From practice to academia: 50 years of LIS education in Australia

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

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The central place that education has in the strength and well-being of any profession is widely accepted. Australia presents an interesting case study of a country where LIS education moved from being conducted by practitioners under the guidance of the professional association to being provided in institutions of higher education in 1959. The 50 years (1959-2008) saw substantial changes in Australian LIS education with a rapid proliferation of schools which was later followed by closures, mergers and changes of focus. This chapter charts LIS education during this period focusing on organizational and structural aspects of the placement of LIS education in tertiary institutions, on the academization of LIS educators who had in the early days mainly been drawn from practice, and on the development of LIS educators as academic researchers and authors as represented by their productivity and visibility in national and international databases. In addition to giving an account of these areas of LIS education over the 50 years the chapter seeks to offer explanations for what has occurred and some views of strategies which may assist the development of LIS education in Australia and in other countries which possess similar characteristics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLibrary and information science trends and research
Subtitle of host publicationAsia-Oceania
EditorsAmanda Spink, Diljit Singh
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9781780524719
ISBN (Print)9781780524702
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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