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i Department of Library & Information Sciences
Technology and the Rising of Information
Technology has had a profound impact on
society, the modern work environment, and the
way people learn and interact with each other.
Technology has made the world seem much
smaller and brought people closer together
in a global village. Furthermore, technology
Suliman Hawamdeh has dismantled geographical boundaries and
changed the way people seek, process, and use
information. Today, information is growing at an exponential rate, faster
than ever previously imagined. This widespread information explosion is
primarily due to the increased availability and extensive usage of Mobile
devices such as smart phones, digital cameras, tablet PCs, and PDAs. A
growing majority of the world's population are using these types of devices
to create, communicate, and exchange information. Due to the broad societal
usage, it is now easier than ever to upload or publish digital content from
mobile devices to the web instantly. While mankind does benefit from
the vast availability of instant information, it can lead to a strong sense of
overwhelming, anxiety and confusion.
The continued exponential growth of information is a phenomenon
that not only poses challenges to individuals, but to organizations and
business at the same time. Organizations both small and large are facing
with the challenge of managing the growing amount of internally as well
as externally generated information. Businesses all over the world are
beginning to recognize the importance of managing information as a key
competitive factor. Information and knowledge are quickly becoming
the global currencies of the 21st century. In order to ensure a place in the
growing knowledge economy, organizations must continue to innovate,
improve services, and effectively manage information, and intellectual
property. To facilitate this process, companies across the globe are seeking
a new generation of information professionals who have a sound technical
background, effective analytical and communication skills, and strong
business sense and awareness.
Library and information science schools are also faced with the challenge
of addressing growing technology trends in their curriculum in order to
LIS Web Institute Held in Guam
accurately prepare students for these types of professional positions. While
the drive to integrate more technology into the LIS curriculum is not a new
discussion, it is becoming more important and relevant in today's shifting
employment market, especially with the growing presence of a younger
generation of information professionals. The majority of the younger people
who will be joining the LIS schools in the coming years are considered digital
natives. Digital native refers to those individuals who were born and grew
up with the digital technologies. These individuals are highly fluent in the
digital world and comfortably use digital information throughout their daily
lives for communication, education and entertainment. As digital natives are
highly grounded in technology and the everyday use of digital media, they
expect a more rigorous and a creatively charged LIS education. As a result,
LIS schools must revise their curriculum to cater to the increased number
of digital natives in their programs. Educational administrators must also be
aware of and ready to address the cultural tensions that are likely to arise as
a result of the growing presence and encounters between digital natives and
digital immigrants. Digital immigrants are not only those born prior to the
existence of digital technologies, but also include those individuals included
in the disparity between digital access and usage.
Technology trends provide us with the opportunity to rethink our
approach to preparing the information professionals of the future. The
transformation of the work place atmosphere, shifts in market needs, and
increased emphasis on a highly skilled workforce are just a few of the things
that we must consider when addressing concerns about job security, skills
obsolescence, and educational quality. The world is clearly becoming more
and more knowledge driven and this shift will continue to give rise to societal
and economic challenges. As educators and information professionals alike,
we must be prepared to face these types of challenges head on in order to
stay current, while at the same time be prepared to take advantage of the
accompanying opportunities that these same changes will make way for.
Department of Library & Information Sciences
The LIS LEAP (Library Education for
U.S. Affiliated Pacific) Web Institute took place
on the island of Guam at the Outrigger Resort
in Tumon in a nine-day session held August 10-
19. The thirty-four students embarked on a two-
LEAP students in Guam
year academic program that will culminate in a
graduation to be held in Saipan in August 2013.
The Web Institute included orientation,
technical training, and instruction in the
Master's program core courses, as well as time
to socialize with Institute colleagues and
faculty. The cohort also toured libraries in
Guam including the University of Guam
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Library, the
Micronesian Area Research Center, and the
$ Guam Public Library.
The cohort includes 23 scholarship
recipients from the IMLS funded LEAP
- Scholarship program and 11 additional
Students. The scholarship program is
S funded through a grant received by the
collaboration of three institutions: The
Pacific Resources for Education and
Learning, University of North Texas
Libraries, and the UNT Department of
Library and Information Sciences.
Cindy Bateman, Dean Linda Schamber, and Dr.
Yvonne Chandler with Director of Guam Public
Library, (second from right)
Those involved in presenting the Institute
included: Dr. Yvonne Chandler, LIS faculty, and
Beth Avery, UNT Libraries, co-directors of the
cohort; Charlotte Thomas (LIS MS '06), Web
Institute coordinator; Cindy Batman (LIS MS
'04 and PhD student), UNT Libraries; and Dr.
Larry Enoch, LIS faculty. COI Acting Dean
Linda Schamber, was also present for a portion
of the Institute.
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