Library School Curriculum Comment

This morning, I read the comment below from Jesse Ephraim, Youth Services Librarian at Southlake Public Library in Southlake, TX on the NGC4LIB listserv. I agree with the comment and would add a couple of points.

First, librarianship is not only the humanities and computer/information sciences. It could also encompass a “merger” of the sciences and information sciences. In the Parade magazine this weekend, I read an article about legislation that is pending (I can’t remember if it is state level or federal) to train neutral information providers to educate physicians about new drugs. This is an effort to counteract the current practice of drug company representatives providing physicians with their main source of information about new prescription drugs. To me that sounds like a librarianesque type of job. The growing field of Bioinformatics is another example of the type of work librarians could be more involved in.

Secondly, I would like to see another parallel emphasis in library school curriculum which is that of pedagogy and assessment. It is becoming increasingly important, on our campus at least, for librarians to be highly knowledgeable regarding such things as problem based learning, instructional technology methodology, and assessment.

From the NGC4LIB listserv, 8/25/08: “We need to change our MLS programs to require students to develop professional level skills in information management and theory, database design and management, SQL, basic coding, serious web development (not FrontPage and clip art), metadata development and management, etc. Our field is (or should be) a merger of the humanities and computer/information sciences. If we want to be seen as serious information professionals, we need to actually BE serious information professionals.” Jesse Ephraim


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