From: Lewis, Erik <elewis@ge...> - 2003-11-03 14:13:52
Which is a fundamental flaw in the education process for librarianship. One
day I keep telling myself, systems librarianship and all of its associated
disciplines namely host, ils and networking will acquire real status in the
profession. If we continue to "contract out" and concentrate on "what
librarians do best" we will slide further and further towards irrellevancy.
Systems Librarianship is a valid discipline in library science. ILS
programs need to acknoledge this and start teaching the coursework necessary
to turn out qualified librarians to handle it.
From: Renae Satterley [mailto:rsatterley@...]
Sent: Monday, November 03, 2003 8:47 AM
Subject: [oss4lib-discuss] Re: open source in library automation
I really enjoyed reading Peter's comments on the
"cost" of installing open source automation in
libraries. I think this is a very valid point, and
one that should be actively encouraged and taught in
library schools. Part of the reason I want to do an
independent study of OSS in libraries is because of
the lack of technical teaching in LIS programs. We
are taught the minimal basics only, which gives us no
framework for developing sophisticated systems on our
own; systems geared specifically to cash-strapped
- Renae Satterley
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From: Walter Lewis <lewisw@hh...> - 2003-11-03 18:12:19
Lewis, Erik wrote:
>[snip] Systems Librarianship is a valid discipline in library science. ILS
>programs need to acknoledge this and start teaching the coursework necessary
>to turn out qualified librarians to handle it.
My alma mater for the relevant degree has split what was a single degree
into three degree streams: "traditional" library, "traditional"
archives and Information Science. Part of the problem is that we aren't
particularly successful in recruiting the Information Science graduates
to work in "traditional" libraries. But this isn't new either. In my
day, many of those who took all the computer courses on offer tended to
be recruited by the library automation vendors.
That said the School of Graduate Studies which reviewed the program
was not big on the practical skills that were being taught in community
and technical colleges. They wanted course work on the Big Picture,
Theory of Librarianship issues. ... and frankly in some years of
practical librarianship I have had to confront almost all those issues
in the field and regret less having been exposed to them than I did
while a student.
At this point I'll put on my flame retardant suit and before
retreating into the bunker note that, having participated in recent
recruiting efforts aimed at entry level positions, I'm almost more
concerned with the number of recent graduates possessing "traditional"
library skills. The number of wannabe children's librarians has shrunk
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