Purpose – A conference report of the first Asia‐Pacific Conference on Library & Information Education and Practice conference hosted by the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Library and Information Science education was the focus and preparing librarians for the twenty‐first century. The purpose is to educate practicing librarians and information scientists about directions in the profession and how to incorporate this message into the practice of librarianship. Findings – Different presentations highlighted new approaches and methods to approach new ways of thinking about service and expectations in the library community. Research limitations/implications – Gaining insight into current trends in library education. As library environments experience great change, with more emphasis on technology, it is imperative to train librarians with new competencies. Practical implications – Combining library education and practice is key to being relevant to developments in library science education and retaining the science and technology as key components in the training of librarians. Originality/value – Of interest to regional librarians as well as librarians worldwide interested in how this region is preparing the next generation of librarians to practice with new skills, technology applications and to meet expectations.
Library Hi Tech News – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jul 1, 2006
Keywords: Information; Education; Libraries; South East Asia