The Place of Reference Courses in LIS Curriculum in North American ALA Accredited Programs

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


This study seeks to answer the question: What is the place of the reference course in the current LIS education landscape? The focus of this analysis will be on the required nature of the reference course employing content analysis with constant comparative method in order to analyze the course titles, descriptions and available syllabi and uncover patters that will help inform how reference courses are currently conducted. Preliminary results show that what is generally referred to as a ‘reference’ course is rarely named “Reference” and still most ALA accredited programs in North America require such a course as part of their graduation requirements for students.

APA Citation

Colon-Aguirre, M. (2018). The Place of reference courses in LIS curriculum in North American ALA accredited programs. The Expanding LIS Education Universe, 138.