|Volume 44, 2||THE MILITARY LIBRARIAN||Summer 1999|
Reported by BJ Fox, DTIC, Ft. Belvoir, Virginia
The American Library Association's Congress on Professional Education was held April 30 and May 1, 1999, at the Loews L'Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC. The Congress focused on the improvement of graduate professional education for librarians and other
information professionals. One hundred fifty delegates--representing
national and international associations of library and information studies
educators and ALA divisions and roundtables--gathered to seek consensus on the
values and core competencies of the profession as well as strategies to address
common issues and concerns. At the end of two stimulating and productive
days, delegates recommended the following: 1) Define the scope, content and
values of the profession; 2) Establish and apply improved standards for accreditation;
3) Develop a coordinated approach to post-MLIS certification/credentialing; 4)
Market librarianship as a 21st century profession with the same level of effort
used to promote libraries; 5) Continue the dialogue between library and
information studies educators and practitioners begun at the Congress; and, 6)
Recruit, educate and place students from diverse populations as professional
"The Congress focused on the improvement of graduate professional education for librarians and other information professionals."
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