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Ala alise preparing lis professionals_spiteri_2012-01-18

  1. 1. Preparing LIS professionals:Ensuring the relevance of LISeducationLouise SpiteriSchool of Information ManagementDalhousie University1
  2. 2. 2The main purpose of professional educationis transformation. As such professionaleducation should focus not just on skills andknowledge acquisition but also on helpingstudents to develop ways of being theprofessionals in question…skill andknowledge alone does not ensure skilfulprofessional practice…To be successful,professional education must engage thewhole person, what they know, how they act,and who they are.~Partridge, H. (2011). Library and information science education 2.0:Guiding principles and models of best practice ALTC FellowshipReport. Retrieved from
  3. 3. Australia: Guidelines for LIS educationEight themes necessary in LIS education:• Technology• Learning and education• Research or evidence-based practice• Communication• Collaboration and team work• User focus• Business savvy• Personal traits. 3
  4. 4. U.K.: Professional LIS education4
  5. 5. Knowledge managementOrganization and representation of knowledge– metadata, classification schemes, catalogues, websiteorganizationPublishing– creation and dissemination of knowledgeSubject indexing– analysis and indexing of individual documents/resourcesCommunication– transmission of knowledge, enquiries, reading listsInformation resource management– collection management, curationInformation service provision– information systems, library management systems, internet5
  6. 6. Applications environmentEthical framework– codes of practice, quality standards, diversity awarenessLegal dimension– data protection, freedom of information, intellectualproperty, copyrightInformation policy– local information policies, access to internet for childrenInformation governance– policies, strategies, adherence to legislation at institutionallevel, compliance, accountability frameworkCommunications perspective– dynamics of information flow, collaborative working,national and local agencies 6
  7. 7. General and transferable skills• computer and information literacy• interpersonal skills• management skills• marketing• training skills• research methods7
  8. 8. IFLA: Core elements of LIS education, 1The Information Environment, Societal impacts of the informationsociety, Information Policy and Ethics, the History of the FieldInformation Generation, Communication and UseAssessing Information Needs and Designing Responsive ServicesThe Information Transfer ProcessInformation Resource Management to include Organization,Processing, Retrieval, Preservation and Conservation of Informationin its various presentations and formats.. 8m
  9. 9. IFLA: Core elements of LIS education, 2Research, Analysis and Interpretation of InformationApplications of Information and Communication Technologies to allfacets of Library and Information Products and ServicesKnowledge ManagementManagement of Information AgenciesQuantitative and Qualitative Evaluation of Outcomes of Informationand Library Use.9
  10. 10. Pedagogical strategiesExperiential learning• Assessment should be authentic and provide a stimulating and yetchallenging learning context for students. It is important to providestudents with hands-on, real-world project to prepare them for theircareers.Holistic learning environment• Enable students to develop and expand their knowledge, skills, andbehavioural traitsCommunity engagement• Enable students to engage with their social communities via projects,assignments, and so forth. 10
  11. 11. Canada: Needs for InformationManagement educationINFORMATION MANAGEMENTPRACTICES• IM Policy Development andImplementation• IM Operational Processes• Organize, Analyze and EvaluateData and/or Processes• Manage IM Tools and Resources• Knowledge TransferRISK MANAGEMENT• Disaster Recovery• Maintain, Protect and PreserveInformation• Risk Assessment/AuditINFORMATION PROTECTION• Information Protection and SecurityProcedures• IP and Security Policy Development andApplication• ComplianceINFORMATION TECHNOLOGY• o Utilizing IT• o Software Applications• o Reprographics, Imaging and OtherOffice Equipment11
  12. 12. ReferencesPartridge, H. (2011). Library and information science education 2.0:Guiding principles and models of best practice ALTC fellowship report.Retrieved from, K., Hallam, G., & Ghosh, S.B. (2012). (IFLA) guidelines forprofessional Library/Information educational programs – 2012.Retrieved from College London. (n.d). LIS education in the UK [PowerPointslides]. Retrieved from 12