Section on Education and Training Award on Screen at WRLC ceremony

Dynamic Unit and Impact Award Education and Training Section
SET Dynamic Unit and Impact Award

In the presentation ceremony at WLIC 2022 this citation was read: “For the past two years, the Unit, working in conjunction with other Sections and Special Interest Groups from Division IV and Division C, has developed a series of virtual events, featuring LIS students from around the world. These regular events centre LIS students, providing them with opportunities to network and gather experiences that will support their transition from students to information professionals. These popular events have virtually brought together thousands of participants and thousands of viewers to their SET YouTube channel.

IFLA’s Education and Training Section (SET) has worked closely on other projects within their Division, creating resources for use by LIS practitioners, having recently published the IFLA Guidelines for Professional Library and Information Science (LIS) Education Programmes, which were created by the IFLA Building Strong LIS Education (BSLISE) – A Working Group of the IFLA Section on Education and Training (SET), Section on Library Theory and Research (LTR), and the LIS Education in Developing Countries SIG. The Guidelines serve as a framework for developing LIS education programmes, which stakeholders can apply in planning, developing, and assessing the quality of LIS education. It is made up of foundational knowledge areas and the elements of a robust LIS education programme, which should provide an LIS professional with the professional education to practice and continue to develop.

SET has been a leader on promoting the social roles of libraries for social and digital inclusion, including the set-up of a training school to facilitate deep discussion and learning around these topics. They communicate effectively with their stakeholders, with frequent and creative use of social media to connect LIS students, practitioners and the field at large. The programs offered by this unit are dynamic and inclusive and future-focused. For this and for all their work, they are to be congratulated.”

SET were honoured and celebrated at this year’s 2022 WLIC which was held in Dublin.