What is it about?

A business analyst (BA) is considered one of the most in-demand data-driven jobs, while library and information science (LIS) degrees are evolving and looking for new paths to attract students. Are LIS-related degrees suitable for future BAs? And how can LIS-related studies be transformed into a better degree course for future BAs? I analysed job offers for BAs and compared them with learning outcomes on LIS-related studies to find answers.

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Why is it important?

My findings show that employers of BAs are open to candidates with variety of degrees, including information management. I made recomendations for LIS-related degree courses on how to deal with the mismatch between the skills required in the job market and those received through formal education.

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Educational quality is important to me. I'm also from the LIS background, so I have a personal experience with weak and strong points of LIS education. I would like to improve LIS studies, but I'm also aware that creating degree courses is a time-consuming process. Given the changing job market and financial dependence, I understand that faculties aim for degree course changes. Changes in LIS are needed. Yet, each course change should be well thought out and set in the framework of the higher education system. Under no circumstances should degree course changes be undertaken in a moment of panic about losing funding, without a clear goal in mind. I hope this article shows how to transform LIS degrees into a better fit for future BAs.

Magdalena Zych
Uniwersytet Jagiellonski w Krakowie

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This page is a summary of: Education for business analysts in Poland, Education for Information, December 2020, IOS Press, DOI: 10.3233/efi-200391.
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