Mellon Proposal


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Mellon Proposal

  1. 1. Proposal to the Andrew K. Mellon Foundation Prepared by Susan W. Alman & Christinger Tomer, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
  2. 2. Goals <ul><li>To Educate Cadres of Students in LIS Education, including Digital Librarianship </li></ul><ul><li>To Increase the Ethnic, Racial, and Gender Diversity of Library and Information Science, with Special Emphasis on Activities Relating to Scholarly Communications and Digital Libraries </li></ul>
  3. 3. Rationale <ul><li>To prepare under-represented groups for careers in the information professions. </li></ul><ul><li>Three Potential Tracks Offered by the School of Information Sciences </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Masters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CAS (Certificate of Advanced Studies) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PhD </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Recommended Approaches <ul><li>Recruit distinguished undergraduate students and enroll/support them in a four-year, interdisciplinary course of study culminating in the PhD degree in the information sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Recruit early-to-mid-career information professionals, typically holding the MLIS or its equivalent, and enroll/support them in an online Certificate of Advanced Studies focusing on leadership and management for libraries and on digital archives, libraries, and repositories </li></ul>
  5. 5. Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program <ul><li>A four-year program of study, including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Coursework sequence entailing 60 credit hours of advanced study in library science, archives and records management, information science, computer science, telecommunications, informatics, and at least one cognate area, including a teaching practicum and a field experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research leading to the doctoral dissertation, under the supervision of a multidisciplinary committee </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Basic Structure of the Interdisciplinary PhD Program
  7. 7. Focus of the Core Curriculum for the Interdisciplinary PhD Program <ul><li>Building a multidisciplinary, problem-oriented approach to research in the information sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Educating scholars “who possess a sound understanding of information technology in cultural, economic, and social contexts, and who regard man as the central factor in the development of an understanding of information phenomena. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Certificate of Advanced Studies <ul><li>18-24 credit online program designed to facilitate professional development and advancement for practicing information professionals </li></ul><ul><li>Core curriculum focusing on leadership and management issues, with elective tracks for specialization in information management, digital libraries (management), and archives, and a capstone experience. (Borrowing from Boyer’s Reinventing Undergraduate Education (1998), the capstone experience is a project in which all of the knowledge and skills developed earlier in the course of study are marshaled to the demands of addressing a significant question or set of questions through research and analysis and the formal presentation of the results.) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Structure and Content of the CAS Program