AshtabulaGuy writes "Clarion University of Pennsylvania will be begin with the Spring 2004 semester offering a web-based cohort graduate program in library science. The cohort program would allow a student to pursue totally online a graduate degree in library science with coursework geared toward the needs and interests of those going into rural and small libraries. Check out the details from Clarion's Department of Library Science as well as from the Keystone University Network."
Clive Wing writes "CAVAL Collaborative Solutions located in Melbourne, Australia, is undertaking a study funded by the iGroup (headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand) on emerging needs in Asian library education. Its focus is knowledge management and digital technologies. Read more about the study at here at CAVAL.
stevejzoo spotted a Journal News NY Story that tells the world a career often satirized as musty and fusty is, in fact, on the cutting edge.
They say Library science has come a long way with the evolution of computers and the Internet. Students and professionals have access to more information than ever before, and they need to know how to find it and sort it out.
A story in the Atlanta Journal Constitution announces the closure of Clark Atlanta University program in Library and Information Studies, along with four other programs. CAU President Walter Broadnax said that the action was needed to help the university recover from its budget problems, after overspending its budget by $7.5 million last year.
Mock Turtle writes "Georgia's only remaining accredited library school may soon be forced to close its doors.
Library Journal briefly reports the plight of Clark Atlanta University SLIS. BCALA (Black Caucus of the ALA) urges action and tells you where to send your letters."
SomeOne writes "The University of Arizona's School of Information Resources and Library Science has been saved from elimination. Too bad noone will be able to afford to go there any more. :(
They have proposed implementing program fees of $100 per credit hour for in-state students and $400 per credit hour for out of state students in order to generate revenue for the school.
Rochelle Hartman writes "Humanities guy and co-founder of the e-journal Postmodern Culture John Unsworth has been named as Dean of the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science. He suceeds Linda C. Smith who has been Acting Dean of the school since Leigh Estabrook resigned her position to become a faculty member in the school in 2001.
Although Unsworth does not have a library degree listed anywhere on his C.V., 'he specializes both in 20th century American literature and in computing in the humanities. He is particularly interested in the history, function and culture of publishing,' according the UIUC press release.
No word on whether or not he knits.
If you're the kind of library student I was, you're
finding library school somewhat disappointing. Isn't
graduate school supposed to be intellectually stimulating
I've written a collection
of paper topics (or ideas for paper topics) that you
can bring to your instructors to liven things up a bit.
(Many of them are probably on topics that are already
being done, but with a slightly different approach).
And if you're not in school and want to do some research,
or if you just like to think and discuss interesting
questions in LIS, you might enjoy these also.
(This is from the current Library Juice.)