ERIC Number: EJ1074671
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
Disturbingly Weak: The Current State of Financial Management Education in Library and Information Science Curricula
Burger, Robert H.; Kaufman, Paula T.; Atkinson, Amy L.
Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, v56 n3 p190-197 Sum 2015
Financial management skills are necessary for responsible library management. In light of the profession's current emphasis on financial literacy, the authors posed four questions: (1) to what extent are library and information science schools providing courses in financial management for their graduates; (2) what is the quality and quantity of library financial management textbooks available for current librarians and librarians in training; (3) to what extent are there sufficient library continuing education venues available in North America to provide this training; and (4) does any evidence exist to show that librarians with library financial management responsibilities are well-trained enough to manage library finances competently and effectively? This study attempts to answer the first question. The authors examined the curricula of all American Library Association (ALA) English-language accredited library schools in North America to determine the extent to which financial management skills are taught. The results are worrying. Although many accredited Library and Information Science (LIS) programs require a general library management course for program completion, only a small percentage of these courses offered even a brief focus on financial management. The authors conclude by encouraging professional organizations and graduate library schools to enhance their menus of educational programs. The profession must provide the skills and support necessary to ensure the profession's future.
Descriptors: Library Education, Money Management, Library Administration, College Curriculum, Library Schools, Graduate Study, Courses
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