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Title:Evolution of programme design and curricula on master level in leading Nordic information Science Schools — Influence of the iSchool movement in curricula
Author(s):Németh, Márton
Subject(s):Library and information science education
Abstract:I would like to take a short overview about the evolution of the iSchool movement and its implications to the education and research profile of respective Nordic library schools that just have become members to the iSchool community in the recent years. The presentation based on mainly some sub-topic of my master thesis submitted to the Digital Library Learning International Master Programme in Oslo and Akershus University College for Applied Sciences in 2013. The iSchool movement is active primarily in the LIS education field. Moreover, by following an interdisciplinary approach for the definition of information, not only LIS schools (around 75% of all members) but also schools of Computer Science and Management are also members of the iSchool community. That mixture of institutions with different profiles (but with LIS school dominance) refers back to the traditional debate on the definition of information in different disciplines. This community can create a broader partnership in research by the different disciplinary considerations in partnership than before. This seems to be the major positive impact of this cooperation model. The major community aim is to define a new brand. This brand broadens the focus of the education from training librarians in order to work in library to a more general direction. The aim is to educate people to all kinds of professional position in broad professional fields where managing, handling and retrieving information is an important issue. I would like to present that the evolution of iSchools and respective Nordic library school has developed in a paralell way to reach these similar aims. I would like to discuss in which points the iSchool movement (including the new Nordic members from Oslo, Copenhagen Boras and Tampere) represents a new holistic, interdisciplinary set of education approaches or just an important re-branding effort of the most representative research-based LIS schools together with some collaborator partners from other fields. Why iSchools are different from other library schools in the US and beyond? What are the main relevant points of iSchool membership in a Scandinavian sense? What are the main challenges behind brand new curricula programme designs in the Nordic countries? What are the challenges of paralell ways of on-site and distance education forms in English and in native languages? What kind of new collaboration forms can these Nordic schools establish in order to offer curses in new areas? How their goals are reflecting to the general iSchool aims?
Issue Date:2015-04-11
Series/Report:Proceedings of the 2015 Symposium on LIS Education
Genre:Presentation / Lecture / Speech
Rights Information:Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-06-16

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