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Presentation I gave at BIALL 2008 in Dublin on how we have developed new library and information courses at the University of Brighton and my thoughts on the future of library and information work.

Presentation I gave at BIALL 2008 in Dublin on how we have developed new library and information courses at the University of Brighton and my thoughts on the future of library and information work.

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  • BIALL 2008, DUBLIN 13 JUNE 2008 MARTIN DE SAULLES UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON The Future of Information Work: Developing University Courses
  • Who am I? BIALL 2008, M De Saulles
  • BIALL 2008, M De Saulles
  • Summary of Courses BIALL 2008, M De Saulles Scotland 4 Universities 10 postgrad 1 undergrad Wales 1 University 6 postgrad 3 undergrad England 12 Universities 36 postgrad 6 undergrad
  • BIALL 2008, M De Saulles Trends
    • Closing of undergrad courses
    • Closing/merging of library schools (University of Central England)
    • Move to distance learning
    • More technical courses
    • Resurgence of librarianship as a profession?
  • BIALL 2008, M De Saulles What about Brighton?
    • Teaching library and information courses since 1947
    • Closed entry to 2 undergrad courses in 2007
    • Currently offer:
        • MA Information Studies
        • MSc Information Management
        • MSc Information Management (Health)
  • BIALL 2008, M De Saulles Why a new MSc?
    • Recognition of technical aspects of information work
    • MSc perceived as more vocational than MA for CPD
    • Need to refresh and update existing course
    • International demand
    • Extend to non-traditional librarian/info pros
    • Capitalise on our links to computing division
  • BIALL 2008, M De Saulles How did we design course?
    • Talk to existing students
    • Talk to international agents
    • Articles in Gazette, Freepint
    • Talk to industry contacts
    • Play to our strengths
    Source: Hall and Abell 2007
  • BIALL 2008, M De Saulles The result
    • Innovative combination of attendance and distance learning
    • More elective modules
    • More technical modules
    • Focus on professional development/reflective practice
    • Better links with computing colleagues
    • A course for the 21 st century
  • Structure BIALL 2008, M De Saulles MSc Information Management Core Modules Professional Practice Research Methods Dissertation Elective Modules (choose 4) Managing Knowledge Information Architecture for the Web Legal and Ethical Issues in Information Management Managing Change Collection Development for the Digital Age Innovations in Online Information ICTS in Healthcare Developing Training Programmes
  • More options BIALL 2008, M De Saulles
    • Postgraduate Diploma – 6 modules (2 core)
    • Postgraduate Certificate – 3 modules (1 core)
    • Standalone modules (points can be transferred)
  • Keeping Up-to-date BIALL 2008, M De Saulles
  • Marketing Ourselves BIALL 2008, M De Saulles
  • BIALL 2008, M De Saulles
  • Challenge 1 – BIALL 2008, M De Saulles +115 million blogs +40 billion pages +310 million users
  • Challenge 1 – 1,800 courses online - FREE Source: MIT BIALL 2008, M De Saulles
  • Challenge 2 – People BIALL 2008, M De Saulles
    • Users
    • Anyone can find information now
    • Higher expectations
    • Need it now
    • Understand the value of information?
    • Managers
    • Why do we need a library/info centre?
    • An expensive luxury
    • IT can manage them
    • It’s a question of technology
  • Challenge 3 – Information Landscape BIALL 2008, M De Saulles ?
  • BIALL 2008, M De Saulles
  • Opportunity 1 – New roles BIALL 2008, M De Saulles E-Information Role Job Titles Source: Hall and Abell 2007
  • Opportunity 2 – Closer to the Business BIALL 2008, M De Saulles
    • Integrating content within the workflow
    • Productivity paradox – they forgot the I in IT
    • Training the managers
    • Linking internal with external information assets
    • Being able to explain how the new stuff works
    • Being able to explain whether it is important
  • Future for Universities BIALL 2008, M De Saulles
    • Must keep up-to-date
    • More distance/blended learning
    • Short refresher courses
    • Emphasise academic aspects
    • Work with practitioners
  • Talking to Ourselves? BIALL 2008, M De Saulles Data is for October 07
  • Understand our Users (1) BIALL 2008, M De Saulles “ Is the current model inappropriate for the global "Net Generation" that has grown up collaborating and interacting and participating in social communities?” “ Thanks to Web 2.0, the entire world is beginning to collaborate—for the first time ever—around a single idea: changing the weather.” “ The largest generation ever—ages 13 to 29—thinks differently due to its exposure to interactive media. They have grown up bathed in digital bits and do not fear technology.” Don Tapscott, author of Wikinomics (taken from a talk he gave to World Economic Forum at Davos)
  • Understand Our Users (2) BIALL 2008, M De Saulles Based on survey of Level 1 BA students in October 2007 – by Liz Guy
  • Understand our Users (3) BIALL 2008, M De Saulles
  • Understand our Users (4) BIALL 2008, M De Saulles
  • Understand our Users (5) BIALL 2008, M De Saulles “ Webber's enthusiasm for this virtual world supports recent research deflating the myth that the "Google generation", born in or after 1993, is completely at home online, able to trawl for whatever knowledge they require, while older people fail to get to grips with it.” “ The report, Information Behaviour of the Researcher of the Future, found users "power-browsing" or skimming material, using "horizontal" (shallow) research. Most spent only a few minutes looking at academic journal articles and few returned to them. "It almost seems that they go online to avoid reading in the traditional sense," said the report authors.” “ But while many are proficient with Facebook and Wikipedia, they may not be information- literate. Many lack lack the skills to differentiate between authoritative information and amateur blogging. "They don't have the idea of different sources," says Rowlands. "There is no mental map." Tara Brabazon, professor of media in the school of computing, mathematical and information science at Brighton University, made headlines recently when she described Google as "white bread for the mind" and banned her media studies students from using it.” From Libraries Unleashed feature in Guardian http://education.guardian.co.uk/librariesunleashed/story/0,,2274796,00.html
  • BIALL 2008, M De Saulles
  • Future for Information Work BIALL 2008, M De Saulles Joint, 2006 McCallum, IFLA, 40 years of Technology in Libraries, 2003 Inayatullah, 2007 “ When well-developed, competent information departments exist, with trained, high-calibre staff, their usefulness in an advisory capacity will expand….An increase of the advisory function will be a natural development of the interest of management in information services.” Farradane, 1960
  • DR MARTIN DE SAULLES PRINCIPAL LECTURER UNIVERSITY OF BRIGHTON TEL: 01273 643503 EMAIL: MRD@BRIGHTON.AC.UK WEB (1): WWW.MDESAULLES.NET WEB(2): WWW.INFORMATIONMATTERS.NET Contact me