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Title: Towards Networking and Collaboration for Library and Information Science Education for Mindanao


1
Towards Networking and Collaboration for Library
and Information Science Education for Mindanao
  • Marianita D. Dablio
  • Department of Library and Information Science
  • Mindanao State University
  • Marawi City

2
A Prelude
  • All the beads in the world wont form a
    necklace unless you string them together
  • Korean Proverb

3
Some initial notes
  • Glocal
  • Focus on value-added rather than just value
  • Information is a necessary but not sufficient
    condition.
  • Interaction, learning and capability building
  • The Power to connect

4
Why Library and Information Science for Mindanao
  • Perspectives
  • Mindanaoan context
  • Responsibility
  • Mindanao environment risk, conflict, and
    development
  • Multicultural Librarianship

5
Let us find some initial answers to the following
questions?
  • What is networking?
  • What are some features?
  • What are its prerequisites?
  • How are networks formed?
  • What networks for LIS education have existed?
  • What implications will an LIS education network
    for Mindanao hold?

6
What is networking? Collaboration?
  • Networking The art of linking groups of
    individuals or organizations that share a common
    interest or concern that will contribute to
    knowledge, experience and resources for joint
    learning and action or to achieve a common
    purpose
  • Collaboration the process of joint
    decision-making among key stakeholders on a
    problem domain

7
A rose by another name
  • Consortium
  • Link
  • Alliance
  • Initiative
  • Partnership
  • Cooperation

8
What are some features of networks?
  • Formal or informal
  • Visible or invisible
  • Individual or institutional
  • Conscious or unconscious
  • Personal, professional , political
  • Local, regional, national, international

9
  • Disregards some of the attributes of the more
    formal, bureaucratic features
  • Loosely structured communities of practice
  • May have shared leadership or none at all
  • Open lines of communications
  • Spontaneity
  • Freedom

10
Why network?
  • Process Functions
  • Encouraging
  • Mediating
  • Following
  • Standard setting
  • Gatekeeping

11
  • Tasks functions
  • Initiating
  • Information seeking
  • Information giving
  • Opinion giving
  • Clarifying
  • Elaborating
  • Coordinating
  • Orienting
  • Testing
  • Summarizing

12
What are its prerequisites?
  • Complete trust and mutual respect among members
  • Equal sharing of responsibilities and workload
  • Pragmatic and realistic approach to
    implementation of activities
  • Strong emphasis on process, input/outputs and
    outcomes

13
How are networks formed?
  • Needs Assessment
  • Planning and organizing
  • Clear statement of purpose
  • A clear structure not dominated by member
  • A coordinating mechanism
  • Implementation
  • Resource mobilization
  • Monitoring and evaluation

14
What are the existing networks for Library and
Information Science?
  • International Schools of Library and Information
    Science Network (SLISNET)
  • Association of Library and Information Science
    (ALISE)
  • Association of African Library Schools
  • EUCLID
  • EBLIDA

15
SLISNET
  • Started as a Unesco initiative in 1995
  • Intended as a linkage of LIS programs and
    professionals worldwide
  • UP Institute of Library and Information Science
    as a member

16
ALISE (Association of Library and Information
Science Education)
  • To promote excellence in teaching, research and
    service for library and information science
    education.
  • Journal of Library and Information Science
    Education
  • North America, Canada

17
EUCLID
  • European-based with three levels of membership
    full, affiliate, and corresponding
  • Facilitate exchanges among members
  • Develop cooperation in curricula, research
  • Arrange support from stronger to weaker members

18
LISNET-ECS
  • Eastern, Central and South African regions
  • Promote standardization among programs

19
ASIA and SEA
  • CONSAL
  • ALIEP
  • LISEA LIS Education in Asia
  • Started in 2005 as a gateway to LIS programs
  • Platform for knowledge and resource sharing
  • Directory of LIS schools, programs and faculty
    members in Asia
  • Repository of Learning Objects and teaching
    materials

20
  • Web portal where instructors can consult
    different perspectives,
  • Alert for new developments
  • Communities of practice
  • Outlines, course, syllabi,

21
  • LISEA
  • Philippines
  • PATLS
  • ORLIS

22
An example from other groups
  • SEANAFE Southeast Asian Network for
    Agroforestry Education
  • PAFERN

23
How have library practitioners formed networks?
  • Address book of well connected and like-minded
    people
  • Meeting colleagues in conferences
  • Participating in colloquia and roundtables
  • Running for elective office
  • Joining electronic discussion lists

24
What implications will an LIS education network
for Mindanao hold?
  • How do we assess our existing competencies?
  • Networking abilities
  • ICTs
  • Partnering skills
  • What type of network do we want?
  • Communities of practice, knowledge networks,
    advocacy network, service delivery networks

25
  • Ingredients strong social capital, governance
    and management, joint learning
  • Cost-benefit
  • Impact and sustainability
  • Secretariat, a recognized leader and a clear
    agenda
  • Do we have a model?

26
  • Membership
  • Synergy

27
A proposal
  • An association or a network
  • Combination of both, e.g. AALLNET
  • MATLIS Mindanao Alliance of Educators of
    Library and Information Science

28
Moment of Truth!
  • WHAT DO
  • YOU
  • WANT?
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