Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Purpose: This study aims to assess the Digital Literacy and Knowledge Competencies of Iranian Academic Librarians. Also, librarians' challenges in acquiring digital literacy skills are assessed.
Method: The present study is a survey method. The data collection tool was a researcher-made questionnaire in 4 main components and 31 items among 166 experts in librarianship and information. Cronbach's alpha test was used to determine the reliability of the measuring instrument, and structural validity was used to evaluate the validity of the measuring instrument. In this study, KMO and Bartlett tests were used to perform factor analysis.
Findings: In the Digital literacy skills component, the digital library development skill is medium-level. All items in the Level of Qualifications and knowledge competencies of librarians, except the indexing of electronic resources, are medium-level. The items in the Digital competencies of librarians in implementing security measures to protect digital content are at the medium level.
Conclusion: Library management should make available the technical resources available in the university libraries to encourage librarians to use the resources. Digital skills competency should be considered when hiring librarians.
The manuscript highlights how the academic librarians are using Digital technologies and digital literacy skills, Knowledge security competencies, including the challenges of the digital librarians in the University library. The stakeholders are bachelor, master, and Ph.D. research scholars who are using the digital facilities in the University library. This manuscript has brought clear information on how to make use of the digital library facilities.