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Title:“The real library world is dirty and you don't learn that at all in schools”
Author(s):Hu, Yuerong; Ocepek, Melissa; Barker, Lecia; Downie, J. Stephen
Subject(s):Education in library and information science
Librarianship
Public library
Abstract:This poster presents findings of a content analysis based on survey responses collected from 51 librarians who provided vehemently critical feedback on the disconnection between their job realities and their library and information science (LIS) education. The study aims to understand why these librarians are vehemently critical in hopes of seeding an honest conversation about how to improve future LIS education. This is also part of a larger research project based on a survey among 759 currently working librarians and information professionals. Through this study, we found that real-life situations of librarianship, such as challenging social work, security concerns and job prospects, are very important, but they are usually not frequently talked about in LIS programs, which left students unprepared for their real jobs. This poster sheds light on this problem and provides suggestions on how to enhance the effectiveness of education of LIS programs through joint efforts of educators and students.
Issue Date:2020-03-23
Publisher:iSchools
Series/Report:iConference 2020 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Poster
Type:Text
image
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/106563
Rights Information:Copyright 2020 Yuerong Hu, Melissa Ocepek, Lecia Barker, and J. Stephen Downie
Date Available in IDEALS:2020-03-17


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