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Mapping Library and Information Schools: An International Approach

October 12, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)


Description: Library and Information Science (LIS) schools and their accreditations play a crucial role in preparing individuals to become effective and competent library and information professionals. A number of efforts have been undertaken to analyze the accreditation standards and procedures for LIS professionals in a specific context (e.g., country); however, there is limited research from a global perspective. As part of an IFLA initiative, the Building Strong Library and Information Science Education (BSLISE) Working Group, an international team of researchers were tasked to develop: •a regularly updated, international database and asset map, capturing information about LIS schools & programs and local structures, organizations, and •procedures that address the issues of professional qualifications, accreditation, certification, and registration for professional practice. The researchers will share their experiences of conducting a collaborative international research project, their findings, and implications of the project for our field. 

Outcomes: •Results of the study should facilitate greater levels of cohesion and standardization in LIS programs to meet the expectations of a global marketplace. •The LIS community can utilize the mapping tool to learn more about issues of professional qualifications, accreditation, certification, and registration for professional practice around the world. •Increased awareness about establishing synergistic collaborations at an international level and avoid helicopter research.

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