Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
FROM CLASSROOM TO THE FIELD OF LIBRARY PRACTICE: THE GAPS AND ITS COST IN THE LIBRARIANSHIP PROFESSION.
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Librarianship is a service-oriented profession which focuses on managing relevant information resources to meet diverse needs of users. The goals of librarianship, particularly its role in transmission of knowledge cannot be achieved without users occupying a huge portion in the process of information services; this preoccupation has implications for how librarianship is and will be practiced.
In modern usage, professions tend to have certain qualities in common. A profession is always held by a person, and it is generally that person's way of generating income.
A specialized knowledge of the concerned field is needed by the professional. Those persons who are engaged in a library should have the required academic background although; some of them may not possess a LIS degree.
Some function of librarian is as follows: Selection and acquisition of information sources relevant to the needs of the user community, Organization and management of the information sources and facilities, Dissemination of information to the users, Facilitating access to information in print and electronic formats; Creating and managing digital collections in institutional repositories and electronic resources management.
Challenges facing the librarianship are: Lack of adequate publicity and due recognition; government interest in implementing the report of association Fund inadequacy, Political factors,; Lack of rich curriculum in most library schools and Competitors challenges.
In the digital age, when information is increasingly becoming available online, there is a propensity to say that libraries and librarians are redundant; librarians need to have detailed specialist subject knowledge to pass on to library users.
Keywords: Classroom, Field, Library practice, profession, Librarianship, knowledge