Jul 27, 2009

Paper summary: LIS curricula trends

Source: Chu, H. (2006). Curricula of LIS programs in the USA: A content analysis. In C. Khoo, D. Singh & A.S. Chaudhry (Eds.), Proceedings of the Asia-Pacific Conference on Library & Information Education & Practice 2006 (A-LIEP 2006), Singapore, 3-6 April 2006 (pp. 328-337). Singapore: School of Communication & Information, Nanyang Technological University. (pdf here)

Background: LIS becomes more and more content-oriented. Courses emphasize mediation between the user and technology, designing user-oriented services, and creating value-added information packages (Sturges, 1999).

Methodology: Content analysis of individual course titles and descriptions (2,757 individual courses offered by 45 LIS programs).

Results: Core requirements are reduced to a few courses. The most frequent core courses are "Organization of information/knowledge/materials" (44 occurrences), "Reference/Information resources & services" (39), "Introduction to LIS/Information environment" (38), "Management" (30, Research in LIS" (22), "Information technology" (14). A large number of electives clusters around archives and preservation, information technology, ethics and policy, management, special librarianship and resources, etc. New courses include digital libraries, web design, information architecture, HCI, etc.

I don't see much of a content orientation here. So far it seems that the courses tend to emphasize technology, but not mediation or information.