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New Technology of Library and Information Service  2005, Vol. 21 Issue (2): 55-63    DOI: 10.11925/infotech.1003-3513.2005.02.14
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The Impact of Digital Library Education on Digital Library Development
——Where Does the Professional Education Lead Our New Librarians?  
Liu Yanquan   Yaoxingxing(Compiler)
(School of Communication, Information and Library Science Southern Connecticut
State University, USA )
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This study investigates the state of education for digital libraries. For this study, a Web survey was conducted of syllabi of courses on the subject of Digital Libraries (DL).  Similarities and differences on such subjects as teaching emphases, course outlines, textbooks and assignments were compared.  The majority of classes now contain a “hands-on” element, a practical component of the course that requires that the students interact with Digital Libraries.  Not all of the course contents are up-to-date in the field of library and information technology.  While the quality of DL education seems to have advanced at those schools that at institutions that offer classes with “hands-on” requirements, the educational approach at many of the “hands-off” universities seems somewhat technophobic and overly dependent on outdated pedagogical methods. Those students who have received practical experience with digital libraries, like those provided in the “hands-on” courses, appear to the best served for future practice in the field of librarianship and being more marketable as a Specialists or “Dynamic Librarians”.

Key wordsDigital library      Information science education      University/College curriculaInformation system      Library science      Digital library professional education-USA     
Received: 28 September 2004      Published: 25 February 2005


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Liu Yanquan,Yaoxingxing(Compiler). The Impact of Digital Library Education on Digital Library Development
——Where Does the Professional Education Lead Our New Librarians?  . New Technology of Library and Information Service, 2005, 21(2): 55-63.

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