Ict Skills For Lis Professionals

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  • ICT Skills for LIS ProfessionalsDr. Khalid Mahmood

    Department of Library and Information ScienceUniversity of the Punjab

  • Study in 2001Competencies Needed for Future Academic Librarians in Pakistan

    Sample: 70 heads of university and postgraduate college librariesList of 75 competenciesRanked on a 1-9 scale

  • Top Ten Competencies

    RankCompetency Mean 1 Using relevant developments in information technology like e-mail, Internet, Intranet, multi-media, imaging, interconnectivity, full-text databases, in-house CD-ROM publishing, etc.8.53 2 Converting the functions of cataloging, circulation, acquisition, serials from manual to an automated mode8.40 3 Planning for library automation: assessing needs, system specification and procurement of resources, etc.8.30 4 Training staff and users in using automated systems 8.29 5 Leadership skill 8.09 6 Comprehending the impact of information technology on libraries8.07 78 Managing automated systems (input, file maintenance, backup security, etc.8.06 78 Demonstrating good interpersonal skills and effective verbal and writing communication skills8.06 9 Developing a sound knowledge of ready reference sources 8.03 10 Designing and developing Web-based materials and documents for online use8.00

  • Ongoing Study in 2006Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Training for LIS Professionals in Pakistan:A Needs Assessment Survey

    Sample: Professionals working in all types of libraries, information centers, LIS schools, etc.137 responses so far

  • Training Needed (75% - 100%)

    ICT SkillPercentNetworking (LAN / WAN)79Administration of DBMS (MySQL, ORACLE, SQL Server) 77Bibliographic formats (MARC, z39.5, Metadata)77Data analysis (Research) software (SPSS)77Indexing Servers (Zebra Server) with Proxy Clients76Computer programming (VB, Java, JSP, ASP, JavaScript, PERL, PHP)76Digital libraries (Designing and maintaining)76Citation software (ProCite, etc.)75

  • Training Needed (50% - 74%)

    MARC Editors (MarcEdit)74Web Servers (Tomcate, MS IIS etc)74Hardware troubleshooting, Use of data shows74Database Management System (WINISIS, MS Access, MySQL, ORACLE)72Web designing / Web editors (FrontPage, DreamWeaver, HTML, XML)69Barcode technology, RFID69Virtual / electronic reference service68Data conversion utilities and copy cataloging66Inter-library loan systems65Graphics software (Adobe Photoshop, Corel Draw, etc.)60Desktop publishing (MS Publisher etc)58Electronic document delivery58File formats54Digitization (Scanner, Software, OCR)53Operating system (Administration)50

  • Training Needed (Below 50%)

    Data Compression (Winzip)48Digital libraries (Use)48Library Management Systems (For cataloging, circulation, acquisition, serials control, etc.)46Spreadsheets (MS Excel, Lotus etc)43Library electronic tools (Electronic DDC, Classification+, LCSH, etc.)42Operating system (Windows, XP, LINUX etc)39Presentation (MS PowerPoint etc)38CD-ROM / DVD (Use of multimedia encyclopedias, dictionaries and other reference sources)35Searching online databases (Online journals, bibliographic and indexing databases)34Web browsers31Internet (Email, Discussion groups, Search engines, WWW)29Word processing (MS Word, Inpage etc)24Computer basics16