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Title: Bhutan's First Library Qualification, Background and Development
Contributor(s): Ransom, Sylvia  (author)
Publication Date: 2011
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Abstract: During a six month contract with the Royal University of Bhutan, the author was required to develop the initial stages of a first library qualification to be offered in Bhutan. Questions raised by this project included: Is a first qualification in librarianship needed in Bhutan? What are the potential student numbers in such a program? What structure should such a program take? What guidance exists for developing diploma programs at the Royal University of Bhutan? Does the country contain the expertise to run the program? The author utilized situational analysis to gather data for the program, building on a number of existing but unpublished documents relating to training library staff in Bhutan. Using the guidelines in existence, and the knowledge gained from the situational knowledge, data was gathered to answer the research questions. A three year, part time Diploma of Library Management to be offered by mixed mode (distance education) was designed, and supporting documentation written. There is no doubt that appropriate, relevant library training is needed for library staff in Bhutan. It is less clear that the resources currently exist to fully develop and present an initial diploma level qualification.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: A-LIEP 2011: 4th Asia-Pacific Conference on Library & Information Education and Practice - Issues, Challenges and Opportunities, Putrajaya, Malaysia, 22nd - 24th June, 2011
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the Asia-Pacific Conference on Library & Information Education and Practice (A-LIEP 2011): Issues, Challenges and Opportunities, p. 17-23
Publisher: Faculty of Information Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA
Place of Publication: Selangor, Malaysia
Field of Research (FOR): 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
080706 Librarianship
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
890302 Library and Archival Services
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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