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The view from industry: LIS students on placement

Bob Pymm (School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia)
Primoz Juznic (Department of Library and Information Science and Book Studies, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)

Library Review

ISSN: 0024-2535

Article publication date: 28 October 2014




This paper aims to report on the outcomes of a survey of organisations in Australia and Slovenia hosting undergraduate Library and Information Studies (LIS) students on professional placement to better understand the reasons behind organisations accepting students, the workload implications and their satisfaction with the process.


Hosting organisations were asked to complete a survey on various aspects of the placement process.


For both countries, hosts reported favourably on their experience, and virtually, all felt that while it was a real commitment of time and resources on their part, it was a responsibility they were happy to take on. There was little difference between the two cohorts, suggesting that the findings from this research may be an accurate picture of the situation for LIS placements hosts more generally. The positive view of the placement and the belief in its role in LIS education is further strengthened by this study.

Research limitations/implications

The research suggests that hosting students is not seen as an onerous task, but one which brings benefits to both parties. This will be useful in promoting student placements when looking for new host opportunities.


This study has added to the limited literature in the LIS field on the experience of host organisations. Obtaining similar results across two countries added to the reliability of the findings which will help inform those planning future student placements.



Pymm, B. and Juznic, P. (2014), "The view from industry: LIS students on placement", Library Review, Vol. 63 No. 8/9, pp. 606-623.



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