Road to Meet 21st Century Challenges: A scenario on LIS education in Bangladesh

BEGUM, Dilara and ELAHI, Md. Hasinul (2019) Road to Meet 21st Century Challenges: A scenario on LIS education in Bangladesh. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2019 - Athens, Greece - Libraries: dialogue for change in Session 275 - LIS Education in Developing Countries.

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Abstract

Road to Meet 21st Century Challenges: A scenario on LIS education in Bangladesh

In this modern era, due to extensive growth and expansion of technology and its application the role of librarians is also changing. The profession is in its most diversified form in this century where the librarians need to break the shackles of traditional approach. The nature of education and training also needed to be upgraded. This paper aims to provide the present scenario on LIS education in Bangladesh which will include present status of LIS education, possibilities and as well as challenges. This paper will also demonstrate some recommendation for the development of LIS education particularly for Bangladesh and as well as for other developing nations as a whole. The methodology includes a qualitative approach. The study was carried out through the compilation of observation method, field survey, and interview method. In Bangladesh, many institutions provide LIS education which offers different degrees ranging from certificate courses to Ph.D. Another fact is that only few (5) public and private universities provide honours and master degree on this subject. Although the possibilities regarding this subject has increased in recent years in Bangladesh. The information scientists of Bangladesh have felt the necessity of modernizing the LIS curriculum to meet the challenges of 21st century. The curriculum has extensively changed to incorporate the modern courses like integrated library management system, server administration, database management system, Information architecture, data mining, web based applications for library services, programming languages and so on. This study also identifies some issues which obstacles the development of LIS education in Bangladesh and recommends some measures to solve those issues. This paper is unique in terms of representation of an overall scenario of LIS education in Bangladesh which will surely add value to know the current status of developing nations in providing LIS education.

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