On Monday, October 20, the iSchool hosted its first discussion event as part of our three-year Re-Envisioning the MLS initiative. Led by iSchool faculty members Paul Jaeger and John Bertot (co-directors of iPAC), the Defining the MLS: History, Origins, and Foundations focused on the history, professionalization, and values of the librarianship as defined through the formalization of Library and Information Science education with the Master of Library Science (or variants) degree.
The session particularly sought to engage the iSchool community in a discussion regarding the historical, current, and future roles of information professionals and cultural institutions (libraries, archives, museums, others) in a changing and dynamic economic, social, community, information, technology, and policy context. Online and in-person participants offered a range of insights, including the need for:
- Community engagement;
- Partnerships to meet increasingly complex community needs;
- More policy-savvy information professionals;
- More cross-field learning in areas such as marketing, public policy, education/learning technologies, social work, information technology/systems; and
- More of an international perspective on information, policy, and best practices.
Next up (November 6, 2014): Burn the Libraries Free the Librarians
Co-sponsored by iPAC and the iSchool, Dr. R. David (Dave) Lankes discusses: The days when there was a single model for a library, if they ever existed, are gone. The idea that the library is a storehouse of books and materials is gone. The notion that a library can serve off to the side of the mission of a community is gone. What’s left: the centrality of librarians in meeting the needs and aspirations of the community. This presentation presents a librarianship unencumbered by buildings or a fealty to traditions. It talks about librarians as facilitators of knowledge creation in libraries, and offices, and schools, and classrooms, and the wide reaches of the Internet.
When: Thursday, November 6, 4:30-5:30pm (EST; reception to follow)
Where: McKeldin Special Events Room, 6137 or online via Adobe Connect at http://umdischool.adobeconnect.com/lankes/
RSVP: Please RSVP at http://ter.ps/rsvpNov6
R. David Lankes is a professor and Dean’s Scholar for the New Librarianship at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and director of the Information Institute of Syracuse. Lankes is a passionate advocate for libraries and their essential role in today’s society. He also seeks to understand how information approaches and technologies can be used to transform industries. In this capacity he has served on advisory boards and study teams in the fields of libraries, telecommunications, education, and transportation including at the National Academies. He has been a visiting fellow at the National Library of Canada, the Harvard School of Education, and the first fellow of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy. His book, The Atlas of New Librarianship won the 2012 ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Award for the Best Book in Library Literature. More information on Lankes is available at http://quartz.syr.edu/blog/.