Librarian Education

Librarians Ignore the Value of Stories

In this week's In the October 27, 2000, Chronicle of Higher Education, Wayne Wiegand wonders why it is that, while patrons consider Reading to be the most important service of a public library--e.g., providing reading hours and storytelling for children and buying enough copies of popular titles to satisfy demand--library schools instead concentrate on Information and the technologies needed to provide it, at the expense of teaching future librarians why people read what they do. [Librarians Ignore the Value of Stories] (via)

EDIT: Thanks, Steven, for catching the date. I just didn't notice.

Commentary on Clark Atlanta Closing

ALA President Carol Brey-Casiano and Arthur Gunn, retired Dean of Clark Atlanta University's library school, contributed this commentary about the impending closing of the school to the Atlanta Journal Constitution (login: nunyo pw:lisnews). In it, they discuss the importance of Clark Atlanta's role as the only remaining accredited library school in Georgia, and as one of only two remaining library schools at an historically black institution.

Last Efforts to Save Clark Atlanta Library School from Closure

In a last-minute effort to keep Clark Atlanta University's School of Library and Information Studies from closing, ALA President Carol Brey-Casiano has issued a statement about the history and value of the program. Clark Atlanta's LIS program is the only accredited one in Georgia and only one of two LIS programs at a Historically Black University. From Brey-Casiano's statement:

The Clark Atlanta University School of Library and Information Studies has contributed significantly to the development and improvement of African American school libraries in the South and to the enrichment and diversity of our national culture. The ALA feels that closure of this program would have a negative impact on future services to an increasingly diverse society. The Association strongly urges the Clark Atlanta trustees to keep the university's SLIS open so that it can continue to serve our profession, our communities, and the world.

Here's some background from American Libraries, notes from a town hall meeting and the Houstonian.

Librarians go digital

An Anonymous Patron writes "News 8 Austin TX has a short look (with video) at the School of Information at The University of Texas. They say over the last decade information traditionally found in reference books has gone digital! OK, so that's probably not news to most of us, but it's nice to see a library school getting some coverage."In addition to librarians having to change the way they operate, people are going to have to start realizing that maybe librarians as an information professional and it's not going to be your mother's library,""

IMLS Awards Over $14.7 Million to Recruit New Librarians for 21st Century

In a news release on their website, IMLS announced that they would be giving $14.7 million in grants to various schools and institutions to "help offset [the] looming national shortage of library professionals" by stepping up recruitment.
This plan has been discussed a bit on some listservs I belong to for new librarians, and a lot of us looking for jobs (for more than a year in some cases) think this shortage is imaginary. What do LISNewsters think? Will there be a shortage of librarians? Are these grants a good idea? Are there deeper problems than recruitment in the library profession that could be contributing to a shortage?

Boston Globe editorial: "Protecting Iraq's past"

conservator writes "An editorial in Monday's Boston Globe focused on the participation of Michele Cloonan, dean of the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science, in the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded joint initiative by three Massachusetts colleges to provide training to Iraqi librarians."

Clarion Conference for Professional Development

AshtabulaGuy writes "The Department of Library Science at Clarion University of Pennsylvania is planning a professional development conference for March 26th in Peters Township, PA, at Peters Township Public Library. Speakers at the conference include Pennsylvania Library Association Executive Director Glenn Miller, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Director of Learning Resources and Educational Technology Robert Schnick, and ALA Black Caucus President Robert Player. The conference will also be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Center for the Study of Rural Librarianship headquartered in the department. Professor of Library Science and center director Dr. Bernard Vavrek will preside over the anniversary celebration at the conference. The center helps to support the current cohort of students in the department's web-only MSLS program. Act 48 credits for PA educators will be available from the conference."

NEW Queens College MLS/Union Partnership in NYC

Anonymous Patron writes "The Queens College Worker Education Program is entering into its second semester of a unique parternship between the three local library guilds, the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, and the three metropolitan library systems that allows students to take MLS classes in a central Manhattan location. The Manhattan Extension Center of the Worker Education Program is outfitted with smart classrooms, and also houses a host of other labor programs including Labor and Civic Participation program, the Labor Resource Center which publishes the journal New Labor Forum, Union Semester, the Labor Breakfast Series, and additional degree programs designed to fit the needs of a diverse population of union members from around the city. Interested? Check out for more information."

Web-based Program With Rural Focus To Start

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."

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