iflaBuilding Strong Library and Information Science Education (BSLISE) Working Group, IFLA

– an initiative of the IFLA Education and Training Section (SET), LIS Education in Developing Countries Special Interest Group (SIG), and Library Theory and Research (LTR) Section

IFLA WILC 2019 Athens, Greece
Photo taken by Ekaterina Shibaeva

The Building Strong Library and Information Science Education (BSLISE) Working Group is a working group within the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), devoted to strengthening the international quality of library and information science education (LIS), and as a result, the excellence of LIS professional practice.

The IFLA Building Strong Library and Information Science Education (BSLISE) Working Group emerged out of deliberations at the 2016 IFLA Satellite Meeting (Dublin, Ohio, USA) on quality assessment of LIS education programs, hosted by the IFLA Section on Education and Training and the Section on Library Theory and Research. The BSLISE Working Group is comprised of members from across the globe and is an initiative of the IFLA Section on Education and Training (SET), LIS Education in Developing Countries SIG, and Section on Library Theory and Research (LTR). The BSLISE is working towards the development of an international quality assessment framework that promotes quality in LIS education programmes, and is inclusive of regional and national contexts and recognizes the LIS education needs arising out of such geographical and cultural contextuality. The framework would also seek opportunities for articulation of principles of reciprocity and transferability of LIS education programmes in an effort to promote better mobility of LIS professionals across the globe.

As an initial step, BSLISE is conducting a study of qualification requirements (education, certification, individual credentialing system) for library and information “professional” practice in order to help determine equivalence of credentials. We will soon be inviting the LIS community to participate in an online survey and to volunteer to serve as country specialists to provide information regarding professional qualifications in their country. We look forward to your contribution to this important survey.


The BSLISE Working Group is comprised of members from across the globe and is an initiative of the IFLA Section on Education and Training (SET), LIS Education in Developing Countries SIG, and Section on Library Theory and Research (LTR).

BSLISE Co-Chairs are Clara Chu and Jaya Raju.

Clara Chu, Mortenson Center Director and Mortensen Distinguished Professor; School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (The iSchool at Illinois). (United States] [Co-Chair]


Jaya Raju, Professor and Head, Department of Knowledge and Information Stewardship, Humanities Faculty, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Email. (South Africa) [Co-Chair] Interests: LIS education in the African developing context, developing LIS competency indexes for the digital age, and research theory and methodology


Saif Abdulla Al-Jabri; Director, Information Center, College of Economics and Political Science, Sultan Qaboos University; Lecturer at the Information Studies Department, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University (part time). (Oman)

Kendra S. Albright, Professor and Director, Kent State University. (United States)

Jennifer Well Arns, Associate Professor, University of South Carolina. (United States)

Theo Bothma, Emeritus Professor, University of Pretoria. (South Africa)

Susmita Chakraborty, Associate Professor, University of Calcutta. (India)

Anthony S. Chow, Associate Professor, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (United States). Anthony’s passion is in helping people improve their quality of life and he believes faculty serve a privileged role in being active change agents by teaching the future professionals of the LIS field, by conducting meaningful and relevant research, and by being active in service that is value-added and makes a difference. Dr. Chow has over 20 years of experience in academia, private industry, and government and specializes in web design and usability, leadership and management, instructional technology, and analytics and informatics.

Christopher Cunningham, Assistant Professor, University of Southern Mississippi (United States). Chris finished his Doctoral studies at the University of South Carolina. His dissertation topic was on the effects of democracy on levels of access to online information resources. He received his Master in Library and Information Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, focusing on technology. Chris received his Bachelors in Art in History from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, with a focus on social studies as well as minors in mathematics and Physics. Professionally, Chris worked as the Chief Information Officer for several companies in Charlotte and Greensboro. He implemented a number of technology adoption policies and procedures that increased efficiency and effectiveness within the corporations. Prior to entering the doctoral program, Chris worked at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as the Program Coordinator for the Graduate Business Programs, overseeing admissions, class schedules, and degree completion of almost 500 graduate business students.

