[LIS-Forum] Communication and presentation skills are not
Englishlanguage centric, Classification and cataloguing.........
Jayadev P Hiremath
jayadevph at gmail.com
Thu Mar 3 14:49:24 IST 2005
Nobody is a politician on this Forum. What is taught in MBA ........
Communication and Presentation skills which could be used in any
Jayadev P H
On Wed, 2 Mar 2005 17:49:04 +0530, Antony Jose <ajose at iimidr.ac.in> wrote:
> I wish to commend Prof Shalini on the initiatives taken at the Mysore
> University with regard to modifications in the LIS curriculum. No degree is
> worth acquiring these days unless it responds/correlates to the market
> dynamics. So if the market demands LIS professionals with better
> communications skills and English language proficiency, so be it. You don't
> have much choice.
> If IIMs can teach communications skills at the post gradate level to their
> students, what is stopping the LIS schools in doing so? Why do we have to
> be like the politicians who publicly blast the English language, and then
> send their kids to English medium schools?
> A Jose
> Indian Institute of Management
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> Englishlanguage centric, Classification and cataloguing.........
> Lot's of initiatives by Mysore University L & IS Department and others
> too. Though commendable, I am still unable to digest the fact that
> everything is terribly English centric. To begin with ...Communication
> skills and Presentation skills can be put into action in any language.
> You do not need mastery in English language to show off your
> competencies in Communication and Presentation skills. PowerPoint
> will certainly come in handy !!
> Mysore University is in Karnataka and the regional language is
> Kannada. There is a vast amount of Knowledge available in the regional
> language, thousands of books are published every year in Kannada. All
> the public and academic libraries in Karnataka, stock Kannada books.
> Old Kannada manuscripts are a source of history. Technical processing
> of these books is hampered due to lack of in-depth Kannada language
> skills of L & IS professionals . I would like to know what Mysore
> University L & IS is doing for the language of the land.
> Taking pride in producing Library Science graduates with all the
> English language, Communication, Presentation and IT skills and all
> the soft skiils sounds fantastic But does anybody think of the
> regional languages or the National language ? Doesn't Mysore
> University have to bother about this.
> Majority of the LIS teachers in India are fully concentrating on
> imparting knowledge directly relevant to L & IS sphere and they are
> the ones who need to be appreciated. English language, communication
> and presentation skills and other soft skills are secondary and need
> not be taught in a PG Course devoted to a specialized field. This
> would not only lead to diversion of limited resources but also affect
> the students who have just two years to learn about library and
> information science, gain a solid foundation and build their whole
> career upon it.
> All the softskills required for survival in the big bad world of
> WORKING can be picked up over a period of time or instantly from
> Training shops.
> With high unemployment rates there is no possiblity of Campus
> interviews or Job fairs during LIS Conferences. An essential skill
> for a freshly minted LIS graduate would be...... how to write a
> resume, how to hunt for a job and how to face an interview ? Does any
> LIS Department in India teach this ?
> Classification, Cataloguing and Indexing of Books : In India we keep
> reinventing the wheel. The same monograph is classified, catalogued
> and indexed in thousands libraries by thousands of professionals. It's
> high time this duplication of work comes to an end. The time, money
> and resources consumed by this task is phenomenal and can be put to
> better use in serving the customers. With the advent of library
> automation and internet penetration we can easily download the
> bibliographical details of monographs inclusive of call numbers and
> keywords from various WebPACs and integrate them into individual
> library's databases, may be after incorporating certain local
> variations. We are in the twenty first century and the days or
> original cataloging at individual library level are over, especially
> with respect to titles published in English. Copy cataloging should be
> embraced whole heartedly.
> With regards.
> Jayadev P Hiremath
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