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Library and Information Science Education in the Digital Age

Advances in Librarianship

ISBN: 978-1-84950-978-7, eISBN: 978-1-84950-979-4

ISSN: 0065-2830

Publication date: 24 November 2010


Education in library and information science (LIS) in the first decade of the 21st century is reviewed and discussed in terms of changes, developments, and associated issues. Specifically, courses and concentrations newly added to the LIS curriculum are described along with a summary of what has been revised, including the core. Distance education in LIS is presented as a result of technology application while reposition, relocation, and closures of LIS schools are also examined. Of the organizational changes among LIS schools, the emergence of iSchools and related topics received particular coverage with data gathered recently. Issues persistent in LIS education (i.e., accreditation of LIS programs, library education crisis, and chasm between LIS education and practices) are revisited with analysis. The author believes on the basis of this review that the digital age has brought us in LIS education with opportunities greater than ever. LIS education will move forward and even thrive in this digital age when the field not only makes intelligent use of the technology but also changes in other dimensions as the society advances.


Chu, H. (2010), "Library and Information Science Education in the Digital Age", Woodsworth, A. (Ed.) Advances in Librarianship (Advances in Librarianship, Vol. 32), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 77-111.



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