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Library School Lunacy, by Harleigh Kyson, says library school is an academic absurdity, and at least ninety per cent of what it teaches, and ninety per cent of all library literature, is pure, unadulterated bullshit. Pleanty of suggestions, that if implemented, \"may be able to cut a lot of the stupidity out of librarianship\"
Angela Gooden writes \"The Master of Library and Information Science Program at Valdosta State
University has its first graduate. An international student from
Uganda, Dick Kawooya, received his Master\'s of Library and Information
Science degree at the commencement ceremony at the end of Summer
For more information see the article in the
Valdosta Daily Times
Troy Johnson writes \"Librarian\'s Book Club selects readings for July -August 2002.
The books selected are \"If we knew what we know.\" and \"Earth Abides\" More information about the books can be found at the homepage of the book club, Here
At the University of Alberta, graduating MLIS students must
produce a \"capping exercise\", a web page that contains one of
their best term papers or other work. The topics range from
Information Needs and the Studio Arts to Harry
Potter Tuesday Fun to
Library Systems and On-line Services in China.
Elizabeth Christian Passed along the results of the survey she ran the other day on a different type of DLS, you can read them below.
Wanted: a DLS that is professional, not research
based, here are the results from this group so far.
Please read and add your opinion.
Elizabeth Christian writes:\" A one year ALA
accredited degree is just the beginning of library
education. However, what is available after
that is the choice, either a research based library
school research degree that is applicable primarily to
teaching in a library school, not to practice.
There have been some practice based doctorates, but
it is now time to encourage library schools to move into
this area. New options for web based education make
this now easier for library schools to provide this
degree to practitioners.
This is a survey to determine if in fact there is an
interest and what kind of degree would be desirable
from the practioners\' perspective. \"
Here\'s A Link to the survey, or you
can reach her by email @ echristian2 at yahoo.com
Thanks to the ever-excellent Library Juice, I discovered that the students at SLIS, University of Michigan have started a new webzine, Finger. It has lots of interesting articles, including one about Questia vs. \"real\" libraries, interviews, oh lots of good stuff. I would have liked to see a little introductory piece on \"this is who we are and what this zine is about\" but maybe that\'s just me... Still, it made me proud of my library school roots!
Mary Ellen Bates writes...
\"In an industry that seems to completely mutate at least once a year, the Perfect Library School Graduate will have to ride the wave of change that goes beyond the reference interview...\" [more...]
The NY Times has an insteresting Story on the employability of those with degrees from Online-Only Schools. 77% of HR officers said they believe an online degree from a real school, like Stanford or Harvard, is better than one from a school that exists only on the Internet.
\"There\'s some skepticism. Some employers feel like students are getting a degree-lite, or a watered-down degree.\"
I\'ve been on both sides of the online education market (as a student and a teacher) and I still prefer the ol\' classroom.