Welcome to the Library and Information Science Education 2.0 blog. This blog is the primary communication and dissemination tool for the Library and Information Science Education 2.0 project. The project is funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC). In this site you will find all the key project resources including discussion papers and reports plus a space for you to contribute to the discussions. The blog will be continually updated over the life of the project so please keep checking back to see the new project resources and activities.
The skills and knowledge required by library and information science (LIS) professionals are changing as a result of the web 2.0 phenomenon. However, it is unclear to what extent LIS education in Australia reflects these changing requirements. This project will make an important contribution to ensuring that Australian LIS graduates are equipped with the capabilities required of the contemporary profession. It will be one of the first projects to develop a “whole of discipline” web 2.0 education strategy.
The project aims to identify the skills and knowledge required by the ‘LIS professional 2.0’, and to develop a set of guiding principles and models of best practice that may serve to inform educational practice in the Australian LIS profession and beyond. It is hoped that the principles and models developed as a result of the project will be applicable to LIS and non-LIS disciplines alike.
The project will involve a three-staged approach:
Stage 1: A rich picture of the skills and knowledge required by the LIS professional in the web 2.0 age will be established. An environmental scan will be conducted, including: (i) a detailed review of existing literature in the field; (ii) focus groups and questionnaires with LIS professionals, employers, students, educators and association representatives.
Stage 2: An audit of current LIS education in Australia and the development of case studies to showcase models of best practice. Semi-structured telephone interviews will be conducted with Australian LIS educators. From these interviews a profile of LIS education in Australia and its ability to support the development of the ‘web 2.0 professional’ will be established.
Stage 3: Guiding Principles for Library and Information Science Education 2.0 will be developed. The Guiding Principles will be developed based upon the results of stages 1 and 2.
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