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Title: Emerging challenges in academic librarianship & role of library associations in professional updating
Authors: Thomas, VK
Satpathi, C
Satpathi, JN
Issue Date: Mar-2010
Source: Academic Librarian 2 : Singing in the Rain, ALSR 2010, Conference towards Future Possibilities, Hong Kong, 11-12 March 2010, conference proceedings, session 3A, p. [1-12]
Abstract: This paper intends to discuss the challenges posed by the emerging trends and technologies and to examine their implications to academic librarianship.
Part I of this paper analyses the new challenges posed by the contemporary environment which are results of ICT and digital revolution which, in turn, call for developing new competencies and skills as well as a new set of proficiencies.
Part II principally assesses the role played by library associations in preparing the professionals to face challenges offered by trends that emerge from time to time. It is done with the aid of a case study of the Indian Association of Special Libraries & Information Centres (IASLIC), Kolkata (India).
This case study 1) lists 'Training Programmes', 'Seminars & Conferences', and 'Study Circles' organized by IASLIC 2) examines critically whether IASLIC has achieved the objectives, 3) evaluates the relevance of these activities vis-a-vis the emerging demands and 4) points out areas to be taken up for future consideration.
It is found that the modern academic librarian, besides the common attributes, should be technology savvy, and eager to learn and adopt any technology development for the benefit of the users. Regular updating of the professionals is sine qua non. The paper examines the situation in India. It’s found that professional bodies like IASLIC did play a yeomen’s role in bringing up India to the forefront of global librarianship.
It is concluded that India does need a well-laid out policy and programmes of updating and equipping its librarians continuously.
Keywords: Academic librarianship
Emerging challenges
Library associations
Professional updating
Publisher: Pao Yue-kong Library, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Rights: Reproduced with permission of the authors.
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