Current demand and future need for undergraduate LIS education in Australia

Roy Sanders

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Through the analysis of the results of a survey of Australian employers of Library and Information Studies (LIS) graduates, this paper explores the current demand, and future need, for undergraduate LIS education in Australia. In the context of some recent calls for adopting a purely postgraduate level of entry to the profession, the overwhelming majority of respondents to the survey clearly believe that the education provided in LIS programs in Australia does equip graduates with the attributes required of professional librarians in their organisation, and that this does not depend on the level of the qualification. Some further discussion of graduate attributes and curriculum issues indicates that there is a need for some reform of LIS education in Australia, and the need to build the number of graduates available as the profession seeks to renew itself.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-127
Number of pages26
JournalAustralian Library Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2008


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