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Catching the tide: environmental pressures for an emphasis on management in the library and information sciences curriculum.

Johnson, Ian M.

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Ian M. Johnson



Abstract

This paper considers the impact of the emerging “information society” on the education and development of information professionals, particularly in the area of management. It identifies those features of the “information society” which are significant for teaching and learning: the new information and communication technologies; users’ growing expectations of information services; the changing job market; and convergence in the information sector. It outlines some steps which schools of library and information sciences in the UK have taken to respond to the challenges presented by the new environment: revising the existing curriculum and teaching methods; expanding the range of curricula; and improved support for continuing professional development. It describes some obstacles to progress: particularly the lack of research into the value of information; isolation from other disciplines, such as political science; potential challenges from business schools; and the shortcomings of current distance learning provision.

Citation

JOHNSON, I.M. 1999. Catching the tide: environmental pressures for an emphasis on management in the library and information sciences curriculum. Library management [online], 20(6), pages 317-332. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1108/01435129910280357

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 1, 1999
Online Publication Date Sep 1, 1999
Publication Date Sep 1, 1999
Deposit Date Nov 6, 2008
Publicly Available Date Nov 6, 2008
Journal Library management
Print ISSN 0143-5124
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 6
Pages 317-332
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/01435129910280357
Keywords Communications; Education; Information superhighway; Information technology; Librarians; Management
Public URL http://hdl.handle.net/10059/248

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