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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. <br> 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.

R. David Lankes

LibGuide that organizes and links numerous presentation by Professor Lankes.

Do library schools actually teach what librarians need to know?

Hiring Librarians (www.hiringlibrarians.com), the blog about hiring librarians, is working with Hack Library School (http://hacklibschool.wordpress.com/) 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 http://tinyurl.com/hiringlibschoolsurvey

Keep an eye on Hiring Librarians for initial results, which will be posted in the next week or so.

Do Librarians Need to Know Anything?

July 9th post by The Annoyed Librarian: Do Librarians Need to Know Anything?

An Infographic For Those Contemplating Library School (Unemployment)

Which College Degrees Lead To Higher Unemployment [infographic]
You could choose a worse major... like Psychology, Fine Arts or History... but that's about it.

New Dutch LibrarySchool Spurs Innovation

In the Netherlands, an innovative LibrarySchool welcomes its first students into a university program designed to educate a new wave of public librarians.

Courses I Wish They Had Offered in Library School

Courses I Wish They’d Offered in Library School:
Marketing/Demonstrating Value
Graphic Design for Libraries
Entrepreneurship/Innovation
"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. But I got my education at Dick's Finer Foods." "I learned a lot ... in terms of people, and it's all about people" he explained. "I learned at Dick's Finer Foods about service and how the public behaves and how you treat the public -- things that serve you well in whatever you did."

As Wathen approaches retirement Aug. 1 after 33 years as director of the Henderson County Public Library, he jokes about the changes in how libraries are run.

More from Courier Press.

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

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 WebJunction.org.

“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.”

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5 TED Talks Librarians Should Watch

TEDucation: 5 TED Talks Librarians Should Watch (and Why)
AndyW: "Ever since I was introduced to TED talks, I’ve sought them out when a new batch is available. Last year I had the privilege of attending the TEDxNJLibraries at the Princeton Public Library. It was great to listen to a range of speakers on a wide range of topics and stories while also being able to talk with others about the presentations. My attraction to these talks and the reason I am writing about them now is that I feel they are excellent perspectives from outside of the librarian echo chamber. Some have given me additional ideas for how to think and approach some of the issues that we as librarians face in the road ahead. I’ve linked some in my blog over the years but I wanted to highlight 5 TED talks that I think every librarian should watch."

University of Illinois : "Librarians are social workers, DVD clerks,..

and libraries are unemployment offices."

Or so this article seems to say when it reported that the University of Illinois is attempting to merge the Graduate School of Library and Information Science with the College of Media, the School of Labor and Employment Relations, and the School of Social Work.

But librarians have been saying the same for years, that we've become babysitters, video stores and time-wasting centers for the unemployed and the unemployable.

So why shouldn't college reflect the true nature of the work?

The most important factor I can see in favor of the merger is that a report concluded that combining the schools would create "intellectual synergies."

Oh. My. God. Haven't we all been saying this? That we need greater opportunities for intellectual synergy? I have it tattooed right here on my left butt cheek. Oh, crap, the tattoo guy spelled synergy wrong. It looks like it says, Syndy. That's what you get when you go to a guy who tattoos strippers all day.

What amazes me most about this story is that the Illinois law school has 735 students and the library school has 713 students enrolled in the current class. It just surprises me that the classes are about the same size. But of course, the law students are willing to pay out about 3 times more money for their education, so the university prizes them more.

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What Library School Students Should Know

What I want LIS students to know
Jill Hurst-Wahl: Every fall, a new group of graduate students arrives in the classroom on their way to becoming librarians and information professionals.Each group is full of energy and ideas, and ready to take on the world. Each student believes in the power of information, even before they fully realize the power that information holds. Every person is willing to make sacrifices in order to reach his/her goal. While the wide-eyed "this is awesome" attitude remains during the semester, it often becomes tempered as students attend to the details of their classes and their lives as graduate students. We're at the point in the semester where stress and elation are hand-in-hand. The end of the semester is in sight, but there is so much to do before then! With that as a backdrop, this is what I want LIS students to know (no matter where in the world you are)...

LIBRARY SCHOOL: HURTS SO GOOD

Internet Librarian Streaming

From Roy Tennant:
Didn't make it to Internet Librarian 2010 in person? Watch Internet Librarian Keynote Address online.

Sign Up for On-Line Summit--eBook: Libraries at the Tipping Point

Sign up for a day-long virtual conference to be held on Wednesday Sept 29 from 10am - 6pm EDT--eBooks: Libraries at the Tipping Point, a unique online conference that explores the way the digital world is changing books and how these changes are reshaping the way we produce, distribute, and consume them.

This event will offer librarians, technology experts, publishers, and vendors a glimpse into the future of libraries with keynote speeches, special tracks, and an exciting exhibit area. Don’t miss this opportunity to investigate the evolving role of libraries in the twenty-first century!

Librarians and library administrators will learn about current best practices for library eBook collections and explore new and evolving models for eBook content discovery and delivery. Publishers and content creators will learn how to effectively identify and develop the ‘right’ content offerings for each segment of the relatively untapped library eBook market. ebook platform vendors and device manufacturers will learn just what libraries need and want in this rapidly changing environment. It's a party and everyone's invited!!

FOUR SPECIAL TRACKS:

Bangkok Librarians Visit Ohio Librarians and It's All Good

Dateline Lancaster OH: Anchalee "Lee" Tumthong works in an eight-story, 500,000-book library in the largest city in Thailand, but all she can talk about is a library she traveled about 20 hours by plane to see.

Sitting inside a conference room in Ohio University Lancaster's student library, "space" is the first word to come to mind when Tumthong describes her current surroundings. "There is so much space here," Tumthong, 40, said of OU-L's library. "In this library there are a lot of books and materials for the students."

Her praise is echoed by Phapada "June" Noikhamyang, 37, who also is from Thailand. The two are part of a exchange program at OU-L for librarians from another country to come to Lancaster and learn about how libraries in the U.S. operate.

OU-L's library is one of several that Tumthong and Noikhamyang will visit during their 18-day stay. They have visited the library at Ohio University's Athens campus and plan to visit the Columbus Metropolitan Library and the libraries at Ohio State University, OSU-Newark and Mount Carmel Hospital.

In addition, the two have done their share of sight-seeing; Lancaster, they've observed, is full of both "friendly people" and "a lot of trees."

Nominate A Library Educator for the LJ Teaching Award

The LJ Teaching Award, sponsored by ProQuest, recognizes excellence in educating the next generation of librarians. This annual award, now in its fourth year, honors the winning LIS teacher with an article in LJ in the November 15 issue, a $5000 prize, and a reception at the 2011 ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Diego.

NOMINATION POSTMARK DATE SEPTEMBER 27, 2010

Please send nominations to:
The LJ Teaching Award
Library Journal
160 Varick St., 11th Floor
New York, NY 10013

or via email to [email protected]

Library Para Wants to Win 'Millionaire' To Pay for Library School

Kate Jovin, a library professional from Somerville, MA will appear on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" on Wednesday and Thursday September 15 and 16. Hosted by Meredith Vieira, Millionaire can be seen on the ABC network. Go Kate!!

The Degree Dilemma - Another Librarian's Take

Andy Woodworth, Emily Lloyd and others have been weighing in on the very contentious debate over what an MLS actually means these days. Inspired by their ideas and the related spirited debate, I'm throwing my hat in the ring with two thoughts.

1) Give Me a Chance

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