TTW Mailbox: LIS Edu Advisory Boards

Kirsten from the School of Library Studies at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta. writes a followup after a discussion at ILI in London:

Our discussion about the future of  library education made me think about what we are doing up in Alberta. Under the chair Toni Samek (LJ teaching award winner 2007), I sit on an advisory committee that SLIS has gathered members of the academic, public,and special library community together to meet with students and faculty from the SLIS to discuss what kinds of librarians we’d love to see come out of the U of A. We talk about project management skills, technology skills and the challenges of international student qualifications for the MLIS program. 

I like the idea that potential employers meets with faculty and students to help guide the program. Great stuff. Are other LIS schools doing this – with student involvement?

5 thoughts on “TTW Mailbox: LIS Edu Advisory Boards”

  1. We don’t have anything like that at McGill, but I think it’s a great idea. As students, it’s difficult to know exactly what skills our future employers will want us to have.

  2. We’ve had an Advisory Board for decades. It is very important in terms of strategic planning and keeping in touch with our stakeholders. We usually don’t have too many students or faculty attend these meetings, since the Advisory Board members are busy people, and we have a big agenda. The Board meets with the Chair at least twice a year. For some of them it is the only chance when different librarians and archivists get together.

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