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The event

The Section for Education and Training (SET) and the Section for Library Theory and Research (LTR) of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) and the European Association for Library and Information Education and Research (EUCLID) aim to strengthen the opportunities for cooperation and collaboration between different Regional Areas of the world in order to improve the education and continuing professional development of library and information professionals.

This collaborative forum is being offered as a satellite event to the IFLA World Library and Information Congress being held 10-15 August 2010 in Gothenburg, Sweden. The conference will be hosted by the Swedish School of Library and Information Science in Borås, Sweden, on 8-9 August 2010. It will build on the joint EUCLID-ALISE meeting held in Potsdam, Germany, 31 July-1 August 2003 (http://forge.fh-potsdam.de/EUCLID/).

 

Theme

Worldwide, LIS education faces the ongoing challenge of charting the future roles played by library and information professionals, during times of relentless socio-economic and technological change.  As this formidable challenge transgresses national boundaries, it is important for the diverse approaches to LIS education to have a strong international dimension. The conference will focus on research and innovation in library and information science teaching and pedagogy, with the goal of creating a clearer understanding of the issues impacting on the international recognition of professional qualifications and the global mobility of students and graduates.  The event seeks to attract LIS educators from many different countries of the world with the goal of exchanging of ideas about the opportunities for curriculum development and for research.

 

Satellite topics

Curriculum innovation

The adaptation of LIS education to the digital age is stimulating curriculum innovation, to establish a new professional profile and to encourage the extended role of library and information professionals. How are curricula in traditional LIS changing to incorporate the new educational needs? How are these new educational needs measured and analysed? Papers may discuss cross-institutional collaboration, formal curriculum review processes, with input from employers, practitioners and professional associations, as well as students and faculty, or focus on factors affecting LIS education in individual countries or in regional areas, such as convergence with Archives and Museum studies or with broader subject areas.

Digital universities and LIS education

Students are adopting cooperative ways of learning, while staff may draw on global expertise to address the need for contemporary approaches to teaching and learning. How are LIS students and staff benefiting from eLearning initiatives? Are new collaborative ways of learning compatible with the traditional university? How are joint courses, twin courses, and university consortia driving innovation in learning and teaching?

International sharing of resources

New tools and standards for learning resources enable LIS scholars to realise the potential of international knowledge banks, digital archives, libraries, and museums, and consortia of learning materials. How are these resources made available to a global audience of LIS scholars?

Academic staff

New challenges face LIS academics, in terms of the qualifications required (including research-based competence, technological proficiency, effectiveness in teaching, a sustained record of scholarship, and active participation in appropriate professional associations) and Faculty appointment processes (such as Review and Promotion Policies, and the continuing professional development of the teaching and research staff). Papers may discuss staff exchange programs or cooperative projects that encourage mentoring and support for new academics.

Target

The IFLA-ALISE-EUCLID satellite meeting will be of interest to:

  • University faculty and staff working in the area of academic development
  • National and international planners working with university reform
  • Project leaders and administrative staff involved in curriculum innovation and eLearning
  • Professional agencies involved in academic course accreditation
  • Libraries associations, electronic and multimedia publishers, and information services developers with interests in education and training