Internship in LIS education: An international perspective on experiential learning

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Nora J. Bird, Associate Professor (Creator)
Fatih Oguz, Assistant Professor (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: The value of internship as a form of experiential learning in library and information science (LIS) education has been debated for many years in North America. To gain a global perspective, the current research examines whether such an experience is required and for what reasons and whether placements can be done internationally or virtually. Participants include national libraries, associations, and academic LIS programs from 69 different countries around the world. Results indicate that outside of American Library Association accredited institutions, internship is more often required and that when it is not, participation rates are low. Further, there was much stronger support for international experiences. Despite the increasing use of online tools to deliver LIS education, there is a decided lack of institutional support for virtual internships. Suggestions for further research are proposed that address the interdisciplinary, intentional, interconnected, and international model for an internship model in 21st Century in LIS education.

Additional Information

Publication
Revised article. Originally published in 2015 in IFLA Journal 41(4), 298-307.
Language: English
Date: 2017
Keywords
Internship, library science, information science, experiential learning

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