Librarian, Blogger, Dreamer…
A Library Professional with a twist towards anything 2.0 and beyond.
S. L. Faisal is an alumnus of the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kerala. He secured First Rank in MLISc in 2003 and joined Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan in the same year as Librarian at Kendriya Vidyalaya Baramulla, Jammu & Kashmir. Presently he is working at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pattom, Thiruvananthapuram. He is a Post Graduate Diploma holder in Journalism, qualified UGC-NET and earned M. Phil in Library and Information Science. Currently, he is pursuing PhD in Library and Information Science.
Mr Faisal led the automation of the Library at Kendriya Vidyalaya Pattom in 2008, which became the first fully automated Kendriya Vidyalaya library in India. The library has a model library programme, an excellent collection of online and offline resources and a variety of innovative user services. The library has been harnessing web 2.0 tools in a great extend to serve the users and became a standard and role model for other school libraries in the country. The Library’s blog, launched in 2007, has been considered as the first school library blog in India, which received more than 4.6 million hits so far.
In 2010, Mr Faisal launched an online Academic Social Network, Library Junction, with more than 1000 students and a group of teachers as members, with the main objectives of collaborative learning and knowledge sharing. Other innovative Projects and experiments include Read My Buddy (2016), Face a Book (a summer reading challenge, 2015), Library-Social Connect (Gift a Book and Get a Friend, a social responsibility initiative, 2014) , Home works and Assignments Online (the first online home work portal, 2008), My Dear Book (website of student’s book reviews), InfoLit India (information Literacy initiative, 2010) and LibZine (the e-magazine, 2009).
He coordinated a number of Professional development programmes (In-service Training programmes, Seminars, Workshops, , Induction courses, Talks, etc.) under Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), Kerala Library Association (KLA) and other professional organizations. He has been serving as a Resource Person and consultant on Web 2.0, Library 2.0, E-Learning, Social Media, Blogging (WordPress), Information Literacy, School Library Management, etc. He has written text book chapters, and published research papers in Journals, Conference Proceedings, Books and Manuals.
Mr Faisal has been serving as a Member & Author of the Curriculum Committee for the academic subject, Library & Information Science, for Classes XI and XII, by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), New Delhi. He drafted the ‘KVS Guidelines for School Library and Procedure Manual-2014’, as a member of the Library Policy Committee of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, New Delhi, based on which more than 1100 Kendriya Vidyalaya libraries are functioning. He serves as an author and resource person to the first online Certificate Course in School Librarianship (CCSL) offered by the Regional Institute of Education (RIE), NCERT, Mysore.
Mr Faisal has created and been administering an online professional development forum, KV Librarians’ Network with more than 570 working school librarians from around the country as members. He has initiated the formation of Indian School Library Association (ISLA) under the banner of International Association of School Librarianship which is slated to be established in 2016. He served as General Secretary of Kerala Library Association (KLA) during 2011-’13. Now he is the Treasurer of KLA. He is a life member of IASL, ILA, KLA, ISLA, IASLIC & SALIS.
Mr Faisal has conferred with the IASL School Librarianship Award (2016), KVS National Innovation & Experimentation Award (2015-’16), KVS Regional Incentive Award (2014-’15), IASL International Excellence Award for School Librarianship (2012), NCERT National Innovations and Experiments in Schools Award (2011) and KVS National Innovations and Experimentation Award (2010).
I love to be a School Librarian and an ardent advocate of a School Library’s crucial role in one’s life long learning.
I believe that ,
School Libraries have a significant impact on students’ academic achievement.
I am open to all new ideas and concepts emerging from any corner of the social or academic world, if it provides a chance to improve my profession and myself as a social being.
I am happy to share ideas on Web 2.0, Library 2.0, (Social Networking, Blogs, Wikis,etc) and anything on Librarianship, particularly School Librarianship.