Core Curriculum in LIS Latin American Schools

MARTÍNEZ ARELLANO, Filiberto Felipe and PALMA PEÑA, Juan Miguel (2019) Core Curriculum in LIS Latin American Schools. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2019 - Athens, Greece - Libraries: dialogue for change in Session S13 - Division V (Regions) with Management of Library Associations and LIS Education in Developing Countries. In: Leadership roles in international librarianship: how can information professionals from Africa, Asia & Oceania, Latin America & Caribbean be part of it?, 20-21 August 2019, Alexandria, Egypt.

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Core Curriculum in LIS Latin American Schools

In the dynamic world we live today, curricular innovation is an important element in LIS education, which is the reason why these schools have incorporated current trends and professional needs, as well as their local peculiarities, into their curricula. The afore mentioned has not been foreign to the LIS schools of Latin America, so there are curricula with different approaches and contents that respond perfectly to current trends and professional needs. However, it cannot be ignored that LIS education must answer to a basic curriculum, which should be common to all LIS schools in Latin America, as well as to others in different geographical regions that fulfill the needs of the professional identity of librarians, no matter where they have been formed. In addition, having a common LIS curriculum will promote student mobility and internalization among LIS schools in different countries of the region. Thus, the purpose of this document is to present a proposal for a basic curriculum in LIS schools, derived from a review of the "Directory of librarianship LIS schools in Latin America and the Caribbean" ( compiled by Karla Rodríguez and published in the IFLA-LAC website. It is important to remark that in this review, LIS schools in Brazil were not included because of the large number of schools.

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