Preparing the Information Professional: An Agenda for the Future

Preparing the Information Professional: An Agenda for the Future

Preparing the Information Professional: An Agenda for the Future

Preparing the Information Professional: An Agenda for the Future

Synopsis

Preparation of the future information professional depends on clear articulation of market needs by analyzing employer expectations and defining required competencies. Library and information education is being redesigned worldwide, and the developing nations need to catch up with the demands of transformation.

Excerpt

Library and information education has been in a state of transition in response to an overactive dynamic of environmental and technological forces. We find divergent models of information education emerging in different parts of the world. Yet there is more uncertainty and confusion about the requirements for the preparation of the future information professional.

The real question is how to configure the changing scenario and then translate it into relevant academic models, programs and curricula. a variety of approaches have been applied for the purpose, qualitative as well as quantitative. Employer perceptions, as a mirror of market dynamics, and definition of sets of competencies required of professionals are the two strategies that have been applied worldwide. However, these two approaches have been applied with a great deal of variation in their focus and procedural treatment. No universal approach or instrument can be used for uniform application of these measures. However, a clear understanding of the fundamental principles and underlying rationale is needed for articulation of employer expectations and competencies.

This monograph addresses the issues and concerns of information education by using international perspectives. Chapter 1 develops a framework for conceiving employer perceptions about the preparation of future professionals. the pertinent dimensions of these perceptions are deficiencies among entry-level professionals, trends in the infor-

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