Internship in LIS education: An international perspective on experiential learning

Nora J. Bird, Clara M. Chu, Fatih Oguz

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The value of internship as a form of experiential learning in library and information science education has been debated for many years in North America. To gain a global perspective, the current research examines whether such an experience is required and for what reasons and whether placements can be done internationally or virtually. Participants include national libraries, associations, and academic library and information science programs from 69 different countries around the world. Results indicate that outside of American Library Association accredited institutions, internship is more often required and that when it is not, participation rates are low. Further, there was much stronger support for international experiences. Despite the increasing use of online tools to deliver library and information science education, there is a decided lack of institutional support for virtual internships. Suggestions for further research are proposed that address the interdisciplinary, intentional, interconnected, and international model for an internship in 21st-century library and information science education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)298-307
Number of pages10
JournalIFLA Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015


  • Internship
  • experiential learning
  • information science
  • library science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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