Keren Dali, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary (Canada). Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion, The Library Quarterly – member of the Editorial Board
Journal of Education for Library & Information Science (JELIS) – member of the Editorial Board,
The Journal of Librarianship & Information Science (JoLIS) – member of the International Editorial Advisors, Chair of the ALISE Professional Contribution Award Committee (2018-2019) and ALISE webinar series co-coordinator.

Sueli Mara Soares Pinto Ferreira, PhD; Researcher and Emeritus Professor of doctorate, masters and undergraduate level students in Information Science at the School of Communication and Arts at University of São Paulo, Brazil. Since Aug. 2017, she is the Copyright and Open Access Brazilian Committee Chair of the Brazilian Federation of Libraries Associations, Information Scientists and Professionals (FEBAB); Chair of the IFLA Division V (Africa, Asia and Oceania, Latin America and Caribbean Regions), IFLA Professional Committee Member, IFLA Library Development Advisory Committee Member, and IFLA Governing Board Member (Brazil).
Research areas: LIS education, scientific communication, open access, scientific journals and institutional repositories.

Tilen Heco, Graduate, University of Ljubljana. (Slovenia)

Karen Hinton, Senior Manager of Instructional Design and Training, OCLC (United States).

Primoz Juznic, Professor, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia).

Dick Kawooya, Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina (United States).
Dr. Dick Kawooya’s current research interests focus on the role of information (intellectual property) in fostering innovation. He is specifically looking at the role and impact of intellectual property rights (IPRs) in the exchange of innovation between formal institutions (universities, research centers, libraries, etc) and informal businesses or sectors in Africa. Dr. Kawooya’s research interests fit the broad theme of access and flow of information. He has a particular interest in the ethical and legal barriers to information access and flows often with the library institution as the backdrop.

Albina Krymskaya, Deputy Dean, St. Petersburg State University of Culture, Russian Federation.

Filiberto Felipe Martínez-Arellano, Full Professor and Researcher, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Institute of Research on Library Science and Information (Mexico).
Interests: information organization, information systems, repositories, metadata, cataloguing, and LIS education.

Rebecca L. Miller, Principal Consultant, BiblioDev, LLC. (Germany/United States)

Mônica Regina Peres
, PhD, Investigator, Coordinator of the Documentation Center of the School of Communication, University of Brasilia (Brazil).
Research areas: Information literacy, LIS education, open access, scientific journals, digital preservation and institutional repositories.

Flavia Renon, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Carleton University (Canada). In Memorium.




Beth Sandore Namachchivaya, University Librarian, University of Waterloo (Canada). [Co-Chair, 2016-17]. She has been Visiting Librarian at University of California, Berkeley Library and California Digital Library, and has participated in the Research Library Leadership Fellows program of the Association of Research Libraries. Beth has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from The College of Wooster in Ohio, and received her Masters from the Graduate Library School at the University of Chicago.

Ekaterina Alexandrovna Shibaeva, Russian State Library

Ana Maria Talavera-Ibarra, is a Professor of Library and Information Science (LIS) at the Pontifical Catholic University (PUCP) in Lima Perú, since 1987 to present. Current president of the Peruvian Library Association (Colegio de Bibliotecólogos del Perú) for the period 2017-2018 and Past President during 2011-2012. Has participated in different IFLA-ALP projects as core trainer for Peru and Latin America in the BSLA and IAP projects (Peru).
Interests: LIS education, distance education, information resources and services, library automation, institutional repositories, cataloging and integrated systems among others.

Anna Maria Tammaro, Professor, University of Parma (Italy).

Lisa D. Travis, Clinical Informationist, Emory University (United States).

Joan Weeks, Head, Near East Section, African and Middle Eastern Division, Library of Congress (United States).

Lai (Kathy) Wei, Associate Professor, Northeast Normal University (China).

Fatih Oguz, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina Greensboro (United States).

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