Rama Ramachandran Details

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Rama Ramachandran

Mr. Rama Ramachandran is a passionate and committed library leader and fervent advocate of literacy, education and the literary arts. For nearly four decades, he has played a crucial role in the transformation and modernisation of the national library system. His career as a Library Officer began at the National Library, Singapore, in 1969. Mr. Rama served in senior roles in most key Divisions, including Deputy Director of Reference and Support Services, Director of the National Library and concurrently Deputy Chief Executive of the National Library Board. In the early years, he was instrumental in obtaining funding and training programs for librarians and library assistants; he thereby introduced library services to the heartlands through a nationwide system of branch libraries. His keystone library-training programme was later upgraded and became the Master’s Degree Course at National Technological University NTU. In 2004, after an outstanding career at the National Library Board, he was appointed as the first Asian Secretary-General of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), one of the most important international professional library bodies.