Alumni perceptions of a post graduate Information and LibraryScience Education programme at the University of Natal, South Africa

C. Stilwell


A survey of alumni perceptions of a post graduate programme in Information and Library Science. the B.Bibl. Honours. at
the University of Natal. South Africa is described. Module content and apprapriateness are reviewed in relation to
demands of the workplace. Alumni views on delivery and assessment methods are interrogated as are requirements in
terms of continuing education. Critical issues in ILS education are identified, for example. balancing a human-centred
approach with Information and Communication Technology competencies in the networked age. Reference is made to
Information Management and Knowledge Management. Findings suggest that the Programme has broadly attained its
anticipated outcomes in preparing alumni for the workplace and that to some extent a balance between the various
considerations outlined in the literature had been achieved.

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