Empowering Librarians


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Empowering Librarians

  1. 1. Empowering Librarians Presented by Corazon M. Nera Chairman, Board for Librarians, PRC Director of Libraries, Lyceum of the Philippines University
  2. 2. VCD Newspaper Books Slides Television ACCESS
  3. 3. Electronic + Traditional Information Resources = HYBRID LIBRARY
  5. 5. DEFINITIONS Types of Libraries
  6. 6. Hybrid Library - Electronic and traditional information resources.
  7. 9. 1. Electronic Reference Sources versus Print Sources 1.1 A strong preference for electronic products. 1.2 User’s access to the material. 1.3 Electronic products networked or made available on the Web can reach many people simultaneously and remotely. 1.4 Ease of use is another critical factor for which we evaluate reference products.
  8. 10. 1.5 Ease of reading the material online. 1.6 Include types of content unavailable in print: e.g graphical images, animation, multimedia & hypertext 1.7 Permanence of information that a library receives in electronic form. May not be permanent, due to the uncertainties of the technologies. Electronic Reference Sources versus Print Sources
  9. 11. 1.8 Electronic products may be more costly for libraries than their print counterparts 1.9 Library collections will contain a mix of formats. Decisions will continue to be made based on what serves the library’s users best with the most efficient use of funds. 1.10 Important to integrate the new technologies with the old.
  10. 12. Empowering Initiatives 1. R.A. No. 9246 – An Act Modernizing the Practice of Librarianship in the Philippines thereby Repealing R.A. Act No. 6966, Entitled: “An Act Regulating the Practice of Librarianship and Prescribing the Qualifications of Librarians” <ul><li>Statement of Policy – The State recognizes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>essential role of librarianship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>developing the intellectual capacity of the citizenry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>making library service component for national development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>honest, effective and credible licensure examination </li></ul></ul>
  11. 13. <ul><ul><li>regulatory powers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>undertake programs and activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>promote and nurture the professional growth and well being of practitioners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>competent, virtuous, productive and well rounded librarians </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>standards of practice and service characterized by excellence and quality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>geared towards world class global competitiveness </li></ul></ul>Statement of Policy
  12. 14. <ul><li>Expanded the Scope of Practice to the development of computer-assisted information systems, online and networked services, establishment of library systems procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Increased the Weight / Value of IT Subject in the Licensure Examination from 5% t0 10% </li></ul><ul><li>Prescribed and Adopted Policies and Standards for all Types of Libraries with IT Components in Facilities and Services </li></ul><ul><li>Promulgated the Policies and Standards for the Bachelor of Library and Information requiring more IT subjects in the curriculum and a choice of specialization. </li></ul>Empowering Initiatives
  13. 15. <ul><li>Prescription of Policies and Standards for the graduate program for LIS is at the offing. </li></ul><ul><li>Adoption and Prescription of a Code of Ethics and Code of Technical Standards to promote ethical and technical standards in the practice </li></ul><ul><li>Prescribed guidelines in the Continuing Professional Education in coordination with PLAI </li></ul><ul><li>Amended the Syllabi or Terms of Specification of Subjects in Licensure Examination to include ICT application in all subjects </li></ul>Empowering Initiatives
  14. 16. Other Initiatives <ul><li>The Philippine E-Lb </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Consortia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Cooperation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet Facilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cyber Libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seminars and Workshops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proactive and Techno Savvy Librarians </li></ul></ul>
  15. 17. R.A. No. 9246 <ul><li>Has Empowered the Filipino Librarian to do what is necessary for: </li></ul><ul><li>1. The State, Society and Public </li></ul><ul><li>2. His/Her profession and colleagues; </li></ul><ul><li>3. His/Her clients and other Users of his/her </li></ul><ul><li> professional services; </li></ul><ul><li>4. His/Her Agency; and </li></ul><ul><li>5. His/Her Self </li></ul>
  16. 18. Empowerment <ul><li>Empowered Librarians = Quality Library Services </li></ul><ul><li>2. Present state of Librarians and Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians and Libraries are at their best in terms </li></ul><ul><li>of: Mission, Goals and Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Administration </li></ul><ul><li>Human Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Collection Development </li></ul><ul><li>Organization of Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Services and Utilization Linkages and Networking </li></ul><ul><li>Physical Facilities IT Resources, Services </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Resources and Facilities </li></ul>
  17. 19. <ul><li>Effect of Modernization and Emerging Technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Building new competencies to ensure that staff educated decades ago are qualified </li></ul><ul><li>Need for new leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Need to change institutions into learning organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce networking and team building </li></ul><ul><li>Develop new professional roles for the staff </li></ul><ul><li>Change attitudes to traditional priorities in the library </li></ul><ul><li>Training to become project managers </li></ul><ul><li>Training to provide civic society with an information literacy program </li></ul>
  18. 20. <ul><li>Build more networks, produce new services in cooperation will all kinds of libraries to deliver virtual services. </li></ul>Challenges: First All libraries at any level of sophistication, young, maturing or adult must aim to be an e- information provider. Second Create the library as a place that really enhances local needs. Effect of Modernization and Emerging Technologies
  19. 21. Third Create a new librarian – the most important is to transform the librarian from an information provider into a knowledge provider; that is from someone who merely give access to information to someone who more actively supports the user in acquiring the needed knowledge. How? I leave that to you. Challenges:
  20. 22. <ul><li>New Laws of Librarianship </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Libraries serve humanity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Respect all forms by which knowledge is communicated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use technology intelligently to enhance service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Protect free access to knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Honour the past and create the future. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Michael Gorman (1995) </li></ul></ul>Do Not Forget
  21. 23. END