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E-LITERACY AND LIS PROFESSIONALS
K. Rajaram , S. Jeyachitra and B.S.Swaroop Rani
Librarian & Research Scholar, K.S.Rangasamy Institute of Technology, Tiruchengode.
Librarian, Urumu Dhanalakshmi College, Tiruchirappalli.
Associate. Professor, Bishop Heber College, Tiruchirappalli.
The main and foremost aim of LIS Professionals is to provide package information as and when needed to their
user(s).In this regard information should be organized in different form depending on the users need. Information literacy is the process of knowing different aspect of information. But in the present era a huge number of information sources assume an electronics form, information literacy nowadays includes e-literacy that may be thought of as information literacy in an age digital information.
LIS Professionals , E-Literacy , electronics ,digital information.
To be information literate a person must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to
locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information (American Library Association, 1998).Information literacy is the ability to make significant connections to form interpretation to evaluate situation and to provide context.
Information literacy includes 'library research skills and IT Literacy'but it is broader than Information literacy is not
just about finding and presenting information, it is about higher order analysis, synthesis, critical thinking and problem solving .It involves seeking and using information for independent learning, lifelong learning, participative citizenship and social responsibility.
Transformation literacy required in the new economy characterized by changes in social, political, economics and
civic life that have come in the wake of globalization in the 21st century .New literacy include e-literacy which consists of awareness of the IT and the information environment, confidence in using generic IT and information tools and application ,evaluation of information handing operations and products, which translates into the ability to access, understand, analyze and critique information and the capacity to produce, communicate and use knowledge from various sources for varied tasks and activities.
E-Literacy is a crucial enabler of individuals and institutions in moving successfully in a world reliant upon
tools and facilities. Finally it is recognized that:
ut er Literac
(+Moral or Ethical Literacy)
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E-LITERACY FOR LIS PROFESSIONALS
As educators of library users on E-Literacy, librarians must first acquire E-Literacy themselves. That is, LIS
Professional should be conversant with courseware and networked information resources, and possess both knowledge and skills in a network environment. Besides the knowledge and skills in networked information described above as library users network literacy, IS Professionals Should Further Play Multimodal Role As
Adequate knowledge in globally recognizing, organizing and serving networked information resources and services.
Adequate knowledgeable in creating, desigining, organizing instructional programs for library users and for cooperative with teachers and computer/network specialists for network literacy curriculum.
Adequate knowledgeable in online information in different subject fields to match the information needed with the problem solving.
Familiar with different information systems and technology with different networked information available.
Compatible with networking and computer technology related to information resources and services; Adequate knowledgeable in developing networked information resources and services;Skillful in operating computerized interfaces and other network facilities to access, use and process networked information (microcomputer operation, modems, multimedia devices, software applications, etc).
E-LITERACY FOR TECHNOLOGY ACCESS
E-literacy refers to various ICT tools along with their general function and uses in the context of achieving the
objectives. The context, content, methods and techniques as well as resources required for E-literacy may differ in particular at various organizations but in general, knowing the basic concepts of ICT using the computers for creating files, word processing working with spreadsheets like excel and database, programming skills, software development and skills required for professionals ICT specialization are important considerations for E-literacy in librarianship for putting knowledge to work.
ROLE OF LISPROFESSIONAL IN E-LITERACY
1.Seminars or Workshop
Organization of seminars / conventions creates an opportunity for LIS professional to provide E-literacy to user
community in accordance of new technological development. Workshop also offers hands –on experience to recognize, evaluate and use of information as and when need.
Library tours are nothing but the process of taking user(s) inside the library by librarian .with this tour librarian gives
information about whole library, arrangement of documents, databases, searching of OPAC, etc. through a tour the user can be motivated to use the library resources.
3.Library Orientation Program
In this program librarian gives orientation to new users, the orientation program covers following areas:
Overview of library resources & services Way to use OPACWay to use CD-Rom indexesWay to use multimedia encyclopedias, online searching of national and international databases.
Expertise browsing of information resources, etc.
4.The Information Searching Course
Some LIS Professionals arrange for a information searching skill course, such a course may cover following themes:
Library collections, online and off-line modeDigital and virtual librariesSearching web based catalogues The intranet and internetThe basic of web browser Search engines and specialized databases E-mail and e-mail discussion group, archivesCiting web and internet resources.
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5.Online Library Tutorials
To gear up E-Literacy some LIS professionals arrange online tutorials programmers. Online tutorials can be either
interactive or read only format or PPT format.
SUPPORTS TOWARDS DEVELOPMENTS
The university grants commission (UGC) has initiated a programme to provide electronics access over the internet
to scholarly literature in all areas of learning in the universities in India. The programmer is wholly funded by the UGC. All Universities which come under UGC's purview will be members of the programme, and it will gradually be extended to colleges as well.
INFLINET initiate a project as part of going international efforts to construct a networked digital library of these
and dissertations in all Indian university libraries and it is presently accessible through its website.
Professional Organizations should also play a great role to develop the Professional efficiencies from time to time. It
could host various seminars, workshops, hands-on trainings and refresher courses on new technologies. Professional Organizations can keep up with changes in the profession and embrace it smoothly.
If we view the seminars / conferences that are organized by different LIS Professional bodies of India we can
definitely understand that the realization of multimodal roles of LIS professionals is well accepted.
The preliminary tasks' of LIS schools is to provide tactful teaching to give students of adequate knowledge and they
also know how to develop a strategy for continuing their education once after completion their LIS School education specifically in real field scenarios, how to develop skills for acceptance of new technologies and how to develop a strategy for troubleshooting technologies.
LIS schools definitely offered classes on evaluating software and using internet how can traditional library services
be provided from remote places in least possible time.
The e-literacy person must be capable of making self-aware judgments during the processes of finding, evaluating,
and explaining the information. A library and information centre with good e-literacy skills will manage information effectively, communicate appropriately internally and externally keep individuals up to date new techonologies,use information and technology for better organization.
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