ERIC Number: ED082778
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Effecting Change in Library Education.
Hershfield, Allan F.
While libraries, as a species of complex organization, may not be facing immediate extinction, the available evidence suggests their long-term survival prospects are not particularly encouraging. Libraries, in general, have not responded adequately to rapidly changing social, economic and political factors. The locus for change lies in library education. Librarians, trained as information counselors, can make important contributions to the solution of some of this nation's major political, social and economic problems. However, before library schools can even begin to educate such specialists, faculty and administrators must recognize the need to make changes in almost every phase of their operations. They must establish new goals, assess their current status, and devise means by which to reach these new goals. Moreover, they must develop mechanisms with which to evaluate progress toward the attainment of these goals, as well as assessing the continued validity of their new objectives. Library educators must develop flexible organizational structures capable of adapting to new conditions, and they, themselves must be flexible and willing to modify their own behavior. (Author/SJ)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Educational Change, Graduate Study, Librarians, Library Education, Library Schools, Library Science
Publications Office, School of Library Science, Syracuse Univ., 113 Euclid Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210 ($1.75; also contains LI 004 500)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Library and Information Sciences, Washington, DC.; Syracuse Univ., NY. School of Library Science.
Note: (54 references); Education and Curriculum Series No. 1