Staff Profile: Ramina Mukundan

As our school community grows we will be sharing staff profiles to get to know members of our school family a little better. Each week we will feature a member of staff across all areas of the school including teachers, admin staff, support staff and more.

Our profile this week is Ramina Mukundan, the Secondary Learning Centre Librarian. Below Ramina gives us a snapshot into her background and how she came to work at BIS:

I hail from Kerala, the lush green southern state of India. I have been a professional librarian for the past 20 years serving in various academic libraries of IB, IGCSE and Ontario curriculum schools.

After having done a degree in Zoology, my love for books and libraries led me to acquire a Master's degree and teaching qualification in Library and Information Science in 1998. After securing my first job in Cochin Refineries in India as a librarian, I continued my education and did my post graduate diploma in Library Automation and Networking and post graduate diploma in Information Studies from Robert Gordon University, UK.

Currently, I am pursuing studies for my second Master's programme, in Information Management, for which I am undertaking a project study in ‘Analysis and Visualization of Research Output of Universities in the UAE’. I stay abreast with technological innovations in libraries by having my articles published in library and information science journals and books. I also love to create library blogs.

I moved to Abu Dhabi with my family in 2015, and since then have been working at BIS AD. I was instrumental in migrating the BIS libraries to the new Follett library system. Both my children study at BIS, Ankitha in year 11 and Mohith in year 7.

My hobbies include Indian classical dance form ‘Bharatanatyam’, which I have been practising since my childhood. I am fond of BIS students and find them very loving and respectful. My message to them would be to chase thier dreams and passions with ambition and determination. No matter where life’s journey leads you, be on the pursuit of knowledge... lifelong!