ERIC Number: ED329257
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Sep-26
The Role of Practicing Librarians in Library Education.
McCombs, Gillian M.
This paper discusses the current role of practicing librarians in library education together with the debate on whether the grounding given to future librarians should be theoretical or practical. Reasons why students, educators, and employers are dissatisfied with the current status of library education are suggested. The benefits of librarians teaching library school courses are described, including the exposure of students to positive role models and the improved image of the librarian. Team teaching a course with a library school faculty member is suggested as one way for librarians to become involved in the educative process. Other suggestions for library participation in library education include setting up programs in the schools, giving input on curriculum, becoming involved in such faculty-student interaction as orientation, and becoming involved in the accreditation process. The importance of continuing education for librarians is stressed. (11 references) (MES)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Western New York/Ontario Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Workshop (Buffalo, NY, September 26, 1988). For the complete proceedings, see IR 052 805. For other papers of this Workshop, see IR 052 806-813.