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  • MORDENISATION OF SCHOOL LIBRARY :A BOON FOR QUALITY EDUCATION Mr.Shiba Bhue Librarian, K.V North lakhimpur Guwahati R.O (Assam) ABSTRACT Libraries are store house of knowledge, as an integral part of education system helps a lot in achieving the sprit of the human values, creativity, scientific temper attitudes and sense of innovative ness above all enriched intellectual excellence among children. This article discusses how the recent development in information technology and library information science enhanced the qualitative and sustainable learning in school environment and what role to be played by school library in the wake of global knowledge society and current digital and electronic environment. KEY WORD- Library Automation, Information Literacy, Knowledge Management, Information Management, Social Network. Blog, Wiki, You Tube. INTRODUCTION An educational system can not be complete with out well equipped library that is why Dr. S. Radhakrishnan has told library as the heart of educational institution Above all Gandhi Ji way of complete education which seeks development of body, mind and sprit could not be fulfilled without proper library system. Over the years libraries are in the way of transformation from so called library to modern library and information center .In the recent wake automated digital library system library hold its prime importance and its role in participation in the process of quality education is second to none. The school library of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangatahan, Navodaya Vidayalaya Samiti and other school of the country should also modernize their school library in order to promote quality and sustainable education. WHAT IS A SCHOOL LIBARARY A school library or a school library media center is libraries within a school where students, staff, and often, parents of a public, state or private fee paying school have access to a variety of resources. The goal of the school library media center is to ensure that all members of the school community have equitable access quot;to books and reading, to information, and to information technology. A school library media center uses all types of media are automated, and utilize the Internet as well as books for information gathering. School libraries are distinct from public libraries because they serve as learner-oriented laboratories which support, extend, and individualize the school's curriculum.A school library serves as the center and coordinating agency for all material used in the school. PURPOSE OF SCHOOL LIBRARY The school library exists to provide a range of learning opportunities for both large and small groups as well as individuals with a focus on intellectual content, information literacy, and the learner. In addition to classroom visits with collaborating teachers, the school library also serves as a place for students to do independent work, use computers, equipment and 1
  • research materials; to host special events such as author visits and book clubs; and for tutoring and testing. The school library media center program is a collaborative venture in which school library media specialists, teachers, and administrators work together to provide opportunities for the social, cultural, and educational growth of students. Activities that are parts of the school library media program can take place in the school library media center, the laboratory classroom, through the school, and via the school library's online resources. HOW IT CANBE MOREDENISED Library modernization is nothing but using all recent tools and technology developed in the wake of advancement in information technology and library information science. The libraries in the school are no longer need to be neglected, its should be became hub of knowledge and information and participate in the process of quality and sustainable education. FOSTREING REDING HABIT Now a days reading skill among student diminishing to some extent owing to the present trends in the sphere of science and technology, reading serve a transport which leads student to the realm of fantasy, beauty politics, history sport, games travel, entertainment and education. It provide them relaxation and recreation and make them aware life around us .It will enhanced their and out look sense of judgment and Student life became productive and meaning full. Reading habit can be stimulated by 1- Updated and strong library collection suits to the need of children. 2- Organizing extramural lecture, observing importance day and celebrating Gandhi, Vivekananda and other great personality birth day in library premises. 3- Setting up separate section in library like career guidance and counseling current affairs etc. 4- By providing other services like newspaper clipping, print out of online .information. 5- Providing other web based service and information literacy technique. LIBRARY AUTOMATION Library automation is nothing but mechanization of traditional library activities like classification cataloging circulation serial, reference and administration. The whole process of library can automation will be possible with little investment by school and technical knowledge by librarians. Open source free library automation software like EVERGREEN, KOHA, PMB, and NEW GENLIB. Library automation not only save the time of user but also meet the growing demands of children with little span of time. ONLINE PUBLIC ACESS CATALOG (OPAC) As information specialists, school librarians develop a resource base for the school by using the curriculum and student interests to identify and obtain library materials, organize and maintain the library collection in order to promote independent reading and lifelong learning. Materials in the library collection can be located using an Online Public Access Catalog 2
