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Title:Instructional communication as a core service competency: A call for curricular change in professional library education
Author(s):Estrin, Jonathan W.
Subject(s):Library schools
Library education
Abstract:The promise of libraries to educate the citizenry has long been a purpose of the library as an institution. Instruction occurs in public, academic, and special libraries and is manifested in many ways beyond the traditional classroom environment. This article suggests that instruction is a professional competency intrinsically linked to enhancing service quality and organizational effectiveness. While the merits of library instruction as an effective tool have long been debated in the literature, the emphasis has been on technical needs rather than service issues. A current concern for the acquisition of critical thinking and other information literacy skills is changing the nature of such a debate. Because the value of instruction is reemerging as both a conceptual and practical skill for library professionals, it is increasingly necessary to provide adequate training and education to librarians. The most suitable place for such an activity is during the course of formal library science education.
Issue Date:1998
Publisher:Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:Estrin, Jonathan W. "Instructional Communication as a Core Service Competency: A Call for Curricular Change in Professional Library Education." Katharine Sharp Review, no. 6 (1998).
Series/Report:Katharine Sharp Review ; no. 006, Winter, 1998
Rights Information:Copyright 1998 is held by Jonathan W. Estrin
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-07-20

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