Undergraduate Library Degrees: Five Ways Library and Information Science Bachelor Programs can Revitalize the MLS
Re-envisioning the MLS: Perspectives on the Future of Library and Information Science Education
ISBN: 978-1-78754-881-7, eISBN: 978-1-78754-880-0
Publication date: 17 May 2018
Purpose – The purpose of this chapter is to explore the ways in which bachelor’s degree programs in library and information studies can support and enhance Master of Library Science (MLS) and Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) programs.
Approach – The history of undergraduate library degrees is examined, followed by a brief discussion of the current landscape of library education. Finally, five ways in which library and information science (LIS) undergraduate programs can revitalize the MLS/MLIS are addressed and analyzed.
Findings – Bachelor of Science in Library Science degrees can impact the MLS/MLIS degree in five discrete ways. Undergraduate programs can interest student in future information work, allow for more specialization in graduate programs, allow paraprofessionals to advance their library education, support rural libraries, and can lead to more rigorous MLS/MLIS curricula.
Value – As libraries and library education are in transition, undergraduate LIS degree programs have the potential to transform LIS education as a whole.
Warner, L.C. (2018), "Undergraduate Library Degrees: Five Ways Library and Information Science Bachelor Programs can Revitalize the MLS", Percell, J., Sarin, L.C., Jaeger, P.T. and Bertot, J.C. (Ed.) Re-envisioning the MLS: Perspectives on the Future of Library and Information Science Education (Advances in Librarianship, Vol. 44A), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 177-194. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0065-28302018000044A017
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