Librarian, Blogger, Dreamer…
A Library Professional with a twist towards anything 2.0 and beyond.
Mr. 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 way to serve the users and became a standard and role model for other school libraries in the country. The Library blog, launched in 2007, has been considered as the first school library blog in India, which has received more than 5.6 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 in a social media environment. Other innovative Projects and experiments include Little Open library (2017), Read My Buddy (2016), E-Reading Hub (2016), Face a Book Challenge (a summer reading challenge, 2015), Gift a Book & Get a Friend (a social responsibility initiative, 2014) , Home works and Assignments Online (the first online home work portal, 2008), My Dear Book , InfoLit India (information Literacy initiative, 2010) and LibZine (e-magazine, 2009).
He has coordinated a number of professional development programmes (In-service Training programmes, Seminars, Workshops, Induction courses, Talks, etc.) under Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), Kerala Library Association (KLA) and other academic institutions and professional organizations. He has been serving as Resource Person and consultant on Web 2.0, Library 2.0, E-Learning, Social Media, Blogging (WordPress), Information Literacy, School Library Management, Library best practices, innovations and experiments, etc. He has written CBSE 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 around the country. 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 administered an online professional development forum, KV Librarians’ Network, with more than 570 working school librarians from around the country. He served as the General Secretary (2011-’13) and Treasurer (2015-’17) of Kerala Library Association (KLA). Presently, he is the General Secretary of School Library Association (SLA India) and the Alumni Association of the Dept. of Library & Information Science (AADLIS), University of Kerala. He also serves as an Executive Committee Member of KLA. He is a life member of IASL, ILA, ISLA, KLA, IASLIC & SALIS.
Mr Faisal was conferred with the KVS National Incentive Award (2018), National ICT Award for Teachers (2017), Dr. G. Devarajan Endowment for the Best Librarian Award (2017), 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).
KV Pattom was selected for ‘Reading for Pleasure School Award’ 2020, instituted by Food4Thought Foundation, Hyderabad and nominated for ‘LibTech Award 2019’ at the Library Technology Conclave held at CUSAt, Kochi.
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.