The global philosophy in context of education has taken new dimensions due to rapid and progressive change in ‘information and Communication Technology’.
This positive change has made a deep impact on all Educational Institutions and also on how we learn and how much we learn.
There is a paradigm shift; The word digit has metamorphosed to digitization, standalone libraries to library and information networks; from printed publications to digital documents; and from ownership to access. This transition is the result of the impact of ICTs, the Internet and the web on different types of libraries.
So, now it is the duty and responsibility of Educational institutions to turn the rote learners into independent learners and critical thinkers. The challenge for today’s teachers, including academic librarians, is to effectively educate students on how to strategically gather information from the Internet and other sources in ways that yield the best sources in a minimal amount of time. To matriculate into professional information managers, students must learn lifelong skills for effective searching. Students need to move beyond their academic assignments into being able to complete research for the world of work. If universities are to prepare graduates to be world-class professionals, then the academy must place information literacy skills at the core of instruction in every discipline. This can best be accomplished when librarians in collaboration with classroom faculty infuse information literacy instruction into and across the curriculum.
Library and informational professionals must commit themselves to bridge the gap between the ‘info-rich’ and the ‘info-poor’ on the one hand and the gap between the ‘tacit knowledge’ and the ‘explicit knowledge’ on the other hand. For this, they will have to develop a critical and positive outlook, as well as a learning attitude to create and add value to their resources and services.
Ms.. Kuljeet G. Kahlon