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Friday, February 9 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Session 7.1B - Juried Papers: Developing a framework for educating and training mid-career LIS professionals.

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Library and information science (LIS) programs have traditionally focused on post-graduate education, making a conversion Master’s degree following a Bachelor's degree in any subject the standard entry-level professional qualification, particularly in North America. In a recent article, Chawner and Oliver (2016) identified alternative models to this type of qualification, in part to meet the challenges and changing demands of the field. The lack of advanced qualifications offered through traditional LIS programs may not be meeting the needs of individuals looking for new positions or new challenges (La Chapelle & Wark, 2014; Peet, 2017). In addition, this situation also presents an opportunity for LIS programs to work with professional organizations and other stakeholders to expand LIS education opportunities using a more formalized process. There has been limited discussion about what the LIS profession needs for further professional development, and even less discussion about what qualifications, skills, and knowledge an LIS professional needs when moving into mid- and late-career positions(Lyon et al, 2014;  Rafiq & Arif, 2017).  At the moment, LIS professionals interested in expanding their knowledge and skills following their initial qualification have access to a range of formal and informal educational experiences that offer varying levels of learning opportunities. In this paper, we use the term ‘formal education’ when referring to traditional LIS education involving direct interaction between teachers and learners. ‘Informal education’ includes flexible learning opportunities often offered through the Internet in the form of self-paced courses. In addition to formal and informal education, training, or the development of new and improved skills, also plays a part in professional development.

Friday February 9, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am
Meadowbrook I

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