Cataloguers' competencies in the academic library environment in Malaysia/ Zati Atiqah Mohamad Tanuri and Fuziah Mohd Nadzar

Mohamad Tanuri, Zati Atiqah and Mohd Nadzar, Fuziah (2012) Cataloguers' competencies in the academic library environment in Malaysia/ Zati Atiqah Mohamad Tanuri and Fuziah Mohd Nadzar. Journal of Information and Knowledge Management, 2 (1). pp. 35-54. ISSN ISSN:2231-8836 ; E-ISSN:2289-5337

Abstract

Academic libraries are part of teaching-learning and research endeavours of universities or institutions of higher education. In order to carry out this important role, one requirement that academic libraries must have is a team of competent cataloguers to organize the library collections. Academic library cataloguers need to have the required competencies to carry out their tasks and perform their work professionally. They need to possess several competencies related to their job scope in the organizations they serve. The main purpose of this study is to investigate the competencies needed by cataloguers in the Malaysian academic library environment. The objectives of the study are to identify the core competencies for academic cataloguers, to identify the approaches used to increase the competencies of the cataloguers, and to describe the challenges faced by cataloguers in the academic library environment. This study used the quantitative research methodology. Questionnaires were distributed to a total of 39 cataloguers who work in selected academic libraries in the Klang Valley. The study population consisted of all cataloguers attached to the cataloguing department who are essentially responsible for cataloguing the library materials. The results revealed that the various competencies of the cataloguers can be grouped into four categories: crucial competency, required competency, basic competency and least required competency. Competent cataloguers need to also acquire general skills in order to present their best work performance. The approaches and challenges faced by cataloguers in carrying out their tasks were found to useful in identifying the core competencies needed.

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Item Type: Article
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Mohamad Tanuri, Zati Atiqah
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Mohd Nadzar, Fuziah
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Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > University and college. Academic libraries
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Personnel. Librarians
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Information organization > Cataloging
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor > Puncak Perdana Campus > Faculty of Information Management
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Information and Knowledge Management
UiTM Journal Collections: UiTM Journal > International Journal of Information and Knowledge Management (JIKM)
ISSN: ISSN:2231-8836 ; E-ISSN:2289-5337
Volume: 2
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 35-54
Keywords: core competencies, catalogers, academic libraries, cataloguing competencies, general competencies
Date: December 2012
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/50700
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