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ERIC Number: ED243886
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jan-2
Reference Count: 0
Vision to Purpose to Power: A Quest for Excellence in the Education of Library and Information Science Professionals.
Hannigan, Jane Anne
Perhaps librarianship is faced with problems even greater than those of education. In fact, its very existence is being challenged. Library schools have consistently tried to educate almost all librarians and information scientists in one mold. This simply cannot be done--it never could. Library educators must give up their rather immature notion that library schools can be all things to all persons; they must accept that this is impossible and select the professional territory in which excellence can be achieved. This paper, part of the library and information science community's response to "A Nation at Risk," includes discussion on: (1) the process and problems of change; (2) criteria for excellence; (3) students and admission; (4) accreditation, certification, and continuing education; (5) faculty; (6) deans; (7) technology; (8) the research environment; (9) cooperative efforts; (10) funding; and (11) curricular planning. Four alternative curricular scenarios in library and information science education are outlined: (1) end-user scenario; (2) process scenario: management of information; (3) product scenario: technical, automated information science; and (4) specialty scenario: school library media education. (JMK)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Media Staff; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Center for Libraries and Education Improvement.
Identifiers: Libraries and the Learning Society; Nation at Risk (A)
Note: One of the five issue papers prepared by the "Libraries and the Learning Society" project, the response of the library community to "A Nation at Risk." For the final project report, see SP 024 901.