Commonwealth of Uncertainty: How British and American Professional Models of Library Practice have Shaped LIS Education in Selected Former British Colonies and Dominions

Mary Carroll, Paulette Kerr, Abdullahi L. Musa, Waseem Afzal

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Abstract

Worldwide the library and information profession has been the focus of competing social and political agendasthat have contributed to the shape of the profession. From the late 19th century to the present in countriesaligned to the former British Dominions and Colonies (today part of the Commonwealth of Nations) theseexternal influences were predominantly from two cultural arenas, that of the United Kingdom (UK) and theUnited States (US). The result in many Commonwealth countries been two competing and at timescontradictory models for LIS pedagogy which have been labelled the British and American ‘models orpatterns’ of education. The convergence of these two influences has had a role in shaping LIS education andhas left a complex legacy. This paper will examine how the legacy of this convergence continues to shapethe aspirational agenda of local professional communities and will discuss how this has influenced thedelivery and the educational model for librarianship. This paper will examine as a series of case studies howthe legacy of this convergence has shaped the aspirations of the LIS profession and influenced the deliveryand the educational model of librarianship in a number of Commonwealth countries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-51
Number of pages7
JournalIFLA Journal
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013

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