The IFLA Building Strong LIS Education (BSLISE) Working Group invites you to a webinar that considers how associations cooperating internationally could create an international quality assessment framework for LIS education. The presentation will draw on the experience of delivering accreditation of library and information studies (LIS) education programs by the American Library Association (ALA), Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), and Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), and the wider international context for quality assessment. It will consider the challenges and opportunities in developing a framework and consider how it could promote parity between accreditation criteria used by national library associations to promote professional mobility globally. The FREE presentation will be followed by discussion.

Jaya Raju, Associate Professor and Head, Library and Information Studies Centre, University of Cape Town (South Africa)


Simon Berney-Edwards, CILIP (UK)
Judy Brooker, ALIA (Australia)
Karen O’Brien, ALA (USA)

Date and Time: Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 2:00-3:15 pm CDT (Chicago)

Time equivalents:

London (England); November 3, 2016 at 7:00-8:15 pm GMT (5 hours ahead)
Cape Town (South Africa); November 3, 2016 at 9:00-10:15 pm SAST (7 hours ahead)
Canberra (Australia) Friday, November 4, 2016 at 6:00-7:15 am AEDT (16 hours ahead)

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Registration: by *November 2nd*.

Join us via Blackboard Collaborate (information will be provided after registration).

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Recording: A recording of the Webinar will be available on the BSLISE website:

The IFLA Building Strong LIS Education (BSLISE) Working Group emerged out of deliberations at the 2016 IFLA Satellite Meeting (Dublin, Ohio, USA; on quality assessment of LIS education programs hosted by the IFLA Section on Education and Training & the Section on Library Theory and Research. The BSLISE Working Group is comprised of members from across the globe.