Developing the professionals of the future. Views from experts in ‘library schools’

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O'Neill, Marie
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Academic staff on the MSc in Information and Library Management at Dublin Business School (DBS) are active practitioners as well as experienced lecturers. Programme faculty members include well-known industry experts such as Dr Christoph Schmidt-Supprian, Dr Clare Thornley, Dr Marta Bustilo, Mark Farrell and Caitriona Sharkey. This infuses the teaching and learning experience on the programme with real world industry insights and knowledge. Guest speakers from the library and information sector are also an integral element of the programme. The incorporation of a three-week work placement further strengthens ties with personnel working in the sector. Placements have been secured in the libraries of Dublin City University, Maynooth University, Dublin Institute of Technology and many others. Students are also taken on site visits. In the academic year 2015–16, students visited the National Archive, the National Library of Ireland and the Digital Resources and Imaging Services Department of the Library of Trinity College Dublin (TCD). DBS Library runs an annual library seminar, which is described in more detail in the article by Marie O’Neill in this issue. The MSc in Information and Library Management is accredited by the Library Association of Ireland (LAI). Library Association of Ireland personnel come in to talk to students