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A quantitative review of LIS programs accredited by ALA and CILIP under contemporary technology advancement

Andrew Chean Yang Yew (Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
Dickson K.W. Chiu (Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
Yuriko Nakamura (Rikkyo University, Tokyo, Japan)
King Kwan Li (The Chinese University of Hong Kong Library, Shatin, Hong Kong)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 15 February 2022

Issue publication date: 8 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Advancements in technology have led to many changes in the field of Library and Information Science (LIS). As global communications and technology continue to become more available and sophisticated, LIS programs need to prepare students for employment in rapidly changing and globalized LIS professions.

Design/methodology/approach

Data from a total of 63 programs from the American Library Association (ALA) and 32 programs from the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) was collected through openly accessible websites of these programs. Areas explored include program name, name and level of the academic unit offering the program, credit hours, required courses, percentage of required courses and capstone measurements used within the different LIS programs.

Findings

A majority of programs still preserve the keyword “Library” in their name, but not the academic units offering them. Most programs in ALA and CILIP follow a semester-based program. Research methods, internships, practical experience, combined with traditional library core and information technology requirements were found to constitute the major subjects in general. Comprehensive exams were replaced by e-portfolios among ALA programs while a dissertation remains the preferred choice of capstone requirement for CILIP.

Originality/value

Scant studies compare accredited LIS programs worldwide, motivating the study of the similarities, differences and trends of LIS programs under the current globalized technology-driven knowledge economy. This paper seeks to fill the literature gap and promote a global discussion and understanding of LIS curricula in different regions of the world, guiding potential students to select their suitable LIS programs.

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Citation

Yew, A.C.Y., Chiu, D.K.W., Nakamura, Y. and Li, K.K. (2022), "A quantitative review of LIS programs accredited by ALA and CILIP under contemporary technology advancement", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 40 No. 6, pp. 1721-1745. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHT-12-2021-0442

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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