• Impact of Internet on LIS Education & Role of Future Librarians

      Majumder, Apurba Jyoti; Bose, Sharmila (2008)
      Internet is the buzzword for today's information community. The www is threatening to replace the traditional library system. The only way to survival of the library professionals is to adapt themselves to the new technologies and become cyber- librarian. The information superhighway has imposed a challenge to the existing information professionals to provide information exhaustively and timely. The librarians should keep themselves upto- date every moment with the new developments and to meet the diversified queries of the new generation users. This paper gives a brief idea about the impact of internet on LIS education and its utility in libraries.
    • Library and Information Science Education in Digital Era

      Majumder, Apurba Jyoti (2007)
      Education for library profession is a revolutionary process. The core of the curricula is the people in relation to the information itself and technology that enable the provision of this information. There is a need to produce library science graduates with sophisticated management and policy and planning skills and the vision to translate core values of today and tomorrowâ s information world. Due to the ongoing developments in information technology sector, the information professionals trained in the latest information handling techniques would also become obsolete after a short time. Hence, the curricula must be reviewed constantly to determine whether the changes are in tune with the present and future job requirements.
    • Open Courseware initiatives for e-learners in India

      Majumder, Apurba Jyoti; Sarma, Gautam Kumar (Vikas Publishing House (Delhi, India), 2010)
      Open Courseware is nothing but the repository of the study and learning materials in digital form in the web which is open for every user i.e. Open Access. These repositories envisage to store, index, preserve, distribute and share the digital learning resources with any time access offering interoperability. On the other hand, e-learning covers a myriad set of applications, and processes such as computer based learning, web-based learning, virtual classrooms, etc. What is most significant about the method is that it ensures faster learning at comparatively reduced cost and gives access to more learning resources. In India, a number of institutions are digitizing their course materials and a good number of open courseware have been established e.g. eGyankosh-a National Digital Repository, CEC Learning Object Repository, Indo- German eGurukul on Digital Libraries, NPTEL, NCERT Online Textbooks, UNESCOSALIS e-Learning Portal, etc. This paper presents a scenario of the Open Courseware initiatives in India that can be helpful and necessary to the e-learners.
    • Role of Consortia on Library and Information Science Education

      Majumder, Apurba Jyoti; Ramaiah, L S (Allied Publisher, 2007)
      The way and pace at which information is generated, organized and used is witnessed rapid strides in recent times. Hence, the discipline of LIS meant to manage and provide information service may not be taught effectively and practiced perfectly through a framed curriculum in the formal education steam alone. Driven by the market demands and user needs, the discipline is embracing other disciplines like computers, communication technology, cognition research etc. to continuously monitor and augment their skills to arrive at â pinpointed information from the delugeâ . Manual means of tackling information will not help the user/professional to solve emerging problems in the actual research setup and also the present day researchers expect a faster response to their information needs. Information management and servicing in a highly matured and skill intensive activity and it requires people with different educational backgrounds. Electronic access is increasingly providing a large proportion of current information instead of print and allowing access through a variety of platforms on a twenty-four hour basis. As the traditional custodians of information, librarians need to be aware of the implications of these changes and develop technological and managerial skills that will enable them to make effective use of information to meet their organization and changing needs. However, many librarians lack confidence to learn and master the skills required in adopting the increasingly sophisticated technology. It is vital that they must be kept in touch with modern developments and maintains a proactive approach to work in an ever-changing information world. Professional profiles are changing so rapidly and very radically these days impacting the librarianâ s portfolio, since libraries are becoming knowledge management organizations with librarians as their active agents. Perhaps the most important development of libraries during the current decade has been the move from organizational self-sufficiency to a collaborative survival mode as personified by the growth of library consortia. Information technology is now a level of cooperation that is much broader and deeper than ever before