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  1. 1. 8/21/2012+Whats ChangedSince LibrarySchool? MLSTraining Update for CONFERENCEVeteran and Not-So- SPOTLIGHT SESSIONVeteran LibrariansWednesday July 18, 201212:00pm - 1:30pm @ Convention Sara R. Tompson, MS in LIS (UIUC)Center, Room E450B SLA Board 2011-13; Board Secretary 2012PRESENTED BY: Food Member ALA Accreditation External Reviewer PoolAgriculture & Nutrition Adjunct Faculty, Dominican University GSLIS, 1998-2002Division, Social Science Guest Lecturer, UCLA EIS & UIUC GSLIS, 2006-to dateDivisionSPONSORED BY: ProQuest & Head of Library Instruction & Orientation, Univ. So.Dialog California+ Do you know what this is?! How about this is?! – “BRS/After Dark” 1
  2. 2. 8/21/2012+ So, I learned almost all technology AFTER graduate school...  When I graduated, there was:  No World Wide Web!  Not to mention social Web 2.0+  I learned HTML at UIUC when Mosaic came out!  Not much email  An array of dedicated workstations for programs, NOT many apps, e.g. for OCLC  Lot of mainframes with terminals  IBM PS2 computer & Windows 2.0 came out in 1987* *http://www.computerhope.com/history/198090.htm+ HOWEVER, I continue to rely upon the solid theoretical grounding…  Principles behind classification of information resources  Reference skills  How to efficiently search for resources for users/patrons  How to conduct a great reference interview  Also, some tech theory from special topics classes:  How to write an RFP for a computer system or component  How to read and write technical documentation 2
  3. 3. 8/21/2012+ Plus, the (GS)LIS Network!  Still in touch with:  A fave UIUC professor/mentor  Stood in for her as SLA student chapter advisor one year  Got a LEEP (distance) Intern  My UIUC advisor/mentor  Periodic updates  Advice on job hunts  Former Dominican Dean  Periodic visits  Professional Reference  Former Dominican Students  FB and/or LinkedIn Friends  Periodic Visits+ LIS Accreditation Standards  American Library Association Accredits North American Programs  ALA Office for Accreditation (OA)*  Committee on Accreditation accredits  External Review Panel does site visit and writes report  School being reviewed provides (extensive) documentation in re standards “compliance” * http://www.ala.org/offices/accreditation/ 3
  4. 4. 8/21/2012+ LIS Accreditation Standards  “Accreditation: A voluntary, non-governmental system of evaluation used to protect the public interest and to verify the quality of service provided by member institutions.”  Standards are conservative, e.g. editions = 1972, 1993, 2008* [latter just starting to be reviewed for updating] * http://www.ala.org/accreditedprograms/sites/ala.org.accreditedp rograms/files/content/standards/standards_2008.pdf+ LIS Accreditation Standards – A Glimpse at What Changed in 2008  Curriculum, regardless of “form of delivery” must conform to the standards  Schools must now promote: “encouragement of innovation in teaching, research, and service” to/for Faculty  [Web] transparency: “Current, accurate, and easily accessible information on the school and its program is available to students and the general public”  Planning now called “Strategic Planning” and/or “Systematic Planning”  Explicitly allows different degree titles, e.g.: “Master of Information Science, Master of Librarianship, Master of Arts in Library Science, Master of Information Resource Management, etc.” 4
  5. 5. 8/21/2012+ LIS Accreditation Standards – A Glimpse at What Changed in 2008  Interestingly, these remained the same [the curriculum]:  “integrates the theory, application, and use of technology”  “responds to the needs of a rapidly changing multicultural, multiethnic, multilingual society including the needs of underserved groups”+ LIS Accreditation Standards  Competencies Focus in part!  References* others’, including SLA’s  “Specialized learning experiences are built upon a general foundation of library and information studies. The design of specialized learning experiences takes into account the statements of knowledge and competencies developed by relevant professional organizations.” *http://www.ala.org/educationcareers/careers/corecomp/corecomps pecial/knowledgecompetencies 5
  6. 6. 8/21/2012+ Summary  We must be agile and proactive because:  Our profession has evolved rapidly in my, and doubtless most of your, professional “lifetime(s)”  Library resources & services are no longer (if they ever were) a “given good” – we must align and prove our worth  LIS Accreditation standards shape future professionals  There is flexibility in application thereof, which can help programs remain agile and proactive  Tome, ours is still a very viable profession! We just have to prove our ROI, and that is doable, as many programs at this conference and elsewhere in SLA can help us do!+ Questions? saratifr@gmail.com or sarat@usc.edu 6