UBC Asian Library is please to announce that Sarbjit Kaur Randhawa, who has worked in a part-time capacity as our Indic Librarian for the past twelve years, has transitioned to a full-time role as our South Asian and Himalayan Studies Librarian.

Sarbjit graduated from UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (currently UBC iSchool) with a Certificate in Advanced Study (CAS) in 2005, and joined the Asian Library in the same year. Sarbjit is also a graduate from Guru Nanak Dev University with three Master degrees including a Master in Library and Information Science (MLIS), a Master in Religious Studies, and a Master of Arts in Punjabi. She is fluent in various South Asian languages including Hindi, Punjabi, Sanskrit and Urdu. Along with her co-researcher Aditi Gupta of the University of Victoria Libraries, Sarbjit is the recipient of American Library Association Diversity Research Grant for 2015-16. Their research is based on exploring library perceptions, reading habits and library usage of the South Asian population in BC. She was awarded the prestigious 2014 Dr. Mohinder Singh Randhawa award for promoting and sharing South Asian language and culture, and preserving its collections through her community-outreach and library services. Sarbjit has a passion for poetry, and many of her poems have been published in several newspapers and magazines.

Congratulations Sarbjit! We are lucky to have you at Asian Library, and look forward to working with you in a full-time capacity!

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