Aligning policy with practice: an evaluation of vocational education and training in the library and information services sector

Hallam, Gillian C., Walton-Sonda, Dianne, & Genoni, Paul (2009) Aligning policy with practice: an evaluation of vocational education and training in the library and information services sector. In Proceedings of the 12th Annual Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association Conference, Sydney.

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Vocational education and training for the library and information services (LIS) sector in Australia offers students the career pathway to become library technicians. Library technicians play a valuable role in drawing on sound practical knowledge and skills to support the delivery of library and information services that meet client needs. Over the past forty years, the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) has monitored the quality of library technician courses. Since 2005, ALIA has run national professional development days for library technician educators with the goal of establishing an alternative model for course recognition focusing on the process of peer review to benchmark good practice and stimulate continuous improvement in library technician education. This initial developmental work has culminated in 2009 with site visits to all library technician courses in Australia. The paper presents a whole-of-industry case study to critically review the work undertaken to date.

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ID Code: 28641
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Additional Information: This paper is freely available online at the official URL.
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Keywords: Library technicians, Library education, Vocational education and training, Course accreditation, Professional associations
ISBN: 9780980527513
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Librarianship (080706)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 17 Nov 2009 03:18
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 18:09

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