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Change and innovation in European LIS education

Sirje Virkus (Researcher at Tallinn Pedagogical University, Estonia and Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)
Lawraine Wood (Principal at Lawraine Wood Associates and Associate Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK)

New Library World

ISSN: 0307-4803

Article publication date: 1 September 2004



This paper examines current trends and developments in higher education (HE) and the responses of HE institutions to these changes. The contribution of Library and Information science (LIS) institutions to innovation in Europe is examined through three case studies – the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), the Robert Gordon University (RGU) and the Tallinn Pedagogical University (TPU). Technology, globalisation, and competition have caused the ground to shift under HE worldwide. HE institutions have had to rethink their environment in the light of new technologies. During the last five years MMU, RGU and TPU have developed new programmes and courses, new teaching and learning approaches and used information communication technology to support teaching and learning. All staff members have been actively involved in change and the innovation process. In most cases changes have been incremental and the impact of these changes has been rather positive.



Virkus, S. and Wood, L. (2004), "Change and innovation in European LIS education", New Library World, Vol. 105 No. 9/10, pp. 320-329.



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