PhD (Library & Info Science).
Areas of Interests/Specialization
Information Literacy, Library & Information Management, Information Resources & Services, Research Methodology in Library & Information Science, Knowledge Management, School Librarianship, Children's Literature, Life Skills and Communication.
Head, School of Engineering and Applied Science Library, Ahmedabad University May 2015 -January 2017 Teacher-Librarian, Adani Vidya Mandir, Makarba, Ahmedabad September 2009 - April 2015 Librarian, Zydus School for Excellence, Vejalpur, Ahmedabad June 2002 - Aug 2009
Awards & Honours
SATKAL School Librarian Award 2013 - Satinder Kaur Ramdev Memorial Trust for Advancement of Librarianship. ILA-A.G. Motiwale Award-2008 for Best Paper entitled "Accelerating school library performance roll of some major enhancers", presented at ILA-TISS International Conference on "Knowledge For All: Role of Libraries and Information Centers" held at Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, November 12-15, 2008. Lead Learner Award for Excellent Teacher at Zydus School for Excellence, Ahmedabad. (September 2004) Geeta Desai Memorial Gold Medal for Best Student of the Year by CEPT, Ahmedabad. (February 2002) Gold Medal for having secured First Rank in Masters in Library and Information Science Course at Gujarat University, Ahmedabad. (December 2001)
Best Peer Reviewed Publications
Kumbar, R. T. (2013, August). Essential competencies of Indian school librarians in the digital age: a study. In the conference proceedings of 79th IFLA General Conference and Assembly held at Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Singapore, SG.
Kumbar, R. T. (2006, August). Application of Howard Gardner's multiple intelligence theory for effective use of library resources by K-2 Students: an experimented model in Conference Proceedings of Schools/Resource Centres Division 72nd General Conference & Council, IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) Seoul, South Korea (http://archive.ifla.org/IV/ifla72/papers/142-Kumbar-en.pdf). Kumbar, R. T. (2012). Exploring the potential of a school library: a case study of Adani Vidya Mandir. Information Age, 6(2), 42. Kumbar, R. T. (2013). Reading programs in school libraries: an innovative approach. Indian Journal of Library & Information Technology, 3(1), 15. Kumbar, R. T. (2014). User Oriented Services in Academic Libraries: Need for a Paradigm Shift. Journal of Indian Library Association, 50(4), 10. (https://ilaindia.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/vol-50_no-4.pdf)
Reccent Peer Reviewed Journals/Books
Kumbar, R. (2017) School Libraries in Global Library and Information Science, IFLA Series 2nd Ed, Ed. by Abdullahi, Ismail International Federation of Library Association Publication 174 DE GRUYTER SAUR ISBN 978-3-11-041312-0 Kumbar, R. (2017) Developing Reading as a Virtue in Indian School Libraries: A Case Study of Zydus School for Excellence. In Role of School Libraries in Quality Education: A Selective Reading. New Delhi, NCERT ISBN 978-93-5007-858-7 Kumbar, R. (2018) Collaborative Learning: A Tool to Enhance School Library Programmes in Empowering School Education: Role of Innovative Library Programmes, ADINET, Ahmedabad ISBN 81-88174-11-14.
Patents (If any)