Amrutraj R Benahal

Senior Associate - Library | abenahal at iihs dot ac dot in

2016    PGD, Library Automation and Networking, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
2008    MLISc, Karnataka University, Dharwad
2005    BSc, Physics, Mathematics and Statistics, P. C. Jabin Science College, Hubli



Countries: India
States: Karnataka, Telangana
Cities: Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Mysore
Languages: English, Kannada, Hindi

Amrutraj hails from Hubli, Karnataka and has more than 7 years of professional experience. He has a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree (Physics, Mathematics, Statistics) from P C Jabin Science College, Hubli followed by MLIS from Karnataka University, Dharwad. He qualified for UGC-NET for Lectureship held in December 2012 and earned Post Graduate Diploma in Library Automation (PGDLAN – 2016) in first class.


Prior to joining IIHS, he did his internship at Indian School of Business, Hyderabad where he got exposure to working in an automated library environment including answering complex queries using more than forty business and management databases and a strong foundation in technical processing of reading materials. Working as a project fellow at the University of Mysore, Amrutraj earned an insight into the field of research. He conducted extensive literature review using LISA and compiled the required information for the research project. Working as an associate at Accenture services Pvt. Ltd., had given him an opportunity to work in a corporate environment. This experience helped him manage the information resource centre independently which included activities such as collection development, circulation, technical processing of reading materials, preparation of information products (new arrivals, article alert etc.), distribution of training materials, certificates and collection of applications for professional certifications. At IIHS, his responsibilities are Acquisition, Accessioning, Budget Tracking, Circulation & Helpdesk Management, Systems Development & Maintenance, Content Development, Library Promotion, Reporting, Technical Processing, etc.


His research interests are Bibliometric, use studies, library automation, performance appraisal, OSILS, etc. He has attended many conferences, workshops, and seminars in his areas of interest such as 2nd SoFerence : A National Level Social Conference on Failures, Learning, Case Studies Best Practices, Success Stories in LIS and related Areas, 19 – 20 Oct2013, Bangalore; Two days national level workshop on “Koha: an open source library automation software” at Gogte Institute of Technology, Belgaum from 2nd & 3rd February 2013; Advanced DSpace Workshop at GIPE, Pune from 25 – 27 Aug 2014; International Conference on Big Data and Knowledge Discovery, 09-11 Mar 2016, Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore; Faculty Development Programme on Research Literacy and Trends in Scholarly Communications, 23 – 28 January, 2017, and International Conference on Current Trends in Library and Information Services (ICCTLIS – 2017), 05 – 07 January, Bengaluru.


He is a NCC ‘C’ (B Grade) certificate holder. He has been awarded ‘Best Performer’ for 2012 among peers across Accenture India. He had been editor and contributor of UDC translation work for Kannada language and completed translating Universal Decimal Classification from English to the Kannada language. The translations are available here.

Journal Articles

  • Benahal, A. R. (2023). Library science job market in India: A content analysis of LIS–forum. PEARL – A Journal of Library and Information Science, 17(2), 47-58.
  • Benahal, A. R. (2018). Self-reliance of the Koha acquisition module for managing procurement of printed books: An academic library perspective. The Electronic Library, 36(2), 338-349.
  • Kumar, T. K., & Benahal, A. R. (2017). Koha vs NewGenLib: Trend towards adopting an open source integrated library system (OSILS) in Indian libraries. Pearl: A Journal of Library and Information Science, 11(3), 199-207.
  • Gireesh Kumar, T. K., and Benahal, A. R. (2017). Koha vs NewGenLib: Trend towards Adopting an Open Source Integrated Library System (OSILS) in Indian Libraries. Pearl: A Journal of Library and Information Science, 11(3).
  • Benahal, A. R. (2012). Use of E-Resources by Academia: An Analysis of Literature from 1995–2010. Information Studies, 18(2), 105-124.
  • Hadagali, G. S., Kumbar, B. D., & Benahal, A. R. (2009). Citation analysis of Ph.D. Theses in Physics submitted to Karnataka University, Dharwad from 1992-2006. Information Studies, 15(2), 115-127.


Other Writing

  • Jagadeesh, K., & Benahal, A. R. (2022). Food glossary. Indian Institute for Human Settlements.
  • Benehal, A. R. (2020, June 15). Library resources and services increase output of institution’s urbanisation research. IFLA Library Map of the World.
  • UDC Classification Schedules Translation Work for Kannada Language from English. Retrieved from
  • Benahal, A. R. (2018). Job postings with insufficient textual data: An exploratory study of the LIS-Forum. In B. T. S. Kumar, Keshava, R. A. Govanakoppa, A. R. Kumar., & T. A. Mohan. (Eds.), Librarianship in Next Generation Libraries (pp. 14–18). Tumakuru, Karnataka: Tumkur University.
  • Benahal, A. R. (2017). Performance Evaluation: Lessons from the Corporate Sector. In P. K. Mahesh (Ed.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Current Trends in Engineering, Science and Technology (pp. 130-134). Trivandrum: Grenze Scientific Society.
  • Benahal, A. R. (2009, February). Digital Rights Management: An Overview. Paper presented at Seventh International Convention on Automation of Libraries in Education and Research, Pondicherry University, Puducherry (India).