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Assuring Quality in the Information Professions

Nancy Roderer, Jose-Marie Griffiths, Charles Henry and Libby Trudell

(Submission #4)


As the number and variety of roles information professionals are expected to fulfill now and in the future increases, educational programs to prepare tomorrow’s professionals are becoming increasingly diverse. While each shares the underlying principles and practices that define information science, there is increasing concern among educators and employers about the extent to which these programs cover the discipline and include the mix of theory and practice necessary to produce a new professional who can function in their chosen area.

Quality assurance is a means of providing evidence to determine if needed skills and competencies are present in the student’s educational experience.
It can also provide a framework for assessing job performance. The invited panel will address issues and approaches to quality assurance for the information professions.

José-Marie Griffiths, Dean of the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who will set the context by reporting preliminary results from an ongoing statistical study of the status of information professionals in the U.S. She will be followed by a panel of employers discussing the challenges they face in identifying position candidates with appropriate preparation for their organization and in assessing quality once the candidate is hired. 

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