Librarian Education

Librarian Education

Eliza Dresang – In Memoriam

On 4/21/2014, the library science academic community lost Eliza Dresang, a respected friend, colleague, teacher and community member. Eliza held the endowed Beverly Cleary Professorship in Children and Youth Services at the University of Washington iSchool.

Eliza Dresang was a champion of children’s literature and digital resources. She was widely known for her 1999 book, Radical Change: Books for Youth in a Digital Age, which helped countless librarians and teachers better understand and evaluate literature created for computer-savvy children.

Do library schools actually teach what librarians need to know?

Hiring Librarians (, the blog about hiring librarians, is working with Hack Library School ( to attempt to settle that age-old question, "do library schools actually teach what librarians need to know?"

If you're someone who hires librarians and would like to weigh in, please take the survey at

Courses I Wish They Had Offered in Library School

Courses I Wish They’d Offered in Library School:
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"These are the classes I wished I could have taken (and hope that some places offer or start offering). What classes do you wish that you would have seen in library school? What classes would have been really beneficial for the work you are doing now?"

Putting the UX in Education

Putting the UX in Education
Just as UX can be further integrated into the library world by being incorporated into LIS curriculum, libraries creating UX librarian positions must work closely with LIS programs to ensure that coursework is well aligned with expectations. Only by breaking down the barriers between LIS curricula and the library world will we create the user-focused library.

What Does It Take To Be A Good Librarian?

It takes knowledge of people, so says librarian David Wathan in his assessment of his long and satisfying career as a librarian in Henderson KY.

Donald Wathen attended three colleges, earning a bachelor's and a master's degree. But he considers what he learned working at a supermarket the most valuable.

"I worked eight years at (the former) Dick's Finer Foods" on Marywood Drive, Wathen related. "I went to school and got my degrees.

Free Online Conference – Trends in Library Training and Learning: Developing Staff Skills for the 21st Century

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ALA Learning Round Table and OCLC’s WebJunction collaborate to offer free online conference
Trends in Library Training and Learning: Developing Staff Skills for the 21st Century program is set for August 10–11

WebJunction, OCLC’s online learning community for library staff, and the ALA Learning Round Table, which promotes quality continuing education for all library personnel, will team up to offer a free, online learning and training conference August 10–11, 2011.

The conference, to include eight one-hour sessions over two days, will be hosted using the WebEx web conferencing tool, which will provide attendees with easy online access to all live sessions and the ability to interact with other attendees and presenters using text-based chat. Registration will open by June 1 when full conference details are available on

“Libraries are changing quickly and staff need more training than ever to navigate nimbly through change,” said Sharon Morris, ALA Learning Round Table President 2010–11. “This conference will help library trainers, managers and staff to find new ways to train, learn and keep up. The Learning Round Table members are excited to be working with WebJunction on this cutting-edge online conference.”