Connecting Theory and Practice in LIS: The Training Model of the Information Resource Centers

Farooq, Muhammad Umar Connecting Theory and Practice in LIS: The Training Model of the Information Resource Centers. Special Libraries Association Minnesota Chapter Homepage, 2005. [Journal article (Paginated)]


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The traditional LIS education is also essential as it provides the foundation for our profession. Also, the LIS theory explores the history and evolution of the librarianship in different era. The library science educators do review the LIS courses from time to time, because it isn’t one time job. As the nature of information sources changes, the sophistication of information technology advances, and the quantity of knowledge explodes; the job market of librarians itself demands revision and expansion in the curricula of the LIS. Even if the curriculum of an LIS school is up to the mark, the institution is required to train its new information professionals. Every type of library (i.e. public, academic, or special etc.) has to impart a proper training to its employees for better performance and productivity. At the same time, it is true that not all the libraries or their parent institutions can afford the expensive and sophisticated training model of the IRCs. However, if they put the professional training on priority and spend some resources and time on it, they can get best out of their employees. One way is to arrange the in-house training sessions at their libraries. Moreover, the libraries of the same kind or in the same region can coordinate training on different LIS modules. The Internet is itself a good learning, teaching and training tool. The information professional can improve the professional skills through reading the professional literature, becoming a member of professional association, and consulting the value added professional websites.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: LIS Training, LIS Competencies, Contiuning Professional Education, Information Resource Centers
Subjects: G. Industry, profession and education. > GI. Training.
Depositing user: Muhammad Umar Farooq
Date deposited: 12 Aug 2005
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:01


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