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Job requirements and challenges of LIS graduates in public libraries: a literature review

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dc.contributor.author Mthembu, Mpilo
dc.date.accessioned 2019-10-10T10:40:55Z
dc.date.available 2019-10-10T10:40:55Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/libphilprac/2772/ en_US
dc.identifier.issn 15220222
dc.identifier.uri https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/libphilprac/2772/
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10530/1856
dc.description Peer-reviewed article published in Library Philosophy and Practice electronic journal of the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, licenced under Creative Commons, 2019. en_US
dc.description.abstract Public libraries require an expanding set of discipline specific, as well as generic knowledge, skills and attitudes from Library and Information Science (LIS) graduates, for their services in this evolving and constantly changing knowledge society. Guided by the core competency theory of Selznick (1957), this paper reviews literature on the competencies required of LIS graduates and the challenges they face in public libraries. Knowledge of cataloguing, collection development, interpersonal relationship, communication, technology, and customer services skills are noted significant in the public library context. Also noted are skills gap: lack of training programmes; drastic changes in the LIS market, which eventually demand curricula revision and re-orientation; and several challenges facing LIS professionals and the public libraries themselves. Identified challenges include: lack of funding, lack of trained/skilled staff, and ICT resources. The reviewed literature is significant for providing theoretical background for the development of research in the following domains: public libraries, LIS curriculum, LIS educators and LIS graduates/professionals. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Nebraska en_US
dc.subject Public libraries skills en_US
dc.subject Library Science jobs en_US
dc.subject LIS graduates en_US
dc.title Job requirements and challenges of LIS graduates in public libraries: a literature review en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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