Monday, September 24, 2007

 

To wiki or not to wiki

As part of reorganizing and redesigning LISjobs.com, I'll be adding more info on the LIS career process as a whole, including choosing a library school. I'd like to add some kind of scholarship database, because the information on LIS scholarships is currently so fragmented and hard to find. Logistically, though, I'm not sure how well this would work as a database (tracking down this info and keeping it current), so am thinking that perhaps a wiki where people could add and update scholarship info might be in order, and would also serve well for other content.

Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions for the semi-wikilliterate?

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Thursday, August 02, 2007

 

Free Trial Access: Sage Journals

I learned today via What I Learned Today that Sage is offering free trial access (to both current and back issues) through Sept. 30 to several LIS publications:
You just might find something of interest...

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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

 

We Don't Need No

Library Journal has a short news story up about "Burger to Appoint LIS Task Force" -- yes, we're back to discussing the state of library education, with the interesting note that, at the ALISE Forum on Professional Education at Midwinter: "With some 80 percent of those present educators and 20 percent practitioners, there were too few students or new librarians to offer their immediate perspective—a limitation that has also been the case in previous forums." Meanwhile, Michael Stephens points to a blog from San Jose State University, slis21 (SLIS Associate Director: Discussions on a Curriculum for a 21st Century Library School). A post on "skills for the 21st century librarian" is garnering some particularly interesting comments, both in- and outside the SJSU community.

Our ongoing discussions about the state of library education and accreditation are a further testament to the "fuzziness" of our field. While many agree that changes need to be made, there are real fundamental disagreements on the types and scope of changes that are necessary. Those envisioned by Michael Gorman, for instance, may not resemble those desired by Meredith Farkas.

The LJ squib points out that the discussions on accreditation beg the question of "whether the profession retains sufficient commonality" around which to build a core curriculum. This is a larger question worth pulling out for examination. My gut feeling is yes, but I think we need to build that core with an understanding of the very different environments in which people will work post-graduation, and an agreement of what we need to know to both build the foundations of that work and understand the importance (and basic idea of) our colleagues' work -- of librarianship in all its variations.

I'm also interested in hearing what the rest of you feel is core to a 21st century library education. Can we update our curricula to build a common -- and relevant -- center?

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