LIS Education in America: The Present, the Past, and the Future.

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
John Boyd, Associate Professor, Info Literacy Librarian (Creator)
Elizabeth Cramer, Associate Professor & Lead Cataloging Librarian (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: In the United States, the Library and Information Science (LIS) degree is most often a graduate degree at the master’s level. The degree is most commonly named the Masters of Library Science (MLS) or the Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS). In this paper, the author will discuss economic, demographic, and education trends in the United States and how these trends are changing libraries. As libraries evolve to meet the needs of our communities, new sets of skills for librarians are emerging. The most important questions to ask about the future of LIS education—are we supplying LIS graduates with the appropriate training that ensures libraries remain relevant into the future? What is the future of the LIS degree? As libraries continue to evolve, will the LIS degree still be required or even desired?

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Boyd, John and Elizabeth Cramer. 2016. LIS Education in America: The Present, the Past, and the Future. India International Centre. Advance online publication.
Language: English
Date: 2016

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