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Emerging Technologies: Leveraging Digital Literacy for Self-Sufficiency Among Library Professionals

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Oyighan Diseiye ,
Oyighan Diseiye

Library Department, Delta State School of Marine Technology. Burutu, Delta State, Nigeria

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Sandra Ejiro Ukubeyinje ,
Sandra Ejiro Ukubeyinje

Library Department, College of Education Warri. Delta State, Nigeria

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Bolaji David Oladokun ,
Bolaji David Oladokun

Department of Library and Information Technology, Federal University of Technology. Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom, Nigeria

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Venatus V Kakwagh ,
Venatus V Kakwagh

Department of Sociology, Kogi State University. Anyigba, Kogi State, Nigeria

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Abstract

In today's rapidly evolving information landscape, library professionals are pivotal in helping individuals and communities access, evaluate, and utilize digital resources effectively. As technology continues to reshape how information is accessed and disseminated, library professionals must embrace digital literacy as a critical competency. This essay explores the importance of digital literacy in the context of emerging technologies and how library professionals can leverage it to achieve self-sufficiency in their roles. The paper concludes that digital literacy empowers library professionals to navigate the digital landscape, harness AI and data analytics, curate digital resources effectively, teach online information evaluation, and promote digital inclusion. Given the ever-evolving digital information landscape, librarians are entrusted with the critical task of providing access to knowledge and guiding patrons through a complex web of digital resources. From the paper, it is believed that leveraging digital literacy is the key to achieving self-sufficiency in these roles. As information navigators in the digital age, librarians must continue to cultivate their digital literacy skills and adapt to emerging technologies. The paper recommends that librarians should invest in continuous training and professional development programs focused on digital marketing, e-commerce, and content creation, libraries should allocate resources strategically to invest in the necessary digital tools and platforms for income generation, and libraries can implement change management strategies to address resistance to digital transformation and foster a culture of innovation.

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Diseiye O, Ejiro Ukubeyinje S, Oladokun BD, Kakwagh VV. Emerging Technologies: Leveraging Digital Literacy for Self-Sufficiency Among Library Professionals. Metaverse Basic and Applied Research [Internet]. 2023 Dec. 26 [cited 2024 May 27];3:59. Available from: https://mr.saludcyt.ar/index.php/mr/article/view/59

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