ERIC Number: ED241037
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Competency Requirements for Library and Information Science Professionals.
Ways the education and training of information professionals can adapt to the rapidly changing information environment are addressed in this paper, which describes a project undertaken by King Research ("New Directions in Library and Information Science Education") to identify current and future competency requirements of librarians and other information professionals. It is hypothesized that a lack of communication between the employers of information professionals and the institutions that educate and train them is one reason that educational institutions are not meeting needs and demands of the changing environment and new technologies. Following a list of preliminary questions that need to be addressed in determining information professionals' training needs, the project approach and framework are described. Each aspect of this framework is then detailed, including trends which affect library and information science organizations, work settings, and the functions and activities performed. Also considered are the types of users served, the tools and techniques used/applied, and the types of materials handled. Finally, each step in the overall process of planning, design, implementation, and evaluation is examined. (LMM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: King Research, Inc., Rockville, MD.
Identifiers: Competency Needs; Information Technology
Note: Paper presented at the Anniversary Conference of the Special Libraries Association (76th, University Park, PA, October 20-21, 1983).