IFLA BSLISE Working Group publishes White Paper on “Building Strong LIS Education: A Call to Global and Local Action”

IFLA BSLISE Working Group publishes White Paper on “Building Strong LIS Education: A Call to Global and Local Action”

The IFLA BSLISE Working Group announces the publication of the White Paper on “Building Strong LIS Education: A Call to Global and Local Action” http://openbooks.uct.ac.za/liseducation/index.php/liseducation/catalog/book/1

IFLA BSLISE Working Group (2018). Building Strong LIS Education: A Call to Global and Local Action – An IFLA BSLISE Working Group White Paper. Cape Town: University of Cape Town Libraries. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.15641/0-7992-2542-6 (forthcoming 29th August 2018)

The White Paper is the culmination of 1.5 years of BSLISE work. It presents an action plan informed by the findings from an international survey to learn the differing qualification requirements (education, certification, and individual credentialing system) for library and information “professional” practice in order to develop a better understanding of the equivalence of credentials and the role of LIS education.

Building Strong LIS Education session at IFLA WLIC in Wroclaw, Poland, August 24, 2017, 10h45-12h45

Interested in strong LIS education? Save this date and time at the 2017 IFLA WLIC: Thursday, 24 August 2017 (10h45-12h45)

The IFLA LIS Education in Developing Countries Special Interest Group (SIG), Education and Training Section (SET), and the Library Theory and Research (LTR) Section will jointly present an open session on Thursday, 24 August 2017 (10h45-12h45) at the 2017 IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC), Wroclaw, Poland, 19-25 August 2017. For additional information about the conference and how to register, click here.

The open session is titled Building Strong LIS Education: Work-In-Progress and Critical Engagement and aims to:
•present findings from a first international survey on qualification requirements (education, certification, individual credentialing system) for library and information ‘professional’ practice toward a better understanding of the equivalence of credentials and the role of LIS education;
•critically engage participants on the implications of similarities and differences among countries for transferability or reciprocity of professional qualifications; and,
•map the way forward for the next steps in building strong international LIS education, based on the exploratory study conducted.

Input from the open session will inform the development of a white paper on Building Strong LIS Education that will be presented at the 2018 ALISE Conference. Be part of this exciting space in international LIS education.

Join us at the open session!

Building Strong LIS Education (BSLISE) Webinar on November 3, 2016, 2-3pm CDT (Chicago)

Developing an international quality assessment framework for LIS Education: experiences and opportunities from three accreditation programs

The IFLA Building Strong LIS Education (BSLISE) Working Group invites you to a webinar that considers how associations cooperating internationally could create an international quality assessment framework for LIS education. The presentation will draw on the experience of delivering accreditation of library and information studies (LIS) education programs by the American Library Association (ALA), Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), and Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), and the wider international context for quality assessment. It will consider the challenges and opportunities in developing a framework and consider how it could promote parity between accreditation criteria used by national library associations to promote professional mobility globally. The FREE presentation will be followed by discussion.

Moderator:

Jaya Raju, Associate Professor and Head, Library and Information Studies Centre, University of Cape Town (South Africa)

Speakers:

Simon Berney-Edwards, CILIP (UK)

Judy Brooker, ALIA (Australia)

Karen O’Brien, ALA (USA)

Date and Time: Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 2:00-3:00 pm CDT (Chicago)

Time equivalents:

London (England); November 3, 2016 at 7:00-8:00 pm GMT (5 hours ahead)

Cape Town (South Africa); November 3, 2016 at 9:00-10:00 pm SAST (7 hours ahead)

Canberra (Australia) Friday, November 4, 2016 at 6:00-7:00 am AEDT (16 hours ahead) Use https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html to determine your local time.

Audio Recording: http://tinyurl.com/BSLISE-2016-11-audio

Paper and slides:

Join us via Blackboard Collaborate (information will be provided after registration). The IFLA Building Strong LIS 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 & the Section on Library Theory and Research. The BSLISE Working Group is comprised of members from across the globe.