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Inf. literacy

  1. 1. COMPUTER LITERACY AMONG THE LIBRARY PROFESSIONALS IN INDORE CITY <ul><li>By </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. GHS Naidu </li></ul><ul><li>Librarian & Head, School of Library & Information Science, </li></ul><ul><li>DAVV, Indore (M.P.) E-mail: </li></ul><ul><li>Prabhat Singh Rajput </li></ul><ul><li>Lecturer, School of Library & Information Science, </li></ul><ul><li>DAVV, Indore (M.P.) E-mail: </li></ul><ul><li>and </li></ul><ul><li>Namita Kapoor </li></ul><ul><li>MLISC student, DAVV Central Library, Indore </li></ul>
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION <ul><li>The word “ computer” has been referred as” electronic machine” used to process numbers, text, graphics or a combination of them”. The original objective for inventing the computer was to create a fact calculating machine.However, more than 80% of the work done by computer today is of non-mathematical or non-numerical nature. Computer is an electronic tool, which works with high speed, accuracy and memory. It stores, processes and retrieves information very effectively than any other means. </li></ul>
  3. 3. COMPUTERS AND LIBRARIES <ul><li>Information and Communication Technology has influenced the entire society. Its impact on library and information centres is, causing radicals changes in library collections, organization, services, and particularly communication media. Library automation and networks have totally transformed the nature and functioning of library and information centres. A process of reengineering of libraries is being done in place of traditional libraries. </li></ul>
  4. 4. METHODOLOGY <ul><li>The main purpose of the present study is to study computer literacy of library professionals among college libraries affiliated to DAVV in Indore City.The data was collected through questionnaire from 51 professionals working in affiliated colleges of DAVV. </li></ul>
  5. 5. COMPUTER LITERACY <ul><li>HISTORY: </li></ul><ul><li>In 1974, Paul Zurkowski, president of the Information Industry Association, introduced the concept of “computer Literacy” in a proposal submitted to the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS). </li></ul><ul><li>Two years later, Burchinal suggested that “To be computer literate require a new set of skills. These include how to locate and use computer needed for problem solving and decision making efficiently and effectively. </li></ul><ul><li>During the 1980s, there was recognition that computers and related technologies were becoming increasingly powerful tools for retrieval and manipulation of information. </li></ul>
  6. 6. MEANING <ul><li>Eisenberg and Johnson (2002), however, believe that the computer is a tool that facilitates and extends our abilities to learn and to process information </li></ul><ul><li>Computer literacy is the knowledge and ability to use computers and technology efficiently </li></ul><ul><li>Computer literacy can also refer to the comfort level some one has while using computer programmes and other applications that are associated with computers </li></ul>
  7. 7. NEED <ul><li>Growth of library collection. </li></ul><ul><li>Availability of information in varied formats like print, non-print, graphics, audio visuals and electronic media. </li></ul><ul><li>Varied needs of libraries and their limitations. </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges of information technology applications before the librarians </li></ul><ul><li>National and International database searches </li></ul><ul><li>Information management and retrieval techniques. </li></ul><ul><li>Limitations of traditional information systems in libraries. </li></ul>
  8. 8. OBJECTIVES <ul><li>Find out the computer literacy among library professionals in Indore city. </li></ul><ul><li>Library professionals working knowledge of computers </li></ul><ul><li>Professional awareness in information technology applications in libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the library professionals providing computerized services for users. </li></ul>
  9. 9. SKILLS/UPDATES <ul><li>Fundamental knowledge of computers and networking skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Web programming skills : HTML,ASP,PHP or any web programming languages. </li></ul><ul><li>Basic understanding for digitalization. </li></ul><ul><li>Information management skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness of emerging technologies that may not be currently relevant but may become relevant tools of future information resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Database searching skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Internet searching skills. </li></ul>
  10. 10. BENEFITS <ul><li>The computer literate professionals are susceptible for adoption of change. </li></ul><ul><li>The quality of library services will be improved by using computer. They will be responsive to the demands of the user. </li></ul><ul><li>The efficient services enable to get help and recognition of the users for the library professionals. </li></ul><ul><li>The professionals with improved access to information through CD-ROM, internet and other packages and being relieved from the drudgery of repetitive work, will be used for betterment of the library services </li></ul>
  11. 11. COMPUTERS AS A SUBJECT IN COURSES . 0.00 100.00 Technical 87.50 12.50 Book lifter 52.00 48.00 Asst. Librarian 68.96 31.04 Librarian No (%) Yes (%) Category of Staff
  12. 12. Working Experience of Computers 0.00 100.00 Technical 37.00 63.00 Book Lifter 4.00 96.00 Asst.Librarian 6.90 93.10 Librarian No (%) Yes (%) Working Exp. Of Computers Category of Staff
  13. 13. Working Experience of Computers
  14. 14. KNOWLEDGE OF INTERNET 0.00 100.00 0.00 100.00 Technical 93.00 6.25 62.50 37.50 Book Lifter 24.00 76.00 12.00 88.00 Asst. Librarian 31.04 68.86 13.80 86.20 Librarian No (%) Yes (%) No (%) Yes (%) INTERNET TOOLS INTERNET Category of Staff
  15. 15. AWARENESS OF LIBRARY SOFTWARE Nil Nil 80.00 40.00 60.00 Technical NIl Nil 12.50 87.5 12.50 Book lifter 24.00 8.00 48.00 28.00 72.00 Asst. Librarian 6.80 21.00 61.00 27.59 72.41 Librarian others CDS/ISIS SOUL No(%) Yes (%) Specific Library Software Awareness of Library Software's Category of Staff
  16. 16. WORK IN LIBRARY 60.00 - 40.00 Technical 12.50 - 87.50 Book lifter 12.00 - 88.00 Asst. Librarian 20.69 - 79.31 Librarian Both (%) Through computer (%) Manually (%) Category of Staff
  17. 17. CONCLUSION <ul><ul><li>Majority of the librarians of senior and middle level have a sound knowledge of computers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The library staff with computer literacy should start ITELS in their libraries. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Professional Bodies should arrange for necessary workshops, for educating the librarians, who are lacking the basic skills of library automation softwares </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Computer and their application in libraries should be essential components of LIS Courses. </li></ul></ul>
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