MLIS in Australia: An analysis of world trends and current Australian status


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An analysis of current world trends in information management and librarianship, with reference to the Australian current context.

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MLIS in Australia: An analysis of world trends and current Australian status

  1. 1. MLIS in Australia Dr. Janet Martin Back to School Forum - ABCs of MLIS Qualifications: A Global Perspective January, 2014.
  2. 2. 1. How do LIS programs prepare graduates for the changing demands of the industry/workforce? “Everything sort of looks the same, but everything has changed.” Michelle Rabinowitz, a producer at MTV News (from OCLC)
  3. 3. A summary of the international Library Environment ALA, ACRL OCLC Research JISC (UK) PEW Research Center (US) RLUK EDUCAUSE (ECAR Reports) ... and numerous conferences, including LIDA
  4. 4. A summary of the international library environment * Changes to information * Changes to general characteristics of younger scholars * Characteristics of researchers as they affect library services
  5. 5. A summary of the international discussion on library education and the role of librarians ALA 2008 Standards (being revised) SLA 2003 Competencies for Information Professionals Librarian 2.0 competencies – many articles/authors
  6. 6. A summary of the international discussion on library education and the role of librarians Archivist Curator Records manager Librarian Data researcher/ data manager Research officer Information consultant/ information manager Knowledge broker Library educator Web manager Program manager Metadata manager/ metadata professional Systems librarian Information architect
  7. 7. A summary of the international discussion on library education and the role of librarians • Managers of information, organizations, resources, services • Appliers of information tools and technologies. • Skillful in project management, marketing, research, teaching • User focused • Personal competencies (communication skills, teamwork, collaboration, problem solving)
  8. 8. A summary of the international discussion on library education and the role of librarians “Library 2.0 requires an LIS professional that is better equipped and [more] broadly educated than one just ten years ago.” Feng, n.d., Special Libraries Association (SLA)
  9. 9. A summary of the international discussion on library education and the role of librarians “[IFLA, 2000] point out that in the past educational programs have focused on physical collections and other physical materials. Today, the emphasis is on the individual practitioner and on information provision in a variety of contexts.” Gerolimos (2009)
  10. 10. 2. Characteristics of the program that make it unique. What are focus areas of the programs? Framework for the Education of Information Professionals In Australia Developed from an Australia-wide research project undertaken 2010-2012. Partridge et al (2011)
  11. 11. 3. How has the program evolved since the early days ( 70s or 80s) 3.1 Program evolution Multiple qualification pathways: Professional qualifications are obtained from higher education: Bachelor, Graduate Diploma, or Masters level Paraprofessional qualifications obtained from the Vocational Education and Training sector (VET). 3.2 Program length and Costs
  12. 12. 5. Why is the degree necessary or important to the region? 5.1 Accreditation Need for parity of qualification to support international mobility. Increasing interest in international LIS collaboration. 5.2 Role of Professional Associations Issues of standards and quality for the curriculum across courses and states Changing nature of the profession broadens the professional associations involved.
  13. 13. References – LIS in Australia Dr. Janet Martin January 2014. Abels, E., Jones, R., Latham, J., Magnoni, D., & Gard Marshall, J. (2003). Competencies for information professionals of the 21st century: Revised edition, June 2003 (pp. 1-17). Virginia, USA: Special Libraries Association. Association of College and Research Libraries. (2006). Changing roles of academic and research libraries Retrieved 27 February, 2013, from Auckland, M. (2012). Re-skilling for research. London: Research Libraries UK (RLUK). Connaway, L., Dickey, T., & OCLC Research. (2010). The digital information seeker: Report of the findings from selected OCLC, RIN, and JISC user behaviour projects. Bristol, UK: JISC. Dahlstrom, E., deBoor, T., Grunwald, P., & Vockley, M. (2011). ECAR national study of undergraduate students and information technology 2011. Boulder, CO: EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research. Drake, M. A. (2010). Academic Library Challenges. Searcher, 18(9), 17-21,52-53,55. Feijen, M. (2011). What researchers want. Utrecht, Netherlands: Surf Foundation. Feltes, C., Gibson, D., Miller, H., Norton, C., & Pollock, L. (2012). Envisioning the future of scientific research libraries: A discussion (White Paper). Cold Spring Harbor, New York: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Gerolimos, M. (2009). Skills developed through library and information science education. Library Review, 58(7), 527-540. doi: 10.1108/00242530910978217 Hendrix, J. (2010). Checking out the future: Perspectives from the library community on information technology and 21st century libraries. Washington, DC: American Library Association.
  14. 14. References – LIS in Australia Dr. Janet Martin January 2014. Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA ) annual conferences Michalko, J., Malpas, C., & Arcolio, A. (2010). Research libraries, risk and systemic change OCLC Research. Dublin, OH: OCLC Research. Oakleaf, M. (2010). The value of academic libraries: A comprehensive research review and report. Chicago, IL: ACRL. Partridge, H., Hanisch, J., Hughes, H., Henninger, M., Carroll, M., Combes, B., . . . Yates, C. (2011). Re-conceptualising and repositioning Australian library and information science education for the 21st century (pp. 161). Sydney: Australian Learning & Teaching Council. Partridge, H., Lee, J., & Munro, C. (2010). Becoming "Librarian 2.0": The skills, knowledge, and attributes required by library and information science professionals in a Web 2.0 world (and beyond). Library Trends, 59(1-2), 315-335. Partridge, H., & Yates, C. (2012). A framework for the education of the information professions in Australia. Australian Library Journal, 61(2), 81-94. Smith, A. (2008). The research library in the 21st century: Collecting, preserving and making accessible resources for scholarship. Core functions of the research library in the 21st century. Washington DC: Council on Library and Information Resources Smith, K., Hallam, G., & Ghosh, S. B. (2012). Guidelines for professional library/information educational programs: 2012. The Hague, Netherlands: IFLA. Zickuhr, K., Rainie, L., & Purcell, K. (2013). Library services in the digital age. Washington, DC: PEW Research Center. Zimerman, M. (2012). Digital natives, searching behavior and the library. New Library World, 113(3/4), 174-201.