Fifty years of LIS education in Australia: Academization of LIS educators in higher education institutions

Concepción S. Wilson, Mary Anne Kennan, Patricia Willard, Sebastian K. Boell

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    Extensive data document the distribution of library and information science (LIS) educators in Australia from 1959 to 2008: from a slow beginning in the 1960s, to rapid growth in the 1970s, relative stability in the 1980s, and a persistent decline from the 1990s. Other characteristics of Australian LIS educators over the 50-year period are presented, including: previous positions held before entering academia, what and where academic qualifications were obtained, academic positions/ranks by gender, mobility within Australian higher education institutions, and years spent as Australian LIS educators. Although there has been a steady decline in the number of Australian LIS educators since the 1990s, the level of academic qualifications and percentage with doctorates have risen, thus conforming to a major requirement of academia; however, the relative decline in junior academic positions is a worrying trend. The analysis of changed characteristics over time helps define who Australian LIS academics are, and additionally provides data that contributes to LIS academic workforce planning.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages246-257
    Number of pages12
    JournalLibrary & Information Science Research
    Volume32
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2010

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    Wilson, Concepción S. ; Kennan, Mary Anne ; Willard, Patricia ; Boell, Sebastian K. / Fifty years of LIS education in Australia : Academization of LIS educators in higher education institutions. In: Library & Information Science Research. 2010 ; Vol. 32, No. 4. pp. 246-257.
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