May 12 2009

Here’s a wonderful service opportunity for anyone interested in information technology, storage and retrieval systems:

I just put this advert out on

Head Librarian

The Bhaktivedanta Research Centre (BRC) situated at 110A Motilal Nehru Road, Kolkata 700029 is seeking a creative and enthusiastic librarian.

The successful applicant should ideally hold an MLS or B. Lib. Sci or have on-site experience of information management and be able and willing to lead a variety of services in the development of the BRC library:

•    collection development
•    marketing
•    proposal writing (fund raising)
•    providing user education to patrons
•    liaison to various ISKCON bodies, the BBT, as well as secular institutions, libraries, centers of education, academics etc.

The librarian will develop the library in a variety of formats; develop and manage exhibits and outreach events; research external funding sources, write proposals, be detail-oriented and have a minimum of several years of computer experience.

Librarian must have strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills and be able to assess patron information needs to determine appropriate information resources to meet patron requirements.

Work will include research, serials management, cataloging collection development, instruction on accessing library services, acquisition of hard-copy and electronic information resources, website maintenance and customer service.

Librarian must be fluent in English and a working knowledge of one or more of Bengali/ Hindi/ Sanskrit is a big plus.

We would like to stress that this represents an ideal opportunity for devotional service in the academic field and should be seen from that perspective, rather than as merely a work or job opportunity.  Modern accommodations and a basic stipend will be provided to the successful candidate.


If you are interested, or you know someone who might be qualified and interested, please contact me.

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