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Use of Professional Competencies and Standards Documents for Curriculum Planning in Schools of Library and Information Studies Education


Use of information professional association competency statements by schools of library and information studies (LIS) indicates the influence of practice on education and is encouraged by the Standards for Accreditation of Master's Programs in Library & Information Studies. Content analysis of program presentation documents submitted to the American Library Association (ALA) Committee on Accreditation and a survey of U.S. and Canadian LIS schools reveal that such statements are used in curriculum development, although specific use is not always documented in detail in accreditation submissions. In comparison, surveys of public library directors assessing use of such statements in hiring or in professional development and of state library development officers assessing use in developing standards of practice, certification requirements, and programs for training and professional education indicate that these areas of practice use such statements considerably less than LIS schools and rate the utility of such statements lower. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]

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