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Pearl: A Journal of Library and Information Science
Year : 2008, Volume : 2, Issue : 4
First page : ( 45) Last page : ( 49)
Print ISSN : 0973-7081.

Library User Education Approach in Information age with reference to Academic Libraries

Nagaraju S., Librarian

MANNAN Institute of Science & Technology, Hyderabad.

Abstract

The ability to view information in its widest context, to determine needs, and then locate, evaluate, organise and apply, user education is a key skill. User orientation and User education both means same. User education programs play a vital role in communication between the library and its users. Librarians are not only openers of doors and gateways to information, navigators of the seas of information, are not only choreographers of the dance of knowledge explorers, scouts and pathfinders, but librarians are also key enablers, able to empower users to become more self-sufficient in developing information gathering and evaluating skills which will assist others to be well resourced for changing life circumstances. Academic libraries support the teaching and research needs of institutions they serve. It is the libraries’ responsibility to ensure the use of its information sources, resources and services are maximized to benefit its users, hence the necessity for user education programmes. This paper explores the possibilities of cooperation in the implementation of user education programmes in academic libraries.

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