International sectoral organizations provide basic training, signaling the importance of basic skills to run libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs). A review of selected MA programs evidences the importance to provide theories and principles guiding the LAMs that have to do with information science, art history, and archaeology. What appears to be missing is a program that reflects the role of the LAMs in education, economics, and society at large. It is no surprise that LAMs are struggling to draft strategies around their core asset, heritage information.
This chapter reviews literature on convergence and argues for a holistic approach to LAM education that responds to the millenary role of the memory institutions, with information at the core. Understanding that LAMs are complex institutions with multiple outputs, a harmonized basic curriculum would have to precede a specialization, which could not possibly be found within one single institution but instead would require greater collaboration across the field. A joint approach to education would not only strengthen the quality signal of the degree but would also allow LAMs to strengthen their position in society, that of stimulating knowledge development via the provision of quality information.
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