We live in an era characterised by the explosion of information. As
societies are becaning more and more dependent on information, not
only for the generation of knowledge but also for the generation of
revenues, it is imperative that each society develops its own
information infrastructure. Such development depends to a great extent
on the availability of qualified library and information staff. These
should be well trained and equipped with the proper knowledge, skills
and attitudes to engage in library and information development
programmes. Good training requires, among other facilities, an
efficient library education system and a relevant curriculum.
The intention of this study is to provide a framework for approaching
curriculum development in Algerian library schools. Included is an
overview of the process of curriculum development as seen through a
review of the literature, and a look at different approaches to
curriculum development and how curriculum design and planning has
changed over the years.
In surveying library education programmes in Algeria it was found that
arrong other findings there is strong evidence of the lack of qualified
teachers and poor teaching/learning facilities to attempt innovations
in the curriculum. These issues are examined in the light of accepted
standards in order to establish contrasting features, and measure the
adequacy of library education in Algeria.
The study reviews curriculum developnent activity in the Algerian
general education system with emphasis on library education. It brings
to attention the essential facts necessary for understanding the
environmental factors which led to the current problems and tensions
in the Algerian library and information scene. [... continued].
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.