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.

Participate in International Survey of Entry Requirements for Library and Information “Professional” Practice

Deadline: May 31, 2017

The IFLA Building Strong Library and Information Science Education (BSLISE) Working Group is conducting an international study to learn the differing qualification requirements (education, certification, 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. We invite the LIS community to participate in an online survey (click here) to provide information regarding professional qualification and certification in their country. We look forward to your contribution to this important research by May 31, 2017.

The online survey is available in other languages (see the translations page for Arabic and Chinese versions of the survey).

For more information, please contact us at: iflabslise@gmail.com.

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!