ERIC Number: ED307870
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
A Multidisciplinary Education Curriculum for the Design, Installation and Maintenance of Automated Library Systems. Final Report.
Wallace, Danny P.
A comprehensive interdisciplinary program for educating library automation specialists has been developed at Louisiana State University. It consists of three programs: (1) a Master of Library and Information Science/Master of Science in Systems Science program; (2) a Certificate in Library Automation; and (3) a Ph.D. in Computer Science, for which an information science minor is administered by the School of Library and Information Science for the Department of Computer Science. Four students who had completed a Certificate in Library and Information Science, which grew out of the Certificate in Library Automation program, were interviewed upon completion of the program and again in December 1988. The students were generally supportive of the program and its positive effect upon their careers. Although they found the program to be deficient in the area of hands-on experience with automated systems, they commented that it was difficult to learn everything desired in the short amount of time available. An evaluation of the joint master's degree program showed two problems--the lack of student background when entering the systems degree portion of the program, and a lack of desire to finish both degrees when the student becomes very marketable as an information professional with only the one degree completed. The programs continue to be evaluated and revised, although it is expected that in time, with the growth of library automation, it will not be necessary to engage in such heavy recruitment to enroll students in the programs. (EW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Council on Library Resources, Inc., Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Univ., Baton Rouge. Library School.