Librarian Education

Librarian Education

ALA Councilors Disagree Over Updating LIS Rankings

From Library Journal:

Janet Webster first noticed that the U.S. News & World Report rankings for LIS education were years out-of-date one year ago. Webster, head librarian at the Hatfield Marine Science Center at Oregon State University, is one of the librarians behind a draft resolution floated recently on the American Library Association (ALA) Council electronic discussion list that would have ALA urge U.S. News & World Report to update its library school rankings, dated 1999. Thus far the resolution has been received coolly—mostly owing to Council members’ dismissal of the rankings in general—but Webster wonders if it is unwise to ignore the rankings and assume librarian-like research abilities among those who are only beginning to consider library school ...

Complete article.

Another Library School Removes "Library" From Its Name

Janet Clark writes "The School of Information Management has been approved by Dalhousie
University as the new name of the School of Library and Information Studies
effective 9 May 2005. The School is an integral part of the
multidisciplinary Faculty of Management. The new name reflects and promotes
the breadth of the education and research conducted by members of the
School, and emphasizes that the School recruits for and educates graduates
for a wide array of information management positions.

Clark Atlanta student launches effort to move the library school

Library Journal is reporting a new initiative to move the Clark Atlanta library school to another HBCU: One of the final 33 graduates of Clark Atlanta University’s (CAU) LIS program has launched a volunteer initiative to relocate the tradition-rich program to another HBCU (historically black college or university) home. The website for Save Library and Information Studies is a strong proponent of the profession in general.

Interns get help pursuing master’s in library science

Anonymous Patron writes "Interns get help pursuing master’s in library science
“It’s not just checking out books; it’s not like that at all, there’s a lot of work involved in the cataloguing, organizing and maintaining the online resources,� Treviño said. “It was a rude awakening. We are doing a lot of work.�"

MLIS back in Cleveland

Heidi Landskroener writes "Syacuse University is now offering its MSLIS program via distance learning at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. This is needed competition for Kent State University, the only institution in the state with an ALA-accreditited MLIS degree. weatherhead.cwru.edu Has More"

LIS Students and Scholarly Communication

Carol Terry writes "ALA's ACRL Division published this Jan. 2005 C&RL piece discussing revised curricula better preparing grads for changes in scholarly communication: Preparing tomorrow's professionals: LIS schools and scholarly communication
http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlpubs/crlnews/backi ssues2005/january05/preparingprofessionals.htm"

Library Science Program Given Extension After Disastrous Flood

The Curmudgeony Librarian writes "The Library and Information Science program at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa was given a two year extension for its accreditation deadline by the American Library Association. The library science program was to be audited by the ALA in fall 2006. The extension is in response to the devastating floor which struck Hamilton Library October 30th. The flood washed away all of its accreditation documents as well as inflicted several million dollars worth of damage to the library.

The American Library Association represents librarians in the United States as well as overseeing accreditation standards for Library and Information Science Programs. In the United States and Canada, it is usual for a librarian to have a one- or two-year master's degree in library science or information science from an accredited university."

Peter calls it quits on librarianship

madcow writes "Peter Karman was on the road to being a fine young librarian and had even enrolled in library school. Then he discovered the truth about library pay. :(

As an assignment in his (sole) LIS class he wrote a nice little web page describing his information retrieval assignment."

NPR : Historically Black University Cuts Rare Library Sciences Program

An Anonymous Patron writes "NPR : Historically Black University Cuts Rare Library Sciences Program In a cost-cutting move, Clark-Atlanta University plans to shut down its library sciences program. The program is one of only two in the nation at historically black colleges and universities, and since 1941 has graduated more black librarians than any other institution. Emily Kopp of Georgia Public Broadcasting reports."

Dominican U., Chicago Public Schools team up to recruit, train new librarians

An Anonymous Patron writes "Dominican, CPS team up to recruit, train new librarians Dominican University's Graduate School of Library and Information Science is partnering with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the recipient of a $319,501 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, to recruit and educate librarians for the 21st century."

Update: 11/10 16:18 EST by R:Don't botha. The deadline for this was Oct. 1, and the program was just for folks who already have teaching certs in the CPS system.

New FSU Library school Dean a physicist.

mdoneil writes "What is even more interesting is that he is not a librarian. The FSU SIS website has a bit about him here . His CV is available here.


There has been talk of broadening the School of Information Studies to include more than just Library Studies. I have heard that they were considering taking computer science - at least the informational part- into SIS.


Dr. Dennis is a great professor and has done a great deal for online instructional design and was the head of distance and distributed learning so I am sure he will be a benefit to SIS, but not having an MLS seems odd for someone in charge of the library school. Then again the LOC does not have one either.

For those interested the other candidate is here"

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."

Suggested topics for library & information science research papers

Just a reminder to library school students and faculty looking for interesting topics to use or adapt. Rory Litwin maintains a list of potential paper topics at the Library Juice website.

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 http://www.qc.edu/workered for more information."

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