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  1. Towards Networking and Collaboration for Library and Information Science Education for Mindanao Marianita D. Dablio Department of Library and Information Science Mindanao State University Marawi City

  2. A Prelude • “ All the beads in the world won’t form a necklace unless you string them together” • Korean Proverb MDAB networking

  3. Some initial notes • “Glocal” • Focus on value-added rather than just value • Information is a necessary but not sufficient condition. • Interaction, learning and capability building • The Power to connect MDAB networking

  4. Why Library and Information Science for Mindanao • Perspectives • Mindanaoan context: • Responsibility • Mindanao environment: risk, conflict, and development • Multicultural Librarianship MDAB networking

  5. Let us find some initial answers to the following questions? • What is networking? • What are some features? • What are its prerequisites? • How are networks formed? • What networks for LIS education have existed? • What implications will an LIS education network for Mindanao hold? MDAB networking

  6. What is networking? Collaboration? • Networking: The art of linking groups of individuals or organizations that share a common interest or concern that will contribute to knowledge, experience and resources for joint learning and action or to achieve a common purpose • Collaboration: “ the process of joint decision-making among key stakeholders on a problem domain” MDAB networking

  7. A rose by another name • Consortium • Link • Alliance • Initiative • Partnership • Cooperation MDAB networking

  8. What are some features of networks? • Formal or informal • Visible or invisible • Individual or institutional • Conscious or unconscious • Personal, professional , political • Local, regional, national, international MDAB networking

  9. Disregards some of the attributes of the more formal, bureaucratic features • Loosely structured communities of practice • May have shared leadership or none at all • Open lines of communications • Spontaneity • Freedom MDAB networking

  10. Why network? • Process Functions: • Encouraging • Mediating • Following • Standard setting • Gatekeeping MDAB networking

  11. Tasks functions • Initiating • Information seeking • Information giving • Opinion giving • Clarifying • Elaborating • Coordinating • Orienting • Testing • Summarizing MDAB networking

  12. What are its prerequisites? • Complete trust and mutual respect among members • Equal sharing of responsibilities and workload • Pragmatic and realistic approach to implementation of activities • Strong emphasis on process, input/outputs and outcomes MDAB networking

  13. How are networks formed? • Needs Assessment • Planning and organizing • Clear statement of purpose • A clear structure not dominated by member • A coordinating mechanism • Implementation • Resource mobilization • Monitoring and evaluation MDAB networking

  14. What are the existing networks for Library and Information Science? • International Schools of Library and Information Science Network (SLISNET) • Association of Library and Information Science (ALISE) • Association of African Library Schools • EUCLID • EBLIDA MDAB networking

  15. SLISNET • Started as a Unesco initiative in 1995 • Intended as a linkage of LIS programs and professionals worldwide • UP Institute of Library and Information Science as a member MDAB networking

  16. ALISE (Association of Library and Information Science Education) • To promote excellence in teaching, research and service for library and information science education. • Journal of Library and Information Science Education • North America, Canada MDAB networking

  17. EUCLID • European-based with three levels of membership: full, affiliate, and corresponding • Facilitate exchanges among members • Develop cooperation in curricula, research • Arrange support from stronger to weaker members MDAB networking

  18. LISNET-ECS • Eastern, Central and South African regions • Promote standardization among programs MDAB networking

  19. ASIA and SEA • CONSAL • ALIEP • LISEA: LIS Education in Asia • Started in 2005 as a gateway to LIS programs • Platform for knowledge and resource sharing • Directory of LIS schools, programs and faculty members in Asia • Repository of Learning Objects and teaching materials MDAB networking

  20. Web portal where instructors can consult different perspectives, • Alert for new developments • Communities of practice • Outlines, course, syllabi, MDAB networking

  21. LISEA • Philippines • PATLS • ORLIS MDAB networking

  22. An example from other groups • SEANAFE : Southeast Asian Network for Agroforestry Education • PAFERN MDAB networking

  23. How have library practitioners formed networks? • Address book of well connected and “like-minded” people • Meeting colleagues in conferences • Participating in colloquia and roundtables • Running for elective office • Joining electronic discussion lists MDAB networking

  24. What implications will an LIS education network for Mindanao hold? • How do we assess our existing competencies? • Networking abilities • ICTs • Partnering skills • What type of network do we want? • Communities of practice, knowledge networks, advocacy network, service delivery networks MDAB networking

  25. Ingredients: strong social capital, governance and management, joint learning • Cost-benefit • Impact and sustainability • Secretariat, a recognized leader and a clear agenda • Do we have a model? MDAB networking

  26. Membership • Synergy MDAB networking

  27. A proposal • An association or a network • Combination of both, e.g. AALLNET • MATLIS: Mindanao Alliance of Educators of Library and Information Science MDAB networking

  28. Moment of Truth! • WHAT DO • YOU • WANT? MDAB networking