education officer, NL.15
1984–86: Staff development and welfare officer, NL.16
1985–87: Head, Bedok Branch, NL.17
1988: Head, technical services division, NL.18
1989: Assistant director (technical services), NL.19
1990: Assistant director (reference services), NL.20
1991–92: Deputy director (reference and support services), NL.21
1993–95: Director (Acting), NL.22
1996–98: Director, NLB.23
1999: Assistant chief executive and director, NLB.24
2000–01: Assistant chief executive, NLB.25
2002–Mar 2004: Deputy chief executive, NLB.26
2004: Secretary-general, IFLA in The Hague, Netherlands.27
2005–present: Executive director, National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS).28

Offices held
Chairman, Conference of Directors of National Libraries in Asia and Oceania.

Secretary-general, CONSAL Secretariat.29
Secretary (1980–81) and later chairman, NBDCS.30
Secretary-general, IFLA.31
President, Library Association of Singapore (1984–88 and 1991–95).32
Member, IFLA Regional Standing Committee for Asia and Oceania (2001–05).33
Member, Asia Library & Information Virtual Association.
Member, Indian Library Services Advisory Panel.
Member and later honorary secretary, Library Association of Singapore (LAS).34
Editor, LAS newsletter, Singapore Libraries (1975–76).
Member, Library Education Committee (since 1978).
Member, Federation of International Documentalist, Education Training Committee (since 1979).35

Academic publications
Ramachandran has participated in and presented papers at many regional and international library conferences. He has many publications to his name and is widely published in various journals including Singapore Book World, Malayan Law Journal and UNESCO Bulletin for Libraries.36

Awards
1996: Public Administration Medal (Silver).37
2006: CONSAL Outstanding Librarian Award.38
2008: Library Association of Singapore Professional Service Award.39
2013: LAS Lifetime Contribution Award.40

Family41
Wife: Prema Rajamanickam (d. 26 December 2016).

Children: Son, Vicknesh, and daughter, Savitha.



Author

Sitragandi Arunasalam



References
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Further resources

Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians. (n.d.). About CONSAL. Retrieved 2016, December 2 from Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians website: www.consal.org.sg/about/history.asp

National Library of Australia. (2003). Conference of Directors of National Libraries (CDNL). Retrieved 2016, December 2 from National Library of Australia website: www.nla.gov.au/initiatives/meetings/cdnl/regionalconference_consal.html 



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Library administrators--Singapore--Biography
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Ramachandran Rasu Naidu, 1942-
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