[LIS-Forum] FW: Need to Review the Present Nomenclature

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Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2008 10:45:47 +0530
From: Koteswara_Tumuluru <Koteswara_Tumuluru at satyam.com>

Dear Friends,

I feel its a very good thought and an idea from Prof Mangla which is 
appropriately ratified by Dr Rao and others.

I am also touched by the views of Pradip Das who spoke about the identity 
crisis for LIS professionals among people.

We should give a serious thinking to this issue for uplifting the way we 
are perceived in the industry & job market.

The paradox is that we obtain Library & Information Science degrees from 
Arts & Commerce colleges in our Universities.

I think the bottom line benefit(s) of changing from Library and 
Information Science to Library and Information Management are that we can 
attract better inflow of good students to the profession, enhanced 
self-esteem and the highly deserved 'feel-good-factor' for the young 
information managers. This is the era of Leadership and the Librarian as a 
Leader (a Manager with broad perspective, passion, ownership, 
accountability and a turn for nurturing further leaders), deserves the 
right nomenclature to enjoy the feel-good-factor and the rightful place & 
identify in this global workplace/market.

I think this as our proactive gesture in catching up with the dynamic 
changes taking place like in any other profession, in the best interest of 
our profession, which will be regarded & appreciated by the next 
generation LIM professionals.

Best Regards
Koteswara Rao Tumuluru
Librarian
Satyam Computer Services Ltd



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From: lis-forum-bounces at ncsi.iisc.ernet.in [mailto:lis-forum-bounces at ncsi.iisc.ernet.in] On Behalf Of Dr. M. Koteswara Rao
Sent: Monday, August 25, 2008 5:12 PM
To: pramod mangla
Cc: lis-forum at ncsi.iisc.ernet.in
Subject: Re: [LIS-Forum] Need to Review the Present Nomenclature

Dear colleagues,

I am happy to note that prof. mangla has raised a very relevant and
pertinent issue which is also brooding in my mind for some time.

Yes, indeed the 'science' in our profession does not stand out clearly for
obvious reasons. In our universities, we have LIS departments under the
faculty of Arts and Science also. We also notice that every other
profession has a clear mandate and a 'professional calling' which is
acceptable and respected by everyone.

I think with the introduction of IT in libraries the LIS profession has
come a long way both in term of skills used by the library staff to
deliver information in non-traditional ways, and the paradigm shift in
information generation, storage, processing and dissemination itself.

The name Library & Information Management is aptly suitable for our
professional courses as suggested by Prof. Mangla.

Dr. M. Koteswara Rao
Librarian
University of Hyderabad



> Dear Professsionals,
> For quite some time I have been debating with people in the LIS that it
is
> high time that we give a fesh look to the nomenclature of our
professional
> degrees. I  now strongly hold the view that the word Science in our
qualifications has lost its utility or charm and the professional degree
should  henceforth be called B./M.degree in Library & information
Management.This is the need of the hour and our courses should be
revised
> accordingly.The name Lib.& Inf.Sc. has today become a misnomer. I would
like
> to have the view of the professionals through this Forum and then we
should
> possibly plan a strategy to bring about the desired cahnge.
> Best wishes,
> Prof.P.B.Mangla
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