CHED MEMORANDUM ORDER (CMO) No. _______ Series of _________ SUBJECT: POLICIES AND STANDARDS FOR THE GRADUATE PROGRAM IN LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE
In accordance with the pertinent provisions of Republic Act (RA) No. 7722, otherwise known as the “Higher Education Act of 1994,” and, by virtue of the Commission en banc Resolution No. dated 2010 and pursuant to the provision provided for under Republic Act (RA) 9246 otherwise known as “the Philippine Librarianship Act of 2003, “and for the purpose of rationalizing the library and information science education in the country to keep pace with the demands of global competitiveness, the following policies and standards as recommended by the Technical Panel on Library and Information Science are hereby adopted and promulgated by the Commission. ARTICLE I STATEMENT OF POLICY Section 1. Goals of Graduate Education Graduate education is the apex of the educational system. In the field of library and information science, graduate studies is one of the most effective means of improving the capabilities of librarians and information professionals who aim to contribute to the continued improvement of teaching and learning in library and information science (LIS), delivery of library and information services, and management of libraries and information centers. Graduate education in library and information science is also one of the most effective means of developing capabilities related in doing research that will address the main purpose of the educational research program in the larger political, social, economic and technical context, identify the constituencies being served and be responsive to the needs of the country. Unlike in the past when it focused on developing physical collections of books and other materials in library buildings today, it should extend beyond the physical collections and buildings to the virtual environment.
Types and Thrust of Graduate Programs in Library and Information Science
For Non-Bachelor of Library and Information Science (BLIS) an additional field work should be added. Directed field work is an elective course that offers students an opportunity for practical application of new skills in a professional setting. Field work students work in an information environment performing professional-level duties under the supervision of an experienced professional mentor. Students work to meet meaningful learning objectives that have been mutually defined by student and supervisor. Non-thesis Master’s Program for Librarians and Information Professionals. The non-thesis program in library and information science aims to develop the competencies of librarians and information professionals in accordance with the competencies and standards set by the Professional Regulatory Board (PRB) for Librarians, in order to make them more effective providers and mediators of information and information services. This particular graduate program shall focus on the teaching and delivery of library and information services, production of information products, and the relevant knowledge and skills needed to attain the competencies and standards defined by the PRB for librarians and information professionals. The non-thesis program in library and information science also aims to develop the competencies of information professionals (e.g., computer specialists, programmers, media specialists, records officers, etc.). This graduate program shall focus on the relevant knowledge and skills needed to attain high levels of competence in professional practice. Non-thesis in the form of special project/portfolio type – The Portfolio will provide evidence that demonstrates how the student, while enrolled in the MLIS program, has developed a number of qualities and skills essential to one’s success as an information professional. Specifically, the portfolio will include...