Changing dimensions and perspectives of librarianship in India

Chaurasia, Kamal Kumar Changing dimensions and perspectives of librarianship in India., 2007 . In Seminar on Networking of Technical Libraries in Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, India. [Conference paper]


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Libraries provide the real and virtual spaces in communities for the free and open exchange of ideas fundamental to democratic participation and civil society. As community forums, libraries present thoughtful, engaging, and enlightening programs about problems facing our democratic way of life--programs that have a vast potential to renew communities and encourage active citizenship.The future of the library will be shaped in part by the changing environments of the society, the library and information profession, education system, business and industry, and government. Within a complex educational culture, the library anticipates the changing expectations of users (citizens, policy makers, faculty, students, researchers and scholars), administrators, funding agencies, and an increasingly diverse array of partners (from the community, profession, and business). The library profession is at a pivotal point. This decade is a vital one for all groups and individuals related in one way or another to the information service sector. The changes are radical and transformational and libraries do not have the luxury of time. Even as the society marches into a digital age, libraries and information centres have assumed greater responsibilities for meeting the diverse needs of its user community. The new technologies have largely aided in designing value-added library services. The integration of electronic information and information sources draws attention to the changing role of the librarian in an era in which the position is less of a warehouse manager and more of a reference consultant to different types of users while still retaining the instructional focus that has always been a part of the position. Library technology reaches beyond the library walls via computer networks to put information resources into the hands of end users at the point of need. With networks linking all areas of the modern educational and technological institutions, the best place to access information may no longer be within the walls of the traditional library.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: librarianship, professional development, knowledge economy, knowledge society
Subjects: G. Industry, profession and education. > GA. Information industry.
Depositing user: Kamal Kumar Chaurasia
Date deposited: 24 Sep 2008
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:12


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