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An assessment of LIS curricula and the field of practice in the commercial sector

Liz Blankson‐Hemans (Manager of Information Professional Development, Dialog, London, UK)
Betty Jo Hibberd (Manager of Information Professional Development, Dialog, Cary, North Carolina, USA)

New Library World

ISSN: 0307-4803

Article publication date: 1 July 2004



In two surveys of focussed segments of the field of practice and library and information science (LIS) faculty, skill requirements for today's LIS graduates in the commercial sector are explored. Findings indicate that while faculty understands the trends and issues in the industry and believe their programmes are addressing the requisite skills, practitioners remain to be convinced that graduates gain the required skills during course instruction. Additionally, changes made over the last eight years in LIS curricula to address these needs have not totally accomplished the objective of adequately preparing graduates for immediate absorption into the workforce. Three recommendations: more effective positioning of LIS courses to students, change in attitude toward a more business focussed perspective, and the need to offer more practical experience, are suggested as possible solutions to the problems.



Blankson‐Hemans, L. and Jo Hibberd, B. (2004), "An assessment of LIS curricula and the field of practice in the commercial sector", New Library World, Vol. 105 No. 7/8, pp. 269-280.



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