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Baharul Iim Idr 24 Mar 08


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Presentation at the IIM, Indore, Mar, 2008 on Information & Documentation

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Baharul Iim Idr 24 Mar 08

  1. 1. Harnessing Digital Libraries for Development Dr Baharul Islam Chairman & CEO, South Asia Development Gateway, [email_address] National Seminar on Library & Information Management in Digital Environment  &  Management IIM Indore : 24 March 2008
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Library – Changing environment </li></ul><ul><li>Development – Changing lives </li></ul><ul><li>Library as Catalyst for Development </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits to Members of the Community </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul>
  3. 3. Library – Changing environment <ul><li>Use of information technology </li></ul><ul><li>Computer literacy among library / information users </li></ul><ul><li>Computer power per capita </li></ul><ul><li>Investments in telecommunications </li></ul><ul><li>Computing R & D </li></ul><ul><li>Computing professional and technical workers </li></ul><ul><li>Computer per capita </li></ul><ul><li>Percentage of housel holds with personal computers </li></ul><ul><li>IT spending as percentage of GDP </li></ul>
  4. 4. Development – Changing lives <ul><li>In classical terms, the purpose of development is to attain increased productivity for economic growth. </li></ul><ul><li>Human Development: the increasing of people’s chances to acquire knowledge and have access to resources that would enable them to lead healthy, gainful and dignified life (UNESCO, 2000; Lundu, 1995). </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries can play direct as well as catalytic roles in contemporary development initiatives. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Library as Catalyst for Development <ul><li>Libraries Harness Information and Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries increase the value of human intellectual outputs </li></ul><ul><li>Processing and organization moves primary intellectual outputs from raw bytes to information. </li></ul><ul><li>The world's intellectual outputs would be useless if libraries were not there to gather, analyze, classify, catalogue and provide access to them. </li></ul><ul><li>The hundreds of bibliographic records of published and unpublished materials ensure their use and reuse to satisfy commercial, educational, cultural and recreational needs. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Benefits to the Community <ul><li>Offers expanded opportunities for people, communities, and enterprises. </li></ul><ul><li>Specialized knowledge for local needs </li></ul><ul><li>Business information resources were significantly more valuable </li></ul><ul><li>Mission-oriented information services provided by librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Accessing and utilizing information with regard to electronic resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries play an important role in effecting extension of economic development knowledge to the community. </li></ul><ul><li>The main physical manifestations of economic knowledge extension services by higher institutions are economic development information centres (EDICs). </li></ul>
  7. 7. Conclusions <ul><li>Libraries in digital age a role in development. </li></ul><ul><li>Many direct benefits from library services accrue to individuals and communities in economic terms. </li></ul><ul><li>Quality of life indexes include “library books per capita” statistic when profiling communities (McClure et al, 2000). </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries enhance productivity of individuals, organizations and Self-employed knowledge worker. </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries help social inclusion when they serve the disadvantaged populations </li></ul><ul><li>Libraries also serve as agents of social cohesion. In one study, a participant said: “we are brought closer to other members of our community through the very act of sharing books with them” (Usherwood and Toyne, 2000). </li></ul>
  8. 8. Thank You !!