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World Digital Libraries: An International Journal (WDL)
Vol.14(2)  December 2021
Print ISSN : 0974-567X
Online ISSN : 0975-7597

Library Software Skills: a case study of college libraries of Delhi

V. K. Bajpai
Research Scholar
Department of Library and Information Science
University of Delhi, Delhi – 110007, India
(E): vyaskumarbajpai@shyamlal.du.ac.in

M. Madhusudhan
Department of Library and Information Science
University of Delhi, Delhi – 110007, India
(E): mmadhusudhan@libinfosci.du.ac.in

DOI: 10.18329/09757597/2021/14208


The article accentuates the information communication tools (ICTs) skills of library and information science (LIS) professionals working in the 74 college libraries affiliated with the University of Delhi. In the present study, the respondents gathered the information through a structured questionnaire using the survey method. The questionnaires were distributed among 196 LIS professionals, and 171 filled-in questionnaires were collected personally and elicited 87.1%. The findings demonstrated that most LIS professionals are deficient regarding skills in burglar systems, electromagnetic security systems (ESS), access control system, quick response (QR) codes, biometric technology, content management systems, reference creation and management, R software in statistical package. On account of semi-professionals, it was revealed that they need to enhance ICT tool skills in digital library software, ESS, QR codes, biometric technology, content management system (CMS), reference management, and statistical software.

The ICT tool skills will be at the centre of the necessary skills and fundamental to advancing learning skills, problem-solving, and critical, innovative, and systemic thinking towards improving their library services. The authors advocate that college libraries have to cross alongside technological adjustments that are taking location to continue to include value to higher learning establishments. It is also necessary to continue constructing LIS professional potential to ensure that they add value to college libraries. The study is noteworthy because it accentuates the ICT tools skills of LIS professionals and helps the University of Delhi authorities include courses for ICT skills in the academic/ professional curriculum, which would help the working LIS professionals to get capable in different ICT skills.