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1 ICT Skills for LIS Professionals Dr. Khalid Mahmood Department of Library and Information Science University of the Punjab

2 Study in 2001 Competencies Needed for Future Academic Librarians in Pakistan Sample: 70 heads of university and postgraduate college libraries List of 75 competencies Ranked on a 1-9 scale

3 Top Ten Competencies RankCompetencyMean 1 Using relevant developments in information technology like , Internet, Intranet, multi-media, imaging, interconnectivity, full-text databases, in-house CD-ROM publishing, etc Converting the functions of cataloging, circulation, acquisition, serials from manual to an automated mode Planning for library automation: assessing needs, system specification and procurement of resources, etc Training staff and users in using automated systems8.29 5Leadership skill8.09 6Comprehending the impact of information technology on libraries8.07 7–8 Managing automated systems (input, file maintenance, backup security, etc –8 Demonstrating good interpersonal skills and effective verbal and writing communication skills Developing a sound knowledge of ready reference sources Designing and developing Web-based materials and documents for online use 8.00

4 Ongoing Study in 2006 Information 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

5 Training Needed (75% - 100%) ICT SkillPercent Networking (LAN / WAN)79 Administration of DBMS (MySQL, ORACLE, SQL Server)77 Bibliographic formats (MARC, z39.5, Metadata)77 Data analysis (Research) software (SPSS)77 Indexing Servers (Zebra Server) with Proxy Clients76 Computer programming (VB, Java, JSP, ASP, JavaScript, PERL, PHP)76 Digital libraries (Designing and maintaining)76 Citation software (ProCite, etc.)75

6 Training Needed (50% - 74%) MARC Editors (MarcEdit)74 Web Servers (Tomcate, MS IIS etc)74 Hardware troubleshooting, Use of data shows74 Database Management System (WINISIS, MS Access, MySQL, ORACLE)72 Web designing / Web editors (FrontPage, DreamWeaver, HTML, XML)69 Barcode technology, RFID69 Virtual / electronic reference service68 Data conversion utilities and copy cataloging66 Inter-library loan systems65 Graphics software (Adobe Photoshop, Corel Draw, etc.)60 Desktop publishing (MS Publisher etc)58 Electronic document delivery58 File formats54 Digitization (Scanner, Software, OCR)53 Operating system (Administration)50

7 Training Needed (Below 50%) Data Compression (Winzip)48 Digital libraries (Use)48 Library Management Systems (For cataloging, circulation, acquisition, serials control, etc.) 46 Spreadsheets (MS Excel, Lotus etc)43 Library electronic tools (Electronic DDC, Classification+, LCSH, etc.)42 Operating system (Windows, XP, LINUX etc)39 Presentation (MS PowerPoint etc)38 CD-ROM / DVD (Use of multimedia encyclopedias, dictionaries and other reference sources) 35 Searching online databases (Online journals, bibliographic and indexing databases) 34 Web browsers31 Internet ( , Discussion groups, Search engines, WWW)29 Word processing (MS Word, Inpage etc)24 Computer basics16


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