informatiomation search and retrieval in the internet age, librarians roles
INFORMATION SEARCHAND RETRIEVAL IN THEINTERNET AGE: IS THEREANY NEED FOR THELIBRARIAN?Chimezie P. Uzuegbu&Ogonna .N. AnieduMaiden conference of the Nigerian Library Association, Abia StateChapter @ National Root Crops Research Institute, Umudike. Dec.11-13, 2012
INTRODUCTIONSomeone recently asked -“What is the need forthe library today since Ihave the Internetthere?”
In another place and atanother time, someonewalked into a digital libraryand said –“why call this place alibrary and keep a staff init when I have no need forhim?”
GUESS WHAT! The librarianin that digital library becamesad.he wondered if a computerliterate librarian can becompared with a computerliterate non-librarian.
He also conjectured if theunguided online informationsearch and retrievals made bynon-librarians can be reliablefor research.He could not believe how a non-librarian would know scholarlysearch sites more than him.
Next – he shared hisordeal with his colleagueand both of them divedinto this study.
The objectives they set were:1. to find out thecomputer/Internet experiencemargin between librarians and non-librarians2. to examine librarians and non-librarians knowledge and perceptionof qualities of a certified andreliable Internet publication.
3. To study librarians andnon-librarians knowledge ofsearch sites and query signsused for Internet searchand retrieval ofinformation.
After a survey of 30computer literatelibrarians and 30 non-librarians who arecomputer literatesalso, the researcherscame up with results.
RESULTS1. It was found that 83% ofthe librarian respondents hasmore than five years ofcomputer experience againstthe non-librarians who hadonly 67% that possess fiveyears and above experience ofcomputer/internet.
2. Librarians could identify acertified and reliable internetdocument more than the non-librarians.Moreover, librarians were moredefinite (in terms and features)in listing characteristics of acertified and reliable internetretrieved document more thanthe non-librarians.
3a. The number of search siteslibrarians know are less than thenumber listed by non-librarians.But, a closer examination on thelistings, show that the few siteslibrarians listed are more ofsubject gateways and scholarlydatabases. Whereas the non-librarians were listing open searchsites like Google, Devil Finder, etcetera.
3b. Librarians accepted theusage of keywords, Booleanoperators and other querysigns in retrieving internetinformation more than non-librarians.
SUMMARYBased on these findings, it is notgainsaying that librarians whopossess Computer/Internet skillsperform better than non-librarians in Internet informationsearch and would retrieve a moredetailed, definite and reliableresearch information than thenon-librarians.
It is imperative to note thatthe assertion of Ononogbo(2010), who posits that manyonline researchers end up inretrieving, printing out andtaking home to their researchdesk, documents that areunreliable is true.
So, non-librarians shouldknow that -A librarian have not only beentrained in the business ofinformation classification anddescription, which is the backboneof Internet success today(Singh, 2008), but also possessesthe ICT related skills to practice intoday’s society (Ogunsola, 2011;Ramos, 2007).
And so, we ask before webow out -IS THERE ANY NEEDFOR THE LIBRARIAN INTHIS INTERNET AGE ? -