Librarian Education

Librarian Education

Booked: The happy state of courses for librarians

Susan Davis teaches a library-science class at Drexel, where enrollment in the program has grown more than threefold since 2000. Retirements are opening jobs for librarians.

The enrollment surge is at least partly the result of a report in Library Journal magazine, which suggested in May 2000 that two in five library directors were planning to retire by 2009. In June 2005, the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington responded by announcing $21 million in additional grants dedicated to recruiting and educating a new generation of librarians. Since 2003, the Free Library has received nearly $3.5 million in similar funds as part of the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program.

Full story here.

Here there were Library Science Libraries.

Once library school libraries were gathering places for future librarians and most colleges or universities with LIS programs had subject bibliographers for the field. There was a Discussion Group in the ALA Library Education Division that was active and even published the proceedings of an Institute on the Role of the Library School Library in Education for Librarianship, May 2-4, 1971. The group moved from LED to ACRL and changed its name to“Librarians and Information Science Discussion Group” in 1999.

Philippine Licensure Exam Getting Harder?

The 2008 Librarians' Licensure Examination in the Philippines had the most number of examinees (1,003) and the lowest passing rate (24 percent) since the exams began in 1992. The number of schools represented by the examinees has increased in the past three years from 105 (2006) to 130 (2007) to 142 (2008). <a href="">More</a>...

FSU library school student nominated for president of the YA division of ALA

Kim Patton, a master's student at the Florida State University College of Information and a Vermont young adult specialist (Lawrence Public Library), has been nominated for president of the Young Adult Library Services Division of the American Library Association.

UNC Remembered in Librarian's Will

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science will receive more than $1.1 million for student scholarships.

Jane Iris Crutchfield, who died at the age of 92 on Dec. 10, 2006, was a lifelong teacher and school librarian. She taught at public schools in Virginia before returning to UNC in the 1950s to earn a bachelor’s degree in library science.

Crutchfield’s gift will go to the library science school’s Susan Grey Akers Scholarship Fund, named after a former dean at the school. That endowment fund gives aid to students who are admitted to the school’s master’s program. It’s the largest gift ever given to the library science school. Bizjournals.

About a Quarter of Exam-Takers Pass Philippines Library Test

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced that 237 out if the 1,003 examinees passed Philippines Librarian Licensure Examination given this November 2008. More details from ABS and Philippines Star.

Any LISNews readers take the exam? Wondering if that would that be considered a good percentage?

Learn to Teach, Teach to Learn

A field experience internship program in Arizona State University’s College of Teacher Education and Leadership (CTEL) is giving its students exposure to the importance of literacy in a child’s early years while also providing the professional development necessary for the next generation’s teachers.

The Early Childhood Community-Based Field Experience internship, features a unique partnership with the Burton Barr Central Library in downtown Phoenix. One opportunity, First Five Years/Book Bridges, places first-semester junior students in the library, providing one-to-one assistance to parents, families, and center caregivers utilizing the library’s space, materials, activities, and early literacy information. ASU.

The Library Student Bill of Rights

The Library Student Bill of Rights:
From the perspective of a recent student and new professional, Char Booth submits the following as her impractical, idealistic template for a more practical, realistic library education. In full recognition that it is far easier to tear down than to build up, she leaves it up to the faculty and administrators of the library school world to do something about it.
1. The right to educate.
2. The right to evaluate.
3. The right to challenge.
4. The right to innovate.
5. The right to experience.
6. The right to explore.
7. The right to collaborate.
8. The right to redefine.
9. The right to develop.
10. The right to advocate.

LIS Prof. William Brace from Dominican University Has Died

Dr. William Brace 79, professor of library and information science at Rosary College--now Dominican University in River Forest--died on Wednesday, Oct. 1, an apparent heart attack. He had taught Library and Information sciences for nearly four decades.

The first time Dr. William Brace met his future wife, she darn near killed him. As the story goes, the two were graduate students at the University of Chicago in the early 1950s, when one day they found themselves sitting next to each other in class.

"That was back in the day when you'd light up a cigarette right at your desk," recalled his wife of 51 years, Pam. "I was smoking Pall Malls, which he was deathly allergic to, and he began sneezing and coughing uncontrollably. Later he told people, 'She nearly asphyxiated me, but it at least got me to notice her.' "

That same sense of humor, former colleagues say, helped Dr. Brace connect with students over his long career. Obituary from the Chicago Tribune.

Free Webinar: Public Computers and 2.0 Tools (Sponsored by MaintainIT and WebJunction)

On September 17th, spend 30 minutes learning about Public Computers and 2.0 Tools. Join Robin Hastings, from the Missouri River Regional Library, as she shares the steps her library has taken to foster a 2.0 friendly environment at their library, both for staff and library users. By setting up a flexible computing environment and creating innovative learning opportunities, this creative professional has helped her community make the most of collaborative technologies.

IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Library Program Funding Announcement for 2008

On June 17, the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded 31 institutions grants totaling $20.3 million as part of the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. This year’s grantees will provide educational opportunities to library students and staff to strengthen Gulf Coast libraries; support school library media programs; increase the number of librarians, archivists, and library and information science professors; increase diversity in the library workforce; and strengthen that workforce to better meet the needs of users of all types of libraries.

Professor receives grant to bring gaming to libraries, other campuses

Good News For Professor Scott Nicholson, Nicholson, an associate professor in the Syracuse School of Information Studies, recently received a $5,000 grant from Gaylord Brothers, a library supply company located in Syracuse, to begin building a portable library game lab. Money from the grant will specifically go toward purchasing projectors, consoles, screens, accessories and games, Nicholson said.

Information Literacy partners

This was posted last week by the Shifted Librarian, but thought I'd pass it on.

