ERIC Number: ED450768
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
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The Congress on Professional Education in North America.
In order to chart a course for the future development of professional librarians, the American Library Association (ALA) sponsored a Congress on Professional Education in 1999 to examine critical issues related to graduate education. Issues centered around university education generally, library and information studies (LIS) education specifically, and the perspective of the profession at large. More than 150 invited delegates were named from a wide variety of professional associations and other groups to ensure diversity of experience and commitment to continuing dialog and change. Recommendations were made to define the scope, content, and values of the profession, to establish and apply standards for accreditation of graduate programs, to enable credentialing and continuing education, to position librarianship as the 21st century profession, to continue the dialog between LIS educators and practitioners, and to recruit, educate, and place students from diverse populations. ALA subsequently established task forces to deal with the major issues identified by the Congress and assigned other recommendations to specific committees and units within the organization. The ALA Executive Board and Council are monitoring implementation. A second Congress on Continuing Education is planned for November 2000. (Contains 28 references.) (Author/MES)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Higher Education, Librarians, Library Associations, Library Education, Library Science, Professional Continuing Education, Professional Development, Standards
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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