The College organized a modest farewell dinner for the Chief Librarian Mr. Yeshi Dorji who superannuated on 26th July 2020. He has served the Tsa Wa Sum for 34 years and 7 months as a school teacher and a library professional.
In his communication to the College Media Focal Person, he said: “ He is little emotional to leave but have no regrets”. This is because he has been quite instrumental in the transformation and systematization of library management system in RUB colleges and across schools in the country. He further highlighted: “He has automated all the RUB library management system and has put in place some policies and procedures in operating the school libraries”. One of his dreams that he has not fulfilled is the automation of libraries in Higher Secondary and Central Schools.
Mr. Yeshi Dorji also expressed that people still need to read a printed version of materials and online is not always a solution. In Bhutan, colleges have to encourage reading and especially to read printed materials at least for the next 20 years, he added. He also shared, that faculty and staff members need to often visit the library to update themselves of the availability of books and references and be a role model in the use of printed books for academic purposes. It does not mean they do not visit. What I mean is that if their visit frequency is more, it will encourage the university students, he explained. He further conveyed that to enhance the efficiencies of library staff across the schools and colleges, they now should be given some regular training and professional development courses both within and outside the country.
Mr. Yeshi Dorji was one of the students of the first cohort of Bachelors of Education programme that graduated in 1986. He was placed at the then Mongar Junior High School, where he taught for a few years before he received a scholarship to pursue Master of Library Science at Glasgow Strathclyde University in the United Kingdom between 1989 to 1991. Upon return to Bhutan in March 1991, he joined the erstwhile National Institute of Education, now renamed as Samtse College of Education and ever since has served at this institute for the last 29 years and 7 months.
With great remorse, he thanked the President, Administrative Officer, Faculty and all staff for organizing the dinner amidst pandemic risk and also for providing all the necessary support and cooperation during his stay at this premier institution.
Media Focal Person