Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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Published in Library Philosophy and Practice (2011) 4 p.


This paper argued that skills have become a major determining factor in the accessibility and use of 21st century library. Everybody needs information whether skilled or not and as such, users profile should be considered along that line. The paper revealed that without ICT skills, it is not possible to make effective use of the library except a third party is involved. It was recommended that librarians must acquire ICT skills in order to satisfy their user. The library users also must undergo self-sponsored basic ICT training to acquire skills; the collections of the library must reflect the needs of the users. Use of advanced search technology was recommended for skilled library (ICT) users. Libraries should put adequate security measures in place to deny unauthorized users access to their collections.