Information technology is changing the culture and landscape of research and library use universal through data collection, management, and analysis technologies increasing a core component of observation and experimentation.
The rapid evolution of technology and the digital era is allowing people to have faster and more convenient access to books and education, computers in library and information science research have been an object of study or a tool for research for so many years and there has been an increasing interest in the library field to better connect with the research needs of faculty and students, and to explore how the skills, knowledge, and practices of librarianship could be applied towards supporting evolving library science particularly in the area of data curation.
Libraries will need to come up with new and innovative ways to deliver responses to users’ information requests through the creation of portals and librarians must make patrons feel comfortable accessing information in an environment that doesn’t safeguard their personal data. but more recently, researchers have been able to use computational tools to explore complex library structures, have access to vast quantities of data from experiments and instruments, massive simulations, meta analysis of research results, and more.
Technology is also allowing the integration of quantitative and qualitative data in ways not previously possible, raising new data management issues and facilitating the sharing of research information as seen in the emergence of science.
Modern librarians exhibit equal proficiency in finding information using digital and non-digital resources, enabling them to help older generations to make the transition to a digital world and help younger generations to find needed information, blended learning, drawing on both the physical and virtual spaces compelling the reconfiguring of academic libraries in much the same way as technological developments have changed the role of the academic librarian.
In a fast growing international education environment there are new challenges created for academic library staff that call for an investment in skills development and continuous improvements on the basis of delivering effective, meaningful, interactive, flexible and culturally aware of library services and programmes and these developments require a culture of openness and sharing that challenges the traditional stereotype of library work as controlled, mediated information access and a more user-centred approach to meet the needs and requirements of an increasingly global library community.
Libraries are critically important in helping researchers to exploit the full benefits and opportunities of the networked world, including such developments as open access and social media. But libraries are not always well-equipped to promote change, and researchers sometimes resist efforts to modify their behaviours and practices. Nevertheless, many libraries have succeeded in addressing such problems, by establishing stronger links with researchers and re focusing their services to promote and exploit new technologies and new models of scholarly communication.
Electronic catalogue technology offers functionality and services which improve information discovery via the social web and support searching various open sources including web search engines and allowing user comments, reviews, ratings, added subjects and keywords, which provide user input to library collections and services. Online reading lists have also been widely adopted by academic libraries as an effective means for creating, editing, personalizing, updating and integrating it into online learning and teaching material, helping students to connect directly and effortlessly with the reading resources of their courses.
Article by Blessing Bassey