ERIC Number: ED459741
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
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Research and International Technical Cooperation Programmes.
Johnson, Ian M.
This paper represents work in progress that considers the role of research in international development programs undertaken to establish and develop schools of librarianship and information science, and some of the possible reasons why many have failed to develop once the external support was terminated. It notes that the development of a research profile rarely featured in previous activities and contrasts this with other disciplines in which the research capacity has made university departments critical to social and economic progress. It notes the real and imaginary obstacles to research and to international cooperation and outlines the benefits to individuals and institutions of engaging in this type of international collaborative research. Finally, it urges a combined effort to take advantage of the current global interest in information transfer to persuade the funding agencies to support the schools' efforts to develop and apply research expertise that substantiates the role of information and information services in economic and social development. (Contains 36 references.) (Author/MES)
Descriptors: Cooperative Programs, Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Educational Development, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Information Science Education, Information Services, International Cooperation, International Programs, Library Schools, Library Science, Research and Development, Role
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Libraries and Librarians: Making a Difference in the Knowledge Age. Council and General Conference: Conference Programme and Proceedings (67th, Boston, MA, August 16-25, 2001); see IR 058 199.