Revamped Library Schools

The Chronicle of Higher
Education
has a most interesting
Article
and related Dis
cussion
on how library schools are making way for
specialties that train students for high-tech careers in which skills
at handling and organizing vast amounts of information are in
great demand.

\"Today, students seeking master\'s
degrees in information at Michigan represent more than 50
majors, and only about a third of the program\'s graduates will
become traditional librarians. A growing number of them are
preparing for jobs with newfangled titles like information architect
and intelligence manager.\"Michigan\'s School of Information, as it is now known, is part of a
trend that is making some librarians shudder in their stacks.
Increasingly, library studies are making way for specialties that
train students for high-tech careers in which skills at handling and
organizing vast amounts of information are in great demand.


A few schools broadened their missions well before the World
Wide Web came into existence, but the pace of change has
picked up in the past five years, as library schools have struggled
to keep up with rapid changes in information and information
technology.

In his current job, Mr. Bree is typical of the new breed of
information professional. After receiving his master\'s degree last
year, he went to work as as a \"knowledge liaison\" for Scient Inc.,
a San Francisco-based start-up that advises companies on how
to sell on the Internet. He devises business strategies for his
clients after analyzing the market and the competition.

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