Big Data Management in the Libraries of Bangladesh: Perceptions, Issues and Challenges

Mohammad Sharif Ul Islam, Md. Roknuzzaman Md. Roknuzzaman


Big data has gained significant attention from both academics and
practitioners of a number of disciplines including library and information
science (LIS). This paper intends to explore the perceptions of LIS
communities towards big data management and the possible challenges of
its implementation in libraries with a special reference to Bangladesh. The
subjective opinions and deep insights of fifteen (15) experts of LIS domain
in Bangladesh have comprehended the present standing of the information
sectors. The experts’ interviews of both groups suggest that big data
management is still in its infancy in library practices and is limited to
exploration and conceptualization stage. Libraries have an opportunity to be
involved in big data management and to apply allied technologies in their
operations and services. The study participants are hopeful, enthusiastic, and
at the same time skeptical about its practical implications due to the
technological and infrastructural constraints along with the funding and
competencies issues. The findings suggest no libraries in Bangladesh
formally practice big data-based librarianship; however, the professionals’
theoretical and conceptual knowledge proved adequate with an occasional
inconsistency and knowledge gap. The perceived competencies level lacks
awareness, proper education and experiences. LIS community’s views of the
immediate effect on such technologies are not supported by the findings, and
hence policy intervention and a long-term road map were suggested.

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