• Questionnaire for Library and Information Science Education (Shisho Certification) in Japan

      Miwa, Makiko; Tsuji, Keita; Yoshida, Yuko; Takeuchi, Hiroya; Muranushi, Tomohide; Shibata, Masami (2004-12)
      This is the original Japanese language instrument (an english language translation is also available in dLIST: http://dlist.sir.arizona.edu/1308/) used in the study reported in Tsuji, Keita and Yoshida, Yuko and Miwa, Makiko and Takeuchi, Hiroya and Muranushi, Tomohide and Shibata, Masami (2006) Survey on Faculty of Library and Information Science Education in Japan. In Proceedings The Asia-Pacific Conference on Library & Information Education & Practice 2006 (A-LIEP), pages pp. 269-278, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (URL: http://dlist.sir.arizona.edu/1271/). It is a questionnaire to survey the current status of the library and information education in Japan. The print form of this were sent to 835 full and part time instructors who led Shisho certification courses in universities and colleges in 2004. 397 responses were received. The results are as follows: (1) Many of them are male and only a half have Master's degree, (2) Relatively large number of instructors are aged and have not worked as instructors for many years, (3) About 40% had work experience as university librarian and one fourth had no library work experience, (4) Instructors with work experience emphasize practical side such as bibliography and English language in their classes while those with no experience emphasize library's objectives such as preservation of materials, (5) Instructors have strong dissatisfaction toward universities which tries to increase the number of students rather than improve the quality of education, insufficient faculty, and student abilities and motivation.
    • Questionnaire for Library and Information Science Education (Shisho Certification) in Japan (English version)

      Miwa, Makiko; Tsuji, Keita; Yoshida, Yuko; Takeuchi, Hiroya; Muranushi, Tomohide; Shibata, Masami (2004-12)
      This is an English language translation of Japanese instrument which can be found in http://dlist.sir.arizona.edu/1276/. The original Japanese instrument was used in the study reported in (Tsuji, Keita and Yoshida, Yuko and Miwa, Makiko and Takeuchi, Hiroya and Muranushi, Tomohide and Shibata, Masami (2006) Survey on Faculty of Library and Information Science Education in Japan. In Proceedings The Asia-Pacific Conference on Library & Information Education & Practice 2006 (A-LIEP), pages pp. 269-278, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (URL: http://dlist.sir.arizona.edu/1271/)). It is a questionnaire to survey the current status of the library and information education in Japan. The print form of this were sent to 835 full and part time instructors who led Shisho certification courses in universities and colleges in 2004. 397 responses were received. The results are as follows: (1) Many of them are male and only a half have Master's degree, (2) Relatively large number of instructors are aged and have not worked as instructors for many years, (3) About 40% had work experience as university librarian and one fourth had no library work experience, (4) Instructors with work experience emphasize practical side such as bibliography and English language in their classes while those with no experience emphasize library's objectives such as preservation of materials, (5) Instructors have strong dissatisfaction toward universities which tries to increase the number of students rather than improve the quality of education, insufficient faculty, and student abilities and motivation.
    • Survey on Faculty of Library and Information Science Education in Japan

      Tsuji, Keita; Yoshida, Yuko; Miwa, Makiko; Takeuchi, Hiroya; Muranushi, Tomohide; Shibata, Masami (2006)
      As a part of LIPER research, a questionnaire survey was performed on Library & Information Science instructors in Japanese universities. In quantitative terms, this research revealed the characteristics and teaching goals of LIS instructors, the similarities of librarian certification courses, and the overlap with instructors of those courses. Also, an analysis of freeform question responses about LIS education revealed the instructorâ s varied thoughts on LIS education and also revealed awareness of problems related to profession and curriculum issues and education goals.
    • Survey on faculty of library and information science education in Japan

      Tsuji, Keita; Yoshida, Yuko; Miwa, Makiko; Takeuchi, Hiroya; Muranushi, Tomohide; Shibata, Masami; Khoo, C.; Singh, D.; Chaudhry, A.S. (School of Communication & Information, Nanyang Technological University, 2006)
      As a part of LIPER research, a questionnaire survey was administered to Library & Information Science instructors in Japanese universities. In quantitative terms, this research revealed the characteristics and teaching goals of LIS instructors, the similarities of librarian certification courses, and the overlap with instructors of those courses. Also, an analysis of freeform question responses about LIS education revealed the instructorsâ varied thoughts on LIS education and also revealed awareness of problems related to profession and curriculum issues and education goals.
    • Trends and issues of LIS education in Asia

      Miwa, Makiko; Khoo, C.; Singh, D.; Chaudhry, A.S. (School of Communication & Information, Nanyang Technological University, 2006)
      This paper highlights major trends and issues of LIS education in Asian countries, based on content analysis of a series of international workshops held in Tokyo as a part of the LIPER (Library and Information Professions and Education Renewal) Project. We invited speakers from China, Korea, Sin-gapore, Taiwan, and Thailand, in order to improve our understanding of recent trends in LIS education in neighboring countries, anticipating that such understanding would be beneficial not only for the pos-sible reform of Japanese LIS education, but also for future collaboration in LIS education among Asian countries. Each invited speaker reported on his/her country in terms of the current situation in LIS edu-cation, qualification systems for librarianship, recent changes in curricula and job markets for certified librarians, and credit exchanges with nearby countries. Through content analysis of the presentations and discussion sessions, we identified the following common trends of LIS education in Asia: (1) elimination of the word â libraryâ from the names of LIS programs in order to attract students, (2) shift in the educa-tional level from undergraduate to graduate, (3) changes in core subject areas from an emphasis on man-ual-based collection development to ICT-based information/knowledge management, (4) depreciation of LIS education for school librarians (except in Thailand), (5) decreasing opportunities for new employ-ment in library markets due to over production of LIS graduates and economic recession, (6) low interest among well-educated graduates in seeking employment opportunities in the public library market, which is characterized as offering relatively low social status and wage levels compared to national and aca-demic libraries, (7) lack of understanding among employers to accept LIS graduates as capable knowl-edge workers, and (8) increase in the number of faculty with doctoral degrees, who prefer to teach cutting-edge courses rather than traditional library oriented courses.