Homework Help – Preservation

Well, the term is winding down and I have a grant proposal to write for one of my classes! I’m choosing a real situation from our library to write a fake grant proposal for – that way when I’m done I can give my research to the people here and they can alter it to fit the application requirements for a real grant.

My grant is going to be for a digitization/archival project that will results in tons of PDFs. I have already talked to my IT department about storage and backup costs – now I want to hear from you. Have you done a project like this? What expenses did you incur that you didn’t think of? Do you happen to know the cost of a preservation consultant (something I might want to add into my fake budget)? Etc. Etc.

Thanks in advance!!!

ALA’s alternate to an MLS

I was just reading my latest Library Journal and came across an article in Feeback titled “ALA’s alternate to an MLS.”

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” 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?

My answers.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

LIS Career

David Weinberger posts over at Joho the Blog about the need for people who can find information (librarians :) ) in the future:

I noted that I’m not up on what the library sci grad schools are teaching, but that there will be a big demand for people who can help us find, understand and reuse information (or, as I like to think of it, create an infrastructure of meaning). We’re going to need lots of help thinking through systems that will enable multiple orders to emerge from the behaviors of distributed groups. Something like that.

Most Expensive MLIS Option

Yep – I’m going to be broke! Apparently, I have chosen to go to the most expensive MLIS program available to me (well almost – at least in state). From OPL Plus:

Cheapest in-state: San Jose State University, $6,300, runner up: Emporia State University, $6,636
Cheapest out-of-state: University of Alabama, $7,640, runner up: San Jose State University, $9,030
Most expensive in-state: Drexel University, $35,100, runner up: Syracuse University, $29,016
Most expensive out-of-state: University of Pittsburgh: $37,980, runner up: Florida State University, $37,206

Compiled by Mary Thompson [Ocean County Library, Island Heights, New Jersey, USA].

Journal Entry: Professional Ethics

[quick intro - this is for my Professional/Social Aspects of Information Services course - the bolded headings are provided for us and then we fill in the info below. I will post these for all to read after they are graded each week - because they're the kinds of things I would normally write here. This week I got a 3 out of 3 :) This is also the journal I mentioned was coming when I posted last week.]

What stood out for me:

Out of all of the readings, it was the article about the Johns Hopkins tragedy (Perkins, E. (2001). Johns Hopkins tragedy: Could librarians have prevented a death? Information Today, 18(8), 51, 54.) that had the biggest impact on me. I find it shocking that professionals – doctors – ignored a resource that was right at their fingertips – their librarians. I read another article about the same tragedy and found that the doctors used web search engines to try to find articles on the harms of the drug they were researching. Web search engines??!!

Some questions I have or connections I am making…

I work in a law library that offers continuing education courses. In our Intro to the Internet course, we ask if they trust what they find on the web – and 9 out of 10 students in every class say no. This is the kind of skepticism you would expect in all professionals who have to deal with life or death situations on a daily basis. If I were honest with myself, I’d have to admit that prior to working in a library I did not know that librarians were there to help me with research. I thought they were there to make sure the books stayed on the shelves in order and to point me in the right direction to find the resources I needed. The problem is that there isn’t enough education out there for people who don’t work in libraries or in companies with libraries. People are shocked when you tell them that you need a Masters degree to be a librarian. The question is, how do we make our skills known to the general public? How do we make it so that people know we are the experts at searching and researching? How do we make it so that libraries get more funding so that they aren’t shut down or ignored by doctors doing studies?

A conclusion I can make…

Quite simply, it should part of a librarian’s duties to help with public awareness. There should be a ninth item added to the ALA’s Code of Ethics. It should state that we, as librarians, will educate our community members about the benefits of libraries. We will make it clear to those around us just what librarians do – we research – and we do it better than anyone else. If people are not aware of what we’re trained to do then the same mistake will happen again – maybe not in the near future and maybe not in medicine, but it will happen.

Some possible applications to my life as an information professional…

In addition to my job in the library, I teach night school courses for community members. I always make a point to sing the praises of libraries and being a librarian. I don’t know if they understand the full extent of the job, but at least I’m out there trying. I think I’d like to find a way to go out into the community and explain exactly what librarians do. I think a session at the local high school or middle school would be a great benefit to getting people to use the library in the future.

Back to School w/ the Class of Web 2.0

Neat title – not mine ;) Solution Watch has a great thread titled Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0.

With the increase of teachers using blogs and wikis, and students networking and utilizing online tools, the demand for easier and more efficient ways of learning is on the rise. To me, the growing interest for web-based learning is amazing, which brought me to thinking; what if I were to consolodate some of the helpful online products and services that can help students, teachers and administrators alike? Well, I convinced myself. The following is a compilation of Web 2.0 products that I've personally researched and tested.

Very neat – make sure you check it out – even if you’re not a student like me. I’ll be keeping an eye out for Part 2 and will share once I find it.

First Week Conclusions

So week one is done – well sort of (I have until Sunday) – it’s time to share with you my conclusions.

First, this is going to be extremely difficult – juggling work and home and school. Second, this is going to be fun!

So this week I read 6 chapters, 2 articles, and about 600 discussion posts between all three courses – and that’s only the first week!! I also was forced to drop a class and pick up a different section. The instructor, at first look appeared to be very organized and on top of things, but turned out to be incapable of editing his instructions, spelling database properly, or providing us with understandable instructions. I found myself spending more time helping students with things that weren’t explained properly than doing my own work, so I had to transfer to a different class with a more organized instructor.

My favorite text so far is “Systems Analysis and Design Methods” by Jeffrey L Whitten. After reading 2 chapters I have discovered that I am actually a Systems Analyst (even though my title doesn’t say so). I have to honest – I had no idea what a System Analyst did – I know I saw job ads ages ago when I was looking for my first job and I just assumed that I wasn’t qualified – who knew? My least favorite text is “Online Retrieval: A Dialogue of Theory and Practice” by Geraldine Walker. Why? Well first off the book was written in 1999 and the first 4 chapters go over how to use the Internet and the WWW – as you can imagine it’s very out dated. In fact the ISP they recommend using is AOL!! I’m assuming that the book will get better when it’s done with the overview type items – I hope I’m right.

Overall, I’m overwhelmed, but starting to get the hang of things. Now I have to go out and find a planner because it’s the only way I’m going to keep up with all of the work!

Way too much

I have decided I have way too much school work to keep up with my 150+ blogs – I’m going to be parring down my list. I logged into Bloglines to find that I had over 1500 posts to read today – that’s just too much with hundreds of pages of reading per week for my classes.

Please bear with me while I get the hang of this online learning experience!