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.


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