Foreign Students in American Library Education: Impact on Home Countries

Foreign Students in American Library Education: Impact on Home Countries

Foreign Students in American Library Education: Impact on Home Countries

Foreign Students in American Library Education: Impact on Home Countries

Synopsis

In the first detailed examination of the subject, Maxine Rochester surveys the benefits and problems associated with training foreign librarians and information science professionals in the United States. First providing background on the general issue of foreign students seeking higher education in the United States, the author analyzes historical trends and current developments. The library and information sciences student is considered next, together with the features of American education that attract foreign students. Issues such as sources of funding, selection of students, admission procedures, difficulties experienced by foreign students, and their effect on library schools are discussed. The impact on the development of library and information services in their home countries is examined in detail.

Excerpt

This study addresses one aspect of the problem of providing the skilled library and information professionals necessary for the establishment and operation of quality library and information services. That aspect is the educational preparation of professionals in overseas library and information science schools and training programs, and is limited geographically to preparation in one country, the United States. Thus the study is concerned with the foreign student in American library education. Evaluation of this study abroad in terms of successful completion of programs in the United States and impact of returnees on the development of library and information services in their home countries is included.

In Chapter 1 information on the international flows of foreign students seeking higher education is given as background to the consideration of the foreign student in the United States. Historical trends and current developments are considered.

The foreign student who comes for the purpose of education and training for library and information science is dealt with in Chapter 2. Statistics, both historical and current, give a picture of the contribution made by American library and information science schools and libraries. a brief historical survey of American librarianship and of library and information science education in the United States shows the attraction of study in this country for foreign students. Sources of funding for study abroad are also considered.

Chapter 3 deals with the relationship of the foreign students to the library and information science schools themselves. Such matters as selection of students, admission procedures, and study . . .

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