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ERIC Number: EJ813726
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0004-9670
Current Demand and Future Need for Undergraduate LIS Education in Australia
Sanders, Roy
Australian Library Journal, v57 n2 p102-126 May 2008
Through an analysis of the results of a survey of Australian employers of Library and Information Studies (LIS) graduates, this paper explores the current demand and future need for undergraduate LIS education in Australia. In the context of recent calls for adopting a purely postgraduate level of entry to the profession, the overwhelming majority of respondents to the survey clearly believe that the education provided in LIS programs in Australia does equip graduates with the attributes required of professional librarians in their organisation, and that this does not depend on the level of the qualification. Some further discussion of graduate attributes and curriculum issues indicates that there is a need for reform of LIS education--as well as a requirement to build the number of available graduates as the profession seeks to renew itself. (Contains 15 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia