The Librarian in the Digital Age: A Preferred Nomenclature, Perceptions of Academic Librarians in Imo State Nigeria

By Scholastica, Chukwu A. J.; Nkeiru, Emezie et al. | Library Philosophy and Practice, December 2018 | Go to article overview

The Librarian in the Digital Age: A Preferred Nomenclature, Perceptions of Academic Librarians in Imo State Nigeria


Scholastica, Chukwu A. J., Nkeiru, Emezie, Ngozi, Nwaohiri Maria, Ngozi, Chima-James, Library Philosophy and Practice


Introduction

The librarian is synonymous with knowledge dissemination. This is because of librarians process, organize and disseminate knowledge through various library processes such as cataloguing, and classification, indexing, selective dissemination of information, current awareness services, etc. However, technological changes in the world have changed the way libraries work. Before the emergence of technology, librarians were perceived as bookkeepers. According to the Online Computer Library Catalogue [OCLC], (2005), public perceptions of librarians, however, are tied to the outdated understanding of librarians as keepers of the books. In line with this statement, Lahm, (1994) and Fagan,(2002) observe that the public does not fully grasp the librarian's function or what the means to be an expert in this area. It is often the assumption of people that librarians do not need broad education and that they should not be considered professionals in data retrieval, data gathering, and processing and that they are viewed as educated clerks who are responsible for the dissemination and transmission of books. This view may have been considered valid in times past when librarians watched over books with limited or closed access.

With technological advancements and the changing learning environment, librarians are providing borderless information services. According to Obadare (n.d), digital information is changing the role of librarians radically: No longer are they to wait for students to ask for assistance in finding information in a place called a library. Their new role makes it imperative for them to provide services and instructions regardless of location, time or format. Consequently, the digital age has changed librarians from the custodian of books to thoroughbred information experts who now provide services to users in diverse locations. This transformation is precipitated by changes in the way clients are accessing, retrieving and using information. As a result, librarians are now providing as well as promoting access, guidance, and training to both physical and electronic materials housed outside and in an online environment. They ensure that there is an active and efficient flow of information from the generators to the users of information in the digital environment (Obadare, n.d). With this paradigm shift in librarians' roles, it is evident that the goal post has changed regarding service delivery thus demystifying the "custodian" notion. Hence, this study seeks to ascertain the views of librarians in Imo state on a preferred nomenclature in the digital age.

Objectives

1. To identify the changing roles of librarians in the digital age

2. To ascertain a preferred nomenclature for librarians in the digital age

3. To find out reasons for the preferred nomenclature.

Literature review.

In a digital age, academic researchers are increasingly referring to online sources to begin their research journey. Therefore with such significant change underway, it is essential that the role of librarians is evolving to keep up with this shift in research behavior. Librarians foresee their role growing to that of a consultant and planner, where they facilitate the delivery of end-user information through the corporate network

Melchiona (2004), emphasizes that the role of librarians has developed to that of educators, facilitators, and collaborators, with a robust customer-oriented accent. New and innovative information resources and tools, development in the network which empower the end-user have imposed librarians to be more flexible and creative to work out approximate solutions and deal with a profession which was changing almost every day under their hands. Sarasvathy; Nambratha and Giddarch (2012) were of the view that the responsibility of the librarian and information scientist has increased regarding packaging and repackaging of information, electronic publishing, advising users about the strategy to identify relevant electronic sources. …

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