Developing Competencies of Library and Information Professionals – An Evaluation of LIS Curriculum of ODL Institutions in India

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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)

PCF5 Sub-theme: Livelihoods // Knowledge and Information are the key resources for development in the present day Information Society. Hirotaka Takeuchi, one of the main thinkers of knowledge creation said “If knowledge is the engine of development, then learning must be its fuel.” Knowledge encourages people’s participation in development. Lack of application of knowledge and technical know-how accentuates the process of marginalization and economic deprivation. Therefore, education should aim at imparting process-oriented and skill based learning which can help people gain livelihoods and foster development. // By linking literacy with livelihood, education contributes to the development. John Daniel (2004), says “marrying literacy and livelihoods is an important step in tackling the poverty reduction targets of the Millennium Development Goals”. Livelihood, according to Chambers R and Conway (1992, p.7), “comprises of building the capabilities, assets and activities required for a living”. By imparting the basic skills necessary to earn employment or involve in income generating activities, education helps one to enhance the already existing skills and enables to live with dignity in the society. // Open and Distance Learning (ODL) has emerged as a popular approach for ensuring access, equity and quality education in a cost effective manner. Many vocational and technical courses offered through distance education thrive to enhance the economic status of people contributing to development. // Library & Information Science (LIS) courses have lot of potential to develop the knowledge and skills required to sustain and survive in the present day knowledge society. Globalization and liberalization has opened up multiple career options to the LIS professionals. The traditional roles of LIS have changed with the advances in Information and Communication Technologies. LIS professionals are expected to be academics of higher order with competence to work in a hypertext, networked, digital environment. Hence, the LIS education should impart the learners, the necessary skills to gain employment upon graduation and to develop the vision and understanding to help them cope better with the rapidly changing world. This study examines the status of LIS education in India and discusses the various skills required for the new era Library & Information Professionals. // The specific objectives of the study are to: // Compare the content of LIS curricula of IGNOU and Dr.BRAOU; // List out the core subjects taught in LIS courses; // Evaluate the adequacy of various skills imparted by the LIS curriculum of Dr.BRAOU. // Assess how the LIS courses have contributed to the employment of Dr.BRAOU learners with respect to change in designation and salary structures. // Paper ID 267