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Instructive travel: comparing Polish and Western European systems of teaching library and information science

Malgorzata Kisilowska (Malgorzata Kisilowska is a Lecturer in the Department of Information and Book studies, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland.)

New Library World

ISSN: 0307-4803

Article publication date: 1 April 2000

Abstract

Describes basic assumptions of the Polish curricula and methods of teaching library and information science in the light of experiences gained during a visit to a British university department of library and information science. Traditional and mostly theoretical ways of teaching shall now be changed and adapted to economic and market transformation in Poland. We are now preparing to divide the current five year MA courses into: three‐year BA and two‐year MA courses in both full‐time and part‐time modes. We will also offer different paths (specialisations), according to market needs and job requirements for our graduates. This impacts on course content with less theory and more practice skills. It is hoped that this will change the public stereotype of librarians into well‐prepared information professionals.

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Kisilowska, M. (2000), "Instructive travel: comparing Polish and Western European systems of teaching library and information science", New Library World, Vol. 101 No. 2, pp. 66-71. https://doi.org/10.1108/03074800010316746

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