Ensuring professional training is up to date and relevant is crucial for any profession and we’ve looked at a few aspects of this over the past 2 weeks. There have been lots of studies, trend reports and predictions about the future of LIS education and we’ve rounded up a few recent ones here:
In 2013, IFLA released its Trend Report after a year of consultation. The Trend Report
identifies five high level trends shaping the information society, spanning access to education, privacy, civic engagement and transformation.
If you haven’t read it, there’s a good summary in Riding the waves or caught in the tide? Insights from the IFLA Trends Report.
Other professional associations, thinktanks and bloggers around the world have also produced trend reports or ‘future of libraries’ predictions recently.
- Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)
- ALA Center for the Future of Libraries
- NMC Horizon Report 2015 Library Edition
- Futurist thinktank DavVinci Institute on the future of libraries
- GoodEreader blogpost on digital library trends for 2015
- University of Maryland’s Re-envisioning the MLS
- David Lee King’s comprehensive look at emerging library trends for 2015:
While only some of these are concerned with LIS education itself, the accreditation bodies and LIS Schools do need to pay attention to trends, forecasts and evidence based changes in the profession if they are to design robust LIS training into the future.
What do you think? What sort of changes in librarianship do we need to make sure we take account of when educating the librarians of the future?
We’ve had lots of engagement with this topic so far, keep those ideas and comments coming!