Librarian Education

UB Dissolves School of Informatics

Jaclyn Mussehl writes "According to an article from The Buffalo News, the University at Buffalo is disbanding its seven-year-old School of Informatics. The department of Library and Information Studies will still exist, but it will become part of the Graduate School of Education."

College of St. Catherine MLIS Program news

Julie Michener writes "The American Library Association's Committee on Accreditation has granted Candidacy status to the College of St. Catherine's Master of Library and Information Science program. Following the two-year Candidacy period, external evaluators will make a site visit and report to the Committee on Accreditation. A decision for accreditation is expected in January 2009.
    Currently the College of St. Catherine offers a MLIS degree in cooperation with Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. Courses are taken on both the College of St. Catherine and Dominican University campuses and the accredited degree is awarded by Dominican University.
    With campuses in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota, the College of St. Catherine is the largest and most comprehensive Catholic college for women in the country. Through a diversity of programs, the college offers the intimacy of a four-year liberal arts college and the opportunity to complete baccalaureate, associate and master's degrees in a variety of health-care specialties, liberal arts and professional programs. For more information visit the College's website at www.stkate.edu."

US News & World Report LIS rankings

cjovalle writes "It's that time of decade again, and the US News & World Report Library and Information Studies programs rankings are available (premium or print edition necessary to see the entire lists). How much credibility do these rankings have, do you think? ^_^"

Yahoo Visits and Reflects on Internet Librarian 05

http://search-engines-web.com/ writes "From time to time, we feature guest bloggers who give us insight into the world of search. Today, Chris Fillius of Yahoo! Search and a librarian himself brings you his thoughts on his recent trip to Monterey for Internet Librarian 2005. http://www.ysearchblog.com/archives/000212.html"

Missed the Internet Librarian 2005 Conference ? Check out their Blog!

http://search-engines-web.com/ writes "Information Today, Inc. returns to Monterey in 2005 to present the ninth annual Internet Librarian – the ONLY conference for information professionals who are using, developing, and embracing Internet, Intranet, and Web-based strategies in their roles as information architects and navigators,Webmasters and Web managers, content evaluators and developers, taxonomists, searchers, community builders, information providers, trainers, guides, and more.http://www.infotodayblog.com/http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/internet-librarian-b loghttp://www.infotoday.com/il2005/"

Simmons College Receives Grant For Future Vietnamese Librarians

Atlantic Philanthropies, based in Bermuda, has donated $1.8 million to provide education for 25 Vietnamese library students, leading to their acquiring advanced degrees in one of the oldest and largest graduate schools of library science. Simmons College , devoted to diversity programs, has been at the forefront of educating Vietnamese librarians for the past twelve years.

Story from PR Newswire .

ALA Career Mentoring program offers librarians a chance to connect

Samantha writes "I just wanted to let LISNewsterz know about a program I'm co-chairing. The NMRT Mentoring Committee’s Career Mentoring Program focuses on long term mentoring. We will pair up "newbie librarians" with "seasoned vets" as part of a year long mentoring program. If you are interested in finding a mentor or mentee and in charting new territory with our new program, please check out our website. The deadline is Sept. 30th, and the mentoring will start in mid October."

Simmons College: PhD in Management Leadersip

The Boston Globe has an editorial about Simmons College's new grant-fueled PhD program in management leadership in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Unfortunately, the solution isn't as simple as hiring new talent, because entry-level library jobs can still be hard to come by. The field needs bridges that help mid-tier librarians move into leadership. This means managing the complex, fast-moving world of 24-hour-a-day demands for information, from sheer facts to deep understanding.

Senate OKs The College Access and Opportunity Act

Ender spotted a Short Blurb in the Tucson Citizen that says A Senate committee has given its OK to a program that forgives educational loans to some people who work in areas where they are most needed.

The College Access and Opportunity Act forgives up to $5,000 in school loans for emergency workers who serve for five consecutive years in low-income spots designated "areas of national need" by the Secretary of Education.

Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., this week successfully amended the bill to have educational loans forgiven for highly qualified teachers, librarians, bilingual teachers and child welfare workers.

ALA Councilors Disagree Over Updating LIS Rankings

From Library Journal:

Janet Webster first noticed that the U.S. News & World Report rankings for LIS education were years out-of-date one year ago. Webster, head librarian at the Hatfield Marine Science Center at Oregon State University, is one of the librarians behind a draft resolution floated recently on the American Library Association (ALA) Council electronic discussion list that would have ALA urge U.S. News & World Report to update its library school rankings, dated 1999. Thus far the resolution has been received coolly—mostly owing to Council members’ dismissal of the rankings in general—but Webster wonders if it is unwise to ignore the rankings and assume librarian-like research abilities among those who are only beginning to consider library school ...

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