Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Date of this Version

Summer 8-25-2012


As the curriculum and methods of LIS education are evolving to meet new expectations, the case study methodology is an important pedagogical tool to strengthen the skills of students. The educational theory of John Dewey and with the management theory of Henry Mintzberg are provided as foundational context. There is significant value in this methodology in regards to adult learning characteristics such as active learning and incorporation of the student's life experience in problem-solving and scenario analysis. The core competencies expected of librarians, as referenced in the statements of various professional associations such as the ALA and SLA, can be developed during the LIS education by utilizing this approach. At the University of Ottawa, where the authors teach, the School of Information Studies has defined its learning outcomes. It is clear that the case study approach aligns very closely with these outcomes, and is therefore an excellent method for enhancing the quality of the program