Saturday, April 12, 2008

Ang Laybraryan ng Kasalukuyang Panahon (Ikatlong Bahagi ng Isang Serye) Ni Roderick B. Ramos

Ang hamon ng pagbabago gamit ang apat na mga haligi ng pagkatuto ni Delors- pagkatuto upang makalam, makagawa, mabuhay kasama ang iba at maging ganap - ay tumutulak sa mga silid-aklatan at humihimok sa mga laybraryan na harapin ang pagbabago. Batid ng lahat ang eksplosyon ng impormasyon at ang pangangailangan ng tamang literasiya dala na rin ng apat na nabanggit na mga haligi ng pagkatuto mula sa UNESCO. Ito ay binalangkas maraming taon ng nakalilipas upang ihanda ang sangkatauhan sa isang rebolusyon na inaasahang darating.

LEARNING TO KNOW WHAT TO ACQUIRE Digitization and technologies are costly. The acquisition of electronic resources, in particular, for a library/media center is burdensome and will make coffers empty. Dizon (2005) said that the national government should invest more in ICT structures necessary to access info via the Internet and increase the budget for education sector, especially for the public libraries. School and library administrators will have to learn to understand the information world and its revolution around them, in order for their people to live with improved library work environments and serve their customers completely at the least possible time without any runaround. But, it isn’t enough for everyone to simply listen to the world’s call for libraries and librarians to digitize, thereby, making any attempt pointless.

LEARNING TO DO REFERENCE WORK IN A DIGITAL ENVIRONMENT This new paradigm shift compels the information specialists and their reference services to effect technological changes on the teaching and learning environment of both mentors and students. Computer technology is at the very heart of reference activities and goals. Library professionals, specifically, know that the most significant tool in improving reference service is something they already know intuitively: computers. Information professionals’ multitasking in reference work is inevitable.

Between Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) and its decades ago version, librarians excite themselves by browsing ATHENA for its best feature – e-catalogs – while being consulted for other more research options from packed screen and open windows. This environment permits the librarian to demonstrate a key skill to multitask and achieve a blend of traditional and e-reference bibliographical services (e-BI). With a single information inquiry by a reader, for example, both multiple applications and/or results come at hand.

LEARNING TO LIVE AND NETWORK TOGETHER Online portals and meta-networks have generated tremendous influences over collaborative efforts of both state and private, educational and non-educational, business and non-enterprising offices. They create ICT infrastructures and electronic highways in support of the government’s plan in making the Philippines as the “Knowledge Center of Asia.” ICT means many things for the Philippines – jobs for our young people, a driver of investments, a tool for mass education and as instrument for good government (GMA 2005).When people work together on exciting projects which involve them in unaccustomed forms of action, differences and even conflicts between individuals tend to pale and sometimes disappear. A new form of identity is created by these projects, which enable people to transcend the routines of their personal lives and attach value to what they have in common as against what divides them (UNESCO). SUCs and Philippine’s educational
consortia, for example, have electronic visions to introduce and can move beyond what they already have achieved in an environment having a world for zeroes and ones.

LEARNING TO BE SUPER IN ICT The information playground – having both CD-ROM and online information sources of DLSU System, http://www.dlsu., Ateneo de Manila University, http://www.admu., University of the Philippines, http://www.up., JRU, http://www.jru., etc. is superb. These, at the forefront, have superior university library service. Theirs is a complete database industry. They have laboratories of modern facilities for research experiments and subscribe to colossal information databases while other libraries subscribe to them. These super libraries, also, acquire and introduce both externally and internally produced educational software packages and have ICT utilities and capabilities like network computer teleconferencing, video conferencing and the like. Their markets don’t get scared by computer technologies but want to know more about ICT. They find it helpful not only for work related tasks but also subdue and maximize its
versatility and power for their professional development and personal use.

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