Information Technology Skills for Library Professionals

13 Pages Posted: 21 Jul 2014

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Ganapathi Batthini

Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India

Date Written: July 20, 2014


It is becoming increasingly apparent that library professionals, working within the technological environments, needed strong Information Technology Skills which extended beyond expertise in the use of automated library management systems for general house keeping purposes. However, the actual nature and level of these skills was less clear. In converged services, i.e. those where computing and library services had been integrated, and in those services with strong IT focus, distinctions between ‘computing’ services and ‘information’ services were starting to blur, with library professionals tending to be deployed on the basis of their experience and skills, rather than their professionals qualifications. Increased provision of workstations, the growth of electronic information resources, and the increasing popularity of the Internet, has led to a requirement for library professions who are confined with computers, and who are able to support and serve others. The digital era requires professionals who thrive on change, and who are proactive in terms of both their approach to work and their own professional development.

Keywords: Librarianship; IT Skills

Suggested Citation

Ganapathi, Batthini, Information Technology Skills for Library Professionals (July 20, 2014). Available at SSRN: or

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