Part 2: "What is an Information Professional in the Digital Age?"


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Part 2: "What is an Information Professional in the Digital Age?"

  1. 1. What is an Information Professional in the Digital Age? (Part 2 of 4) Alina J. Johnson, MSI (c) 2010
  2. 2. BACKGROUND <ul><li>The data is taken from three independent accrediting organizations: The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the American Library Association Accreditation (ALA), and, the i Schools consortium </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive statistical information was drawn from current information and used in this presentation </li></ul>
  3. 3. Traditional Roles MSIS MLIS MSIM MST MSI MLS MIS MSIT MIMS MISM MSISPM MSLIS MIM ALA makes no distinction if standards are followed Degrees offered by the i Schools, 2010
  4. 4. Accreditation <ul><li>Some of the most commonly conferred terminal (master) degrees offered include the MSIS, MLIS, MSIM, MST, MSI, MLS, MIS, MSIT, MIMS, MISM MSISPM, MSLIS, and MIM </li></ul><ul><li>Not all of the U.S. i Schools listed are accredited by ALA; roughly half are accredited </li></ul><ul><li>Schools/colleges and programs make a distinction between information studies and information science </li></ul><ul><li>Most programs are interdisciplinary </li></ul><ul><li>Informatics is a new field of study currently being debated </li></ul><ul><li>Four U.S. states hold three (3) or more ALA-accredited educational institutions: NY (7), and NC, TX, PA (tied at 3) </li></ul>
  5. 5. CHEA <ul><li>The Council for Higher Education Accreditation is both an association and non-governmental organization </li></ul><ul><li>CHEA consists of regional, national, and faith-based organizations in 60 areas </li></ul><ul><li>The educational institutions recognized also include career-related programs </li></ul><ul><li>Quality assurance is a core principle of this organization </li></ul><ul><li>Other principles include leadership, advocacy, service, core academic values, independence, and inclusion </li></ul>
  6. 6. ALA Committee on Accreditation (COA) <ul><li>Responsible for execution and development of standards </li></ul><ul><li>Implies excellence through evaluative criteria and recognized standards </li></ul><ul><li>A form of quality control and peer review within the field </li></ul><ul><li>Other alphabet soup </li></ul>
  7. 7. Accreditation:The Difference <ul><li>Q : What is the difference between the MLS, the MILS, the MLIS, etc.? </li></ul><ul><li>A : The master’s degree in library and information studies is frequently referred to as the MLS; however, ALA-accredited programs offer degrees with names such as Master of Information Studies, Master of Information, Master of Arts, Master of Librarianship, Master of Library and Information Studies, or Master of Science. Degree names are determined by the program. The Committee for Accreditation evaluates programs based on their adherence to the Standards for Accreditation of Master's Programs in Library and Information Studies, NOT based on the name of the degree. </li></ul><ul><li>Staying up-to-date in the latest technologies and trends is a staple of an Information Professional </li></ul>
  8. 8. i Schools <ul><li>A consortium of schools and universities that seek to understand the underlying issue surrounding information, technology, and people in various contexts </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Numbers <ul><li>There are 22 U.S. i Schools of which 14 are ALA-accredited </li></ul><ul><li>3 school/colleges named as “Information Studies” vs. </li></ul><ul><li>7 school/colleges named as “Information Science” </li></ul><ul><li>3 programs are named “Information Studies” vs. </li></ul><ul><li>10 programs named “Information Science” </li></ul><ul><li>Most programs are interdisciplinary in nature </li></ul><ul><li>All of Indiana's programs are named “Informatics” </li></ul><ul><li>10 schools list “Information” outside of the Profession of Librarianship </li></ul><ul><li>There are currently 13 iterations of ALA-accredited library AND information science programs of study throughout the United States </li></ul>
  10. 10. 2010 <ul><li>There is a movement towards Information Science as a school, discipline of study, and degree title </li></ul>
  11. 11. “ All Others” <ul><li>There are 7 schools/colleges that offer just 3 library degrees including MLIS, MLS, and MSLIS </li></ul><ul><li>All Other programs offer an iteration of the Information degree: sciences, studies, management, technology, and systems </li></ul>
  12. 12. Information Science Library Science This shared space is common ground Shannon Bates Erdelez Kuhlthau Wilson Fogg Rieh Brand Pirolli Leckie Kahneman Smith
  13. 13. <ul><li>Information Science both as a discipline and as a school is distinct from, but shares commonality with Library Science, emerging as the new holistic paradigm </li></ul>Information as Central INFORMATION sciences t e c h n o l o g y management studies systems
  14. 14. Iterations of the Information Degree and Program <ul><li>Master of Information Management and Systems (MIMS) </li></ul><ul><li>Master of Science, Information and Computer Science (ICS) </li></ul><ul><li>Master of Information Systems Management; (MSISPM) </li></ul><ul><li>Master of Science in Information Security and Policy Management (MSISPM) </li></ul><ul><li>Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) </li></ul><ul><li>Master of Science in Information Studies (MSIS) </li></ul><ul><li>Master of Science in Information Security (InfoSec) </li></ul><ul><li>Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) </li></ul><ul><li>Master of Science in Information Science </li></ul><ul><li>Master of Science in Information Sciences and Technology (MSIST) </li></ul><ul><li>Master of Science in Information Management (MSIM) </li></ul><ul><li>Master of Science in Telecommunications (MST) </li></ul><ul><li>Master of Science in Information </li></ul><ul><li>Master of Information Science (MIS) </li></ul><ul><li>Master of Information Systems Management (MISM) </li></ul><ul><li>Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS) </li></ul>
  15. 15. To be continued... <ul><li>Please join me next week, March 2 - 8, 2010 for more information in “ What is an Information Professional in the Digital Age?” </li></ul><ul><li>Contact Alina J. Johnson </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>(c) 2010 Alina J. Johnson- All Rights Reserved