Comparisons of Information Technology Education in MLIS Programs
Given the increasing importance of technology in LIS, new graduates proficiency with technology is likely an important factor affecting their ability to find satisfactory work. This paper investigates technology skills required by library jobs and compares them to LIS educational standards and practices. A review of LIS curricula reveals that several programs require little or no technological skill. Nothing in the accreditation process seems likely to change this situation, despite prevalent commentary that change is required. The level of competency required by job openings is then analyzed, resulting in recommendations that students tailor their educational experience to their career goals and focus on adaptability and LIS fundamentals to increase the likelihood of a successful job search.
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