Crossing the globe: Why studying abroad is essential to the future of LIS education

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Increasingly, Library and Information Science (LIS) programs are offering study-abroad opportunities for students to have broader global classroom experiences to gain knowledge and exposure and to think beyond the confines of geographic boundaries. While study-abroad courses have long been a part of undergraduate and graduate education in North America, few opportunities exist for students in LIS. This paper argues for their continued offering as well as for the creation of new study-abroad courses in LIS. The simple reason is that global study programs help students understand the interconnectedness and interdependence of the world (Smith, Hallam, & Ghosh, 2012). They expose students to other practices in the information professions and create opportunities for library science programs to tap into new markets for recruitment. They also foster critical thinking on a range of issues including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, and gender. A study-abroad program will serve as a model for discussing these factors as well as pedagogy, strategies for student learning, and cross-classroom collaboration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-52
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Education for Library and Information Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Cultural immersion
  • Global studies
  • LIS education
  • Pedagogy
  • Study abroad

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences


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