Impact of Academic Libraries on Career Development: An Evaluative Study

Impact of Academic Libraries on Career Development: An Evaluative Study

K. Sakkaravarthi (Anna Centenary Library, Chennai, India) and M. Aravinthan (Library and Information Science, Annamalai University, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3559-2.ch004
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Abstract

Career development is a continuous process that continues and changes throughout. Career development includes progression towards a desired future career. It involves making maximum use of training and development programs to enhance job-related skills and, ultimately, their career. It is observed from the study that one-third of the respondents have a higher level of perception towards resources provided by libraries for career development of MBA graduates. Further, nearly half (49.5%) of the respondents have had moderate levels of perception towards overall level of usefulness of career development related resources provided by library, 27.7% of the respondents have had low level of perception towards overall level of usefulness of career development related resources provided by library, and the remaining 22.8% of the respondents have had higher level of perception towards overall level of usefulness of career development related resources provided by the library.
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Suleiman Hussaini et al. (2018) mentioned that from his research participants surveyed disclose that female desired to be at the library more than their male counterparts less than 30 years of age. It was also noted that the majority of respondents indicated that (65.3%) of library resources, showed that gazetteers were not available. Users of the NIMS Central Library use more books, e-books, journal, electronic journals, newspapers, magazines, and Internet /computer. It concluded that for the exercised and effective use of the library for teaching, learning and research, the academic institution must provide a live library of updated library resources to get together the information needs of the library users’. It suggested that the management of the library or university should bring in the use of library literacy education to educate users how to properly manage and make use of the library resources. This will provoke more users who are not aware of the library resources. Finally, Board Display Services should be expanded adequately to reflect the available resources to users’ and thus representing all library resources

Bratianu Constantin., & Elena - Madalina Vatamanescu (2016) state that the Generic skills, also known as core skills, key skills, essential skills, basic skills, key competences, or employability skills are those potentials that can power personal and professional development based on learning. The difficulty of implementing such a new vision concerning generic skills comes mostly not from professors, but from students who should work harder in improving and building their conceptual skills.

Per Nilsson, A., & Nannette Ripmeester (2016) state that students study abroad so that it can have a positive influence on their future and employability. Their study revealed that job opportunities after graduation and earning while is given more importance by non-European students.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Career Development: Career development is distinctive lifelong processes for every individual for further learning, managing, work, and transitions in order to move ahead and participate effectively in professional and communal life.

Job Shadowing: The students can observe someone doing their job for an hour, one person allowing interaction with several staff and observation of different activities.

Work Study: Doing part-time jobs on or off campus while studying.

Career Assessment: To helps the students to increase their self-awareness, understand their interests, aptitudes, values, skills, and the job market.

Internships: It is a period of work experience provide by an employer to furnish the students exposure to the work.

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