Presentations: Map & Directory

WLIC 2021: An Open Forum on LTR research projects: Beyond Helicopter Research: Unpacking International Studies on LIS Education and Research Methods

August 18, 2021, 2:15-3 pm Chicago (CDT) / 3:15-4 pm New York (EDT) / 9:15-10 pm The Hague (CEST) / August 19, 3:15-4 am Beijing (CST) / 5:15-6 am Melbourne (AEST) :: Libraries Inspire – Zoom Discussion Room 1 – WLIC registration required.

This open forum sets the stage for a dialogue on conducting international LIS research that is sensitive to diverse communities, multiple ways of knowing, and local participation. The session will present two cases, describing what worked, how hurdles were overcome and critical concerns, to provide context for the conversation to follow.

The first, conducted by the IFLA Building LIS Education (BSLISE) Working Group, is an international survey, directory and map of LIS education programs developed as a response to one of the recommendations of the IFLA Building Strong LIS Education White Paper (2018). The second, conducted by the IFLA Library Theory and Research (LTR) Section, in collaboration with the Education and Training Section, focuses on teaching research methods in LIS programs. The goals of the study are to examine what approaches to teaching research methods are currently being applied in LIS programs worldwide and to compare international educational models for preparing library practitioners to conduct research and evaluation studies. The designing of effective international LIS research calls for robust discussion and critical reflection, involving a wide range of perspectives, which moves the endeavor closer to truly international research.


Nuria Bautista-Puig (Spain) – Moderating the Design of Effective International LIS Research

Fatih Oguz (United States) – International Survey, Directory and Map of LIS Education Programmes

Krystyna Matusiak (United States) and Egbert Sanchez (Mexico) – An International Survey on Teaching Research Methods in LIS Programmes

Mapping LIS Education Programs: Professional, Education and Research Perspectives

Date and time: February 9, 2021, 3:00-4:30 pm Chicago / February 10, 8:00-9:30 am Melbourne
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FREE webinar – Registration required.

The IFLA Building Strong LIS Education (BSLISE) Working Group invites you to the Mapping Library and Information Science (LIS) Education Programs webinar to learn about the international survey, directory and map of LIS education programs developed as a response to one of the recommendations of the IFLA Building Strong LIS Education White Paper (2018). Technical specialists will present the development of the survey, directory and map, and provide a demonstration. LIS leaders will address opportunities, needs and sustainability of the directory and map from professional, education and research perspectives.


  • Christine Mackenzie, President, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (; Freelance Librarian (Australia)
  • Sandra Hirsh, President, Association for Library and Information Science Education (; Associate Dean of Academics, College of Professional and Global Education, San Jose State University (United States)
  • Carlos Alberto Ávila Araújo, President, Asociación de Educación e Investigación en Ciencia de la Información de Iberoamérica y el Caribe (; Associate Professor, School of Information Science, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil)

Technical Presenters:

  • Nuria Bautista-Puig, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Industrial Management, University of Gävle (Sweden)
  • Tiago Braga, General Coordinator of Information and Computer Technologies, Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia (Brazil)
  • Chris Cunningham, Adjunct Professor, North Carolina Central University (United States)
  • Fatih Oguz, Associate Professor, Department of Library and Information Science, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (United States)


  • Clara M. Chu, Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (United States)
  • Jaya Raju, Professor and Head, Department of Knowledge and Information Stewardship, University of Cape Town (South Africa)

The BSLISE Working Group is an initiative of the IFLA Education and Training Section (SET), LIS Education in Developing Countries Special Interest Group (LISEDC SIG), and Library Theory and Research (LTR) Section. To learn more, visit

Hosted by the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign.

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