LIBRARY & INFORMATION SCIENCE EDUCATION IN KERALA: QUANTITY Vs QUALITY : A CASE STUDY OF RAJAGIRI SCHOOL OF LIBRARY & INFORMATION SCIENCE D r. M. D. Baby, Prof. & Head & Ms. Sreekala Sudeep, Lecturer. Changes in educational scenario in Kerala Technological revolution
LIBRARY & INFORMATION SCIENCE EDUCATION IN KERALA: QUANTITY Vs QUALITY : A CASE STUDY OF RAJAGIRI SCHOOL OF LIBRARY & INFORMATION SCIENCEDr. M. D. Baby, Prof. & Head& Ms. Sreekala Sudeep, Lecturer
Restructured the course curriculum giving more emphasis to IT and pruning many of the conventional papers.
Not included hands-on-training which is a must for LIS students.
Syllabus revision: change in nomenclature and bifurcation of existing papers.
Lack of thrust in the area of IT.
Inefficiency of students to cope with the present ICT enabled working conditions of library and information centres.LIS education: Quantity Vs Quality
Enables the students to develop necessary skills required to operate various library activities.
Confidence to handle things individually
Enables the students to adopt himself to varied working situations and conditions.
Better understanding of the subject than any best tutor can provide
Confidence to face interview or discussion
Working under able librarians and documentation officers boosts the morale of the students.
Ensures thorough theoretical knowledge with sound practical skills.LIS education: Quantity Vs Quality (contd…)
by giving more emphasis to IT and continuous professional training
to enhance professional competencyLIS at Rajagiri
To become a center par excellence of learning, unique in experience, value based approach and pioneering in efforts, for enriching and fulfilling LIFE.
To facilitate comprehensive and integrated development of individuals, to effectively function as social beings, imbued with righteousness and courage of convictionVision & Mission
To develop skills in ICT enabled library management.
Infuse in the learners the ability to function dynamicallyDepartmentobjectives
Initiation program for fresbers – ten days orientation in well established libraries.
Weekly training program (Every Friday & Saturday)
(Academic, Public and Special Libraries)
Two months hands-on-training (Leading libraries in & outside Kerala)
Study visits & Study tour (in & outside Kerala)
Guest Faculty for specialized areas
IT training program (DBMS, spread sheet, Library softwares, web designing, power point presentations etc.)Value addition
Enrichment programs (Seminars, Communicative English, Personality development, Psychology Lab, etc) to motivate students and to improve their self-confidence and ability
Placement Training Program
Computerized library with good collection of books and journals and computer lab with Internet facility.
SocialValue addition (contd…)
Conducted various college level competitions as part of Book week celebrations.
Poster exhibition conducted in connection with 114th Birth anniversary of S.R. Ranganathan,the Father of Library Science
Exhibition conducted in the campus as part of International Women’s day celebrations.Initiatives by GYANDEEPTHI
Improve job performance and helps the students to acquire skill and expertise to confidently interact with specialists in the field of LIS.
Training programs give the students an opportunity to see and experience the actual working conditions of libraries.
Hundred percent placement.
Feed back received from employers were worth appreciating and encouraging.Success story….
To start Masters program and Research Centre in the college.Future Plans
and above all communication
Need changes in LIS curriculum
Continuing education programs and specialized training programs must be included.
LIS students have to acquire and cultivate knowledge and skills for communicating the information to a variety of users in efficient and effective manners.Conclusion