CHALLENGES IN SKILL DEVELOPMENT AMONG LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE PROFESSIONALS
Today’s changing environment in library and information centres looks for change in the professional skills besides the academic skill. This study examines nearly 49 criteria across the spectrum of Key Requirements; Inquisitiveness; Infrastructure environment; Work Environment; Professional Challenges and Future Skill Capacity to determine the viability of the skills for the booming of library and information science professionals. This study carried out to identify the Key Requirements for professional skill and to identify the Inquisitiveness in developing the skill. Further the impact of Infrastructure environment and work environment in developing the skill were also identified. This study was carried out among 210LIS professionals of 76 engineering institutions in 8 districts (Ariyalur, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Perambalur, Thanjavur, Tiruvannamalai, Tiruvarur, and Villupuram) under the affiliation of Anna University. Out of 210 distributed 157 responded. The response rate works out to 74.76%. The Professionals aware that there exist Challenges towards skill development and they aware that it is essential to develelop future Skill Capacity in the changing technological environment.
Keywords: Skill development, key requirement in skill, future skill, impact of professional and work environment, challenges in skill development.