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Information (and library) science at City University London; 50 years of educational development

Robinson, L. & Bawden, D. (2010). Information (and library) science at City University London; 50 years of educational development. Journal of Information Science, 36(5), pp. 631-654. doi: 10.1177/0165551510383086


The development of education for information and library science at City University London over a 50-year period is described in this article. The development of the Masters course in Information Science, and the later equivalent courses in Library Science and in Information Management in the Cultural Sector are described in detail, together with shorter-lived Masters courses in pharmaceutical and health information. The rationale for changes to the courses, and the influence of the professional and educational contexts, are analysed. Issues emerging from this analysis are discussed in seven themes: the nature of the discipline; the library/information spectrum; the student group; the academic/professional balance; curriculum design; local and global issues; and teaching methods. The discussions of the courses are set in the wider context of changes in library/information education over the period in the UK and worldwide.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Science & Technology, Technology, Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Science & Library Science, Computer Science, education, POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL, DOMAIN ANALYSIS, UNITED-KINGDOM, LIBRARIANSHIP, CURRICULUM, SHEFFIELD, SCIENTISTS, PERSPECTIVE, STUDENTS, HISTORY
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity > Media, Culture & Creative Industries > Library & Information Science
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