Librarians who won the laurels


Abid Hussain

THE Librarianship is a profession which is an ancient and honourable one. Its sole purpose is to provide right information to the right person at the right time. History is replete with innumerable testimonies that those who contributed in different fields are still remembered. Albeit, many of them are no more with us, but their names would be remembered forever. The Librarians, who won the laurels in their career are more in numbers but only a few are discussed here: (1) Mao Zedong: Mao Zedong is considered to be the revolutionist of China who united China in the 1940s and 50s. In 1918 he lived in Peking (now Beijing) and was selected as an Assistant Librarian at the Peking University. The Chief Librarian of Peking University was believer of Marxist but, he converted Mao to Communism.
(2) Laura Bush: She was the first lady of George W. Bush in 2001-2009 and earned her master degree from the University of Texas at Austin. She supported G.W. Bush throughout his campaign and succeeded him in the election. She supported librarians in their recruitment process and time scale. During her stay in the office, she visited many libraries around the world. She was running educational project during her tenure as first lady. (3) Golda Meir: who is known to be the most influential librarians before her political career. She was the fourth Prime Minister of Israel from 1969-74 who signed the Israeli declaration of independence in 1948. She remained an Ambassador to the Soviet Union and Labour Minister in 1949-56.
(4) J. Edgar Hoover, Edgar is the legendary Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), who started investigation at domestic level from 1924-72. He headed the FBI in 1935 as a founder leader. Prior to this career, he remained a messenger, cataloguer in the Library of Congress in 1919. He left the Library of Congress and started his new career as Special Assistant to the Attorney General. (5) Seyd Mohammad Khatami, He was the fifth President of Islamic Republic of Iran and also remained Minister for Culture in Iran. He headed the National Library and Archive Organization prior to his political career. He was one of the most influential persons in the cultural and political affairs of Iran.
(6) Marcel Proust, He is a French writer born in 1871 and is known to be the most influential novelist and critic of all times. His most famous work is in search of Lost Times is still studied today. He remained a school Librarian in France. (7) Joanna Cole, who is a popular producer of BBC Children’s TV show Bod. She is renowned writer by writing the Magic School Bus series to entertain the elementary-aged children about the human body, space and more. She remained a school teacher, book editor and writer. Above all, she was a renowned librarian of that time.
(8) Benjamin Franklin, he is regarded to be the founding father of the USA, who was born in 1706. God bestowed upon him with multiple talents. He served as librarian for a brief period of time who also credited with founding the first American Library (A private subscription Library called the library company of Philadelphia. He died in 1790. (9) Pope Pius XI, he was born in 1857 and established the feast of Christ the king and spoke out against crimes, social justice and unethical financial corruption. He also reorganized Archives, scholars, artistes and philosophers. Prior to being XI Pope at 1929-39, he was a chief librarian at the Milan Seminary of the Vatican Library. He also developed his own classification system for books and other reading material.
10. Jacob Grimm, a well-known writer who won many awards in writing. His fairy tales were first published in 1812. Her other popular stories are Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella and Snow White are still classic children stories and reinvented as plays. He also presented the ever best Disney movies. He worked as a librarian in Kasel. The Jacob and his brother collected a folk tales from the ordinary citizens of Germany in hopes of uniting area kingdom for sharing a similar culture. 11. Professor Dr Anis Khurshid died on 4 January 2008. Obtained PhD Degree from Pittsburgh University in 1969. In recognition of his great achievements in the field of Library and Information Sciences, he was awarded a pride of performance award by the then President of Pakistan. He is known to be the father of Modern Librarianship in Pakistan.
— The writer is working as Library Officer in Institute of Strategic Studies, a think-think based in Islamabad.

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