Comparison of library studies programs in Croatia and the USA

Angela R. Davis, Stephanie A. Diaz, Russell A. Hall, Margita Mirčeta Zakarija, Irena Urem

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This study describes and compares the minimum educational requirements of library and information science programs offered in Croatia and the USA. The article adds to previous research in comparative education and comparative librarianship. The findings show notable differences and similarities between the two countries. The library and information science educational path in Croatia is more structured, requiring a Bachelor’s degree in addition to a Master’s, as well as postgraduate licensure. The USA typically only offers graduate degree programs in the field. Library and information science programs in both countries are generally flexible and highly customizable. Both countries require several foundational courses in librarianship, however, Croatian programs place greater emphasis on technology and collection management curricula. In contrast, library and information science programs in the USA require more managerial coursework and offer students increased flexibility in terms of course choice. This article may assist library school educators in evaluating their programs to address current and future professional needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)74-86
Number of pages13
JournalIFLA Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Library and Information Sciences


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