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G.Bs Pune Univ National Conference Presentation.2009



Changing Role of Librarians in D igital

Changing Role of Librarians in D igital
Era and Need of Professional skills, Efficiency & Competency



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  • 1. Changing Role of Librarians in Digital Era and Need of Professional skills, Efficiency & Competency By Goutam Biswas Email: goutambiswas8@gmail.com Dibyendu Paul [email_address]
  • 2. Introduction
    • Information on the Internet poses a different kind of conundrum librarians
    • Location and provision of information services has dramatically changed over the last ten years
    • Information is accessible electronically in a wide variety of formats
    • Information is electronically accessible from a wide variety of globally distributed repositories
  • 3. Genesis and metamorphosis…
    • Traditional Library
    • Automated Library
    • Electronic Library
    • Digital Library
  • 4. New electronic services
    • Online ordering and delivery from local and remote
    • Portals
    • Regional or national catalogue databases
    • Personalized services
    • Online reference
    • Collections digitized by the library
    • Electronic publishing services
    • Online self-paced training facilities
    • Internet access via library’s workstations or network
  • 5. Impact of new services on the library
    • Quickness of delivery
    • Accuracy
    • Higher market penetration by attracting more users and new user groups
    • Relevance for users
  • 6. Library Professional in Digital Age
    • Librarian
    • Information Manager
    • Information adviser/instructor
    • System & Networking
  • 7. … required for LIS Professionals:
    • Knowledge & Skills about
      • resources (books, journals, i.e. resources, Internet)
      • Teleological facilities and resources (computer, online catalogues, websites, LANs file servers etc.)
      • Financial (budget) and Human resources (skills for manpower training)
    • Competencies to
      • Acceptance of change
      • Knowledge of user interaction with knowledge resources
      • Provide quality service
      • Be adoptive, flexible and resistant
      • Be resourceful
      • Excellent communication, constantly update personal knowledge base
      • Create awareness among the users
      • Be an information management strategist etc.
  • 8. … required for LIS Professionals:
    • Technical Knowledge required
      • Operating systems - Windows, UNIX, LINUX.
      • Word processing, Graphics, Spread sheet & Presentations
      • DBMS including the skills in Bibliographic DBMS
      • General purpose programming, Networking
      • Web page Development and Content Management
      • Information Retrieval software for online, CD-ROM and Internet.
      • Library software packages
      • Acquaintances with Digital Library Tools
    • Capacity to use free/open source resources
  • 9. Conclusion
    • World of information undergoing rapid change
    • IT playing crucial role in restructuring the libraries
    • Shifting from human dependent operations to machine dependency, mechanization (data processing) to knowledge processing, stand alone system to network computing, local LAN to wireless access protocol systems
    • Many new terms viz. Digital Librarian, Libraries without walls, virtual libraries, are emerging to describe the libraries of digital age
    • librarians need to be aware of the implications of these changes and develop technological and managerial skills
  • 10.
    • Thank You