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Global trends and transformations in library science education

Andrea Wyman (Library Department, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, Pennsylvania, USA)
Mushvig Imamverdiyev (Department of Library and Information Services, ADA University, Baku, Azerbaijan)

Information and Learning Sciences

ISSN: 2398-5348

Article publication date: 24 April 2018

Issue publication date: 14 May 2018




This paper aims to review changes related to library and information science (LIS) education over the past 20 years.


The literature reviewed for this paper is obtained by internet and database searches and personal communication and is conducted to look for similarities and differences in LIS program changes. A time period for the review is set from 1997 to 2017, and is completed between January and October of 2017. The majority of the searches are conducted in English.


Numerous similarities in changes were evidenced in areas of LIS education, such as curriculum, identification of new training and skills, instructional methods, follow-up on graduates, research on the current job market and post-graduate training support. Differences were identified in areas of capability of program change due to country regulation and course change flexibility.


A review of global program changes is relevant for LIS programs to realize and maintain their value in today’s workforce. It is significant for LIS programs all over the globe to realize that their shifts in curricular and program changes are similar to other LIS programs or where differences can be equally important.



Wyman, A. and Imamverdiyev, M. (2018), "Global trends and transformations in library science education", Information and Learning Sciences, Vol. 119 No. 3/4, pp. 215-225.



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