International Quality Assessment of LIS Education Programs
2016 IFLA Satellite Meeting Co-organized by the Section on Education and Training (SET) and the Section on Library Theory and Research (LTR)

August 10, 2016; 9:00-6:00 (includes reception)
The Conference Center at OCLC

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8:30 – 9:00 Registration

9:00 – 9:10 Welcome: Satellite Planning Co-Chairs, Primož Južnič and Suzanne Samir (SET Co-Chairs), Anna Maria Tammaro (LTR Chair) [Welcome PPT]

9:10 – 9:30 Session 1. Setting the Context: IFLA Past Involvement in LIS Education Quality Assessment.

Anna Maria Tammaro, Department of Information Engineering, University of Parma (Italy) and Terry Weech, iSchool at Illinois, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (USA) [PPT]

9:35 – 10:15 Session 2. Approaches to Quality Assessment: Established Contexts (Paper Presentation).  Moderator: Terry Weech

“Developing an international quality assessment framework” Simon Berney-Edwards, Professional Services Directorate, CILIP (UK), Judy Brooker, Australian Library and Information Association (Australia) and Karen O’Brien, Office of Accreditation, ALA (USA) [PPT]

10:15 – 10:35 Break

10:35 – 11:25 Session 3Approaches to Quality Assessment: Established Contexts II (Paper Presentations).  Moderator: Beth Sandore Namachchivaya, University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign (USA)

“Core competencies in LIS education: Professional, generic and personal competencies for the higher education LIS sector” Jaya Raju, University of Cape Town, (South Africa) [PPT]

“Accrediting LIS programs: Options and opportunities” Sajjad ur Rehman, Department of Library and Information Science, Kuwait University (Kuwait). [PPT] [Note: Author is not able to attend.  Beth Sandore Namachchivaya will lead a discussion of paper.]

“Investigating LIS curriculum in both structure and content: The PILISSE Model” Fredrick Lugya, Managing Director, Chip Computing and Consult (Uganda) [PPT] [Note: Author is not able to attend. Terry Weech will lead a discussion of paper.]

11:30 – 12:20 Session 4. Quality Assessment in Developing Countries (Panel).

Ismail Abdullahi, School of Library and Information Science, North Carolina Central University (USA), Filiberto Felipe Martínez Arellano, Colegio de Bibliotecología, National Autonomous University of Mexico (Mexico) and Jaya Raju, Library and Information Studies Centre, University of Cape Town (South Africa)

12:20 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:40 Session 5. Methods, strategies and/or models for a framework to assess LIS Programs.  Moderator: Nancy Lensenmayer, OCLC

“Latin America: Quality assurance of LIS education and its relation to study abroad programs (Peruvian emphasis)” Ana María Talavera-Ibarra, Professor, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Peru)

“Experiences in working with immigrants and others with foreign LIS credentials in the North American LIS Credentialed job market” Keren Dali, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta (Canada) [PPT]

“What are the challenges of scaling national assessment to the international level, and how to address them for successful implementation?” Martha Kyrillidou, iSchool at Illinois, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (USA)

14:45 – 15:45 Session 6. Group Discussion: Mapping the Road Ahead. Facilitators: Clara M. Chu, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (USA) and Lynn Silipigni Connaway, OCLC (USA)

Group A discusses Q1-2, Q5; Group B discusses Q3-5.  Each group will need a moderator and notetaker/rapporteur.

  1. Is there a need for international accreditation of LIS education programs?  Why or why not?
  2. Who are possible partners in the international quality assessment of LIS education?
  3. Is there a need to collect international data on LIS education programs?  Why and why not? See for example:
  4. Is there an (existing or envisioned) model, framework that would be appropriate?
  5. What are next steps to develop and implement an effective international system to assess the quality of LIS education programs?

15:45 – 16:00 Break

16:00 – 16 50 Session 7. Plenary: Action Steps Toward International Quality Assessment of LIS Education. Facilitators: Clara M. Chu and Lynn Silipigni Connaway

  1. Group reports (25 min.)
  2. Action Plan (25 min.) (Next steps, action leaders, volunteers and timeline)

16:50 – 17:00 Closing Remarks (Satellite Meeting Co-Chairs)

17:00 – 18:00 Closing Reception (Social Gathering)