What if? exploring alternative models for professional LIS education

Brenda Chawner, Gillian Oliver

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This article aims to stimulate discussion about whether the current structure of postgraduate library education, largely unchanged for over 60 years, is still the best option, given the ways in which professional library positions increasingly require specialised knowledge and skills. Comparative cases from selected New Zealand professions, including medicine, law, teaching and accounting, are used to identify common characteristics of practice-based professional education, including education for specialisations which typically follow the basic degree. The article suggests that trends affecting library work create an opportunity to consider alternative models, including undergraduate education and advanced specialised qualifications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)304-316
Number of pages13
JournalAustralian Library Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Library education
  • New Zealand
  • professional practice
  • trends

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