Educating Information Professionals Around the World (SIGs III & ED)
Wednesday, October 27, 2010, Half Day Afternoon, 1:30pm-5:30pm

ASIS&Tís Information Professional Education Task Force was created in 2006 to describe and promote the information professions and associated graduate level academic programs. Our definition of an information professional is a broad and encompassing one: ďAn information professional is an expert on addressing problems concerning information acquisition, organization, storage, management, retrieval, dissemination, and use. The information professional has a balanced and integrated knowledge of three domains: information, information technology, and human information behavior.Ē (Marcia Bates, email 4/14/2010) A task force commissioned report produced in 2008 identified over 900 distinct information related masterís programs in over 450 North American institutions in a variety of domains, including engineering, computer science, information science, informatics, business and communications. 

While there is undoubtedly value in differentiating among the individual information professions, there would also appear to be both intellectual and practical benefits from acknowledging shared principles and practices and working together. This idea has served as the basis for the work of the Information Professional Education Task Force, and gave rise to an interest in the development of the information professional concept in other countries. A People to People delegation to China provided the opportunity to learn more about the education of information professionals in that very rapidly growing information environment, and to explore possibilities for collaboration. Since the Special Libraries Association also has an ongoing interest in information professionals, SLA President Anne Caputo joined the group travelling to China. 

The delegation visited five institutions representing information professional educators and employers Ė the National Science Library of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China, and Beijing Normal University in Beijing and the Shanghai Municipal Archives and East China Normal University in Shanghai. From delegate Yukiko Sakai from Keio we also had the opportunity to learn more about information professional education in Japan. The visits resulted in an excellent exchange of information as well as agreement to work together in several areas. This workshop will allow the discussions to continue and will bring other interested parties into the conversation. 

This workshop is intended for ASIS&T attendees interested in the evolving patterns of education for the information professions; including educators, employers, students, and information professionals in general. The session will inform attendees about information professional education in the US, China, and Japan. 

Gwen Alexander, Dean School of Library and Information Management, Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas 
Alexander Arbuthnot, Web Librarian, Toronto Public Library, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 
Gail Bonath, Associate Librarian of the College, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa 
Pascal Calarco, Head, Systems Department, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana 
Anne S. Caputo, Executive Director Dow Jones & Co. & President, Special Libraries Association, Alexandria, Virginia 
Rumi Graham, Librarian, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada 
Guoqiu Li, Professor, Department of Information, Business School, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China 
Ann Prentice, Professor Emerita and former Dean, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 
Yukiko Sakai, Associate Manager, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan 
Nancy K. Roderer, Director, Welch Medical Library and Division of Health Sciences Informatics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore Maryland (moderator)

This workshop is free to all meeting attendees; registration is required.


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