"Karen Markey is a faculty member in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. Earlier this year, she received a small grant from the Delmas Foundation to build a prototype online board game that teaches students information-literacy skills. Her game prototype is now fully operational and is being tested and evaluated by a class of 75 undergraduates at the University of Michigan."

Karen is now looking for some help to further test her idea. So take a look at the posting for more information.

Graphic Novels are Rock and Roll

Here is an interesting article from ForeWord Magazine about graphic novels and the event about them held by the Suffolk Cooperative Library System. The article has a quote that I like by graphic novel consultant John Shableski, that "...the graphic novel (GN) is to publishing today very much as rock and roll was when it first entered the music industry mainstream: a strange format already familiar to the popular culture but not yet understood by the established distribution channels."

As a fan, I would definitely say that graphic novels are oft-misunderstood. Also, it was fun to read all the quotations by various people in the graphic novel industry.

Librarian shortage myth: a bibliography of sorts

Anonymous Patron writes "An online bibliography has been launched on the subject of the over-recruitment of new librarians and their subsequent difficulties finding employment.

Blog postings with titles like: "A Plea For Help," "Still Unemployed," and "8 Months and Still Looking For Work," are being published by dozens of desperate librarians who cannot find employment.

Articles such as "The Annual Labor Shortage Hoax" and "Where Are All The Jobs?" are increasingly appearing in library and higher-ed magazines.

Links to several dozen of these resources can now be conveniently found here:

This new bibliography will be of particular interest to individuals considering an ALA-accredited Master of Library/Information Science degree."

GN Symposium for Librarians in Suffolk County, NY

John Shableski writes "A Graphic Novels Symposium for Librarians!

If you happen to live on or near Long Island, New York you will want to attend an excellent graphic novels symposium that Barbara Moon has put together at the Harborfields Library in Greenlawn, NY (Long Island)

Seriously: A Graphic Novels Symposium
Presented by Suffolk Cooperative Library System
Sept 6th
Harborfields Public Library

Here is the line up of panels

Creating a Graphic Novel(p>

Moderator: Ali Kokmen, Marketing Manager, Del Rey Manga
Josh Elder, author of Mail Order Ninja
John Gallagher, author of Buzzboy
Jimmy Gownley, author of Amelia Rules
Michael Martens, V.P. Marketing, Dark Horse Comics
Roger Rosen, president, Rosen Publishing Company
Raina Telgemeier, author of SMILE and illustrator of Babysitters Club

Selecting and Assessing Graphic Novels

Moderator: Alison Hendon, Brooklyn PL librarian and YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults Committee member
Sarah Couri, NYPL librarian and YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee member
Regina Kanicki, Head Graphic Novel Buyer, Baker & Taylor
Andrea Lipinski, NYPL librarian and graphic novel reviewer for School Library Journal
Janna Morishima, Director, Diamond Kids Group
Rob Scott, Sales Representative, Brodart Books

Understanding and Building on teen interest in graphic novels

Moderator: John Shableski, graphic novel consultant
Janna Morishima, Director, Diamond Kids Group
Brian Cooper, Young Adult Librarian, Harborfields Library
Dave Jones, Young Adult Librarian, Westhampton Library
Chris Oarr, ADV Films
John Riley, Owner, Grasshoppers Comics

John Shableski, Graphic Novels Consultant
Rich Johnson, Co-Publishing Director, Yen Press
Mark Siegel, Editorial Director, First Second Books

Author signings:
Josh Elder, John Gallagher, Jimmy Gownley, Mark Siegel, Raina Telgemeier

Baker & Taylor, Brodart, Dark Horse Comics, Rosen Publishing,
Door prizes

The library is conveniently located near the commuter train stop.
there will be lunch and door prizes.

Seating is limited and registration will close Thursday Aug 23rd
Go to her web page for registration and more info"

Faculty Strike Could Disrupt LIS Education

Anonymous Patron writes "Faculty at the 14 state-owned Pennsylvania universities, including Clarion University which has an ALA accredited MLS program, are set to strike on July 1st. There is no information as to how this may affect library science education only that summer classes will most likey be canceled and graduations delayed.

Check This Out for more info."

From Academis; Phishing can get ~14% response

mdoneil writes "Indiana University's School of Infomatics professors have published a study that notes that phishing scams may get up to 14 percent response rates (heck I'm lucky if my work email gets that).

This result is in a paper by Drs. Jakobsson and Ratkiewicz of the School. The paper "Designing Ethical Phishing Experiments: A study of (ROT13) rOnl auction query features. is interesting in and of itself, valid and ethical phishing experiments!"

WebJunction Scholarship for Spanish-language Outreach

Criticas has announced that WebJunction is offering scholarships to its Spanish Language Outreach workshops to be held during ALA's Washington, D.C. meeting June 21-27, 2007.

Former workshop participants are eligible; the winner will present a poster on a program that he/she has implemented successfully after attending a previous workshop.

Says workshop coordinator Laura Staley, "Our goals for the scholarship are to both recognize the outreach efforts of our workshop participants and to inspire other libraries to reach out to their Spanish-speaking communities." Applications are due April 9.

Ottawa Library School Summary

Anonymous Patron writes "A summary of Kenneth-Roy Bonin's presentation about the University of Ottawa's School of Information Studies is available from CASLIS Ottawa. Dr. Bonin spoke briefly about his "dreams in Technicolor" for the School: further ideas he has that will not come to fruition in the near future. He spoke about having a joint master's program, possibly in collaboration with the law, engineering, or business faculties and schools. Eventually, the School of Information Studies would also like to offer a Ph D program, develop distance-learning courses, and perhaps even offer continuing education programs."


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