In planning a training programme, special requirements must be taken into account.
These arise from the fact that the library and information system is becoming
progressively more complex, which impedes the transfer of curriculum content
within a clearly defined frame of reference, and from the fact that a parallel presentation
of the various disciplines may lead to fragmentation of Library and Information
The characteristics of a system, as identified by the general systems theory, are
described. On this basis, the structure of the library and information system is set
out. This system is used as point of departure in the planning of the training
Programme. In particular, the method to be used in explaining an unknown system
to the uninformed is analysed.
The result of such an approach is a training programme which provides for:
An orientation phase, in which the theory and history of the library and
information system are dealt with.
2 A first analytical phase, in which the various components of the individual
library and information centres are treated suquentially but not in isolation.
During this phase differences between individual libraries are not taken into
3 A phase of synthesis dealing with the interdependence of the various
components of the individual library and information system.
4 A second analytical phase dealing with librarianship, during which attention is
paid to the different kinds of libraries and to library co-operation in general.
5 A second phase of synthesis, during which the interdependence of individual
library and information systems within the larger system, viz. librarianship,
6 A historical phase, during which the influence of the larger system with its
components on cultures and communities is elucidated in historical context.
In this address particular emphasis is placed on the synchronisation of the various
curriculum contents of Library and Information Science. With this approach it
is attempted not only to provide a more logically constituted training programme
but also to create a clear frame of reference that will permit a better integration of
the various disciplines and will also better illustrate the unity of Library and Information