G.Bs Pune Univ National Conference Presentation.2009

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

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G.Bs Pune Univ National Conference Presentation.2009

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

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