A day in the life in Bhutan: Guest post from Sonam Wangdi

What’s it like to be a librarian in Bhutan? Check out this post to see!

The International Librarians Network is a blog that connects with librarians all over the world. It’s interesting to read about their daily activities and challenges they face.

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Today’s post comes to us from our Country Coordinator for Bhutan, Sonam Wangdi.

I work in a Government basedresearch and training institute library atBumthang district, Bhutan. The library has only two staff, the librarian and librarian assistant. Both of us perform every bit of library task to meet the needs of patrons’ demand. Generally, I oversee the management of the library and perform some specific task on resource acquisition and cater electronic resources to users. Developing countries like Bhutan cannot afford to procure all the available commercial e-resource databases, which cost a huge amount. However, through the use of the Institute’s Memorandum of Understanding with other universities in developed countries, the library can access e-resources available at the partnered university.

In a day, I download minimum of 4-6 peer reviewed articles from various databases as per the requests received from patrons at anytime within the…

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