Re-envisioning the MLS (Part B)

Re-envisioning the MLS (Part B)

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At the heart of any discussion about the future of libraries is the future of librarians--and how well our instructional programs, especially the Master of Library Science (MLS) degree, prepare them for their careers. Building on the Re-envisioning the MLS initiative from the University of Maryland's iSchool and the Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC), this book continues the critical conversations around preparing future librarians.

Library and information science (LIS) programs are the foundation of librarianship, and their design requires input from everyone in the field--from academics designing programs and courses, to practitioners reflecting on how prepared (or unprepared) they are to serve their communities, to hiring authorities considering qualifications of candidates.

The second installment of this two-part volume explores many of the challenges and opportunities inherent in the future of the MLS degree, including
- the changing nature of the communities that libraries serve and how LIS education should address these changes,
- how archival training must accommodate big data,
- the specialized skill sets librarians need on the job, and
- how best to prepare librarians for their role as educators.
These conversations will never be fully resolved, as LIS education must continue to evolve to ensure the efficacy of libraries and the librarians at the heart of the work.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940159006042
Publisher: Emerald Publishing
Publication date: 04/13/2018
Series: Advances in Librarianship , #44
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Johnna Percell: Children's Librarian for the DC Public Library's Department of Outreach & Inclusion. Prior to joining DCPL, she was the Communication Coordinator for the University of Maryland's iSchool where she earned her MLS with a focus in Information and Diverse Populations. As a student she had the opportunity to work with Dr. John Bertot and Lindsay Sarin on the Re-Envisioning the MLS Initiative. Johnna is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Information, Diversity, and Inclusion, and she was a founding member of The Political Librarian, EveryLibrary’s open access journal, and is currently in charge of the editing, design, and layout.
Lindsay C. Sarin: Director of Academic Programs at the College of Information Studies University of Maryland, College Park. She was formerly the MLS Program Manager in the same program. She helped lead the Re-Envisioning the MLS Initiative along with Dr. John Bertot and Johnna Percell. She continues to participate in the project with current program staff and faculty. Lindsay has published on the topic of LIS education and on advocacy and funding of libraries, including the book Public Libraries, Public Policies, and Political Processes (2014).
Paul T. Jaeger: Professor, Diversity & Inclusion Officer, and Director of the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program of the College of Information Studies and Co-Director of the Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC) at the University of Maryland. His teaching and research focus on the ways in which law and public policy shape information behavior, with a specific focus on issues of human rights and social justice. He is the author of more than 170 journal articles and book chapters, as well as more than a dozen books. His research has been funded by the Institute of Museum & Library Services, the National Science Foundation, the American Library Association, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among others.
John Carlo Bertot: Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor in the iSchool at the University of Maryland. Prior to becoming Associate Provost, Bertot served as Director of the Master of Library Science (now Master of Library and Information Science) degree program in the iSchool when the Re-Envisioning the MLS initiative was launched to rethink librarian education in general, and Maryland’s program in particular.

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