Creating Successful Intern ational Opportunities in Library and Information Science Education: The UWM/KWM Exchange
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Due to the increasingly global exchange of knowledge and the new social, legal, economic, and ethical systems that are developed as a result, library and information science (LIS) professionals must procure intercultural communication and negotiation skills in order to both work with an increasingly diverse population and also to be flexible and prepared to handle and contribute to the continually shifting information landscape. Such foundation may be developed during the course of the LIS degree through a series of internationalization activities. One such activity that has received sparse attention in the scholarly literature is study abroad, specifically by students in American Library Association (ALA)-accredited LIS programs. This paper will present results from interviews with nine students that have participated in University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (USA), School of Information Studies (SOIS)-sponsored study and research abroad programs regarding their experiences and opinions on study abroad in LIS education, in addition to preliminary results from a survey of all ALA-accredited LIS program s regarding available international opportunities; further, it will describe the first semester-long exchange at SOIS more in depth. Results revealed that encouraging more LIS students to participate in study and research abroad begins with the integration of international issues into the core curriculum, creating more funding opportunities, and catering to the needs of non- traditional and distance education students; further, the successful carrying out and completion of such opportunities must incorporate student needs and abilities and provide evidence of practical application to their professional careers.