The value of service in the Library and Information Science curriculum

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2004-12-18

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Miranda-Murillo, Diana

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This exploratory study examined the value of service, which has been implicitly present in the field for decades and is recognized as one of the pillars of the profession. However it seems that there is not a universal approach to it and it looks like it is taught inconsistently in LIS curriculum in the United States. This research sought to determine how the concept of service was viewed and treated in the Library and Information Science field, and based on the results, to make recommendations to information schools to improve librarians’ education and training. The results reflected an unclear definition of the value of service at all levels (students, professionals and professors) and also suggested that Library and Information Science schools do not have a standard way to teach about this value

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