  • (OPAC) is an online database of materials held by a library or group of libraries. Users typically search a library catalog to locate books, videos, and audio recordings owned or licensed by a library. INFORMATION LITERACY This conception, used primarily in the library and information studies field, and rooted in the concepts of library instruction and bibliographic instruction, is the ability quot;to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate and use effectively the needed information” In this view, information literacy is the basis for life-long learning, and an information literate person is one who: Recognizes that accurate and complete information is the basis for intelligent decision • making. Recognizes the need for information. • Knows how to locate needed information. • Formulates questions based on information needs. • Identifies potential sources of information. • Develops successful search strategies. • Accesses sources of information including computer-based and other technologies. • Evaluates information no matter what the source. • Organizes information for practical application. • Integrates new information into an existing body of knowledge. • Uses information in critical thinking and problem solving. • Uses information ethically and legally. • Since information may be presented in a number of formats, the term informationquot; applies to more than just the printed word. Other literacy Such as visual, media, computer, network, and basic literacy are implicit in information literacy. Modern library information system will be helpful in providing information literacy to the school children and teacher. ONLINE ACESS TO EDUCATIONAL WESITES There are number of e resources for school children some are also freely available that are to be teach to the student by school librarian. The school library also teach the student regarding other educational websites, search engine, educational games and other education related tools in library through the internet. INFORMATION MANAGEMENT Information management entails organizing, retrieving, acquiring and maintaining information. The students by using library online resources learn how to store, organized Retrieve information in different media like CDROM Floppy disk, Pen drives, so in this process they learn the information management technique. KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT (KM) Comprises a range of practices used in an organization to identify, create, represent, distribute and enable adoption of insights and experiences. Such insights and experiences comprise knowledge, either embodied in individuals or embedded in organizational processes 3
  • or practice. Library became part in the process of knowledge management in school by creating distribute identifying required knowledge among the student, teachers. Above all for the institution. TEHONOLOGY ENABLED LIBRARY SYSTEM BLOGS Blogs is fundamentally 2.0, and their global proliferation has enormous implications for libraries. Blogs may indeed be an even greater milestone in the history of publishing than web- pages. They enable the rapid production and consumption of Web-based publications. In some ways, the copying of printed material is to web-pages as the printing press is to blogs. Blogs are HTML for the masses. The most obvious implication of blogs is that it is easy to E-Publishing and a school librarian can provide blog service integrated to the school library website about information which helpful for school children. SOCIAL NETWORK Social network are perhaps the most promising and embracing technology wich can be integrated in library service. They enable messaging, blogging, streaming media, and tagging. MySpace, Face Book, Delicious, Frappr, and Flickr are networks that have enjoyed massive popularity. While MySpace and FaceBook enable users to share themselves with one another (detailed profiles of users' lives and personalities), enables users to share Web resources and Flickr enables the sharing of pictures. Frappr is a bit of a blended network, using maps, chat rooms, and pictures to connect individuals. If knowledge of this entire social network can be imparted by librarian the knowledge level of student will be enhance and online community will be developed which will be paid good dividend to the student in the higher classes. YOU TUBE You Tube is a video sharing website where users can upload, view and share video clips. You Tube was created in mid-February 2005 by three former PayPal employees. The San Bruno-based service uses Adobe Flash technology to display a wide variety of user-generated video content, including movie clips, TV clips and music videos, as well as entertainment content such as video logging and short original videos. Now a days IITs are also started to give their course through the you tube. You toube will be very useful particularly for the primary classes’ student. CONCLUSION. School library which is the library in the foundation of education, unless and until the foundation strong the building may collapse so modernization of school library never be underestimated. In order to cope up with increasing demand of quality and sustainable education school library need to be modernized with the recent development in library tools and technique and library information science. 4
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