Librarian Education

Librarian Education

Web-based Program With Rural Focus To Start

AshtabulaGuy writes "Clarion University of Pennsylvania will be begin with the Spring 2004 semester offering a web-based cohort graduate program in library science. The cohort program would allow a student to pursue totally online a graduate degree in library science with coursework geared toward the needs and interests of those going into rural and small libraries. Check out the details from Clarion's Department of Library Science as well as from the Keystone University Network."

New study on LIS education for Asia

Clive Wing writes "CAVAL Collaborative Solutions located in Melbourne, Australia, is undertaking a study funded by the iGroup (headquartered in Bangkok, Thailand) on emerging needs in Asian library education. Its focus is knowledge management and digital technologies. Read more about the study at here at CAVAL.

Fellowships for Health Science Librarians

Grumpy Librarian writes: "The Chronicle has an announcement for "fellowships to prepare librarians for careers in health-science libraries.""

Aspiring librarians flock to LIU

stevejzoo spotted a Journal News NY Story that tells the world a career often satirized as musty and fusty is, in fact, on the cutting edge.

They say Library science has come a long way with the evolution of computers and the Internet. Students and professionals have access to more information than ever before, and they need to know how to find it and sort it out.

Clark Atlanta University Closes Library School

A story in the Atlanta Journal Constitution announces the closure of Clark Atlanta University program in Library and Information Studies, along with four other programs. CAU President Walter Broadnax said that the action was needed to help the university recover from its budget problems, after overspending its budget by $7.5 million last year.

New website on Sandy Berman

Steve Fesenmaier writes "Four graduate library students at UBC created this nice website about Sandy Berman. Excellent for use by other library students, etc."

Clark Atlanta's LIS School is Jeopardized

Mock Turtle writes "Georgia's only remaining accredited library school may soon be forced to close its doors.
Library Journal briefly reports the plight of Clark Atlanta University SLIS. BCALA (Black Caucus of the ALA) urges action and tells you where to send your letters."

Good news for Arizona library school!

SomeOne writes "The University of Arizona's School of Information Resources and Library Science has been saved from elimination. Too bad noone will be able to afford to go there any more. :(

Here's the

Full Story "

They have proposed implementing program fees of $100 per credit hour for in-state students and $400 per credit hour for out of state students in order to generate revenue for the school.

New dean at GSLIS Illinois

Rochelle Hartman writes "Humanities guy and co-founder of the e-journal Postmodern Culture John Unsworth has been named as Dean of the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science. He suceeds Linda C. Smith who has been Acting Dean of the school since Leigh Estabrook resigned her position to become a faculty member in the school in 2001.

Although Unsworth does not have a library degree listed anywhere on his C.V., 'he specializes both in 20th century American literature and in computing in the humanities. He is particularly interested in the history, function and culture of publishing,' according the UIUC press release.

No word on whether or not he knits.

Paper Topics!

If you're the kind of library student I was, you're
finding library school somewhat disappointing. Isn't
graduate school supposed to be intellectually stimulating
and challenging?

I've written a href="">collection
of paper topics (or ideas for paper topics) that you
can bring to your instructors to liven things up a bit.
(Many of them are probably on topics that are already
being done, but with a slightly different approach).

And if you're not in school and want to do some research,
or if you just like to think and discuss interesting
questions in LIS, you might enjoy these also.

(This is from the current href="">Library Juice.)

U of Arizona Library School Proposed To Be Closed

This Annoucement Says The U of AZ School Of Information Resources And Library Science, the only graduate library science school in Arizona, should be closed.

They cite troubles with accreditation and resource needs (no money), but do give 2 alternatives to considered. Those include greater self-sufficiency, and finding the optimum organizational location.

Library School Lunacy

Library School Lunacy, by Harleigh Kyson, says library school is an academic absurdity, and at least ninety per cent of what it teaches, and ninety per cent of all library literature, is pure, unadulterated bullshit. Pleanty of suggestions, that if implemented, \"may be able to cut a lot of the stupidity out of librarianship\"

MLS Program celebrates first graduate

Angela Gooden writes \"The Master of Library and Information Science Program at Valdosta State
University has its first graduate. An international student from
Uganda, Dick Kawooya, received his Master\'s of Library and Information
Science degree at the commencement ceremony at the end of Summer

For more information see the article in the
Valdosta Daily Times


Librarian\'s Book Club selects readings for July

Troy Johnson writes \"Librarian\'s Book Club selects readings for July -August 2002.

The books selected are \"If we knew what we know.\" and \"Earth Abides\" More information about the books can be found at the homepage of the book club, Here
. \"

LIS Students\' Best Work

At the University of Alberta, graduating MLIS students must
produce a \"capping exercise\", a web page that contains one of
their best term papers or other work. The topics range from HREF=\"\">
Information Needs and the Studio Arts to HREF=\"\"> Harry
Potter Tuesday Fun to HREF=\"\">
Library Systems and On-line Services in China.

Here are the listings:

Capping Exercises
(only one so far)

Capping Exercises

Capping Exercises

Capping Exercises

Marginal Librarian 9.1

Check out the new issue of The Marginal Librarian, written and put together by McGill library students. It includes poetry, a book review, a photo essay, and more.

Wanted: a DLS that is professional, not research

Elizabeth Christian Passed along the results of the survey she ran the other day on a different type of DLS, you can read them below.

Wanted: a DLS that is professional, not research

based, here are the results from this group so far.

Please read and add your opinion.


A Non Research Doctor of Library Science?

Elizabeth Christian writes:\" A one year ALA
accredited degree is just the beginning of library
education. However, what is available after
that is the choice, either a research based library
school research degree that is applicable primarily to
teaching in a library school, not to practice.

There have been some practice based doctorates, but
it is now time to encourage library schools to move into
this area. New options for web based education make
this now easier for library schools to provide this
degree to practitioners.

This is a survey to determine if in fact there is an
interest and what kind of degree would be desirable
from the practioners\' perspective. \"

y.asp?id=940\">Here\'s A Link to the survey, or you
can reach her by email @ echristian2 at

Finger: the new student webzine

Thanks to the ever-excellent Library Juice, I discovered that the students at SLIS, University of Michigan have started a new webzine, Finger. It has lots of interesting articles, including one about Questia vs. \"real\" libraries, interviews, oh lots of good stuff. I would have liked to see a little introductory piece on \"this is who we are and what this zine is about\" but maybe that\'s just me... Still, it made me proud of my library school roots!

Creating the Perfect Library School Graduate

Mary Ellen Bates writes...

\"In an industry that seems to completely mutate at least once a year, the Perfect Library School Graduate will have to ride the wave of change that goes beyond the reference interview...\" [more...]


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