I was just reading my Feeback titled “ALA’s alternate to an MLS.”and came across an article in
In it Leslie Burger makes me very happy 🙂
I’ve asked Dan O’Connor (chair, ALA Education Committee) to focus his group’s attention on creating an action plan for reforming library education at the ALISE/ALA Education forum planned for Midwinter 2007 in Seattle. Rather than getting educators and practitioners together for a “shoot the breeze”Â session, we will focus the session on a discussion of Needham’s proposal or any other proposal that comes forward, with the end result being an action plan for changing library education.
[emphasis added by me]
Leslie has some interesting points to discuss at the meeting:
1) Does accreditation still matter? 2) Should we create a new way to educate library workers? 3) Should certification and continuing education credits be mandatory for library workers? 4) Should we offer an alternate route to librarianship similar to that being offered for those who want to teach in public schools? 5) What would a core curriculum for librarianship look like? Should it be a standard for accreditation?
- What does this mean anyway? Does it mean that the ALA approves of the curriculum that the school offers? I can’t imagine that’s all – because each school has such varied offerings.
- YES! We need to require on the job training like they do for teachers (student teaching). The professors instructing us (most of the time) haven’t been in a library in a while and don’t know about the real changes that are going on – by making students work while they go to school we can hope that they’ll get more out of their education.
- YES! The problems that most of of us have today is that there is such a varied education among the staff. Requiring continuing education would make it so that we’d all be closer to being on the same foot.
- I’m not sure what alternate route is being offered (but I’m going to research it), but I think there should be some sort of work experience qualification. I’ve been in the library for 5+ years now and I’m taking classes that for the most part aren’t teaching me anything new – I already know these things – there should be some way for me to be a “librarian” without having to spend thousands of dollars learning what I already know.
- If there were a standard that might make it so that students would come out with similar educations. I think technology related education needs to be required more than it is now. No one, in any of my classes has mentioned blogs – and wikis only came up when students referred to the Wikipedia – we need our future librarians to be trained in how to use these new technologies effectively.
I’ll be interested to see what comes out of this meeting – most of it won’t effect my current curriculum, but I hope it will effect the rules about continuing education once I have graduated.