Towards 100 years of LIS education and research at UCD

Traxler Brown, Barbara (2009) Towards 100 years of LIS education and research at UCD. Aslib Journal of Information Management, 61 (3). pp. 282-301. ISSN 0001253X


Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to provide some of the institutional and operational context of the University College Dublin (UCD) School of Information and Library Studies (SILS) prior to 2000. Design/methodology/approach - The history of the School, its predecessor, and the context in which it operated after 1977 is briefly outlined, using contemporary published and in-house archival evidence, from the 1960s to the late 1990s. Findings - Areas of convergence with UK library information science (US) education are identified, but also some key differences regarding US workforce recruitment, and third level educational provision in Ireland. Factors which influenced the curricular development of the school are cited, in particular the role of the UK Institute of Information Scientists, founded in 1958. Research limitations/implications - The study is based on contemporary published sources, and a preliminary examination of SILS archival evidence which has survived from the decades in question. Valuable records concerning the education and training role of the Library Association of Ireland, founded in 1928, have been recently analysed by Ellis-King. A proposal for research funding to enable further exploration has been submitted. Originality/value - Owing to its focus on Ireland (ROI) the paper expands recent coverage of UK professional education for librarianship prior to 2000. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of Aslib Proceedings is the property of Emerald Group Publishing Limited and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)

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