EMPOWERING OF LIBRARY AND IFNORMATION PROFESSION IN THE DIGITAL ERA Prof. K. Padmini & N. Maddaiah Dept. of Library and Information Science S.V. University, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh
Introduction The challenge, ahead, is to maintain, nurture and optimize the resources of the libraries with the help of new technology. Hence, the information professionals of today, must be ready, emotionally, professionally and financially to accept and make good use of new technology. Obviously, this has to be achieved through many ways. All those sectors, like information schools, information systems, professional organizations, and governments, involved in this information environment must play an active and sincere role to face the fast approaching changes
EMPOWERING INFORMATION PROFESSION- AT A GLANCE LIS Schools Harmonization Standardization Restructuring Information Systems Continuing education Better working environment Professional Assn.s/Org.s Coordination Train the brains Networking Governments Financial assistance National policies Placement opportunities Sincere implementation Empowering Information Profession
Role of Library & Information Science (LIS) Schools Existing LIS courses already started giving a new orientation so that the trainees completing these courses are able to handle the IT applications effectively and efficiently. These LIS courses of today should ideally have an optimum blend of new and traditional techniques. More rigorous, pragmatic and effective courses should be developed to provide sufficient hands on experience on use of IT in LIS schools to develop manpower for the emerging digital library environment. The LIS schools in the country are evidently facing a great challenge. But unfortunately, many of them do not have necessary infrastructure facilities to meet this challenge, which is certainly very discouraging. Requirements Harmonization, standardization, and restructuring relating to intake, course module, and evaluation procedures. Inspiring teaching in LIS with competent faculty Well equipped IT labs with proper infrastructure facilities.
Role of Information systems To keep the employees away from tensions, stress and strain situations (resulting in obsolescence) the organization must plan to offer a continuous – life – long training for its employees by way of conducting in-service courses; workshops; seminars; and conferences. This enables the younger professionals to gain from the practical experience of older professionals and helps older professional to keep themselves abreast of latest developments in the field. Requirements Conducive working environment Continuing education for professional excellence Proper motivation for learning Incentives, appreciation, and encouragement to participate in training programmes Creating their own websites and networks.
Role of Professional Associations/organizations <ul><li>Professional associations make remarkable contributions for empowering the profession by conducting various programmes and communicating latest information relating to the field through their publications. </li></ul><ul><li>Train the brains </li></ul><ul><li>The need of library professionals having special skills and knowledge in the use of computerized information processing was realized since the application of computers in library work. Various institutions such as NISCAIR, DESIDOC, DRTC, NIC, UGC, ILA, IASLIC, IATLIS, SIS, etc., organize workshops and training programmes in IT for librarians and LIS teachers. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Appointing and strengthening of CDC and the like. </li></ul><ul><li>Up gradation of facilities at institutions imparting training. </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraging LIS schools that conduct research related to IT based information system. </li></ul><ul><li>Assisting the LIS schools in taking-up projects related to digital libraries. </li></ul><ul><li>Conducting periodical surveys related to the changing information needs of the users of the information society. </li></ul><ul><li>Concentrate more on coordinating the activities and networking of information and other similar centers. </li></ul><ul><li>Providing dais, by organizing seminars, conferences, etc., to discuss and share ideas on recent trends and developments. </li></ul>
Role of Governments <ul><li>Keeping in view the developments in the field of digital libraries, initial steps are to be taken by existing governments both at state and central levels. The governments must realize that IT is going to be the engine of developments of both the human resources as well as the economy of the State. As government is the largest revenue collecting as well as spending agency, first the governments working has to be made efficient, economic, and transparent. Most of the governments are having short sight towards libraries and information centers. It must be realized that the future libraries will be the main centers for information and the governments have a lion’s share in enhancing the professional prestige and status. </li></ul><ul><li> Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Providing required financial assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Enactment of library as well as cyber laws </li></ul><ul><li>Ensuring proper implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Timely recruitment of faculty/staff </li></ul>
Future information professional <ul><li>LIS professionals must not neglect their role as repositories but become also mediators and promoters of communication. In other words, the need of the hour is for information managers with managerial competencies in to the end users, firstly at the local environment and secondly, of the nation and the region. The magnitude and diversity of the electronic resources available will place skilled information specialists in great demand. </li></ul><ul><li>In an age of electronics, the library as a collection of physical articrafts will decline substantially in importance. The librarian, on the other hand, could gain substantially in importance, in status and in recognition. The electronic librarian will be a valued and indeed, indispensable information consultant and guide to information resources in electronic form. </li></ul><ul><li>The future information professional will: </li></ul><ul><li>Be able to anticipate and explicit the change of electronic information </li></ul><ul><li>Empower his expertise </li></ul><ul><li>Enrich his skills in electronic information handling </li></ul><ul><li>Update his knowledge, relating to digital resources </li></ul>
Conclusion <ul><li>Keeping the above in view all the information professionals should put their sincere efforts in making this profession withstand, holding its head high, in this state of transition. </li></ul>