Another Library School Removes "Library" From Its Name

Janet Clark writes "The School of Information Management has been approved by Dalhousie
University as the new name of the School of Library and Information Studies
effective 9 May 2005. The School is an integral part of the
multidisciplinary Faculty of Management. The new name reflects and promotes
the breadth of the education and research conducted by members of the
School, and emphasizes that the School recruits for and educates graduates
for a wide array of information management positions.The School is home to one of seven accredited programmes in Canada for
Library and Information Studies masters degrees. The Dalhousie Master of
Library and Information Studies (MLIS) programme will continue to graduate
adaptable and flexible professionals. Interdisciplinary connections in
information management will enrich the MLIS programme through such
electives as public relations and advocacy, geographic information systems,
public policy development, management informatics and others. In addition
to its flagship accredited programme, the School will work with sister
Schools in the Faculty of Management on the existing Bachelor of Management
programme and a proposed Masters in Management programme.

Terri Tomchyshyn (Dalhousie class of '81), Librarian/Manager at the
Department of National Defense, says "The integration of the Master of
Library and Information Studies programme into the Information Management
model adds breadth and opportunities for those graduating from such a
programme." Stephen Abram, President of the Canadian Library Association
adds that "around the world librarians are embracing and leading the change
in their profession. Librarians are involved in all aspects of the Internet
revolution, managing the transition of many enterprises and governments to
address the strategic implications of new technologies. The name Dalhousie
School of Information Management is wholly appropriate to reflect and
represent the changes at the Dalhousie School and in our profession."

Fiona Black, Director of the School of Information Management, comments
"this is a particularly exciting time for all of us in the School. Our
growth and development in information management complements our continued
strong commitment to the values of librarianship, through our MLIS
programme. We look forward to our move into the new Kenneth C. Rowe
Management Building in the Fall of 2005."

Media inquiries, contact:

John MacDonald, Director of External Relations, Faculty of Management,

tel. 902.494.2542, [email protected]"


Medical practitioners in the middle ages used and all sorts of bunk in applying their craft. Although the profession has evolved today they're known by the same names that they were then.I am a librarian. I use computers to do most of my job, just as a modern dentist uses machinery and x-rays instead of leeches and skull drilling.But I'm still a librarian, and employing some sort of pseudo-PC renaming of the profession (like "waste removal technician" and other crazes of a few decades ago) isn't going to do anything for the profession, but rather, I suspect, exactly the opposite of its intentions.

Too bad I can't post and moderate too.

Florida State University when I graduated had a School of Information Studies. Now they have a College of Information (aren't all colleges colleges of information?).

They also seleted a dean that is not a librarian. I guess that is progress.

That's how I saw Google described. Sigh. We're giving the term away just when it becomes a prestige word. There have always been people who "managed" information. They were called secretaries, file clerks, administrative assistants, records managers, IT support, go-fers, etc.

My alma mater, Drexel U., can't seem to make up its mind on the L word. While I was attending ('97-'99), it was taboo. My diploma says Information Science. Currently, they're offering a master's in Library and Information Science again.

Seeing as how most graduates of library school can't find work in a library anyhow, might as well change the name.

My Libarry School changed names THREE TIMES while I was there. I figured then as I do now......

Information Science/Studies/Management etc. is librarianship that sounds "modern". And pays more or attracts more funding. They hope.

"Information Management" has always had a creepy connotation to me. A sort of total warfare of Public Relations. Maybe this is why they shotgun-married our library and journalism program?

My graduating class (SCILS, Rutgers, NJ 2003) was the first to graduate with an MLIS - Master of Library and INFORMATION Science, so I thought that was great - keep the Library and ADD Information!

I keep trying to make the case that I should get paid more, b/c I have FOUR letters in my degree and not just three! ;-)

Thank you for the most intelligent response I've heard yet to this ridiculousness. When my alma mater lost the library in their name, I cut off my donations to them and told them why. I'm proud to be a librarian. Too bad the schools don't feel the same way.

I am a recent graduate. I wanted to be a 'Librarian' and I am proud of my profession. What I find interesting is that no matter what the universities change the name of our courses to, our customers/patrons/users/borrowers (another series of name changes) still ask to speak to a Librarian, I hope that they will always be able to find one.

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